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Ward Churchill

Controversial American academic Ward Churchill is dismissed by the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado after accusations of academic misconduct.

French President

The President of France Nicolas Sarkozy travels to Libya following the release of the medical workers sentenced to death in the HIV trial in Libya.

North Korea

North and South Korea conduct high-level talks to resolve a border dispute.


More houses are evacuated in Oxford as the River Thames breaks its banks.


The Australian Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions reviews the case against Mohamed Haneef accused of giving material support to terrorism following concerns being raised about the strength of the case.


A Russian subcontractor advises that Iran's first nuclear power reactor will be ready in August 2008.


Iraq's largest Sunni Arab bloc, The Iraqi Accordance Front, suspends its membership in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition government.

Arab League

The first delegation from the Arab League comprising the foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan visits Israel to talk about the Arab Peace Initiative.

Release 23 of its captured fighters

8 of the 23 South Koreans held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan are released, while one of the hostages is executed. The Taliban gives further warning that the remaining hostages will be killed.

Car bomb

A car bomb in the Mansour district of Baghdad kills at least 30 Iraqis celebrating their team's victory in an Asian Cup match against South Korea. Another suicide attack in East Baghdad kills another 20.

United States House Committee on the Judiciary

The United States House Committee on the Judiciary votes 22-17 to approve a report citing former White House counsel Harriet Miers and current Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush Joshua Bolten for failing to comply with subpoenas regarding the dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy.

President of Brazil

The President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva removes Defense Minister Waldir Pires, who is responsible for civil aviation, from his Cabinet and replaces him with former Justice Minister Nelson Jobim after two major crashes in ten months.

The move came after President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had assured Brazilians that he had ordered changes in the country’s flawed civil aviation system.

2007 Tour de France

Italian rider Christian Moreni fails a doping test and is led away for questioning by French police


A United States federal court judge orders Sudan to pay $8 million in compensation to the victims of the bombing of the USS "Cole".


Nurses in Fiji go on strike over a 5 per cent pay cut imposed on them by the interim government of Frank Bainimarama with teachers and other government workers to join them next week.

Nurses in Fiji are holding a national strike over a pay cut forced on them by the country's interim government.

New England Journal of Medicine

The "New England Journal of Medicine" reports about Oscar, a hospice cat with the ability to predict which patients will die hours before their death.