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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.

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.

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

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

The President of Brazil Luiz Incio 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Pratibha Patil is sworn-in as the first woman President of India.date=December 2007

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

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.

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

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

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.

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