the Context

Balochistan Government spokesman and media consultant to Chief Minister Jam Muhammad Yousaf, Abdur Raziq Bugti is shot dead by unknown armed men.

War in Afghanistan: Three soldiers in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force are killed.

The top United Nations official in Haiti raises concerns about a sharp increase in lynchings and other forms of mob violence.

The United States and India confirm a deal on nuclear co-operation.

Clinical trials for MVA85A, a new vaccine against tuberculosis, are started in South Africa.

Abel Mutsakani, editor of the ''ZimOnline'', is shot and seriously wounded in Johannesburg, South Africa in what may have been an assassination attempt.

A study published in ''The Lancet'' correlates cannabis use to psychosis.

An independent review set up by NASA finds out that astronauts were allowed to fly despite being drunk in at least two occasions.

The United States Congress passes a bill containing measures recommended by the 9/11 Commission.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation dispatches a team to investigate the shooting of four mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Yakub Memon, one of the masterminds behind the 1993 Bombay bombings, is sentenced to death in India.

The European Commission accuses Intel Corporation of anti-competitive practices against Advanced Micro Devices.

A Serbian gunman kills at least nine people in the village of Jabukovac in eastern Serbia.

The Israeli Defense Force suspends a company for shooting an unarmed man in West Bank city of Hebron.

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has suspended an entire army company from duty following the shooting of an unarmed Palestinian man in the West Bank on Thursday.

Two news helicopters belonging to KTVK Channel 3 & KNXV Channel 15-ABC collide while covering a car chase in Phoenix, Arizona, leaving all four dead (KTVK Pilot Scott Bowerbank, Photogapher Jim Cox, KNXV Pilot Craig Smith & Photographer Rick Krolax

Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin is charged with "complicity in slanderous denunciations" and "complicity in using forgeries" for allegedly trying to discredit current President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Jailed policeman Eugene de Kock claims in an interview from prison that former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk had hands "soaked in blood" and had ordered political killings and other crimes during the anti-apartheid conflict.

A general strike goes into its third day in Swaziland; strikers demand democratic elections and an end to absolute monarchy.

Mohammad Ashfaq, a government appointed imam, is chased out of the Red Mosque in Pakistan by 200 students. A suicide bomb near the mosque kills at least 13 and injures another 50.

The death toll from floods and landslides on the Sulawesi island of Indonesia rises to 107.

An official in Indonesia says the death toll from devastating floods and landslides on the country's eastern Sulawesi island has risen to 107, as aid distribution to survivors gains pace.

The President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono meets with the Prime Minister of Australia John Howard to discuss security issues and the possibility of a bilateral free trade agreement.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions drops the charge of supporting a terrorist organization against Mohamed Haneef. [http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22143906-2,00.html (News Limited)] Australian Federal Police admits all their main evidence against Haneef was wrong.

Five thousand Zimbabweans have been arrested in the last month for violating price controls.

New Zealand Environment Minister David Benson-Pope resigns from the Cabinet.

Steve Bracks resigns as the Premier of Victoria. John Thwaites, the Deputy Premier, announces his resignation later in the day.

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, by long tradition an honorary member of the AIK soccer club, concedes that he is a supporter of the rivaling club Djurgarden.

Barry Bonds hits career home run number 754.

Barry Bonds hit a solo shot in the first inning against the Florida Marlins to bring him within one home run of tying Hank Aaron’s all-time record.

Milt Stegall breaks the all time CFL touchdown record, with his 139th touchdown.

Jihad Shaar is beaten to death by Israel Defense Force soldiers.

The Simpsons Movie arrives in cinemas worldwide.