the Context

Suicide bombing

At least 12 police officers are killed and many more people wounded by a suicide bombing outside a police station in the town of Vavuniya in northern Sri Lanka.

Summer 2008 China region floods

Heavy rainstorm and major flooding continues in the South China region. Millions of people are affected in Anhui, Hunan, Jiangxi, Fujian and Guangdong. Tens of thousands of victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake are evacuated due to heavy rains as 65 people are dead or missing with flood warnings on the Yangtze River and Pearl River amongst other rivers.


Japan turns away a Taiwan activist boat near the disputed Senkaku Islands in a protest against a ship collision last week.

Japan on Monday turned back a Taiwan activist boat which approached a group of disputed islands in protest against a ship collision last week, the latest drama in a fast-escalating political dispute, officials said.

South Korea

South Korean construction workers join truck drivers in going on strike seeking higher pay and lower fuel costs.

South Korean construction workers joined striking truckers on Monday in the latest blow to new President Lee Myung-bak, whose repeated policy stumbles have seen his popularity plunge after less than four months in office.


France announces plans to cut 54,000 defense jobs and push for a stronger European Security and Defence Policy as part of a new defense strategy.


The European Union agrees to tougher sanctions against Iran for its alleged nuclear weapons program with the United Kingdom freezing assets of Iran's largest bank Bank Melli.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods defeats Rocco Mediate in a playoff to win the 2008 U.S. Open Golf Championship.

United Nations humanitarian chief

An official of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that effect food crisis on Somalia is creating a worse humanitarian situation than the War in Darfur.


Israel and Syria conclude talks on the Golan Heights issue held in Turkey.

International Criminal Court

International Criminal Court judges severely criticize prosecutors in the case against Thomas Lubanga.


Same-sex marriage in California comes into effect following a court ruling on May 15, 2008.

California beginsmarrying gay and lesbian couples on Monday afternoon in a steplikely to challenge other states where laws define marriage asonly between a man and a woman.


Hundreds of Taliban militants swarm in the Arghandab District of Kandahar Province with the Afghan government sending reinforcements to the nearby city of Kandahar.

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have swarmed an area outside Kandahar, in an apparent push for control just days after 400 Taliban members escaped from the Kandahar prison.


Chadian rebels take the town Biltine as they move toward the capital N'Djamena.