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Summer 2008 China region floods

Summer 2008 China region floods: Large areas of southern China are hit by the worst floods in decades with Guangzhou and Shenzhen worst affected. So far, 63 people have died and 1.66 million have been evacuated.

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions calls a one day strike for July 2 in protest at the President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak's economic reform plans.


Lebanese security officials say that clashes between pro-government and anti-government lead to three deaths in the villages of Taalabaya and Saadnayel in eastern Lebanon.

Deadly earthquake

In the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, the Chinese government faces growing criticism from grieving parents who allege that corrupt and shoddy construction was behind the disproportionately high number of collapsed school buildings.

Still short 2 million tents, it must also rebuild homes and jobs for 5 million.

Tsutomu Miyazaki

Tsutomu Miyazaki, known as "The Otaku Murderer", is executed by hanging in Tokyo for the murders and cannibalization of four young girls in 1988 and 1989. He was hanged with two others, each convicted in separate, unrelated murders.


In its annual report, the UNHCR says the number of refugees in the world rose to 11.4 million in 2007 from 9.9m in 2006.

Military court

A military judge dismisses charges against a United States Marine Corps colonel of failing to investigate the Haditha killings.

French President

President Nicolas Sarkozy announces that France intends to return to the military structure of NATO for the first time since Charles de Gaulle led it out of the organisation in 1966.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics defeat the Los Angeles Lakers to win the 2008 NBA Finals.

The Boston Celtics have beaten the LA Lakers 131-92 in game six of the NBA finals to wrap up their first championship for 22 years.

Moquegua Region

Demonstrators in the Moquegua Region in southern Peru release 48 police officers who they had held hostage for a day.

Barack Obama

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opens the U.S. general election campaign with a narrow lead over Republican John McCain.

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama opens the general election campaign with a narrow lead over Republican John McCain but the two score near even among independent voters, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.