the Context


Four German and Spanish servicemen die when their EUFOR helicopter crashes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

HMCS ''Chicoutimi''

A report reveals sailors onboard the submarine HMCS "Chicoutimi" during a 2004 fire may develop serious health problems as a result.

Israeli Government

Commencing at dawn, the Israeli Government and Hamas declare a truce in the Israel-Gaza conflict, halting attacks across the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Lee Myung-bak

Lee Myung-bak, the President of South Korea, apologises to South Koreans over an unpopular decision to resume importing beef from the United States.


Zimbabwe police arrest an opposition Movement for Democratic Change lawmaker and place six others on a wanted list.

Royal Dutch Shell

Royal Dutch Shell shuts down an offshore oil installation in Nigeria after an attack from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta.

Housing crisis

A Congressional ethics panel is examining allegations that Democrat Senators Christopher Dodd of Connecticut (the sponsor of a major $300 billion housing bailout bill) and Kent Conrad of North Dakota received preferential loans by troubled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp.


The President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accuses the United States of plotting to kidnap and assassinate him during a visit to Iraq.


An Alabama state judge upholds a fraud verdict against AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in a Medicaid drug pricing suit but reduces the value of damages to $160 million.

Iraqi security forces

Iraqi security forces enter the city of Amarah, arrest its Sadrist mayor, and take control.

Venezuelan President

The President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez threatens to stop selling oil to European countries who apply new European Union legislation on illegal immigration.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday threatened to stop selling oil to European countries if they apply a new ruling on illegal immigrants that is criticized in Latin America and by human rights groups.