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Persian Gulf

Up to 30 people are feared dead after the MV "Demas Victory" capsizes and sinks in choppy Persian Gulf waters off the Qatari capital Doha.

Crash of Air France Flight 447

The remains of Jane Deasy are positively identified in the bodies recovered from Air France Flight 447.

The remains of Jane Deasy have been positively identified among the bodies recovered after the Air France flight AF447 crash.


Three staff from the British Embassy in Tehran, Iran, are released after being detained for allegedly having a role in the post-election protests.


Taoiseach Brian Cowen informs Dáil Éireann that Ireland has 11.9% unemployment, with June's growth the slowest rate of increase since January.

The Taoiseach has told the Dáil that the number of people who signed on the Live Register last month was up 11,400.

Met Office

The Met Office issues a level-3 heat wave alert across London and the South East of England for the first time since June 2006.


Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader resigns amidst European Union negotiations standstill and economic crisis.


Officials in Comoros confirm that one passenger from Yemenia Flight 626, a 14-year-old girl, has been found alive.


Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt assumes the rotating presidency over the European Union.

Organization of American States

The Organization of American States gives Honduras three days to restore its deposed president, Manuel Zelaya.

A flurry of negotiations began on Wednesday to lay the groundwork for a possible return of the nation’s ousted president, Manuel Zelaya.

European Union

The European Union declares Ireland free of brucellosis, a disease which cost the country millions of euro to eradicate.

Ireland has been declared free of a cattle disease, which cost the country millions of euro to eradicate.


TerreStar-1, the largest commercial telecommunication satellite ever built, is successfully launched.