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Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos becomes the first Spanish government official to visit Gibraltar in 300 years.

The visit was part of continuing talks between Spain, Britain and Gibraltar aimed at easing the flow of people, goods and communications between the tiny British enclave and Spain.


NASA scientists confirm an impact event on Jupiter, the first observed since the impact of Shoemaker-Levy 9 on July 16–22, 1994.


Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolves the House of Representatives, setting the stage for a general election on August 30.