the Context

Alaotra grebe

The Alaotra grebe, a grebe endemic to Madagascar, is declared extinct 25 years after its last reported sighting.


Virtual band Gorillaz are announced to replace U2 as headliners of the Glastonbury Festival 2010.

Elton John

Elton John makes his Moroccan debut at the Mawazine festival in Rabat, ignoring calls for him to be banned by Islamists who feared he would offend public morals.

Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle "Atlantis" completes its final scheduled mission after landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The Atlantis space shuttle touches down at Kennedy Space Center in Florida after what looks to have been its final mission.

Charles Djou

Charles Djou is sworn into the United States House of Representatives, representing Hawaii's 1st congressional district.


Two people are injured and several vehicles are destroyed during a blast in Kandahar.

Vehicles damaged in blast in southern province of Kandahar but no deaths reported.


A Lusaka court convicts former Zambian Finance Minister Katele Kalumba of corruption and sentences him to five years with hard labour. Six other people, including former officials in the finance ministry, are also found guilty of corruption.

Former Zambian Finance Minister Katele Kalumba is jailed for five years with hard labour for corruption.

International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court reports Sudan to the United Nations Security Council for refusing to arrest former Minister Ahmed Haroun and militia leader Ali Muhammad Al Abd-Al-Rahman.

The International Criminal Court reports Sudan to the UN Security Council for refusing to arrest two suspected Darfur war criminals.


Iraq announces the dissolution of state-owned Iraqi Airways over the next three years and the pursuit of private options to avoid asset claims made by Kuwait over their 1990-91 war.

Airline to close in three years to avoid asset claims from Kuwait over their 1990-91 war.

Lori Berenson

Lori Berenson is freed on parole after serving 15 years in a Peruvian prison for aiding the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement.

US citizen Lori Berenson, held in Peru for aiding a leftist guerrilla group, is released on parole after 15 years in prison.

Nuclear program of Iran

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva questions why American President Barack Obama ignored Iran's nuclear agreement with Brazil and Turkey and presented new sanctions to the United Nations Security Council, saying this is "not the attitude that someone who won the Nobel Peace Prize has" and describing himself as "disappointed".

Brazilian president says Obama says one thing, does another


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev disagree over Russia's support for United Nations sanctions concerning Iran's nuclear program, with some analysts describing it as the worst row between the countries for several years.

Iran and Russia clashed on Wednesday over Kremlin support for draft U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic, in one of the worst rows between the two powers since the Cold War.

Chief rabbi

The chief rabbi of a West Bank settlement declares that women should be prohibited from standing in a local community election.

The chief rabbi of a West Bank settlement prohibits women from standing in a local election, saying they must be heard through their husbands.

Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Authority security forces arrest scores of Hamas officials and supporters in the West Bank a day after Hamas announced that it would boycott the Palestinian municipal elections scheduled for July 17.

Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemns Iran, saying his people were “hijacked, at the hands of the Iranians”; possibly referring to Hamas's refusal to reconcile with Fatah on Iran's command by announcing on that it would boycott the Palestinian municipal elections


Israel launches two night-time air strikes on the Gaza Strip in response to mortar attacks and the detonation of 200 kg of explosives laden on a donkey-cart next to the border fence.

Israeli jets launch a night time bombing raid on the Gaza strip injuring several people.


Brandenburg reaches level four on the disaster alert scale as water levels along the Oder and Neisse rivers continue to rise.


Two of Ethiopia's main opposition leaders call for a rerun of Sunday's elections won by Western-backed Meles Zenawi. They say the elections were not free and fair and that two politicians were killed by security forces.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi rejected opposition calls for a fresh election on Wednesday, after the Europe Union and the United States said his landslide victory did not meet international standards.


Jamaican police arrest more than 500 people after an unsuccessful attempt to arrest a suspected drug kingpin in Kingston, the capital, results in violence that leaves at least 44 people dead.

The anti-drug offensive in the Jamaican capital claims at least 44 lives as battles between police and gunmen continue.

International Criminal Court

International Criminal Court judges tell the UN Security Council that the Sudanese government is protecting suspects wanted for war crimes in Darfur instead of arresting them to face trial.

Judges at the International Criminal Court want action on crimes committed during the Darfur crisis where more than 300,000 have died since 2003


More than 80 students are sickened in a girls' school in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in a poison gas attack suspected to have been carried out by Taliban assailants whose version of Islam is opposed to girls being educated.