Recent events

3 AUGUST 2008


A bomb attack in northeast Baghdad killed at least 12 people and wounded 22 others. (

31 JULY 2008

Turkey, politics

The Constitutional Court narrowly ruled against banning the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its leaders from politics. (

28 JULY 2008


In Baghdad, three suicide bombers killed at least 32 people and wounded 102, most of them Shiite pilgrims. Another suicide bombing about 150 miles north of Baghdad, at a Kurdish political rally, killed at least 38 and wounded 178. (

26 JULY 2008


At least 49 people were killed and over 114 wounded by 17 blasts in Ahmedabad. Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Movement of the Islamic Holy War -- known as HuJi) claimed responsibility. (

21 JULY 2008

Britain, foreign policy

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, speaking to the Israeli Knesset, said, "Our country will continue to lead, with the United States and our European partners, in our determination to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapons program. We stand ready to lead in taking further sanctions and will ask the whole international community to join us." (


The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia announced that Serbian authorities had arrested former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic. (

20 JULY 2008


Around a million people rallied in Bogota and other cities to demand that the FARC rebels release the dozens of hostages it still held. (AP)

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