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7 JULY 2008


A suicide bombing in central Kabul, near the Indian embassy, killed at least 41 people and wounded another 139. (CNN.com)

10-11 JULY 2008

Middle East and North Africa, diplomatic affairs

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Iraq and reached agreements with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on a range of issues including military cooperation. (CNN.com)

12 JULY 2008

Asia and the Pacific, diplomatic affairs

The latest round of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program ended with the North reportedly agreeing to complete dismantling of its Yongbyon nuclear facility by the end of October in return for the completion of energy assistance to North Korea by the US and other countries at the same time. (CNN.com)


British members of ISAF killed Mullah Bismullah Akhund in the Now Zad district of Helmand province. The British Defense Ministry announced Bismullah's death on the 17th and called him "a senior key facilitator and logistician responsible for the northern Helmand region". (CNN.com)

13 JULY 2008

Diplomatic affairs

Representatives from over 40 countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, including Israel and Arab states, meeting in Paris, issued a declaration launching a 'Union for the Mediterranean'. The declaration said members would "pursue a mutually and effectively verifiable Middle East Zone free of weapons of mass destruction" including nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and their delivery systems, and would "consider practical steps to prevent the proliferation" of such weapons. (AP)


A suicide bombing in Tarin Kowt killed at least 21 people. (CNN.com)

16 JULY 2008


A car bombing in Tal Afar killed at least 15 people and wounded 90. (CNN.com)

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)

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." (CNN.com)


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

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. (CNN.com)

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. (CNN.com)

31 JULY 2008

Turkey, politics

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

3 AUGUST 2008


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