Events in June 2007
June 1: Fortytwo militants are killed in intense fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamist group Fatah Al Islam holed up inside the Nahr Al-Bared refugee camp housing Palestinians.
June 3: The toll in Lebanon clashes touches 101, including 44 soldiers and 45 Islamist gunmen.
June 5: I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, former top aide to U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney is jailed for two years for lying to investigators about CIA operative Valerie Plame.
June 7: The G8 summit in the German resort town of Heiligendamm agrees to call for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050.
The extradition trial of Bofors case accused Ottavio Quattrocchi begins in an El Dorado court.
June 8: The Heiligendamm statement on non-proliferation remains silent on the new ‘Cold War’ that is threatening the security of Europe, Asia and the world.
June 9: An Argentine court rejects the CBI’s plea to extradite Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi to India to face trial in the Bofors case.
June 10: The right-wing party of French President Nicolas Sarkozy wins a commanding lead in the first round of parliamentary polls.
The Christian Democrats post big gains in Belgian general elections.
June 11: Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt resigns after being at the helm for eight years.
June 13: The gold-topped minarets of the Shia Imam Al-Askari shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad are destroyed in a bomb attack.
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres (83) is elected Israeli President.
Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe wins the £ 60,000 2007 Man Booker International Prize for fiction.
June 14: Nepal’s interim Parliament passes amendment to the interim statute to give powers to the lawmakers to abolish the monarchy.
June 15: The Palestinian militant group Hamas establishes military control over Gaza. The President Mahmoud Abbas dismisses the National Unity Government and appoints Salam Fayyad Prime Minister.
The United Nations declares October 2 Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary as the International Day of Non-Violence.
June 16: Novelist Salman Rushdie is made a knight by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services” to literature.
Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams makes history by setting a record for the longest uninterrupted space flight by a woman surpassing the 188-day, four-hour mark held by her compatriot Shannon Lucid since 1996.
Israeli cabinet gives nod for appointment of Ehud Barak as Defence Minister.
June 18: Lt. Col (Retd.) A.K.M. Mohiuddin Ahmed, one of the convicted killers of Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is deported to Dhaka by the U.S. after decades in exile.
Tomoji Tanabe (111) a Japanese engineer is officially recognised as the world’s oldest man.
June 23: Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams returns to the earth after a 195-day stay in space, on board shuttle Atlantis which makes a safe touch down at the Edwards Air Force Base in California after a 14-day trip.
June 24: An Iraqi court hands down death sentence for Ali Hassan al-Majid, a cousin of Saddam Hussein known as ‘Chemical Ali’ for genocide of 1,82,000 Kurds in 1988.
June 27: The British Prime Minister Tony Blair resigns after being at the helm since 1997. Gordon Brown succeeds him as the 52nd Prime Minister.
June 28: David Miliband is appointed Britain’s Foreign Secretary and Jacqui Smith the nation’s first woman Home Secretary.
June 29: The Israeli President Moshe Katsav submits his resignation.
An IAEA team visits the Yongbyon nuclear complex in North Korea.
June 30: People in East Timor cast ballots in Parliamentary polls, the first since the nation gained freedom in May 2002.
A fuel canister laden jeep with two ‘Asian’ occupants, Bilal Abdullah and Kafeel Ahmed goes up in flames after crashing into Scotland’s Glasgow international airport terminal.