Events in August 2007
Aug. 1: Sixtyseven persons are killed in a suicide attack and a car bomb attack in Iraq. The Sunni Arab political bloc quits the Nouri al Maliki Government.
Aug. 2: At least 100 people are killed following a derailment in the Central Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kafeel Ahmed, Indian engineer who drove a burning jeep into the Glasgow Airport on June 30 dies of burns in a Scotland hospital.
Chauncey Bailey, Editor of The Oakland Post and one of the most respected black journalists in America is shot dead in Oakland.
The Bangladesh Supreme Court stays a High Court order granting bail to the former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Russian mini-submarines plant their national flag on the seabed at the North Pole claiming a huge chunk of the Arctic Ocean, rich in oil and gas.
Aug. 3: More than 200 persons are killed in monsoon flooding in South Asia in the last 10 days.
Aug. 5: Iran test flies indigenous jet fighter Azarakhsh.
Aug. 8: Xanano Gusmao is sworn in East Timor Prime Minister.
Aug. 9: Fiftyseven persons are killed in clashes between Government troops and Islamist militants in the Philippines.
Aug. 11: Voters cast ballots in presidential and parliamentary polls in Sierra Leone.
Aug. 13: Taliban militants free two South Korean women hostages in a significant breakthrough in the three weeks old drama.
Scientists breed mice capable of producing human liver cells.
Aug. 14: More than 400 persons are killed and 375 wounded after four suicide truck bombs packed with two tonnes of explosives rip through Al-Qataniyah and Al-Adnaniyah villages in northern Iraq.
Aug. 15: At least 510 persons are killed and 1,500 injured after the biggest earthquake in 37 years rocks Peru. The towns of Pisco, Chincha are in ruins. More than 85,000 rendered homeless in the worst-hit Ica province.
Bofors case accused Ottavio Quattrocchi leaves Argentina for Italy as a free man after a six-month legal battle following India’s failure to appeal against a court’s decision not to extradite him.
Aug. 17: Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan conduct their largest-ever war games “Peace Mission-2007” in the southern Ural Mountains.
South Africa’s apartheid-era Police Minister Adriaan Vlok (70) is handed a 10-year suspended jail sentence for plotting to kill Frank Chikane a leading black activist 18 years ago.
Russia resumes global patrols by its long-range bombers after 15 years.
Aug. 18: Kazakshstan voters cast ballots in parliamentary polls.
Aug. 19: Thais cast votes in a referendum on a draft new constitution.
Aug. 21: Space shuttle Endeavour touches down safely at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station.
The Brisbane Federal Court quashes the Australian Government’s revocation of the work visa of Dr. Mohammed Haneef on character grounds.
Aug. 23: The Nepal Government decides to nationalise royal properties.
Aug. 27: The U.S.’s first Hispanic Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales resigns.
Aug. 28: The Turkish Parliament elects Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul President in the decisive third round ballot making him the first head of state with an Islamist past.
Aug. 29: The Taliban frees 12 of the 19 South Korean hostages after six weeks, outside Ghazni town in Afghanistan.
Aug. 31: Negotiators from 158 countries reach an agreement on targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions at a U.N. climate summit in Vienna.
The Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu is presented the Ramon Magsaysay Award at a function in Manila.