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June 2006 was a month with thirty days. The following events also occurred during the month: • The new Italian Justice Minister, Clemente Mastella, announces that left-wing militant Adriano Sofri could be pardoned before the end June year << of the 2006 (AGI). >> Current events of June 1, • A number of fake million dollar bill gospel 2006 (2006-06-01) (Thursday) S M T W T F S tracts, printed by Living Waters Publications, • Extraordinary renditions. The 1 2 3 are seized from The Great News Network by Bundesnachrichtendienst (German the United States Secret Service as possible 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 intelligence agency) declares that it had counterfeits. (WorldNetDaily) known of Khalid El-Masri’s seizure 16 • 11 Eureka Tower,15 16 17residential The 12 13 14 the tallest months before Germany was officially tower in the world,22 23 24 completed at a exterior is 18 19 20 21 informed of his mistaken arrest in the name height of 297.2m and 91 floors in Melbourne, of the War on Terror. Germany had 25 26 27 takes the title from Q1 on the Australia. It 28 29 30 previously claimed that it did not know of elGold Coast, Australia Masri’s abduction by the CIA and his stay in the Salt Pit in Afghanistan until his return to Current events of June 2, Events the country in May 2004 2006 (2006-06-02) (Friday) • The 16th World Economic Forum on Africa is • The UK Independent newspaper reports that Recent convened in Cape Town, South Africa.(BBC). a Formation of a new Iraqi • great-grandson of Apache leader Geronimo • China, France, Germany, Russia, the United government has appealed to US President Bush to help Kingdom and the United States agree on a • Montenegrin independence recover the remains of his famous relative. vote package of incentives and sanctions for Iran. The remains were purportedly stolen over 90 • Chilean student protests (CNN). years ago by a group of students including • A report issued by the United States Army the President’s grandfather, and employed in Ongoing Corps of Engineers admits their ceremonies by Skull and Bones, a secret • Atlantic hurricane season responsibility for 2005 levee failures that society influenza (H5N1) • Avianat Yale University. (Independent) flooded the majority of New Orleans, outbreak (Yale Alumni Magazine) (Newwest.net) Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane • Blackpolice shoot a suspect in an anti• British sites scandal • Cole Inquiry Katrina. (AP) (Full report via NOLA.com) terrorism raid, although • East Timor military and his injuries are non• The United States Department of Homeland life threatening. The 23 year old was shot in political crisis Security reveals that it plans to reallocate • World his family as 250 police raided his front of Cup 2006, Germany anti-terrorism funding to cities across the • Horn of Africa Gate, London. (BBC) (ABC) home in Forest food crisis nation. Funding to New York City and • Immigration law debates in the new alleged • The BBC shows a video about a US Washington, D.C. is cut, while funding in massacre by US troops in Ishaqi, Iraq, on • May 2006 Java earthquake cities such as Omaha, Nebraska and Los March 15, 2006. (BBC) • Iran’s nuclear program Angeles, California increases. New York • • North Indian cyclone season Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., writing in Rolling Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office calls the • NSAmagazine, accuses George W. Bush Stone warrantless surveillance report’s statement that there are no controversy and his Republican Party of widespread • Pacific hurricane season "national monuments or icons" in New York voting fraud during the • Pacific typhoon season 2004 Presidential City "outrageous."(NYT) Election. (Rolling Stone) (Editor and • Southern Hemisphere cyclone • The Government of Spain overturns the season Publisher) conviction of Imad Yarkas on charges of • • Wimbledon Tennis China, France, Germany, Russia, the United conspiracy in the September 11, 2001 Championships Kingdom and the United States propose a set attacks after the prosecutor admits that of incentives and possible sanctions in an evidence of involvement in the conspiracy Deaths encourage Iran to suspend or effort to was "inconsistent, almost nonexistent." The abandon its plans • 1: Rocío Jurado of nuclear development. Spanish government says it will provide (Washington Post) • 2: Vince Welnick further explanation in the coming days. (AP) • 6: Billy Preston • Iran refuses to negotiate with the U.S. over • 7: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi its nuclear program.(CNN)
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• Female genital cutting is found to increase bombing used one and (CBC), • U.S.: Kenneth Layton. Jeffrey (CNN), (BBC), Skilling (VOA) infant mortality and childbirth complications. (Reuters),(sentencing) • U.S.:parliament election leaves the Czech (BBC) (WHO) • Czech Tom DeLay • Expedition 13/Soyuz TMA-8: Pavel Republic with an even split between party Vinogradov and Jeffrey Williams spend more blocs. than six hours outside the International • In response to his million dollar bill gospel Space Station, conducting an extended tracts being seized from The Great News maintenance spacewalk. (VOA), (CNN) Network by the United States Secret Service, Ray Comfort, founder of Living Current events of June 3, Waters Publications, states that he will 2006 (2006-06-03) (Saturday) refuse to turn over his supply of tracts • Pakistan bans The Da Vinci Code film without a warrant. (WorldNetDaily) because it is said to contain blasphemous Current events of June 4, material about Jesus. (AP) • A strong quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter 2006 (2006-06-04) (Sunday) scale hits Southern Iran killing a young girl • The Islamic Courts militia captures the key in the village of Ramkan. (Pakistan Daily town of Balad, located near the Somalian Times) capital Mogadishu, from a member of the • The United States military finds its soldiers warlord coalition, ARPCT. Reports say at not guilty of any wrongdoing in the Ishaqi least 15 people are killed in the fighting. incident involving the deaths of 11 Iraqi (BBC) civilians. (The Age) Current events of June 5, • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 2006 (2006-06-05) (Monday) while continuing to maintain that his country • Javier Solana, foreign policy chief of the has the right to continue development on European Union, arrives in Tehran to talk their nuclear technology, says that he "will with the Iranian Government about its plans not pass judgment on the proposals hastily," to develop uranium enrichment facilities. referring to the incentives package being (CNN) offered by the US, Russia, United Kingdom, • The Islamic Court Union announces that it Germany, France and China in order to has seized Mogadishu, the capital of dissuade Iran from further nuclear Somalia, after battles with the Alliance for development. (Reuters) the Restoration of Peace and • Human Rights Watch releases a video Counterterrorism, a group of secular USshowing South Sudanese Vice President Dr. backed warlords. (AP) Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon bribing cult and rebel leader Joseph Kony and his second-in- • Alan García of the APRA is re-elected President of Peru after winning a runoff with command Vincent Otti of the Lord’s the Union for Peru’s Ollanta Humala on Resistance Army to not attack southern Sunday. (FoxNews.com) Sudanese citizens. (Scoop) • Serbia confirms the dissolution of the State • A Russian diplomat is killed and four Union of Serbia and Montenegro and kidnapped in an attack near the Russian declares independence. (BBC) embassy in Baghdad, according to Russian • Australia calls for more South East Asian and Iraqi officials. (BBC) troops and police to help quell civil unrest in • In a special session of parliament, East Timor. (Reuters) Montenegro declares its independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. (AP) • 2006 Toronto terrorism arrests: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announce the arrest of 17 suspected Islamic terrorists in connection with a planned terrorist attack around Toronto. The RCMP say that three tons of ammonium nitrate was seized. In comparison, the 1995 Oklahoma City Current events of June 6, 2006 (2006-06-06) (Tuesday) • 2006 Toronto terrorism case: Toronto police uncover an alleged subplot where Steven Vikash Chand, alias Abdul Shakur, intended to lead an invasion of the Parliament of Canada building and assassinate Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (CBC) • Iraqi insurgency

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• Iraqi Health Ministry figures show 6,025 civilian bodies were delivered to Baghdad’s central mortuary in the first five months of this year. (BBC) • The Iraqi administration has asked the United Nations to join the investigations into alleged massacres by American soldiers. (zaman) Chad-Sudan conflict • The Sudanese Janjaweed steal 350 head of cattle from Goz Beida, Chad. (Voice of America) • Rebel leader Timane Erdimi’s UFDCSCUD forces kill 32 people and wound 50 others in attacks from Sudan into the Chadian city of Tine. Rebels briefly took control of the city before the Military of Chad chased them back over the border. (Mail and Guardian) Australia’s Howard government commissions Ziggy Switkowski to lead a commission on the introduction of nuclear energy in Australia. (Bloomberg) The opening date of the Doomsday-related film, The Omen, done so to collaborate to the date’s religious significance (June 6th, 2006 - 06/06/06, or 666 which is known as the number of the beast in Chrisitian biblical literature). It is a remake of another film by the same name from the late 70s. BAA plc, the owners of London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports, accept a £10 billion takeover bid from a consortium led by Spain’s’ Grupo Ferrovial and including the Quebec public employees’ pension fund. (BBC) The trial of Tim Selwyn for sedition begins in Auckland, New Zealand. Selwyn is the first New Zealander in over 80 years to be charged with sedition. (Newswire) Iceland’s Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson resigns after poor showings in local elections. Foreign Minister Geir Haarde takes over. (BBC) The house of Jason Grimsley, was searched as part of the ongoing BALCO steroids probe. Grimsley, a relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, asked for and received an unconditional release from the team the next day. (USA Today) The 40th Anniversary High Mass of the Church of Satan occurred in Los Angeles, where satanists gathered from nine different countries to celebrate the day. (LA CityBeat)

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• The MMORPG RuneScape glitched and players who had died inside the Player Owned House portal were able to kill anyone outside the portal, anywhere. Current events of June 7, 2006 (2006-06-07) (Wednesday) • A meteorite impact event occurs in northern Troms County, Norway. Locals compare the resultant explosion to the nuclear explosion at Hiroshima. The impact location was apparently desolate, and no structural damage or casualties are reported. (Aftenposten) (PhysOrg) • A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage is killed when it fails to gain the three-fifths majority required for cloture in the United States Senate. 49 Senators voted for the motion, and 48 voted against. This also fell far short of the two-thirds majority that would have been required for passage. (ABC News) • A Syrian military court issues an arrest warrant for former Syrian Vice President Abdual-Halim Khaddam on charges of inciting a foreign country to invade, and having contacts in Israel. Another military court sentences prominent pro-Democracy and pro-Kurd Syrian blogger Mohammad Ghanem to 6 months in prison after he is convicted of insulting the president, discrediting the Syrian government and fomenting sectarian unrest. (Al Jazeera) • Swiss investigator Dick Marty concludes that there are "serious indications" that the CIA operated secret prisons for suspected alQaeda leaders in Poland and Romania, adding that "authorities in several European countries actively participated with the CIA in these unlawful activities. Other countries ignored them knowingly, or did not want to know." (Washington Post) Current events of June 8, 2006 (2006-06-08) (Thursday) • Scientists in Greece announce to have revealed previously hidden ancient Greek letters on the Antikythera mechanism, thought to be one of the world’s first known analog computers. (The Register) • A delegation from the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army arrives in Juba, Sudan for peace talks with the Ugandan government to

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be mediated by Riek Machar, Vice President of Southern Sudan.(BBC) Conflict in Iraq • According to an aide to Iraq’s prime minister Nuri al-Maliki, the leader of AlQaeda in Iraq and one of the world’s most wanted men, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed by a U.S. air raid. Al-Zarqawi’s body was retrieved and visually identified by known scars, tattoos and fingerprints. (CNN)(BBC) • First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, 28, publicly refuses to go to Iraq, saying it would make him party to war crimes. (Reuters) (Aljazeera) (ABC) (FOX) • Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki fills the last open posts of his Council of Ministers, appointing Qadir Obeidi as defense minister and Jawad Bulani as interior minister.(BBC) Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa, a former ambassador to France and one of the first women in Bahrain to practice law, is elected President of the Sixty-first United Nations General Assembly. (Hindustan Times), (UN.org) The Broadmead area of Bristol, United Kingdom is temporarily closed following the discovery of a suspected unexploded German bomb from World War II (BBC). Microsoft makes Windows Vista beta 2 available for general download. PC World Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad declares his successor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, betrayed his trust — Mahathir’s strongest criticism of Abdullah’s administration yet. (Malaysia Today) The U.S. House of Representatives definitively rejects the concept of Net neutrality (ZDNet) In Game 1 of the NBA Finals (Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat) the Mavs beat Miami 90-80.

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• Disney/Pixar’s new film Cars opens worldwide (except in UK) • The 2006 FIFA World Cup begins at the FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich. (BBC) • The suspected WWII ’bomb’ under Broadmead in Bristol, United Kingdom turns out to be a piece of reinforced concrete. (BBC) • Celebrations for Thailand’s King Rama IX’s Diamond Jubilee begins. Current events of June 10, 2006 (2006-06-10) (Saturday) • Three prisoners commit suicide at Guantanamo Bay detainment camp in protest against the internationally criticized conditions at the camp. Human rights organizations express concern.(Houston Chronicle), (New Zealand Herald), (CNN), (Reuters) • The first tropical depression of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season forms in the northwestern Caribbean Sea. (CNN) • The militant Hamas group calls off its truce with Israel after seven civilians are killed in the Gaza Strip. More than seventy Qassam rockets were launched at Israeli towns by Hamas militants since Friday morning, wounding Palestenian and Israeli civilians alike. (Globe and Mail), (Haaretz) • A Yemeni man, linked to the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, has been deported from New Zealand. It is only the second time that section 72 of the Immigration Act, which deals with threats to national security, has been used to deport someone. Its use requires the consent of the Governor-General, and there is no right of appeal. (newswire) • Pam Beesly and Roy Anderson from the American version of "The Office" were supposed to get married today in season two, but Pam left at the altar. Current events of June 11, 2006 (2006-06-11) (Sunday)

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• Two specimens of Mesozygiella dunlopi, shift his daily life to his charity, the Bill and dating to the Early Cretaceous and the Melinda Gates Foundation. His successors oldest known orb-weaver spiders, are will be Microsoft Technical Officer Ray Ozzie discovered in amber. (BBC) (software architecturing) and Craig Mundie • The Islamic Courts Union captures the for researching and strategic affairs. Somali town Jowhar from the secular MSNBC warlords of the Alliance for the Restoration • U.S. President George W. Bush announces of Peace and Counter-Terrorism, one week the establishment of the Northwestern after taking over Mogadishu. (BBC) Hawaiian Islands National Monument, the • Abu Bakar Bashir is released from prison largest Marine Protected Area in the after serving a 26 month sentence for his world.(BBC) role in the 2002 Bali bombing. (CNN) • The U.S. military suffers its 2500th fatal • State of Origin II at Suncorp Stadium, casualty in the Iraq war. 18,490 have been Brisbane, Australia is won by Queensland wounded. (Toronto Star)(truthout) over New South Wales 30-6. This brings the • The United Kingdom agrees to jail former 2006 State of Origin series to 1 all even after Liberian president Charles Taylor if he is New South Wales won the first game on 24 convicted, removing a key obstacle to a May 2006 proposed trial to be held at The Hague under the auspices of the Special Court for Sierra Current events of June 15, Leone. (BBC) 2006 (2006-06-15) (Thursday) • A video of a U.S. Marine singing a song, • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito entitled "Hadji Girl", about the killing of Iraqi breaks a tie in a 5-4 decision in Hudson v. civilians, sparks outrage after being widely Michigan, allowing evidence admitted in distributed on the Internet. Amidst huge cases where police did not knock and condemnation, Cpl Joshua Belile issues an announce themselves when executing a apology. A Marine spokesman, Lt. Col. Scott search warrant. (CNN) Fazekas, said that they were investigating. • Hundreds are wounded in fighting between (BBC) (NYT) rival factions of the Movement of the • Clean up crews try to stop coal tar in the Democratic Forces of Casamance led by Salif Dasha River entering the Wangkuai Sadio, who supports the continuation of the Reservoir supplying the city of Baoding in Casamance Conflict, and Magne Dieme, who northern China. (New Kerala) supports reconciliation with the Government • A bomb explodes in Kandahar killing 10 and of Senegal. The fighting has spread to The wounding 15 people. (AP) Gambia and Guinea-Bissau may intervene. • Two Israeli teenage girls escape kidnapping (allAfrica.com) attempt in the West Bank. Three Palestinian • Burundi rebel group Fighters of the National suspects armed with a pistol are arrested Liberation Forces, the last active rebel group soon afterwards.(Ynet) in the country, shell the capital Bujumbura • A claymore mine suspected of being laid by with 15 60mm mortars injuring at least eight the Tamil Tigers kills 58 people in Sri Lanka. civilians despite ongoing peace talks (Reuters) between the group and the Government of Current events of June 16, Burundi in Tanzania. (News24.com) 2006 (2006-06-16) (Friday) • Coalition forces in Afghanistan launch and execute Operation Mountain Thrust to drive • The United States House of Representatives Taliban forces out of the southern provinces passes a resolution supporting President of Afghanistan. The operation is the largest Bush’s policy on Iraq 256-153. (L.A. Times) operation since the start of the Afghanistan • Surveillance and intelligence reports have war. (National Post), (Ottawa Citizen) confirmed that North Korea is preparing to • The United States Conference of Catholic test its Taepodong-2 missiles on Sunday. Bishops approves a new English translation (Toronto Star) (BBC) for mass. Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune • The Italian pretender, Vittorio Emanuele, • Bill Gates, Chairman of the Microsoft Prince of Naples, is arrested as part of an Corporation announces he will step down investigation into corruption and from his daily duties in 2008. He wants to prostitution. (BBC)

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• An H5 strain of avian influenza has been detected in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. The bird flu currently has a "low risk" to humans.(Globe and Mail) • Chinese journalist Yang Xiaoqing, a reporter for the state-run China Industrial Economy News, is sentenced to one year in prison at the Longhui No. 1 People’s Court in Hunan province for extortion. Xiaoqing wrote an article exposing local Communist Party official Yang Jianxin’s embezzlement of state assets. Jianxin has been reassigned to an advisory post in Shaoyang city. Hundreds of protesters block police cars to prevent them from taking Xiaoqing to jail. (CPJ) • The Winnipeg police have made numerous arrests in the relation to the Shedden massacre, including five members from the Bandidos motorcycle club. (CBC) • Prachanda, reclusive leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), meets with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, in what is thought to be his first visit to the capital Kathmandu in decades. (BBC) • After ten hours of talks, they agree to form a new Government with representatives of the Maoists included and a new election to be held in 2007. The rebels agree to suspend their people’s government. [4] • Israeli air strike near Gaza kills one Islamic Jihad militant and wounds two others, reportedly on their way to launch Qassam rockets. No civilians were hurt in the strike. More than a hundred Qassam rockets were launched against Israeli towns in the past week, six of them on Friday. (CNN),(Israeli MFA) • Evangelist Gilbert Deya is arrested by police at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in relation to allegations by Kenyan police of involvement in child trafficking. (BBC)

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tested positive for the H5N1 strain of the virus. This is the first time that the virus has been found in Hungary. Current events of June 18, 2006 (2006-06-18) (Sunday) • The Washington Post reveals that the current United States administration turned down an Iranian attempt to settle disagreements about recognizing the right of existence of Israel and alleged Iranian support of terrorism in 2003. (Washington Post) • According to an investigative report by Ron Suskind, Al-Qaeda was 45 days from launching a gas attack on the New York City subway when it was called off by Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, Ayman alZawahri, in 2003. (Globe and Mail), (MSNBC) • The people of Catalonia accept the proposed changes to the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia, notably a change that would define Catalonia as a nation. (CBC) • The Israeli town of Sderot shuts down for 24 hours in protest of continuing Qassam rocket attacks. More than six hundred Qassam rockets were launched against Israeli towns since Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip, a hundred of which in the past week. One rocket left parts of Sderot without electricity for several hours this morning.(Haaretz), (IHT). Current events of June 19, 2006 (2006-06-19) (Monday)

• The Carolina Hurricanes win ice hockey’s Stanley Cup in game seven of a best of seven series for the first time defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. (USA Today), (CBC) • Kathleen Blanco, the Governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana, calls in the Louisiana National Guard to patrol the streets of New Current events of June 17, Orleans following six deaths on the 2006 (2006-06-17) (Saturday) preceding weekend. (Chicago Tribune) • The United States Army charges three • Violence intensifies in Sri Lanka as soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division 3rd government troops allegedly attack Tamils in Brigade Combat Team with murder in a church in response to an attack on the relation to the deaths of three men in navy by the Tamil Tigers. (BBC) custody in Iraq. (USA Today) • Avian influenza: The EU Community • The Mujahedeen Shura Council in Iraq Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in claims that they have captured two United Weybridge, UK, confirms that birds sent States soldiers. (CBC) from Hungary after investigations began on • Iraqi prosecutors in the Trials of Saddam June 9 in Kiskunmajsa, a region where a Hussein call for Saddam Hussein to be significant amount of poultry is farmed,

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sentenced to death, together with his half casualties since Operation Mountain Thrust brother Barzan al-Tikriti and former vicebegan on June 12, 2006. (CBC) president Taha Yassin Ramadan. (Daily Mail) • The Government of Chad demands that the • North Korea is said to be readying for longSecurity Council act to stop Janjaweed and range missile test of Taepadong-2 missile UFDC incursions into Chad. (Reuters) thought to have a range which includes the • In a press conference in South Africa, western USA coastline. (CNN) Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says that United Nations peacekeeping forces shall Current events of June 20, never enter Sudan because they are 2006 (2006-06-20) (Tuesday) controlled by an international Jewish • The Washington Post, under the Freedom of conspiracy involving "heavy propaganda and Information Act, obtains the transcript of an media campaigns." (SudanTribune) investigative interview with Donald • The United States Marine Corps announces Rumsfeld. The U.S. Secretary of Defense that it will be charging seven Marines and cited poor memory, loose office procedures, one sailor with charges including murder in and preoccupation with "the wars" as the relation to the death of civilian Hashim reasons he did not know how his department Ibrahim Awad in Al Hamdaniya, Iraq, on nearly squandered $30 billion leasing several April 26. A fourth soldier from the 101st hundred tanker aircraft from Boeing. (The Airborne Division was charged in connection RawStory) (Washington Post) with the shooting deaths of three detainees • Iraqi officials have unconfirmed reports that during an operation in Salaheddin province they have found the bodies of the two U.S. in May. (NBC) (CNN) soldiers the American military began looking • Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor, for at the beginning of this week. The bodies asks Prime Minister Marí Alkatiri to resign. of PFC Kristian Menchaca of Houston, Texas, (CNN) and PFC Thomas Lowell Tucker of Madras, • Saddam Hussein’s principal defense lawyer, Oregon showed several signs of torture. Khamis al-Obeidi, is assassinated in (MSNBC) (CNN) Baghdad. (BBC) • Jack Abramoff scandals: David Safavian, • United States celebrates national Go former George W. Bush White House official, Skateboarding Day. is convicted of four felony counts of lying • Ukraine’s formerly estranged Orange and obstruction of justice related to his Revolution allies reach an agreement to dealings with lobbyist Jack Abramoff. (CNN) restore Yulia Tymoshenko as Prime Minister • Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia, of Ukraine after three months of uncertainty. leaves Sierra Leone for his human rights (Kyiv Post) trial at The Hague. (Reuters) • Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Episcopal • Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi bishop of Nevada, and the new leader of the announces plans to withdraw his country’s Episcopal Church in the United States of troops from Iraq. The 600 soldiers had been America has said that homosexuality is not a deployed to Iraq in 2004 to aid in sin. (Melbourne Herald Sun) reconstruction and sparked controversy in Japan, as it was the most ambitious overseas Current events of June 22, 2006 (2006-06-22) (Thursday) deployment by Japan since World War II. (Reuters) • The International Astronomical Union • Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and officially names Pluto’s recently discovered Palestinean President Mahmoud Abbas will moons, S/2005 P 2 and S/2005 P 1, Nix (after attend a common meeting later this week. Nyx, the Greek Goddess of Darkness) and (MSNBC) Hydra (|multi-headed monster from Greek myth) respectively. (SMH), (National Current events of June 21, Geographic) 2006 (2006-06-21) (Wednesday) • East Timor President Xanana Gusmão • War in Afghanistan: Six Canadian soldiers threatens to resign over the social unrest in are wounded following two separate attacks his country. (BBC) in the southern provinces of Afghanistan. • The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation The six casualties are the first coalition raids terror suspects in Miami, Florida, with

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seven arrests made. The detainees are charged with terrorism conspiracy, in connection of being in the early stages of planning attacks against Chicago’s Sears Tower and possibly FBI and government buildings in the Miami area. (Associated Press) (FOX News) (CNN) The International Committee of the Red Cross admits the Israeli Magen David Adom and the Palestine Red Crescent Society. The resolution, ending 58 years of struggle, was passed by a 237-54 vote, over Muslim objections. (CNN) (BBC) Japan dispatches ships and planes to monitor developments in North Korea as that country prepares to test a long range missile. (Associated Press) United States and coalition forces have found 500 pre-1991 chemical weapons since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. A Pentagon official has stated that the weapons were degraded beyond the point of use, but the report states they remain a danger and are still potentially lethal. (AFP) (FOX News) After 16 years in office, Angelo Cardinal Sodano retires as Cardinal Secretary of State. He will be succeeded by Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, until now Archbishop of Genoa. (Holy See Bollettino)

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purpose of economic interest of private properties..." (White House Press Release) Saddam Hussein has ended a brief hunger strike, after missing one meal in his prison. He did this in protest of the killing of one of his lawyers. (Reuters) A United States warship is reported to have shot down a missile in the Pacific, in a test of their now operational sea-based missile defense system. (AFP) Harriet, a Galapagos tortoise, has died at age 176. Harriet was one of the oldest known animals in the world. (Sydney Morning Herald) Norman Mineta announces his resignation as United States Secretary of Transportation effective from July 7, 2006. (Associated Press) The New York Times publishes a major story on the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program, a secret CIA surveillance of international private banking for the last five years via the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) and rejects government requests to withdraw it. (NYT) Prime Minister of Poland Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz announced a dismissal of Zyta Gilowska, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. PM’s advisor Paweł Wojciechowski was introduced as her successor. Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz declared that Gilowska’s policy will be continued. (CNN) Actor, singer, dancer, and television producer Aaron Spelling dies at age 83 due to complications from the stroke that had occurred five days before on 18 June 2006. There was a private funeral several days later.

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Current events of June 23, 2006 (2006-06-23) (Friday) • Human Rights Watch estimates that several hundred civilians in eastern Chad have been massacred by Sudanese Janjaweed and UFDC attacks in the past week alone. HRW also accuses the Government of Sudan of using child soldiers. HRW Africa Director Peter Takirambudde refers to the attacks as "havoc," and that civilians "are trapped between the carnage in Darfur and Chad’s downward spiral into chaos." (CNN) • Director of the United States Missile Defense Agency, Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III, stated that he is "very confident" any North Korean missile headed towards the United States would be destroyed mid-flight by interceptor missiles if approved by the President. (Associated Press) • U.S. President George W. Bush has issued an executive order stating that he will limit taking of private property by the federal government and that it must "benefit... the general public...and not merely for the •

Current events of June 24, 2006 (2006-06-24) (Saturday) • In Germany, 378 people (including 122 England fans) are arrested after a violent confrontation between England supporters and Germany supporters in Stuttgart. Approximately 60,000 England supporters are present in Stuttgart for Sunday’s World Cup second round game with Ecuador. (BBC) • Current Bolivian Minister of Hydrocarbons Andrés Soliz Rada asks Bolivia’s chief prosecutor to issue charges against former heads of Enron, its subsidiary Prisma Energy International, former President of Bolivia Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, former Vice

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President Víctor Hugo Cárdenas, former Enron director for Bolivia Peter E. Weidler, several ministers during Sánchez’s 1993-1997 presidency, and former executives of Bolivia’s state oil company for “contracts damaging to the state, contravening the constitution and falsification of contracts.” Lozada is charged with genocide for his role in the Bolivian Gas War. (Reuters) • President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Philippines signs a law that repeals the death penalty. (Sun Star) • In Vietnam, President Trần Đức Lương, Prime Minister Phan Văn Khải and the Chairman of the Assembly Nguyen Van An resign, citing old age. (BBC) • In Gaza, Israel captures two civilian Palestinian brothers in an overnight raid, in the Muamar family detention incident.(BBC) Current events of June 25, 2006 (2006-06-25) (Sunday) • The Sudanese government announces the lifting of a partial ban on United Nations operations in the conflict-hit Darfur region. The ban was made after the government accused the UN of transporting a rebel leader who opposes a recent peace deal. (BBC) • Arcelor declares its merger with Mittal Steel. The new company will be called ArcelorMittal. (CNN-IBN) (BBC) • Eight Palestinian militants, including Hamas militants, infiltrate into an army post in Israel using a tunnel. Two Israeli soldiers are killed, one kidnapped and three wounded in the attack, in which at least two Palestinian militants die. Israeli PM vows a fierce military response to the attack once the soldier, Gilad Shalit, is returned. Two infantry brigades and supporting armoured regiments are deployed along the Gaza Strip border, in preparation for a major offensive.(Haaretz),(Reuters UK),(BBC) • José Ramos-Horta resigns as both Foreign and Interim Defence Minister of East Timor amidst ongoing political turmoil. (SMH) • Italians vote in a referendum on whether to approve the modification of 53 articles in the constitution. Approval would give more power to the prime minister and to the regions, making Italy a federal state. (Scotsman)

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• The world’s third richest man, Warren Buffett, pledges to donate approximately $37 billion USD in shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, effectively making it the largest charitable organization in history. (Fortune)(NYT)(BBC) Current events of June 26, 2006 (2006-06-26) (Monday) • Electronic IDs will be distributed to all under the age of 12 in Belgium, as a means of protection from child abduction, and will carry a special code in addition to a hotline. (The Telegraph Group Limited) • U.S. President George W. Bush criticises the disclosure of a program to monitor financial transactions by suspected terrorists as "disgraceful". White House Press Secretary Tony Snow also states that news organizations, including the New York Times, should think if "the public’s right to know, in some cases, might override somebody’s right to live..." (CNN)(White House Press Briefing) • Waziristan War: a suicide car bombing kills six Pakistani soldiers. BBC • Marí Alkatiri resigns as Prime Minister of East Timor after weeks of political unrest. (Melbourne Herald-Sun), (Reuters) • A suicide bomb in Pannapittya, Sri Lanka, kills three people, including Parami Kulkathunga, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Army. (Asian Tribune) • Israel has stated that they will ensure that the Hamas-controlled Palestinian government is "toppled" if their captured soldier, Gilad Shalit, is killed. Three Palestinian groups claiming to hold Shalit refuse to provide information about his health via the Palestine Red Crescent, unless all jailed Palestinian women and teenagers are released from Israeli prisons. Three Qassam rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip against Israeli towns, one of them wounding 4 civilians in Sderot and causing a power outage throughout the city. (ABC News America), (Haaretz), (AFP/High Ranking Source), (Jerusalem post) • Italians reject the modification of their constitution. In a two-day referendum, "No" beats "Yes" approximately 61% to 38%, thus keeping the text unchanged. The Northern League had announced its withdrawal from the centre-right opposition coalition if reform was defeated. Votes of Italians living

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abroad are still to be counted. (BBC)(CorriereDellaSera) Current events of June 27, 2006 (2006-06-27) (Tuesday) • Chadian rebels attack the neighboring Central African Republic. They have reportedly formed an alliance with CAR rebels. Large areas of both countries have descended into violence. (BBC) • Armenian President Robert Kocharyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev agree to allow the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh to decide the region’s future status through a popular vote. (Radio Free Europe-Armenian Liberty) • The most recent attempt in the United States to adopt a flag desecration amendment fails in the Senate by one vote. (CNN) • Popular musician Axl Rose from the band Guns N’ Roses is arrested in Stockholm, Sweden, for alleged violent conduct including biting a security guard on the leg. (BBC) • Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran does "not need" to talk with the United States over its nuclear program. (CBS News) • The Hamas-led Palestinian government has reportedly agreed to implicitly recognise Israel, paving the way to reopening peace talks with it. Other Hamas officials later deny these reports. (BBC). • A Palestinian militant group kidnaps and an hour later kills a 19-year-old Israeli tertiary student, Eliyahu Asheri. The same group later threatens it will kill the student if the Israeli offensive continues. (Haaretz) • The Iraqi Special Tribunal announces that Saddam Hussein and six co-defendants will face trial on August 21 in relation to the 1980s Anfal campaign in which 100,000 Kurds are estimated to have died. (China Post) • A vote in the Legislative Yuan to recall Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, who is implicated in numerous corruption scandals, fails to gain the necessary two-thirds majority. (Bloomberg) (AP) • Nguyen Minh Triet becomes President of Vietnam with Nguyễn Tấn Dũng expected to become the new Prime Minister of Vietnam. (CNN), (BBC) • Ronaldo broke the all-time FIFA World Cup finals goal-scoring record of 14 goals set by

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Gerd Müller of Germany, scoring his 15th World Cup goal, and Brazil’s first goal of the match (Round of 16), against Ghana in his 18th World Cup match. Current events of June 28, 2006 (2006-06-28) (Wednesday) • Up to 200,000 people in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area of the northeast United States are ordered to evacuate their homes due to the rising level of the Susquehanna River. 46 of 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties are under a state of emergency. Extensive flooding is also occurring in surrounding states, including New York, where Governor George Pataki states "This is the worst flooding by far I’ve seen in my 12 years as governor." Governor Jon Corzine declares his entire state under a state of emergency. (CBS News Alert) (FOX News) • An angry mob in Dili, East Timor, attacks a refugee camp as the 2006 East Timor crisis continues. (Melbourne Age) • Israel launches an offensive into the southern Gaza Strip, following aerial strikes on bridges and electric power installations. Meanwhile, four Israeli war planes fly over the palace of Syria’s president Bashar Assad in Latakia, reportedly while he was at the palace. (Haaretz), (CNN), (BBC), (Reuters) • Members of the militant wing of Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, claim they have launched a chemical-tipped missile at the Israeli town of Sderot. The same group has recently claimed to possess about 20 biological warheads for Qassam rockets fired daily at Israeli towns. The Israeli Army says they have not detected a launch of any such rocket, nor received reports of such a weapon hitting Israel. At least four Qassam rockets are launched against Israeli towns on Wednesday. (Reuters), (Haaretz) • After numerous attempts to revive the film franchise over the past nineteen years, Superman is the central character in a new film from director Bryan Singer entitled Superman Returns. Current events of June 29, 2006 (2006-06-29) (Thursday) • A new audio tape, allegedly from Osama Bin Laden, is released praising Abu Musab alZarqawi. (Associated Press)

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• Internet Explorer Version 7 Beta 3 is released for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 • The United States House of Representatives votes to end a 25-year ban on off-shore drilling. (MSNBC) • Former Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama Don Siegelman is convicted of bribery and conspiracy. (WTVM) • The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes up over 215 points as a result of the United States Federal Reserve saying that it would consider the overall economy, and direction of inflation, in setting the interest rate. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the 17th consecutive time to 5.25% due to ongoing concerns about inflation. (Associated Press) (Yahoo) (International Herald Tribune) • A suicide bomber attacks the funeral of a Shiite soldier in Kirkuk, Iraq, killing four and wounding 27. (USA Today) • The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that the Bush Administration has no authority to try detained prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay by military tribunal, and that the proceedings violate the Geneva Convention as well as the US constitution. (BBC) • British House of Commons by-elections for the constituencies of Blaenau Gwent and Bromley and Chislehurst are held to fill vacant parliamentary seats. (BBC) • Operation Summer Rains: • Israeli government puts off an offensive to the northern Gaza Strip, and freezes military operations in the southern Gaza strip, to allow further time for diplomatic negotiations. There have been no Palestinian fatalities in two days of Israeli operations in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. (Haaretz) • Six Qassam rockets are launched from the northern Gaza Strip against Israeli towns. The Israel Defense Forces fire over 400 artillery shells at unpopulated areas in the Gaza Strip, to suppress further rocket attacks. (Ynet) • Russia asks Israel to avoid harming Palestinian civilians in any offensive in the Gaza Strip and urges militants to free the abducted Israeli soldier. (Independent SA)

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• The body of Israeli student Eliyahu Asheri is found buried in a field near Ramallah with a head shot. Asheri, 18, was kidnapped and killed on Sunday night by a Palestinian militant group. (Haaretz) • Failed Israeli air strike against two Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza leaves one civilian lightly wounded. (Ynet) • The body of Noam Moskovich, an Alzheimer’s patient who was claimed to be abducted by Palestinian militants, is found in Rishon LeZion. Police ruled out both criminal and terrorist motives. (Jerusalem Post) • Israeli soldiers arrest 62 Hamas members in the West Bank, including 8 ministers and 20 lawmakers in the Palestinian Authority, raising concern at concurrent G8 summit. Israeli officials announce that further arrests are expected, and that the suspects will face standard criminal proceedings. (Haaretz), (Reuters Alertnet) • Kuwait holds a Parliamentary election, the country’s first with universal suffrage. Opposition parties win a parliamentary majority but no women are elected.(Fox News) (Turkish Press) • The cabinet Balkenende II of the Netherlands resigns after a row between the coalition partners about the citizenship of former MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali. (Expatica.com), (BBC) Current events of June 30, 2006 (2006-06-30) (Friday) • A judge orders the arrest of former Mexican President Luis Echeverría on charges relating to the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. (Reuters) • The United States military orders an investigation into claims that five US soldiers raped an Iraqi woman and then murdered her and three members of her family. (Houston Chronicle) • With the election of Trish Law in a byelection, the National Assembly for Wales becomes the first legislature in the world to have a majority of female members. (BBC) • Operation Summer Rains: • On the sixth day to the abduction of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, his father calls the abductors to provide him with a sign of life from

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