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International Events 2010 – July Current Affairs

July 1: Christian Wulff (51) becomes Germany’s youngest-ever President.
Jayant Patel Indian-born U.S. citizen dubbed “Dr. Death” in Australia gets a seven-year jail term for a string of botched operations.
Russia’s math whiz Grigori Perelman turns down a $ 1 million prize awarded to him for proving the 106-year-old Poincare Conjecture.

July 2: The United Nations General Assembly votes to create “U.N. Women” (UNW) for accelerating gender equality and women’s empowerment.

July 3: Rosa Otunbayeva is sworn in Kyrgyzstasn’s President in the capital Bishkek and becomes the first woman head of state in Central Asia.

July 4: Bronislaw Kamorowski wins Poland’s run off presidential elections.
U.S. Army General David Petraeus assumes command of the 130,000-strong international force in Afghanistan.

July 5: Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan launch a customs union.
Iceland authorities exhume the body of chess legend Bobby Fischer to carry out a paternity test to settle a dispute over his estate.

July 7: A Solar Impulse airplane takes off on a pioneering round-theclock flight attempt at Payerne airport in Switzerland.

July 8: Solar Impulse, a giant glider-like aircraft completes the first night flight propelled by solar energy.
The European Parliament gives nod for a legal blue-print for the formation of the European External Action Service, a 97,000–strong diplomatic corps.
Ten persons suspected of spying for Russia in the U.S. are swapped for four Russians accused of being U.S. double agents in Vienna, Austria.

July 10: The European spacecraft Rosetta performs a flyby of Lutetia, a massive potato-shaped asteroid.

July 12: The Swiss government declares French-Polish film director Roman Polanski under house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad a freeman.
The International Criminal Court at The Hague charges Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with genocide in Darfur.

July 13: France’s Lower House of Parliament votes to ban the wearing of the burqa and the niqab or full face Muslim veil in public.
Arun Kumar Narote, an Indian student hailing from Hyderabad is shot dead at a provision store in Bridgeport city in the U.S.

July 15: Argentina becomes the first country in Latin America to legalise same-sex marriage following a landmark Senate vote after a 15-hour debate.
The U.S. Senate passes an unprecedented and game-changing Wall Street reform bill.

July 16: Germany and China ink a series of deals reportedly worth several billion dollars.

July 17: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard calls for general election set for August 21.
NASA’s wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer or WISE completes its first survey of the entire sky.

July 18: The world celebrates “Nelson Mandela International Day” as the anti-apartheid icon turns 92.
Syria bans niqab the full Islamic veil at universities.

July 21: The U.S. President Barack Obama signs into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

July 22: Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in February 2008 legal, says the International Court of Justice in a ground breaking ruling.
Balochistan province in Pakistan is smothered by floods.

July 26: In one of the biggest leaks in U.S. military history, online whistleblower WikiLeaks brings to light a huge cache of secret U.S. files exposing truth of the failing war of Afghanistan.
A Spanish man Oscar, who underwent the world’s first full face transplant on March 20 at a Barcelona hospital, appears on television.

July 28: All 152 people, including six Youth Parliament members, on board a Pakistan aircraft are killed as it crashes into the Margalla Hills skirting the capital Islamabad.
The Bangladesh Supreme Court nullifies the controversial 5th Amendment to the Constitution made in 1977 that gave legitimacy to military-led governments.

July 30: Nepal’s Supreme Court upholds life term for Charles Sobhraj for a crime he committed in 1975.
At least 800 people are killed after three days of rainfall causes widespread flooding in Pakistan.
India and the U.S. sign an agreement for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel in Washington.

July 31: Chelsea Clinton marries investment banker Marc Mezvinsky at Astor Court in Rhinebeck, New York.

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