Vienna / Austria : Parliament decides to lower the voting age for nationwide elections from 18 to 16 years. The low age limit, which Austria has in common with only a few countries, is intended to alleviate young people's disaffection with politics ; School accompanying measures for political education are also planned .
Monday July 2, 2007
Deutsche Bahn is currently concentrating on high-speed routes and logistics
Beijing / China : According to the Financial Times , 750,000 people die every year in the People's Republic as a result of environmental pollution . According to their information, the Chinese government has put pressure on the World Bank to delete a relevant passage from the environmental report, as this information could spark social unrest.
Tokyo / Japan : The Japanese Defense Minister Fumio Kyūma resigns after his controversial statements on the importance of the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the end of the Second World War. Kyuma's successor will be the previous security advisor, Yuriko Koike .
Kabul / Afghanistan : A mass grave is found in a former military prison on Soviet military grounds . The victims are believed to be Afghan civilians who refused to cooperate with the Soviets. Some of the people were killed by gunshots in the head, and some were walled up alive in the prison rooms.
Saturday 7th July 2007
Rally on the Frankfurt Römer against the NPD demonstration
Worldwide: The 24-hour benefit concert series Live Earth , which takes place on all seven continents, aims to raise awareness of climate protection with around 150 performers and bands around the world . With around one million concert-goers and an estimated two billion listeners and viewers through various media, it was the largest music event in history to date .
Islamabad / Pakistan : Special forces of the Pakistani military storm the Red Mosque, which has been occupied for days by partially armed Koran students . There are over 70 fatalities.
Wednesday July 11, 2007
Washington, DC / United States : The US is sending another aircraft carrier to the Middle East , according to the US Navy. The background to the dispatch of the third aircraft carrier is the growing tensions with Iran and the security offensive in Iraq .
Thursday July 12, 2007
Baghdad / Iraq : 12 civilians die in an air strike using Apache attack helicopters, including Reuters employees Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh , whose telephoto lenses were mistaken for rocket launchers by the helicopter crew. At least two are critically injured. In the incident, a minibus was destroyed by means of the Apache's 30 mm gun, with which a family man wanted to rescue an initially only wounded man.
Mainz / Germany : The Mainz Labor Court approves the contradictions of the German Engine Drivers' Union against the strike ban imposed on Tuesday. This allows the union to call for and strike again in these areas of the company. The union has announced that it will not hold warning strikes until further negotiations on July 19.
Belgrade / Serbia : The Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica strictly rejects a proposal by the EU and the USA to enter into new direct negotiations with the Albanian-dominated provincial government of Kosovo on the basis of another UN resolution . This increases the risk that in the near future the USA, but ultimately also EU states, will recognize Kosovo as an independent state.
Islamabad / Pakistan : According to the authorities, at least 14 people were killed in a suicide attack near the reopened Red Mosque in Islamabad. The attack targeted police officers eating in a busy market in the Pakistani capital. A young man approached the officers and blew himself up.
Saturday July 28, 2007
Gran Canaria / Spain : The biggest fire in the island's history has raged near the town of Tejeda since the morning and has so far destroyed 3500 hectares of forest. The fire was started by a forest worker.