June 2010

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June 2010 was the sixth month of that common year. It began on a Tuesday and ended after 30 days on a Wednesday.

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  • The Iranian ambassador in Baghdad says the recent release of two Iranians from Iraqi custody is not an indication of any impeding deal to free three Americans held in Tehran on spying charges since their capture in July 2009 while hiking in northern Iraq's mountainous Kurdish region. (USA Today)
  • The United States insists any Afghan peace deal must ensure women's rights as Afghanistan prepares to open a peace conference aimed at persuading Taliban leaders to put down their weapons. (USA Today)
  • Aftermath of the Gaza flotilla raid
    • Survivors of the Israeli assault on the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla return to Greece and Turkey, providing the first eyewitness accounts of the attack. (The Guardian) (BBC)
    • Israel announces it has imprisoned an official figure of 487 of the people it captured in its commando raid on the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla, while 48 others will be officially expelled after being brought into Israel by Israeli authorities yesterday. (The Sydney Morning Herald) (AFP)
    • Israel's ambassador to Denmark, Arthur Avnon, announces that the Israeli military had received rumours of a report which asserted a link between the flotilla and Al-Qaida. (FOX News) (News24)
    • Hundreds of Israelis gather outside the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv in protest against Turkey's involvement in the Gaza flotilla. (Ynetnews)
    • Turks protest for a second day, marching in front of Istanbul's Israeli consulate, and several are arrested in Ankara after encountering police in front of the Israeli Embassy there. (ABC News)
    • Coalition parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly clash over the Israeli commando attack on the aid convoy. (The Belfast Telegraph)
    • Reports are released regarding the nationalities of those captured after the flotilla raid. (Asia One News) (The Age)
    • Reports are also released expressing concern for captured international journalists, including those from Aljazeera and Astro Awani, while media organisations are asked to act for the release of all journalists in Israeli custody and to request their freedom to practice their profession without pressure and harassment. (ArabNews) (NDTV)
    • Egypt announces that it will temporarily open its border with Gaza for aid. (AP via Fox News)
    • Turkey calls for sanctions against Israel. The United States, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, acts to mitigate the language of the Security Council's draft statement which condemned Israel's action "in the strongest terms", opting instead for one that requests an "impartial" investigation of the deaths and condemns the "acts" that led to it. (The Times)
    • Twenty Israeli trucks deliver cargo from the captured ships to the Gaza Strip via Kerem Shalom crossing. (YnetNews) (YouTube)
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  • The MARS-500 project begins, with six men - three Russians, two Europeans and a Chinese man - entering the sealed facility in Moscow where they will spend 18 months in isolation from the outside world. (BBC) (RIA Novosti)
  • The earliest surviving complete census of Ireland is made available online for the first time and reveals details on the early life of James Joyce as well as other famous writers and politicians. (The Irish Times) (RTÉ)



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  • The genetically modified variety of maize known as NK603, outlawed across the European Union, is sown and contaminates fields in seven German states. (Deutsche Welle) (BBC)
  • A nearly 25-year study published today in Paediatrics concludes that children raised in lesbian households are "psychologically well-adjusted" and have "fewer behavioral problems than their peers". (CNN)

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  • At least 11 people die and injuries are caused in various fatal incidents across Iraq, including several civilians, a Sunni Imam and a Christian. (BBC)

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  • Scientists find evidence that large seas once existed on Mars. (BBC)

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  • A group of German Jews prepare to send a ship with humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip. (AFP)
  • Russia announces plans to sell Iran S-300 ground-to-air missiles, stating that the new United Nations sanctions do not cover stationary air defense weaponry. (Ynetnews)

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