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Old 09-01-2015, 10:32 PM   #357
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The 2007 South Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan began on July 19, 2007, when 23 South Korean missionaries were captured and held hostage by members of the Taliban while passing through Ghazni Province of Afghanistan. Two male hostages were executed before the deal was reached between the Taliban and the South Korean government.. The group, composed of 16 women and seven men, was captured while traveling from Kandahar to Kabul by bus on a mission sponsored by the Saemmul Presbyterian Church.. The crisis began when two local men, who the driver had allowed to board, started shooting to bring the bus to a halt.. Over the next month, the hostages were kept in cellars and farmhouses and regularly moved in groups of three to four..The release of the hostages was secured with a South Korean promise to withdraw its 200 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2007.. Although the South Korean government offered no statement, a Taliban spokesman claimed that the militant group also received some US$20 million in exchange for the safety of the captured missionaries...

2007 was designated as:

International Heliophysical Year.
International Polar Year.
European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.
Year of Rumi.
Year of the Dolphin.
Scotland's Year of Highland Culture.
Scouting Centenary, celebrating 100 years of the Scout Movement.
Leicester's year of construction...

UNESCO has recognized 15 anniversaries for 2007...

As South Korea was already scheduled to withdraw its 200 troops by the end of the year, the Taliban's initial demand was only that they hold to this plan, but later also sought the release of 23 Taliban militants from prison..Public gatherings were held in Korea during the capture to pray for the safety of the hostages.. Muslims residing in Korea also expressed their grief regarding the incident and avow that the acts of the Taliban are against the principles of Islam..Many Koreans nevertheless held numerous protests and demonstrations outside the Seoul Central Mosque..

July 1 - The Concert for Diana was held in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales-A smoking ban came into effect in all enclosed public places in England..Its a pity there is no smoking vehicull concentration camp ban /2 – Venus and Saturn are in conjunction andy, separation 46 arcsecs-Michael Mullen, 21, of Leeds, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of his 2-year-old niece Casey Leigh Mullen, who died at her home in the city on 11 February this year. The trial judge recommended that Mullen should serve a minimum of 35 years before being considered for parole-When Mullen was arrested at his home, he was "shaking uncontrollably" and later claimed to have had no memory of what had happened-Demolition work began on the historic HP Sauce factory in Birmingham, which closed in May with the loss of 125 jobs and the end of more than 100 years of manufacturing when the production facility was transferred to the Netherlands\6 –The British Grand Prix / 7 – Live Earth Concerts are heldthroughout 9 major cities around the world — T in the Park, Oxegen\8 - 121st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (7-6 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-2) -114th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Marion Bartoli (6-4 6-1) - was held at the Silverstone Circuit/12 – The first MORI poll of Gordon Brown's reign as prime minister showed the Labour government 6 points ahead of the Tories on 41%...whoopee foookin do\14- Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe/16 - An EQ of magnitude 6.8 and aftershock of 6.6 occurs off the Niigata coast, Japan, killing 8 people with at least 800 injured and damaging a nuclear power plant\17 – TAM Airlines Flight 3054 overruns the runway of São Paulo–Congonhas Airport and crashes, killing all 187 and 12 others on the ground/18 – Stadium mk, a 22,000-seat multi purpose stadium, is opened in Milton Keynes. Its main tenants are Milton Keynes Dons F.C.\ 21 – The final book in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is released and sells over 11 million copies in the first 24 hours, becoming the fastest selling book in history/22– Floods caused chaos through wide areas of Britain, especially the counties of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire, and left hundreds homeless and thousands of vehicles stranded on major roads - 136th British Golf Open: Pádraig Harrington shoots a 277 at Carnoustie Golf Links\24- Libya frees all 6 of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya/31 - Korn's 8th studio album, which is untitled, debuts at number 2 on the Billboard 200, with 123,000 copies sold in its first week- Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in NI, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end...'s been traveling twenty-two years to get here.. And now it's here.. And it's either heads or tails.. And you have to say.. Call it...

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