In his first speech since being appointed to Britain's cabinet by Prime Minister Gordon Brown on June 5, Secretary of State for Defense Bob Ainsworth said on July 8 that the war in Afghanistan was a serious struggle that required patience.
Ousted Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya — whose attempt to return to Honduras two days earlier was thwarted when the new government blocked the runways at Tegucigalpa's airport — traveled to Washington on July 7 for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The violence continued to escalate in China’s far-west Xinjiang province after protests and riots left more than 150 people dead over the weekend. According to multiple reports, rioters armed with machetes, axes, knives, and clubs clashed with police and government forces in what is being called China’s worst social violence since the notorious government crackdown at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
President Obama brought two things on his trip to Russia this week: thousands of outsourced American jobs and a proposal for more nuclear disarmament.
A plane provided by Venezuela's Marxist strongman Hugo Chavez ferried the ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, from Washington to the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on July 5, only to find the airport runway blocked by military vehicles.