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Cyprus and Malta adopt the euro. At 19:04:39 UTC, the MESSENGER space probe is at its closest approach during its first flyby of the planet Mercury. Stock markets around the world plunge amid growing fears of a U. A peace deal is signed in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, ending the Kivu conflict.

Iran opens its first space center and launches a rocket into space. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivers a formal apology to the Stolen Generations. Kosovo formally declares independence from Serbia, with a mixed response from the international community. Rising food and fuel prices trigger riots and unrest in the Third World. African Union and Comoros forces invade the rebel-held island of Anjouan, returning the island to Comorian control.

Surgeons at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital perform the first operations using bionic eyes, implanting them into two blind patients. The Chaitén volcano in Chile enters a new eruptive phase for the first time since around 1640. Cyclone Nargis passes through Myanmar, killing more than 138,000 people. 9 on the moment magnitude scale strikes Sichuan, China, killing an estimated 87,000 people. NASA’s Phoenix spacecraft becomes the first to land on the northern polar region of Mars. The Legislature Parliament of Nepal votes overwhelmingly in favor of abolishing the country’s 240-year-old monarchy, turning the country into a republic.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions is adopted in Dublin. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally apologizes, on behalf of the Canadian government, to the country’s First Nations for the Canadian Indian residential school system. Expo 2008 opens in Zaragoza, Spain, lasting to September 14, with the topic “Water and sustainable development”. Betancourt and 14 other hostages are rescued from FARC rebels by Colombian security forces. Eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth in the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering.