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After a record 9th win at chess mecca Linares, world No. 1 since ’84 Garry Kasparov, 42, retires. A vocal critic of Russian Prez V. Putin, he is to join politics through liberal group Committee 2008.


Amid severe criticism, the UAE announces a Crackdown on the use of child jockeys in camel races. The Gulf has thousands of such kids.

Hans Bethe, 98, key Manhattan Project and A-bomb figure—and later pacifist—dies. His ’67 Nobel though came for his seminal work in solar physics, on energy production in stars (’38).


Steel magnate L.N. Mittal, 48, comes third on the annual Forbes billionaires list after Gates and Buffet. Eight other Indians also figure on the list.

Gabriel Batistuta, 36, Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer retires. Part of two Copa America winning teams, he had a dream run with Fiorentina too.


Pakistan admits that Dr A.Q. Khan, their nuke hero, passed weapons-worthy centrifuges to Iran.

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