Vanuatu backtracks on a controversial law that would have allowed immigration authorities to racially profile and closely follow people from the Middle East.
A Vanuatu patrol boat detains two Chinese fishing vessels near the Torres Islands in the Coral Sea for suspected illegal fishing.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says his country is willing to accept some asylum seekers from the Middle East and Asia, currently in detention camps on impoverished Pacific island nations. Presently, 267 refugees in Australia for medical treatment, some accompanied by a relative, are set to be returned to Nauru’s detention camp. Australia is hesitant about the offer, concerned that it could encourage people smugglers.
A heat wave affecting the Middle East causes almost 100 deaths in Egypt.
A heat wave hits the Middle East with Baghdad recording a top temperature of 50 C and the Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr recording a near world record heat index temperature of 165.2 F.
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates say they have arrested seven suspected members of an al-Qaeda-linked "terrorist cell" seeking to carry out operations in the country and the region.
Russia becomes the 156th member of the World Trade Organization. Vanuatu becomes the 157th member.
Vanuatu Prime Minister Sato Kilman is ousted in a vote of no confidence. Serge Vohor becomes the new Prime Minister of Vanuatu.
Stock markets in the United States and Europe fall due to uncertainty in the Middle East and rising oil prices.
In the villages of Deir Nizam, Bel'ien and Ne'lien near Ramallah in the West Bank and Gaza Strip hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli peace activists protest against Israel's decision to build a wall and expand Jewish settlements, while several of them are injured by Israeli tear gas and bullets.
Israeli courts charge two Israeli soldiers for allegedly using a 9-year-old Palestinian as a human shield (considered a war crime) in Tel Al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza in January 2009 after the United Nations intervenes. [http:--www.jpost.com-Israel-Article.aspx?id=170781 ("The Jerusalem Post")] [https:--web.archive.org-web-20100315072438-http:--www.haaretz.com-hasen-spages-1155896.html ("Ha'aretz")] [http:--news.bbc.co.uk-2-hi-middle_east-8563726.stm (BBC)] [http:--www.france24.com-en-20100311-israel-charges-soldiers-with-misconduct-gaza-war (France24)]date=August 2019 [http:--www.nzherald.co.nz-war-news-article.cfm?c_id=359&objectid=10631558 ("The New Zealand Herald")]date=August 2019