For the first time the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of the possibility of the creation of an independent Palestinian state but attached many qualifications to its creation.

The Iranian presidential election resulted in a landslide victory for the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a result that was immediately rejected by hundreds of thousands of voters who demonstrated for several days for a recount or re-run; both options were rejected by the country's Supreme Leader.

In Britain Gordon Brown announced an independent inquiry into the Iraq war but left doubts about whether it would be conducted wholly or partly in private.

In the United States President Abeam launched a campaign to win support for a comprehensive health service and also announced extended regulation for the financial sector.