- AFRICA: In Somalia, security forces shot dead a suicide bomber targeting the venue for a national conference on a draft constitution, while a second bomber blew himself up and wounded six police officers.
- AMERICAS: Mexican prosecutors filed charges against three generals for allegedly providing protection to the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel
- ASIA: In Afghanistan, the ISAF reported a senior Taliban commander had been captured during an operation in Zabul province.
- EUROPE: Spain’s government set debt limits for regions, though Catalonia and Andalucia rejected them.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran has allowed the Taliban to open an office in eastern Iran and discussed providing them with surface-to-air missiles, ramping up the potential for cooperation with the insurgents.
- TECHNOLOGY: Dropbox admitted some user accounts were hacked and that it was adding security features in response
- Syria: Battle of Aleppo continued, Assad calls on Syrian army to fight harder
- The army continued fighting for control over Aleppo, striking rebel positions with aircraft and artillery.
- President Assad made public remarks addressing security forces, calling on them to continue fighting a “crucial” battle for the fate of the nation.
- Members of the Syrian National Council, dissatisfied with the organization, formed a new opposition group, the Council for the Syrian Revolution.
- Coverage: NYT, BBC, Guardian, Reuters, Al Jazeera, AP, CNN
- DR Congo: Government forces abandoned villages to rebel forces in eastern DRC after running out of ammunition, diplomats said amid mounting concern over the new conflict. (AFP)
- Egypt: PM Qandil selected his new cabinet, which will be formally announced on Thursday. (AFP)
- Libya: Seven Iranian aid workers were kidnapped by gunmen in Benghazi. (Reuters)
- Libya: A bombing struck a military intelligence building in Benghazi. (Xinhua)
- Somalia: In Mogadishu, security forces shot dead a suicide bomber targeting the venue for a national conference on a draft constitution, while a second bomber blew himself up and wounded six police officers. (Reuters)
- Sudan: Eight were killed in a protest against austerity measures in Darfur. (Reuters)
- Tunisia: The country’s state of emergency has been extended by just one month, rather than the usual three, due to an improvement in the country’s security situation. (AFP)
- Colombia: A high-level FARC commander, Fabian Ramirez, stated he is ready to end the conflict. (AP)
- Colombia: Police seized 10,600 grams of heroin worth USD80 million at a bus terminal in Medellin, preventing it from being shipped to the United States. (UPI)
- Mexico: Prosecutors filed charges against three generals for allegedly providing protection to the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel. (AP)
- Venezuela: US GEN Fraser said he doesn’t consider Venezuela to pose a national security threat to the US. (AP)
- Region: Pakistan told India recently obtained evidence of the Mumbai attacks is inadmissible in court because Pakistanis were not allowed to cross-examine Indian officials. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: The ISAF reported a senior Taliban commander had been captured during an operation in Zabul province. (Xinhua)
- Korea, South: Seoul rejected allegations by Pyongyang that it was preparing to launch terrorist attacks. (AFP)
- Myanmar: The World Bank announced it was ready to resume aid to the country. (AP)
- Pakistan: New ISI chief LTGEN Zahir ul-Islam arrived in Washington to meet with CIA Director Petraeus and other officials. . (NYT)
- Philippines: The military says militiamen have rescued 12 Asian crewmen who were left floating on a raft after Indonesian pirates hijacked their vessels. (AP)
- Greece: A senior official in the Socialist party stated the ruling coalition still had significant disagreements over a new round of austerity measures. (AP)
- Kosovo: An EU prosecutor charged Kosovo’s former prosecutor and 13 other judicial officials with corruption during the privatization of state-run companies. (AFP)
- Romania: PM Ponta told the EU his government will respect a ruling invalidating an impeachment referendum against his rival President Basescu. (AFP)
- Spain: Madrid set debt limits for regional governments, though Catalonia and Andalucia rejected them. (AFP, FT)
- Turkey: Two soldiers were killed in a clash with PKK rebels. (AFP)
- Iran: US President Obama announced tightened sanctions on foreign banks involved in the sale of Iranian oil. (Reuters)
- Iran: The Taliban have been allowed to open an office in eastern Iran and discussed providing them with surface-to-air missiles, ramping up the potential for cooperation with the insurgents. (WSJ)
- Iraq: Two car bombings in Baghdad killed at least 21. (AP)
- Israel: PM Netanyahu said he is still deliberating whether or not to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities and downplayed a report that the military echelon are not in favor of attacking Iran. (Xinhua)
- Jordan: Police in Amman say they have arrested a 12-member “terrorist cell” and seized “large quantities” of arms and ammunition. (AP)
- Yemen: Two policemen were killed in an attack by al Qaeda linked militants on a police station in Jaar. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Dropbox admitted some user accounts were hacked and that it was adding security features in response. (TechCrunch)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Damrey
- Location: 150 NM SSE of Nasebo, Japan
- Movement: W at 20 mph
- Winds: 75 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon Saola
- Location: 125 NM SE of Taipei
- Movement: NNW at 10 mph
- Winds: 105 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 1100 miles ESE of Windward Islands
- Movement: W at 15-20 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02AUG)
- Middle East: Anniversary of Iraq invading Kuwait sparking the Gulf War – 1990.
- Egypt: New Cabinet announced.
- Italy: Anniversary of Bologna bombing – 1980.
- Macedonia: Anniversary of the Day of the Republic (Independence Day) – 1944.
- Pakistan: ISI and CIA chiefs meet in Washington, DC.