- AFRICA: Somalia’s leadership approved a new constitution.
- AMERICAS: Mexican marines clashed with suspected criminals in Veracruz, leaving six dead.
- ASIA: Afghan government forces thwarted a planned insurgent raid on Kabul, killing at least eight militants.
- EUROPE: Greece’s ruling coalition government agreed on a new austerity plan.
- MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu made statements expressing doubt that sanctions would deter Iran from seeking nuclear weapons.
- TECHNOLOGY: The US FTC proposed tighter privacy regulations on websites that target or have youth audiences.
- Syria: Battle of Aleppo continued to rage.
- Government forces launched raids on rebel suburban neighborhoods outside Damascus, killing dozens.
- Rebels shelled Menagh air base near Aleppo as fighting continued throughout the city.
- A video allegedly showing rebels executing regime loyalists in Aleppo was released.
- US President Obama was reported to have authorized secret support for rebels seeking the overthrow of the Assad regime.
- Coverage: Reuters, Reuters-2, Bloomberg, VoA, Al Jazeera, AP
- Egypt: State news released the names of some of the new ministers named to cabinet positions by PM Kandil. (NYT)
- Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen launched attacks on police posts in Gombe. (AFP)
- Somalia: The country’s leadership approved a new constitution. (AP)
- Sudan: AU Commission Head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said peace efforts in Sudan were more important than President al Bashir’s arrest. (AFP)
- Colombia: Jose Benito Cabrera, a high-ranking FARC commander, said Colombia’s “political class” does not want to negotiate for peace because they benefit from the conflict. (AFP)
- Mexico: A gunfight in Veracruz between marines and suspected criminals left six dead. (EFE)
- Peru: Police seized USD2.3 million in counterfeit dollars. (BBC)
- Region: India lifted its ban on foreign investment into the country from Pakistan. (AP)
- Region: Pentagon planners will consider adding bombers and attack submarines as part of a growing US focus on security challenges in the Asia-Pacific. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: Two ISAF soldiers were killed in a blast in the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: Government forces thwarted a planned insurgent raid on Kabul, killing at least eight militants. (Reuters)
- Korea, North: UN aid agencies reported the country needed immediate food assistance following heavy flooding. (AP)
- Korea, South: The country was reported to be close to an agreement with the US for extending the range of its ballistic missile defenses. (AFP)
- Region: The US slapped sanctions on five key leaders of the Camorra, one of Europe’s largest criminal organizations. (Xinhua)
- Greece: The ruling coalition government agreed on a new austerity plan. (WSJ)
- Spain: Police arrested three suspected members of al Qaeda in the southern province of Cadiz. (AFP)
- Spain: The country is expected to face a difficult debt auction due to fears about the ECB governing council meeting. (Reuters)
- Turkey: Warplanes and helicopters attacked Kurdish rebel positions near the Iraqi and Iranian borders. (AP)
- Iran: The US congress overwhelmingly approved a new set of sanctions on the country. (Reuters)
- Iraq: At least seven were killed in three separate clashes between security forces and insurgents in northern part of the country. (Xinhua)
- Israel: PM Netanyahu made statements expressing doubt that sanctions would deter Iran from seeking nuclear weapons. (WSJ)
- Lebanon: President Suleiman said he refuses to allow the Lebanese territories to turn into a corridor for arms smuggling. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- United States: The FTC proposed tighter privacy regulations on websites that target or have youth audiences. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Damrey
- Location: 160 NM NNE of Shanghai
- Movement: WNW at 24 mph
- Winds: 95 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Saola
- Location: 10 NM NE of Taipei
- Movement: NNW at 13 mph
- Winds: 55 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Depression Five
- Location: 640 miles E of the Windward Islands
- Movement: WNW at 18 mph
- Winds: 35 mph
- Earthquake: Central Peru
- Magnitude: 6.1
- Depth: 143.3 km
- Earthquake: New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
- Magnitude: 6.3
- Depth: 70..6km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03AUG)
- Middle East: Anniversary of a cross-border shoot-out between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers – 2010.
- Niger: Celebration of Independence Day – 1960.
- United Kingdom: Anniversary of a car bomb exploding in London that injured seven – 2001.