Nigeria: Explosions and gunfire were heard in Maiduguri, where militant Islamists have been waging a campaign of violence. (Reuters)
Sudan: North Sudan massed a large convoy of troops in Southern Kordofan. (Reuters)
Tunisia: A court sentenced former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali to 15 years in prison. (AFP)
Region: Bolivia, Brazil, and the US will sign an agreement to eradicate surplus coca crops in Bolivia. (AFP)
Cuba: Police detained twice as many dissidents so far this year than in the same period in 2010, according to a report by the Cuban Committee for Human Rights and National Reconciliation. (Miami Herald)
Region: Hundreds of militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and attacked two border villages. (AP)
Afghanistan: A base for South Korean reconstruction workers in Charika was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades. (Xinhua)
Portugal: Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Portugal’s debt rating to junk status. (NYT)
Russia: Deputy PM Sergei Ivanov said Russia will file a proposal with the UN in 2012 for an extension of its Arctic shelf borders. (RIA Novosti)
Region: Oman’s FM Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah said the GCC is in “intensive consultations” with Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the opposition to resolve the ongoing political crisis. (AFP)
Israel: The Air Force bombed a tunnel connecting the Gaza Strip to Israel. (DPA)
Syria: The opposition Follow-Up Group said it will boycott a national dialogue conference suggested by President Bashar al-Assad. (DPA)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Worldwide: The International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) was launched in London by governments, international businesses, and law enforcement agencies to fight cybercrime. (BBC)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JUL)
Palestinian Territories: Palestinian inter-reconciliation agreement is signed – 2009.
Solomon Island: Independence Day – 1978.
United Kingdom: Anniversary of London terrorist bombings – 2005.