- AFRICA: The UNSC endorsed political efforts to end the uprising in Mali, but did not support military intervention.
- AMERICAS: A recount of poll results in Mexico’s presidential election confirmed Enrique Nieto as the winner.
- ASIA: Myanmar agreed to the appointment of Derek J. Mitchell as US ambassador to the country, signalling a re-establishment of diplomatic ties.
- EUROPE: The ECB lowered interest rates in a bid to stimulate the economy and counteract the financial crisis.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran was reported to be losing at least $3 billion every month due to the impact of widened sanctions on its oil exports.
- TECHNOLOGY: Google disputed claims by a Microsoft researcher that many Android phones have been infected by a botnet virus that turns them into spam generators.
- Syria: Friends of Syria meeting held in Paris; top Syrian general defected.
- Talks on measures to end the crisis in Syria took place in Paris between representatives from over 100 countries.
- China and Russia refused to attend the proceedings.
- Opposition representatives requested a no-fly zone be established in the country.
- A senior officer of Syria’s Republican Guard, Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, was reported to have defected from the country.
- Coverage: Al-Jazeera, WaPo, NYT, WJS, BBC, AP-1, AP-2, Reuters
- Region: Border security negotiations resumed between Sudan and South Sudan. (AFP)
- DR Congo: Rebel and government soldiers clashed in the eastern part of the country; at least 600 Congolese soldiers fled to Uganda following a battle with rebels. (AFP, BBC, AP)
- Eritrea: The US imposed sanctions on two government officials for ties to Al Shabaab. (Reuters)
- Libya: Federalists protesting not being granted more seats for upcoming elections shut down two oil terminals in the country’s east. (AFP)
- Mali: The UNSC endorsed political efforts to end the uprising in the country’s north, but did not support military intervention. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: A court accused two men of having links to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. (AFP)
- South Sudan: The UNSC renewed a peacekeeping mission for its second year. (Reuters)
- Togo: Security forces dispersed protesters outside the French embassy. (Reuters)
- Region: Venezuelan President Chavez withdrew his country’s military attaches from Paraguay. (AP)
- Colombia: Five soldiers were caught carrying 603 kg of cocaine. (EFE)
- Costa Rica: Authorities arrested a top-ranking member of Mexico’s Gulf cartel. (EFE)
- Mexico: A recount of poll results in the country’s presidential election confirmed Enrique Nieto as the winner. (AP)
- Region: Indian and Pakistani diplomats reiterated a commitment to fight terrorism following two-days of negotiations. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: The government will seek at least $4 billion in international aid at an upcoming summit in Tokyo. (AP)
- Myanmar: The government agreed to the appointment of Derek J. Mitchell as US ambassador to the country, signalling a re-establishment of diplomatic ties. (Xinhua)
- Pakistan: Customs officials stated that all supply containers headed to NATO forces in Afghanistan would be scanned for lethal weapons and munitions. (AFP)
- Region: The ECB lowered interest rates in a bid to stimulate the economy and counteract the financial crisis. (Al Jazeera)
- Finland: Finance Minister Urpilainen stated her country would rather leave the euro than pay the debts of other countries and stated her country would adopt a tough stance in bailout negotiations. (AFP)
- Greece: The government stated it wanted to speed up pace of austerity measures and that the bailout terms required renegotiation. (WSJ)
- Turkey: The government announced a military funeral would be held on Friday for the two pilots killed by Syrian anti-aircraft fire, a move likely to fuel tension between Ankara and Damascus. (WSJ)
- Iran: The country was reported to be losing at least $3 billion every month due to the impact of widened sanctions on its oil exports. (Reuters)
- Iraq: The government deployed troops, police and helicopters to protect Shiite pilgrims making an annual journey to the holy city of Karbala. (AP)
- Lebanon: Security officials reported a failed assassination attempt on anti-Syrian politician Boutros Harb. (AFP)
- Palestinian Territories: The Tunisian government called for a meeting of the Arab League to form a commission of inquiry into Yasser Arafat’s death. (Al Jazeera)
- Syria: Activists reported at least 95 killed across the country and heavy shelling of Daraya by the army. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Google disputed claims by a Microsoft researcher that many Android phones have been infected by a botnet virus that turns them into spam generators. (BBC)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Daniel
- Location: 625 miles SSW of Baja California
- Movement: 65 mph
- Winds: 13 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: Several hundred miles S of the Gulf of Tehuantepec
- Movement: W at 10-15 mph
- Earthquakes: Vanuatu
- Magnitude: 6.3
- Depth: 162.7 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JUL)
- Libya: Libyan elections for a constituent assembly
- United Kingdom: London terrorist bombings on Tube – 2005