- AFRICA: In Zimbabwe, teachers, doctors and nurses began a strike over unpaid salaries, a day after police used force against protesting taxi drivers in the capital, Harare, as the country’s economy deteriorates.
- AMERICAS: Dozens of Venezuelan women broke through a barricade along the Venezuelan-Colombian border in order to find food.
- ASIA: The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention demanded China release US businesswoman Sandy Phan-Gillis, saying she had been “arbitrarily detained”.
- EUROPE: The United Kingdom went to war in Iraq before all peaceful options for disarming Saddam Hussein were exhausted, the long-awaited Chilcot report has concluded.
- MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni government forces supported by a Saudi-led coalition recaptured army headquarters at Aden airport from suspected jihadists after an hours-long firefight.
- TECHNOLOGY: In a fusion of ancient barbaric practices and modern technology, the Islamic State group sells women and girls held as sex slaves on smart phone apps, like WhatsApp and Telegram.
- Eid al-Fitr: Muslims worldwide celebrate the end of Ramadan
- After a grueling summer month of not eating and drinking during daylight hours for most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, today is cause for celebration and feasting for Muslims as they mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr.
- The Syrian army said it would observe a 72-hour ceasefire across the country, to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
- President Bashar al-Assad joined Eid al-Fitr prayers at a mosque in Homs in a rare public appearance for the end-of-Ramadan holiday.
- Coverage: ABC, AFP, AFP-2, Al-Jazeera
- Central African Republic: At least 12 people were killed in fighting between two factions of a former rebel group in the town of Bambari. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Nigerian militant group the Niger Delta Avengers said only its Twitter account is under suspension and all other accounts claiming to represent the group were imposters. (Reuters)
- Zimbabwe: Teachers, doctors and nurses began a strike over unpaid salaries, a day after police used force against protesting taxi drivers in the capital, Harare, as the country’s economy deteriorates. (Reuters)
- Region: Dozens of Venezuelan women broke through a barricade along the Venezuelan-Colombian border in order to find food. (Miami Herald)
- Region: Argentina is looking to join Brazil in manufacturing supersonic fighter jets, the Argentinian Ministry of Defense said. (Xinhua)
- Brazil: The country’s top security force officially took control of security at the venues for the Rio Olympics in a ceremony at Barra Olympic Park. (Xinhua)
- Region: Hong Kong rebuffed Chinese threats of legal action, saying there was no legal way a Hong Kong bookseller could be sent back to China. (Reuters)
- China: The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention demanded the country release US businesswoman Sandy Phan-Gillis, saying she had been “arbitrarily detained”. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea is planning to ramp up propaganda broadcasts targeting North Korean troops by doubling the number of loudspeakers along the heavily-fortified border. (AFP)
- Sri Lanka: The country intends to become completely demilitarized by 2018, the government said. (AFP)
- Region: Russia said it believed the recent attack on Istanbul airport could be a result of Turkish and European security services ignoring Moscow’s signals about suspected “terrorists” hiding in Turkey and Europe. (Reuters)
- Region: US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Georgia and Ukraine to reassure the former Soviet republics of America’s commitment to their security amid unease over Russia’s intentions. (AP)
- Turkey: The country is trying to seal off the southern city of Gaziantep that for years was a jihadi highway through which thousands flowed to join the Islamic State group in neighboring Syria. (AP)
- United Kingdom: The country went to war in Iraq before all peaceful options for disarming Saddam Hussein were exhausted, the long-awaited Chilcot report has concluded. (BBC)
- Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at some western countries for “raising” terrorism in the Muslim world. (Xinhua)
- Syria: The Islamic State group said it carried out a suicide bombing that killed 16 people in a mainly Kurdish city of Hassakeh. (AFP)
- Yemen: Yemeni government forces supported by a Saudi-led coalition recaptured army headquarters at Aden airport from suspected jihadists after an hours-long firefight. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: In a fusion of ancient barbaric practices and modern technology, the Islamic State group sells women and girls held as sex slaves on smart phone apps, like WhatsApp and Telegram. (AP)
- Cyclones: Super Typhoon 02W (Nepartak)
- Location: 613 NM SE of Taipei, Taiwan
- Winds: 161 mph
- Movement: WNW at 20 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Blas
- Location: 970 NM SW of Baja California
- Winds: 140 mph
- Movement: W at 13 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 01JUL: 159,221 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 01JUL: 33,882
- Deaths as of 01JUL: 18
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 30JUN: 1,769 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 30JUN: 630 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 23JUN: American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (territory of the Netherlands), Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 23JUN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 23JUN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JUL)
- Libya: Anniversary of country’s first free national elections after the ouster of dictator Moamer Kadhafi – 2012
- Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of Palestinian inter-reconciliation agreement signed – 2009
- Poland: US President Obama to visit (to 09JUL)
- Solomon Islands: Independence Day – 1978
- Ukraine: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit
- United Kingdom: Anniversary of London Terrorist Bombings – 2005
- United Kingdom: Conservative Party leadership elections to continue until only two candidates remain
- Islam: Eid al-Fitr