- AFRICA: Kenyan security forces thwarted a terror attack by more than 100 heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants at a police station near the Somalia border.
- AMERICAS: Bolivia signed agreements with the Russian state nuclear energy agency to build a nuclear research center outside the nation’s capital city.
- ASIA: The Chinese navy conducted combat drills near its southern island province of Hainan and the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.
- EUROPE: NATO leaders began the second day of a summit meeting in Warsaw.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran declared its intention to continue developing its missile program “with full force” to meet national security needs.
- TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration announced that a counter propaganda campaign has led to a 45 percent reduction in the Islamic State’s Twitter traffic.
- North Korea: The country performed a submarine-launched missile test
- According to South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff the missile was launched at 11:30 am off the peninsula’s eastern coast.
- The Joint Chiefs say the missile appears to have failed in the early stage of flight, traveling only a few kilometers before exploding mid-air. The missile would need to travel 300 km before it is considered a successful launch.
- Japan, the United States, and South Korea condemned the missile launch as a flagrant violation of UN sanctions.
- The launch comes at the end of a week of sharply rising tensions on the peninsula. It is only a day after the U.S. and South Korea pledged to deploy an advanced anti-missile system to counter threats from Pyongyang, and two days after North Korea warned it was planning its toughest response to what it deemed a “declaration of war” by the United States.
- Coverage: WSJ, AP, Reuters, BBC, CNN
- Kenya: Security forces thwarted a terror attack by more than 100 heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants at a police station in Wajir County, near the Somalia border. (Xinhua)
- South Africa: Indian PM Modi marked a historic train journey by Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi during the final day of his visit to the country. (AP)
- South Sudan: Scores of bodies were brought to a hospital in Juba after fighting erupted across the capital. (AP)
- Region: The Bahamas issued a travel advisory for any of its citizens visiting the United States, recommending that young men in particular take care in cities affected by recent tensions over police shootings. (AP)
- Bolivia: The country signed agreements with Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear energy agency, to build a nuclear research center outside La Paz. (Xinhua)
- Ecuador: The International Monetary Fund approved a $364 million emergency loan to the country to rebuild after April’s earthquake. (AFP)
- Region: The Chinese navy conducted combat drills near its southern island province of Hainan and the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
- India: Authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in most parts of Kashmir after government forces killed the top rebel commander in the disputed territory. (AP)
- Pakistan: Tens of thousands of people filled a Karachi stadium to attend the funeral of philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, who died after a prolonged illness. (AP)
- Philippines: Police killed nine people overnight in President Duterte’s controversial war on crime. (AFP)
- Region: NATO leaders began the second day of a summit meeting in Warsaw that’s expected to lead to decisions about Afghanistan, the central Mediterranean, and Iraq. (AP)
- Region: The Belgian foreign minister says his nation will provide at least 150 soldiers to a new multinational NATO battalion based in Lithuania. (AP)
- United Kingdom: The British government formally rejected a petition signed by more than four million people calling for a second referendum on EU membership. (AFP)
- Iran: In response to international criticism, the country declared its intention to continue developing its missile program “with full force” to meet national security needs. (Reuters)
- Syria: After a 12-day battle, government and allied forces took control of Maydaa, a rebel-held town east of Damascus. (Reuters)
- Syria: Rebel groups targeted residential neighborhoods in the government-held area of Aleppo, killing some 30 people. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The Obama administration announced that a counter propaganda campaign has led to a 45 percent reduction in the Islamic State’s Twitter traffic. (AP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Nepartak
- Location: 168 NM W of Taipei, Taiwan
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: NW at 10 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Blas
- Location: 1420 NM W of Baja California
- Winds: 70 mph
- Movement: NW at 9 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Celia
- Location: 715 NM SW of Baja California
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: WNW at 13mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 08JUL: 159,830 (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 08JUL: 34,172
- Deaths as of 08JUL: 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 07JUL: 1,782 (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 07JUL: 634 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 07JUL: American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guinea-Bissau, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 07JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 07JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10JUL)
- Africa Region: AU Summit to be held in Kigali, Rwanda (to 18JUL)
- Georgia: Referendum on early presidential elections in Abkhazia
- Japan: Upper House Elections
- Peru: President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to name cabinet
- Turkey: Nationalist Movement Party congress in Ankara