- AFRICA: The Egyptian military arrested six suspected terrorists during operations in the Sinai.
- AMERICAS: Mexican authorities extradited alleged drug trafficker Sandra Beltran to the United States.
- ASIA: Gunman wearing Afghan security uniform killed three US soldiers in Helmand.
- EUROPE: Turkey’s FM accused Syrian President Assad of arming Kurdish militants.
- MIDDLE EAST: US officials stated they still believe Iran is still not on the verge of possessing a nuclear weapon.
- TECHNOLOGY: A Stuxnet-like computer virus dubbed “Gauss” capable of spying on banking transactions was discovered in computer networks in the Middle East.
- Syria: Rebels lost ground in Aleppo; Fighting continued outside of Damascus; UN reported considering Algerian diplomat to replace Annan
- Rebel forces were forced to withdraw from many areas of Aleppo by an intense government onslaught, including the strategic district of Salaheddine.
- Fighting continued outside Damascus and in some areas of Aleppo.
- Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is reportedly likely to take Kofi Annan’s place as the UN lead envoy.
- Coverage: WSJ, Reuters, Al Jazeera, Reuters-2, NYT, AP
- Region: Uganda started frantic diplomatic efforts aimed at garnering international support to end fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that has displaced tens of thousands of people. (Xinhua)
- Egypt: The military arrested six suspected terrorists during operations in the Sinai. (Reuters)
- Libya: The national assembly voted in Mohammed Magarief as the country’s new president. (Reuters)
- Mali: The government stated military action against Islamic insurgents in the country’s north was “inevitable.” (AFP)
- Nigeria: The US renewed an offer to assist the country in counterterrorism efforts and increasing security. (WaPo)
- Sudan: The UN stated 25,000 people had been displaced by recent unrest in Darfur. (AFP)
- Region: A US GAO report said US aid helps South America’s anti-drug fight but thorny relations with Venezuela and Bolivia hinder efforts there, creating new openings for traffickers. (AFP)
- Colombia: A FARC front commander surrendered to authorities. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: A car bombing at a power station in the country’s southwest caused a large-scale blackout. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: Authorities extradited alleged drug trafficker Sandra Beltran to the US. (BBC)
- Mexico: A shooting believed related to organized crime in Sinaloa killed seven. (EFE)
- Mexico: Police found 14 bodies in an abandoned van outside San Luis Potosi. (BBC)
- Region: South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak visited islands disputed with Japan, raising diplomatic tension between the two countries. (BBC)
- Region: Cambodia recalled its ambassador to the Philippines due to tensions over South China Sea disputes with China. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: A uniformed gunman killed three US soldiers in Helmand. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: At least six civilians were killed by a roadside bombing in Helmand. (AFP)
- Philippines: Military officials reported the death toll in clashes between government forces and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters militants in the country’s south reached 32. (Xinhua)
- Region: Concern from investors over doubts the ECB will act to prevent a debt crisis caused the euro to decline in value for a third day. (Reuters)
- Region: The Georgian Foreign Ministry has appealed for international support to its work on the pullout of Russian forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. (Interfax)
- Russia: Clashes in Dagestan killed five policemen and two militants. (Reuters)
- Turkey: The country’s FM accused Syrian President Assad of arming Kurdish militants. (Reuters)
- Bahrain: A government minister said opposition parties should denounce violence to demonstrate their desire for political progress. (Reuters)
- Iran: US officials stated they still believe the country is still not on the verge of possessing a nuclear weapon, contrary to reports of a National Intelligence Estimate stating the country had made significant progress that appeared in Israeli media. (Reuters)
- Iraq: A bomb attack targeting a police patrol and a gun attack on a city councilor killed four and wounded four. (AFP)
- Iraq: Gunmen killed four anti-al Qaeda Sahwa fighters at a security checkpoint north of Baghdad. (AP)
- Yemen: A suspected al Qaeda car bombing killed a security official in Mukalla. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: A Stuxnet-like computer virus dubbed “Gauss” capable of spying on banking transactions was discovered in computer networks in the Middle East. (Guardian)
- Cybersecurity: Hacker group “Anonymous” claimed to have brought down the public website of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Kirogi
- Location: 470 NM E of Kisawa, Japan
- Movement: NW at 20 mph
- Winds: 45 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Depression Ernesto
- Location: 80 miles NNW of Oaxaca
- Movement: W at 14 mph
- Winds: 35 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: Eastern Atlantic between Cape Verde islands and Africa
- Movement: W to WNW at 15 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: Several hundred miles N of Puerto Rico
- Movement: NW at 10-15 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Gilma
- Location: 695 miles WSW of Baja California
- Movement: NNW at five mph
- Winds: 70 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: Southern coast of Mexico
- Movement: Westwards
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11AUG)
- Middle East: US Secretary Clinton visits Istanbul to discuss Syria.
- South America: Venezuela and Colombia restore relations – 2010.
- Afghanistan: Anniversary of NATO taking over command of peacekeeping – 2003.
- Chad: Celebration of Independence Day – 1960.