- AFRICA: The Japanese piracy mission in eastern Africa will extend for one year.
- AMERICAS: In El Salvador, Western envoys expressed concern over the crisis between the supreme court and congress.
- ASIA: China told Japan to respect sovereignty over disputed islands.
- EUROPE: Spain unveils today a USD79 billion in new austerity plan.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran played down earlier threats to blockade the Strait of Hormuz.
- TECHNOLOGY: Chinese regulators have told internet providers to prescreen all online programs prior to making them available.
- Syria: Opposition leader meets with Russian FM in Moscow
- Syria’s main opposition group failed to convince Russia to drop its support for President Assad.
- On Tuesday, Russia proposed a UNSC resolution that would extend the UN mission in Syria without any threat of sanctions.
- UN-AL envoy Annan will brief the UNSC today after visits to Iran and Iraq.
- Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, Guardian, VoA
- Region: About 1,000 soldiers from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Guinea began a joint military training with the US soldiers in Thies district, about 80 km from Dakar. (Xinhua)
- Nigeria: The senate renewed its call for dialogue with Boko Haram militants to secure a lasting peace resolution. (Xinhua)
- Somalia: The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force will extend its anti-piracy mission by one year. (Kyodo)
- Uganda: Disaster Preparedness Minister Ecweru requested aid for the more than 16,000 Congolese refugees. (AP)
- Zambia: President Sata made a mini-reshuffle of his cabinet by creating two more ministries. (Xinhua)
- Region: Bolivia and Ecuador signed an accord against drug trafficking. (Xinhua)
- El Salvador: US and UK envoys expressed concern over the deepening political crisis between the supreme court and congress. (Reuters)
- Mexico: Gunmen opened fire on the El Norte newspaper’s Nuevo Leon office. (AP)
- Paraguay: OAS Secretary General Insulza said Paraguay should not be suspended from the organization for impeaching its president because doing so would only isolate the country and create more problems. (AP)
- Region: Chinese FM Yang met Japanese FM Gemba reaffirmed “China’s principled position” on the Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute. (AFP)
- Region: China and the ASEAN bloc made limited progress on a code of conduct designed to ease tension in the South China Sea. (AFP)
- Region: Kyrgyzstan is calling on the CIS states to join their efforts to strengthen the CIS joint air defense system. (Interfax)
- Korean Peninsula: Chinese and North Korean ministers met to discuss ways to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula. (Kyodo)
- Korean Peninsula: The North Korean Worker Party’s official newspaper accused Japan of seeking a military pact with S. Korea to facilitate an invasion. (Kyodo)
- Philippines: Suspected gunmen from the MILF ambushed a truck carrying farm workers in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, killing at least five and wounding 10. (AFP)
- Germany: The federal constitutional court resisted calls to decide on the constitutional legality of the European Stability Mechanism. (WSJ)
- Italy: PM Monti said Italy could tap into the euro zone’s rescue fund for bond support. (Reuters)
- Serbia: The heads of three political parties formalized a coalition agreement, officially marking the entrance of a new parliament two months after elections. (DPA)
- Spain: PM Mariano Rajoy announced today a new round of austerity measures, including raising value-added tax, tax reductions for house buyers, and reducing unemployment benefits. (DPA)
- Bahrain: A court dissolved a Shiite Islamist political party which has played a role in the country’s wave of unrest, on the grounds that it answers to a religious authority who calls for violence. (Reuters)
- Iran: Iran’s FM Salehi played down earlier threats to close down the Strait of Hormuz in response to Western sanctions, saying “I don’t think such a time will ever come.” (AP)
- Iran: Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini warned the media against publication of reports concerning the impact of Western sanctions. (AFP)
- Yemen: Security forces clash with southern separatists injured nine people. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Censorship: China’s broadcasting and Internet regulators told Internet video providers to prescreen all online programs such as drama series and mini-movies before making them available online. (AP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 04E (Daniel) Warning #28
- Location: 15.4 N, 137.6 W
- Movement: 270 degrees at 15 KTs
- Winds: Max sustained 35 KTs, Gusts 45 KTs
- Cyclones: 60% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
- Location: 450 Miles SSE of Manzanillo, Mexico
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph.
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Emilia
- Location: 14.4 N, 115.6 W
- Movement: WNW at 12 mph
- Winds: 110 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK: (12JUL)
- Asia: Pakistan and India meet in New Delhi to discuss oil deal.
- Asia: Anniversary of Taiwan abandoning “One China” policy – 1999.
- Bolivia: Anniversary of Che Guevara’s remains identified – 1997.
- France: Anniversary of French officer Alfred Dreyfus pardoned for treason – 1906.
- Lebanon: Anniversary of the Second Lebanon War (July War) – 2006.
- Pakistan: Supreme Court resumes contempt trial of Malik Riaz.
- Panama: Anniversary of the Panama Canal opening – 1920.
- Sao Tome and Principe: Anniversary of Independence Day – 1975.