- AFRICA: The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a report that claims the Kenyan government is undermining press freedom in the country.
- AMERICAS: US President Obama called for a vast overhaul of the justice system that would give convicts the vote, curb the use of solitary confinement, and end mandatory sentences.
- ASIA: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar hailed as “legitimate” peace talks aimed at ending the country’s 13-year war, in his first comments on the nascent dialogue.
- EUROPE: The European Commission formally backed a controversial proposal to use an EU-wide crisis fund to cover Greece’s short-term cash needs.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, loyalists of exiled president Hadi seized more ground in Aden after recapturing the airport held by Iran-backed rebels for four months.
- TECHNOLOGY: US government officials said that two months after discovering that sensitive personal information on 21.5 million Americans was compromised in a hack of government databanks, none of those affected has been officially notified.
- Iran: International community reacts to nuclear deal.
- US President Obama will hold a press conference as he attempts to convince Americans, skeptical lawmakers and allies about the benefits of a nuclear deal with Iran.
- Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament wants FM Zarif to brief it on a nuclear deal he negotiated with world powers and will examine the agreement in a “constructive spirit”.
- European Council President Tusk said that the latest agreement on Iran’s nuclear program represents a breakthrough.
- French FM Fabius said he had accepted an invitation to visit Iran after the deal on its nuclear program.
- Oil prices fell on Wednesday as investors digested the likely impact of increasing Iranian fuel exports at a time of heavy oversupply.
- Coverage: AFP, CNN, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, Xinhua, Xinhua-2
- DR Congo: A UN envoy said government troops supported by UN peacekeepers have neutralized about 25 percent of a rebel group in the northeast of the country, but joint operations against the larger FDLR military group remain at a standstill. (AP)
- Kenya: The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a report that claims the government is undermining press freedom in the country. (AFP)
- Mali: Police detained around 20 suspected Islamist militants in the southern town of Zegoua, including at least two French citizens. (Reuters)
- Brazil: Police searched properties linked to politicians suspected of taking bribes in a scandal involving the state-run oil company, Petrobras. (BBC)
- United States: President Obama called for a vast overhaul of the justice system that would give convicts the vote, curb the use of solitary confinement, and end mandatory sentences. (AFP)
- Venezuela: The government launched a national action plan for human rights and called on all sectors of society to participate in its implementation. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: Taliban leader Mullah Omar hailed as “legitimate” peace talks aimed at ending the country’s 13-year war, in his first comments on the nascent dialogue. (AFP)
- India: The Defense Ministry cleared the purchase of military equipment worth USD4.74 billion, including four long-range patrol aircraft from US aerospace giant Boeing. (Reuters)
- Indonesia: President Joko Widodo installed LT GEN Mulyono as the country’s army chief of staff. (Xinhua)
- Japan: Legislation to implement a dramatic change in defense policy that could allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since WWII was approved by a lower house panel, despite opposition from a majority of ordinary voters. (Reuters)
- Thailand: Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said the country will likely avoid US sanctions even if it stays on the lowest tier of an annual State Department human trafficking report, days before the progress report is due out. (Reuters)
- Region: The European Commission formally backed a controversial proposal to use an EU-wide crisis fund to cover Greece’s short-term cash needs. (AFP)
- Albania: Police destroyed over 10,000 cannabis plants in Kruja, a few kilometers north of Tirana. (Xinhua)
- Greece: The government began preparing for a crucial parliamentary vote on reforms demanded by eurozone creditors in exchange for a huge new bailout. (AFP)
- Macedonia: EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn brokered a deal between the government and opposition to end a political crisis which had paralyzed the country for months. (AFP)
- Region: US President Obama and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman discussed the “urgent” need to end fighting in Yemen. (AFP)
- Kuwait: The country’s public prosecution demanded the death penalty for 11 of 29 suspects charged over the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque last month. (AFP)
- Yemen: Loyalists of exiled president Hadi seized more ground in Aden after recapturing the airport held by Iran-backed rebels for four months. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: US government officials said that two months after discovering that sensitive personal information on 21.5 million Americans was compromised in a hack of government databanks, none of those affected has been officially notified. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Nangka)
- Location: 455 NM SSE of Iwakuni, Japan
- Movement: MMW at 12 mph
- Winds: 98 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon 01C (Halola)
- Location: 222 NM ESE of Wake Island
- Movement: WNW at 15 mph
- Winds: 92 mph
- Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Claudette
- Location: 290 miles E of Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Movement: NE at 21 mph
- Winds: 45 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Dolores
- Location: 320 miles S of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Movement: WNW at 7 mph
- Winds: 130 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Enrique
- Location: 1460 miles W of Baja California
- Movement: WNW at 9 mph
- Winds: 50 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- Suspected Cases as of 26JUN: 387,115 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 11,792
- Deaths as of 05JUN: 56 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 10JUL: 1368 (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 10JUL: 489 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16JUL)
- Russia and Ukraine: The next and 32nd convoy of Russia’s humanitarian aid will go to Donbas
- United States: Anniversary of first atomic bomb exploded by the US over desert in New Mexico – 1945