- AFRICA: The Somali government reported that 500 al shabaab fighters had defected.
- AMERICAS: Colombia’s congress approved a law establishing a framework for peace talks with the FARC and the ELN.
- ASIA: Afghanistan’s President Karzai called for more international support and cooperation for stability efforts in his country.
- EUROPE: NATO SG Rasmussen stated the eurozone debt crisis posed no significant security risk to Europe.
- MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni military forces captured Shaqra, the third southern city previously held by al Qaeda militants to fall this week.
- TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft released a security update to Windows 7 in response to the Flame computer virus.
- Egypt: Nascent democracy in turmoil after court ruling
- The country’s supreme court ruled to dissolve parliament, only two days before presidential elections.
- The court also approved the candidacy for president of former Mubarak PM Ahmed Shafik.
- Opposition groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, condemned the ruling and called for protests.
- Coverage: Reuters, CNN, Reuters-2, NYT, NYT-2, Al Jazeera
- Region: The US military outsourced spying operations to private contractors to help process electronic intelligence collected from the airspace over Uganda, Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. (WaPo)
- Region: Sudan agreed to resume peace negotiations with South Sudan next week. (Reuters)
- Somalia: The government reported 500 al Shabaab fighters defected to the government. (AP)
- Uganda: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon warned the US-backed AU force hunting renegade warlord Joseph Kony lacked the resources to succeed. (Reuters)
- Region: Costa Rican President Chinchilla and Colombian President Santos meet today in San José to launch free trade agreement negotiations. (EFE)
- Argentina: President Fernandez called for negotiations with the UK over the status of the disputed Falklands Islands. (CNN)
- Colombia: The congress approved a law establishing a framework for peace talks with the FARC and the ELN. (BBC)
- Mexico: A crime reporter in Veracruz was found dead, an apparent victim of the Zetas cartel. (Reuters)
- Region: The UNHCR urged Bangladesh to provide a safe haven for people fleeing unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after authorities refused entry to boatloads of refugees. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: President Karzai called for more international support and cooperation for stability efforts in his country. (VoA)
- China: The country’s intelligence network in the US was reportedly compromised by a ministry of state security official arrested this year. (Reuters)
- India: Finance Minister Mukherjee will step down on 24JUN to run for president. (Reuters)
- Pakistan: FM Khar reiterated calls for an apology from the US over the Salala air strike. (Reuters)
- Region: NATO SG Rasmussen stated the eurozone debt crisis posed no significant security risk to Europe. (WSJ)
- Russia: The poor performance by local authorities and the shadow economy are major factors stimulating the development of illegal armed groups in North Caucasus. (Interfax)
- Turkey: Four PKK rebels were killed in clashes with security forces in the country’s south. (AFP)
- Turkey: Authorities detained eight people suspected of ties with al Qaeda. (AFP)
- Iran: Oil Minister Qasemi warned sanctions would result in higher prices for Europe ahead of an upcoming OPEC meeting in Vienna. (AFP)
- Lebanon: US Secretary Clinton reiterated US support to the “steps taken by the Lebanese government and the efforts of its army.” (Xinhua)
- Syria: UN observers entering the town of Haffeh reported widespread destruction. (LA Times)
- Syria: Russia denied it was selling new attack helicopters to Syria, stating it was only involved in repairing ones sold previously. (RFE\RL)
- Yemen: The military captured Shaqra, the third southern city previously held by al Qaeda militants to fall this week. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Microsoft released a security update to Windows 7 in response to the Flame computer virus. (SlashGear)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Guchol
- Location: 667 miles ESE of Manilla
- Winds: 90 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Carlotta
- Location: 220 miles SSE of Puerto Angel, Mexico
- Movement: NNW at 10 mph
- Winds: 70 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16JUN)
- Egypt: Second round of presidential elections between Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq.