- AFRICA: The EU is establishing a mission to train security forces in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa to combat terrorist and criminal networks.
- AMERICAS: Changes in American drug-consumption – from cocaine to prescription painkillers – are forcing policy makers to re-examine counter-narcotics policies.
- ASIA: In North Korea, Hyon Yong Chol was promoted to vice marshal of the Korean People’s Army.
- EUROPE: An Istanbul skyscraper is ablaze.
- MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Clinton said during her visit to Israel that the US will “use all elements of American power” to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
- TECHNOLOGY: Google will open a conference as part of its initiative to use technology to disrupt international crime.
- Syria: Fighting in Damascus intensifies.
- Rebels launched the “Damascus volcano” as several neighborhoods in Damascus turned into combat zones.
- There are reports of tanks shooting down the streets of Damascus and helicopter gunships overhead.
- The UN indicated the number of refugees since April tripled to 112,000.
- Nawaf Fares, Syria’s ex-ambassador to Iraq, said the regime will not hesitate to use chemical weapons if it is cornered.
- Warplanes attacked Herak.
- Coverage: AP, AP-2, NYT, BBC, CNN,
- Region: The EU is establishing a mission to train security forces in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa to combat terrorist and criminal networks. (AP, Reuters)
- Region: Liberian President Sirleaf, in an interview, noted growing drug trafficking and unchecked arms trade are fuelling insurgencies across Africa. (BBC)
- Egypt: The public prosecutor ordered former President Mubarak be returned to prison, saying his health has improved. (BBC)
- Ghana: Two Peace Corps volunteers, who said they were robbed and used a knife in self-defense, were questioned by police on a robber’s death and later released. (AP)
- Kenya: Three Kenyan police officers were killed in an ambush in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border. (Reuters)
- Mali: The AU is reportedly pushing the Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine break from al Qaeda to be part of a negotiated political solution. (Reuters)
- Sudan: Seven army officers were killed when their helicopter crashed in western Sudan. (AP)
- Colombia: An indigenous movement in Toribío will gather to protest the presence of both the FARC and the military. (Miami Herald)
- Mexico: Authorities detained over 200 youth for flash mob violence in the capital. (AP)
- United States: A Senate probe has disclosed how lax controls at HSBC left it vulnerable to being used for global money laundering. (BBC)
- United States: Changes in American drug-consumption – from cocaine to prescription painkillers – are forcing policy makers to re-examine counter-narcotics policies. (NYT)
- Venezuela: A survey by the Caracas-based Datanalisis indicates Chavez leads by 15 points over Capriles for the 07OCT presidential election – 46% vs 31%. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Russia’s federal drug control service will help Afghanistan to create a narcotics crime lab. (Itar-Tass)
- Afghanistan: A magnetic bomb blew up the car of a district governor in Kunduz in the third attack on senior government officials in as many days. (Reuters)
- China: A court in Chongqing convicted a group of 18 people of running a nearly $10 billion money-smuggling ring. (WSJ)
- Japan: Tens of thousands rallied in Tokyo against nuclear energy. (Japan Times)
- Korea, North: Hyon Yong Chol was promoted to vice marshal of the Korean People’s Army. (Xinhua)
- Maldives: The former president was charged in a move expected to heighten tensions in the nation. (Xinhua)
- Pakistan: Thousands of activists marched towards the Afghan border, condemning the government’s decision to end the seven-month blockade on NATO supplies into Afghanistan. (AFP)
- Singapore: The CARAT naval exercises with the US began. (Xinhua)
- Netherlands: Four US bound flights from Amsterdam reported needles in sandwiches. (The Telegraph)
- Romania: Interim leader Crin Antonescu bent to EU pressure and approved a law requiring a turnout of more than 50 percent for a referendum on impeaching suspended President Traian Basescu. (AFP)
- Russia: Ingushetia’s police unit chief survived an assassination attempt. (Itar-Tass)
- Turkey: A fire is raging in a 42 story Istanbul skyscraper. (Reuters)
- Region: The US is sending an aircraft carrier to the Middle East several months early to make sure at least two carriers will constantly be present in the region. (AP)
- Iran: US Secretary Clinton said during her visit to Israel that the US will “use all elements of American power” to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. (BBC)
- UAE: The US Navy killed an Indian national as his boat approached a US Naval ship. India has requested an investigation. (Independent – UK)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Computing: Microsoft released touch-based versions of its Office products. (NYT)
- Corporate: Yahoo named veteran Google executive Marissa Mayer as its new chief. (MarketWatch)
- Trafficking: Google will open a conference as part of its initiative to use technology to disrupt international crime. (AP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Khanun)
- Location: 95 NM ENE of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa
- Movement: WNW at 16 knots
- Winds: 50 knots
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Fabio
- Location: 675 miles W of the tip of Baja California
- Movement: N at 9 mph
- Winds: 50 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18JUL)
- Asia: Cambodia will withdraw some 486 military personnel from disputed border with Thailand.
- South America: Anniversary of the end of the Football War between Honduras and El Salvador – 1969.
- Colombia: Anniversary of the dissolution of the AUC – 2002.
- India: Anniversary of Indo-US nuclear agreement – 2005.
- South Africa: Nelson Mandela celebrates his 94th birthday (1918).
- Yemen: Anniversary of Saleh taking power as President – 1978.