- AFRICA: Former Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman died in a hospital in the US.
- AMERICAS: In Colombia, security forces clashed with indigenous protesters, killing one.
- ASIA: Indian legislators began voting for president; former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to win
- EUROPE: In Russia, the Muslim leader of Tatarstan was wounded in a car bomb, while his deputy was killed in a separate attack.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, fighting continued throughout Damascus.
- TECHNOLOGY: YouTube launched a tool to allow users to blur faces on uploaded videos.
- Bulgaria: A suicide attack targeted a bus at Burgas airport.
- DR Congo: The security situation in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo remains tense, according to the UN mission. (Xinhua)
- Egypt: Former Vice President Suleiman died in a hospital in the US. (BBC)
- Egypt: A security official said Islamist militants shot to death two soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula, close to the border with the Gaza Strip. (AP)
- Kenya: Five people were wounded in a grenade attack at a restaurant in the town of Wajir. (Reuters)
- Mali: Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) released three hostages, indicating their conditions had been met. (AFP)
- Tanzania: A ferry sank off the coast of Zanzibar; more than 30 bodies have been recovered. (BBC)
- Colombia: Security forces clashed with indigenous protesters in Cauca, killing one. (Reuters)
- Honduras: A key Colombian drug trafficker from the Urabenos was arrested. (UPI)
- United States: Relatives of Anwar al Awlaki sued military officials for the use of drone strikes in Yemen. (BBC)
- Region: The UNHCR has facilitated the return of over 41,000 Afghan refugees from Pakistan so far this year with its voluntary repatriation activities. (Xinhua)
- Afghanistan: Eight civilians were killed in an explosion in northern Faryab province. (AFP)
- Australia: In his first public address, the new head of the Secret Intelligence Service, Nick Warner, warned of the “web of links between extremists” across the globe, a threat which remains “very real.” (AFP)
- India: Legislators began voting for president; former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to win. (BBC)
- Montenegro: Nebojsa Kaludjerovic was appointed foreign minister. (AFP)
- Russia: The Muslim leader of Tatarstan was wounded in a car bomb, while his deputy was killed in a separate attack. (BBC)
- United Kingdom: DM Hammond insisted the UK remained a “capable power” despite defense cuts. (AFP)
- Iran: The US called on Iran to “release all political prisoners,” expressing concern for a Kurdish activist and a human rights defender. (AFP)
- Lebanon: EU Ambassador to Lebanon Eichhorst asserted the EU commitment to the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Lebanon. (Xinhua)
- Syria: Government forces shelled a number of neighborhoods in and around the capital. (AP)
- Yemen: A security director of an Aden district was killed in a car bomb. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: YouTube launched a tool to allow users to blur faces on uploaded videos. (Threat Level)
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 08W (Khanun)
- Movement: 20 degrees at 16 knots
- Winds: 35 knots
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20JUL)
- Africa: Anniversary of the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia – 2006.
- Asia: Anniversary of the Third Taiwan Straits Crisis – 1995.
- Europe: Greek Cypriots mark ‘black day’ of Turkish invasion – 1974.
- Europe: Eurogroup meets to tackle debt crisis.
- Belarus: Anniversary of President Lukashenko coming to power – 1994.
- Burma: Anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi being placed under house arrest – 1989.