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AFRICA: French President Hollande promoted a new military operation being rolled out in West Africa to take on Islamist groups that he warned threatened France’s interests and citizens.
AMERICAS: China has taken a key step toward closer political, economic and trade ties with Latin America, proposing a $35 billion fund to finance infrastructure and development projects.
ASIA: The death toll of typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines soared to 77, the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
EUROPE: Hundreds more immigrants arrived in Italy, a day after the navy said it had intercepted at least 1,400 asylum-seekers on six boats crossing from Libya.
MIDDLE EAST: Israeli air strikes killed 11 people in Gaza, hiking the death toll above 300 as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region to bolster truce efforts.
TECHNOLOGY: A convicted hacker and Internet icon joined forces to thwart NSA spying in a new project called Dark Mail which plans to hide your metadata.
Ukraine: Investigation hindered amid accusations of evidence tampering.
U.S. President Obama said the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in a Ukrainian region controlled by Russian-backed separatists should be a “wake-up call for Europe and the world.”
Ukraine accused Russia of helping separatist insurgents they say shot down Malaysian airliner MH17 try to destroy evidence at the crash site.
A team of international observers say pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have limited their access to the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines plane with site access controlled by armed men.
Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels have agreed to set up a security zone around the crash site of a Malaysian jet, Ukraine’s security service chief said on Saturday.
Interpol said that they would send a team to help identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
Region: French President Hollande promoted a new military operation being rolled out in West Africa to take on Islamist groups that he warned threatened France’s interests and citizens. (Reuters)
Kenya: Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked Shebab claimed responsibility for an attack on a bus and police vehicle on the southeastern coast that killed at least seven people. (AFP)
Somalia: Six people were killed in a southern Somali port town after a suicide bomber targeted the house of a prominent anti-Shebab militia leader. (AFP)
Region: China has taken a key step toward closer political, economic and trade ties with Latin America, proposing a $35 billion fund to finance infrastructure and development projects. (EFE)
Argentina: Chinese President Jinping and his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, agreed to upgrade bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership. (Xinhua)
United States: The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said. (AP)
Afghanistan: Gun battles between Taliban militants and security forces claimed 15 lives including 14 insurgents and one soldier in Khost province, a local official said Saturday. (Xinhua)
Cambodia: Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), returned home after spending more than a month overseas after authorities arrested eight CNRP politicians. (Xinhua)
Myanmar: Opposition gathered millions of signatures in support of changes to a constitution that bars its leader Aung San SuuKyi from becoming president. (AFP)
Philippines: The death toll of typhoon Rammasun soared to 77, the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said. (Xinhua)
Germany: An 89-year-old man wanted for working as a concentration camp guard during the second world war said in court filingsthat he should not be deported because his service in the Waffen SS was involuntary. (Guardian)
Italy: Hundreds more immigrants arrived, a day after the navy said it had intercepted at least 1,400 asylum-seekers on six boats crossing from Libya. (AFP)
Turkey: Israeli FM Lieberman slammed the country’s handling of violent anti-Israeli protests in Ankara and Istanbul. (AFP)
Region: Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement, pledged to defeat Israel, who began a ground military operation in the Palestinian Gaza Strip a day earlier. (Xinhua)
Region: Israeli air strikes killed 11 people in Gaza, hiking the death toll above 300 as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region to bolster truce efforts. (AFP)
Iraq: Ailing President Al-Talabani will return to his country to resume his duties after a year and a half in Germany receiving medical treatment, his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party said Friday. (Al-Awsat)
Iraq: Officials say three car bombs in different neighborhoods of Baghdad have killed at least 15 people. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: A convicted hacker and Internet icon join forces to thwart NSA spying through a new project called Dark Mail which plans to hide your metadata. (Wired)
Cyclones: Super Typhoon 09W (Rammasun)
Location: 134 NM ENE of Hanoi, Vietnam
Movement: NW at 7.7 mph
Winds: 51 mph
Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Matmo)
Location: 644 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
Movement: W at 5 mph
Winds: 33 mph
Cyclones: Tropical Depression 01C (Wali)
Location: 648 NM ESE of Hilo
Movement: NW at 4.6 mph
Winds: 12.8 mph
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases: 964 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Deaths: 603 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20JUL)
Global: Anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon -1969
Colombia: Colombian Independence Day (from Spain) – 1810
United States: Anniversary of Aurora, CO movie theater where 12 people were killed and 59 injured during a showing of Batman – 2012
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