- AFRICA: Egyptian President Mursi ordered the release of more than 500 people detained in last year’s protests.
- AMERICAS: US Defense Secretary Panetta ordered the monitoring of media reports for intelligence leaks.
- ASIA: China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with Russia for its detention of 36 Chinese fishermen.
- EUROPE: In Spain, tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated against austerity measures in Madrid.
- MIDDLE EAST: Russia and China vetoed a UNSC resolution to enforce sanctions on the Assad regime.
- TECHNOLOGY: The number of Internet users in China reached 538 million.
- United States: A shooting at a movie theater near Denver left at least 14 dead.
- Region: China, seeking to strengthen ties with African countries, pledged USD20 billion in loans in the next three years, doubling its earlier commitment. (UPI)
- Egypt: President Mursi ordered the release of more than 500 people detained in last year’s protests. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Five people were killed in two separate attacks by unknown gunmen. (AFP)
- Republic of Congo: The dominant Congolese Labor Party (PCT) won 57 seats in the first round of legislative elections. (AFP)
- Togo: Commerce Minister Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu was named Prime Minister. (AFP)
- Brazil: Eighteen people were arrested in connection with the murder of indigenous leader Nisio Gomes. (BBC)
- Mexico: Rightist and leftist parties jointly demanded authorities investigate an alleged money laundering in financing the campaign of president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto. (Xinhua)
- United States: President Obama characterized cyber threats as “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges” for the US. (AFP)
- United States: Defense Secretary Panetta ordered the monitoring of media reports for intelligence leaks. (Reuters)
- United States: At his confirmation hearing to become SOUTHCOM commander, LTGEN John Kelly said he’s ready to face non-traditional security challenges caused largely by the drug trade, illicit trafficking, transnational organized crime, narco-terrorism and violent extremist organizations. (Miami Herald)
- Region: China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with Russia for its detention of 36 Chinese fishermen. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: Five policemen were killed in a roadside bomb in the Uruzgan province. (BBC)
- Japan: The Finance Ministry was hit by malware; the Ministry indicated information may have been leaked as a result. (Kyodo)
- Pakistan: The US House of Representatives agreed to a $650 million cut from Pakistan military aid as Republicans sought to tamp down demands for still deeper reductions because of conservative anger at the Islamabad government. (Politico)
- Region: Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nagorny-Karabakh region re-elected incumbent leader Bako Sahakyan for a second presidential term, the central elections commission said. (AFP)
- Cyprus: The UNSC extended its peacekeeping force’s mission through 2013. (AP)
- Russia: Four men were detained on suspicion of recent attacks on Muslim leaders in Tatarstan. (Reuters)
- Russia: The Dagestan Interior Ministry indicated a terrorist attack had been foiled. (Interfax)
- Spain: Tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated against austerity measures in Madrid; police fired rubber bullets in response. (AP)
- Region: The UNHCR said up to 30,000 Syrians have fled into Lebanon over the past 48 hours. (AFP)
- Region: Iraqi government officials said Syrian rebels wrested control of all four border checkpoints between Iraq and Syria, and that additional Iraqi forces were being sent to the border. (NYT)
- Iran: A lawmaker says about half of the 290 members of Iran’s parliament are backing a bill favoring the closing of the strategic Strait of Hormuz. (AP)
- Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a death toll of 302 in the past day, the deadliest day of the uprising thus far. (AFP)
- Syria: Russia and China vetoed a UNSC resolution to enforce sanctions on the Assad regime. (Washington Post)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- China: The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said there are 538 million Internet users in the country. (AP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Kuril Islands, Russia
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 22.7 km
- Volcanoes: Mt Tongariro, New Zealand
- Volcano alert level raised from 0 to 1, indicating there are signs of volcanic activity.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21JUL)
- Ireland: Anniversary of the Bloody Friday bombing – 1972.