- AFRICA: Madagascar’s army quelled a mutiny at a military barracks near Antananarivo
- AMERICAS: In Colombia, a FARC attack on the country’s largest oil pipeline halted operations
- ASIA: In Afghanistan, a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform killed at least three ISAF contractors in Herat.
- EUROPE: Fears of Spanish sovereign debt sparked a slump in the European stock market.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s top commander of the Republican Guard’s naval forces stated the country had no plans to close the Strait of Hormuz.
- TECHNOLOGY: Amazon announced plans to establish a digital media development center in London.
- Iraq: Wave of attacks across the country killed at least 91, wound at least 161
- At least 19 separate bombings took place in Baghdad, Kirkuk and elsewhere.
- At least 15 Iraqi soldiers were killed and an interior ministry official was targeted in Baghdad.
- Both Sunni and Shiite population centers were struck.
- The attack is the deadliest single day of violence in the country since 2010 and raised fears that sectarian conflict might reignite in the country.
- Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, AFP, AP
- Syria: Pressure on Assad regime intensified
- Regime forces drove opposition fighters out of two Damascus districts a week after a major insurgent assault began on the city.
- Intense fighting was reported in major cities across the country.
- The US was reportedly employing behind-the-scenes tactics to weaken the Assad regime.
- The EU strengthened its arms embargo on the government.
- The Arab League called for Assad to step down, and offered him a “safe exit” from the country if he did so.
- Coverage: WSJ, Al Jazeera, Reuters, CBS, AP, CNN, BBC
- Region: A senior official of Sudan’s ruling party stated his country desired a peace deal with South Sudan, but blamed Juba for the impasse in negotiations. (Reuters)
- Madagascar: The army quelled a mutiny at a military barracks near Antananarivo. (Reuters)
- Rwanda: President Kigali said the US decision to suspend military aid to Rwanda because of concerns over evidence it is supporting a mutiny in the neighboring DR Congo is based on incorrect information. (AFP)
- Somalia: Al Shabaab executed three of its members, allegedly for spying for the US and the UK. (Reuters)
- Colombia: A FARC attack on the country’s largest oil pipeline halted operations. (EFE)
- Cuba: Dissident figure Oswaldo Paya died in a car accident in the eastern part of the country. (EFE)
- Mexico: Thousands marched in protest against Enrique Nieto’s presidential election victory. (Reuters)
- Region: Pakistan launched rocket attacks on villages in northeastern Afghanistan. (NYT)
- Afghanistan: Gen. Allen, top commander of US and NATO forces in the country, stated the troop withdrawal had reached its halfway point. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Five NATO troops were killed in three separate insurgent attacks across the country and at least three ISAF contractors were killed by a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform in Herat. (Reuters)
- China: The defense ministry announced plans to establish a military garrison on a disputed island in the South China Sea. (AFP)
- Korean Peninsula: Korea Resources Corp., a South Korean state-run resources developer, said it held working-level talks with officials of the North’s National Economic Cooperation Federation at the Kaesong Industrial Complex in September and December last year. (Kyodo)
- Russia: President Putin signed into law a controversial measure restricting the activities of NGOs operating in the country. (AP)
- Spain: Fears of Spanish sovereign debt sparked a slump in the European stock market. (WSJ)
- Turkey: The military sent batteries of ground-to-air missiles to the border with Syria, boosting its firepower as rebels in Syria seized several border posts. (AFP)
- Turkey: A soldier was killed and eight wounded by a PKK grenade attack in the southeastern part of the country. (Xinhua)
- Region: Israeli PM Netanyahu stated his country had evidence tying Hezbollah to the suicide bombing at a Bulgarian seaside resort last week that killed five Israeli nationals. (WSJ)
- Iran: Top commander of the Republican Guard’s naval forces stated the country had no plans to close the Strait of Hormuz. (AP)
- Yemen: Authorities defused a bomb planted at an intelligence service building in Aden. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Digital Media: Amazon announced plans to establish a digital media development center in London, stating the city was the “obvious choice.” (Telegraph)
- Cyclones: Typhoon Vicente
- Location: 115 NM SSE of Hong Kong
- Movement: NNW at 8 mph
- Winds: 75 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: 750 miles SW of Manzanillo
- Movement: W or WNW at 10-15 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): 0% chance of tropical cyclone formation
- Location: Over Florida
- Movement: None
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24JUL)
- Iran: EU and Iran diplomats meet for technical talks on nuclear program.