- AFRICA: Eritrea called on the United Nations to investigate the “abhorrent” flood of refugees from its borders to Europe, an exodus attributed to gross human rights violations in the hermit state.
- AMERICAS: The Pentagon asked that concerned armed American citizens not stand guard at US military recruiting offices, saying it can handle security on its own after a shooting rampage.
- ASIA: Adam Brookman, an Australian nurse who says he was forced by Islamic State militants to work as a medic in Syria, was arrested after returning to Australia and faces terrorism-related charges of supporting the movement.
- EUROPE: The Croatian government requested a special parliament session to discuss the latest development on the border arbitration between Croatia and Slovenia after an accused lobbying scandal was released.
- MIDDLE EAST: Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s ex-president, and the Houthi movement are in “secret” talks with Western and Arab diplomats to help end the war in the country.
- TECHNOLOGY: The Pakistani government plans to shut down BlackBerry Ltd’s secure messaging services by 01DEC for “security reasons”, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said on Friday.
- Turkey: Multiple offensives unleashed against Islamic State, PKK
- Turkish forces unleashed a third wave of airstrikes and ground attacks on targets of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, PM Ahmet Davutoglu said.
- Turkish security forces made ‘many arrests’ during new dawn raids against suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), reports said.
- A total of 15 workers at a power plant in Turkey’s eastern Sirnak province were kidnapped by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in response to Turkey’s raids against the group.
- PM Ahmet Davutoglu has said the strikes against IS are part of a broad “process”.
- Zagros Hiwa, a spokesman in Iraq for the PKK, said the strikes was likely to spell the end of 2013 peace agreement.
- Turkey this week began taking a more active role in fighting the Islamic State, agreeing to let the United States use its airbases to attack the militants in Syria as well as carrying out its own strikes.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua
- Region: Chief Donald Kaberuka of the African Development Bank called on Japanese companies to invest in Africa, saying there are enormous business opportunities in the areas of infrastructure, especially in the energy sector. (Kyodo)
- Egypt: French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian began a two-day visit to Cairo, just days after France delivered the first batch of 24 Rafale warplanes the nation bought in a multi-billion-euro deal. (AFP)
- Eritrea: The country called on the United Nations to investigate the “abhorrent” flood of refugees from its borders to Europe, an exodus attributed to gross human rights violations in the hermit state. (AFP)
- Nigeria: At least 21 people were killed in a new attack by suspected Islamists in a village in northeastern Borno state. (AFP)
- Tunisia: Parliament adopted a new anti-terror law aimed at beefing up powers to confront a jihadist threat but has been slammed by rights groups as draconian. (AFP)
- Bolivia: Prosecutors freed 47 demonstrators and arraigned four who took part in violent protests here in support of the demands being made for the southwestern region of Potosi. (EFE)
- United States: The US government anticipates releasing convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard in November 2015 when he is up for parole, or perhaps even earlier if legally possible, officials said. (CNN)
- United States: The Pentagon asked that concerned armed citizens not stand guard at military recruiting offices, saying it can handle security on its own after a shooting rampage. (AFP)
- Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro accused the US of looking to “implode” the South American nation and instill “a sea of chaos” in the region. (Xinhua)
- Australia: Adam Brookman, an Australian nurse who says he was forced by Islamic State militants to work as a medic in Syria, was arrested after returning home and faces terrorism-related charges of supporting the movement. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Units of police backed by the army have killed seven militants in Taliban former stronghold the southern Helmand and Zabul provinces over the past 24 hours, said a statement of Interior Ministry. (Xinhua)
- Maldives: The main opposition, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), demanded the immediate release of their leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed, a day after the government appealed his controversial conviction. (AFP)
- Thailand: A Buddhist monk and a Thai policeman were killed and six other people wounded in a bomb attack by suspected Muslim insurgents in the country’s south. (AP)
- Region: The Croatian government requested a special parliament session to discuss the latest development on the border arbitration between Croatia and Slovenia after an accused lobbying scandal was released. (Xinhua)
- Region: Eurotunnel has warned passengers are facing delays of around three hours after what it described as “migrant activity” overnight. (BBC)
- Hungary: PM Viktor Orban says illegal immigration is a threat to his country and all of Europe, with the primary risk coming from African migrants. (AP)
- Portugal: The former head of the country’s Banco Espirito Santo, Ricardo Salgado, was put under house arrest after being questioned by a magistrate over his role in the bank’s collapse. (AFP)
- Region: The military wing of Hamas opened its Gaza summer camp, aimed at providing basic combat training for 25,000 Palestinians in the embattled strip. (AFP)
- Yemen: Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s ex-president, and the Houthi movement are in “secret” talks with Western and Arab diplomats to help end the war in the country. (Al-Awsat)
- Yemen: A Saudi-led airstrike on the city of Taiz killed at least 55 people and left tens injured, Houthi-controlled news agency Saba said. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: The Pakistani government plans to shut down BlackBerry Ltd’s secure messaging services by 01DEC for “security reasons”, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said on Friday. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W (Twelve)
- Location: 355 NM NE of Manila, Philippines
- Movement: ENE at 4 mph
- Winds: 15 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon 01C (Halola)
- Location: 115 NM ESE of Kadena AB
- Movement: NW at 4 mph
- Winds: 33 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- Suspected Cases as of 10JUL: 462,561 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 14,069
- Deaths as of 10JUL: 61 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 24JUL: 1374 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 24JUL: 490 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26JUL)
- Cuba: Revolution Anniversary Holiday – 1953
- Liberia: Independence Day – 1847