Benin: Security forces fired tear gas and used batons to break up a demonstration against the re-election of President Boni Yayi for a second term, injuring more than two dozen people. (Reuters)
Ivory Coast: ECOWAS, the 15-member West African regional body, said the 9,000-strong UN force in Ivory Coast should have a tougher mandate to oust Gbagbo from power.
ECOWAS also said the UNSC should tighten sanctions on Gbagbo and his allies.(BBC)
Tunisia: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the UN will send a panel of experts to help organize elections in Tunisia. (Xinhua)
Region: A Cambodian government official reiterated that Phnom Penh wanted Indonesian observers stationed on its northern border with Thailand near the flashpoint temple of Preah Vihear. (DPA)
Japan: The vessel at reactor #3 in the Fukushima plant is thought to be damaged and is leaking radioactive materials.
Tokyo Electric Power Company said it was this vessel that injured three workers. (DPA)
Myanmar: At least 75 people were killed when a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Burma.
There were fears that the toll would rise as news filtered through from remote areas still cut off. (AFP)
Pakistan: At least eight people were killed and five others were injured in militant firing on two passenger buses in Began area of Hangu. (Xinhua)
Region: A cyber attack targeted the data of certain commission officials in the EU’s executive and its diplomatic arm. (Bloomberg)
Germany: Lawmakers in the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, voted to formally end military conscription on July 1st. (AP)
Russia: USDeputy Secretary of Energy Poneman announced a pact on an agreement to extend nuclear security cooperation between the US and Russia.
It will allow the US National Nuclear Security Administration to continue its work with the Russian Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service to enhance its nuclear security regulations and inspection and training capabilities. (UPI)
Colombia: Ten guerrillas were killed and four others captured in an operation against leftist FARC rebels in the western province of Choco, a Colombian military source. (EFE)
Mexico: Some 50 Mexican media enterprises, as well as universities, NGOs and industry associations, agreed on a set of common criteria for covering organized crime-related violence and avoiding becoming “unwilling spokespersons” for gangsters. (EFE)
Bahrain: Security forces set up checkpoints on entrances to Shia villages across the country ahead of planned protests. (FT)
Syria: Mass protests are expected as activists called for ‘Day of Dignity’ rallies in the country, despite promises by President Bashar al-Assad to meet ‘the demands of the Syrian people.’ (DPA)
Yemen: President Saleh called for political dialogue so power could be transferred peacefully through constitutional institutions. (UPI)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Iran: The internet security firm Comodo Group said it was victim to a hacker attack that appeared to have been part of a larger scheme to eavesdrop on encrypted e-mail and chat communications that may have been sponsored by Iran.
Comodo, a digital certificate authority and security software maker, said it unwittingly issued fraudulent digital certificates for Web sites operated by Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Skype and Mozilla. (NYT)
Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19P (Bune)
Location: 340 nautical miles southeast of Nadi, Fiji