- AFRICA: In Somalia, the UN set a deadline of 20AUG to complete the transition.
- AMERICAS: The US expressed deep regret for Venezuela’s withdrawal from the Inter-American Court on Human Rights.
- ASIA: In Pakistan, at least seven people were killed in an explosion at a market in Bajaur.
- EUROPE: Bulgarian PM Boiko Borisov’s center-right government survived a no-confidence vote.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, the UNSC extended its mission to provide security and logistical support.
- TECHNOLOGY: A study determined that most world leaders on Twitter don’t interact effectively with each other.
- Syria: Clashes in Aleppo began, as forces prepared for a ‘decisive’ battle.
- Meanwhile, Turkish PM Erdogan accused Syria of allowing Kurdish rebels to operate from its territory, warning there would “undoubtedly be a response” from Turkey.
- According to the NYT, evidence was “mounting” that AQ and Sunni extremists were hijacking the Syrian revolution.
- Arab nations say they will go to the UN GA and seek approval of a new resolution on Syria.
- The US said it “condemns violence of any sort inside Syria,” after Russian FM Lavrov said the US supported “terrorism.”
- Coverage: BBC, NYT, AP, DPA
- Algeria: The Army claimed it killed eight AQIM militants on the Mali border. (Xinhua)
- Madagascar: Talks between the President and his rival were concluded. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Boko Haram killed two Indian nationals in the northeast city of Maiduguri. (Reuters)
- Somalia: The UN set a deadline of 20AUG to complete the transition. (VOA)
- Sudan: North Darfur state governor Osman Kbir said the army was still battling JEM at two villages in the Futaha area along the border between North and East Darfur states, about 40 kilometers from South Kordofan. (AFP)
- Region: Venezuela extradited drug lord ‘Diego Rastrojo’, alleged leader of los Rastrojos, to Colombia. (AP)
- Colombia: FARC guerrillas said they have been holding two helicopter pilots forced to make an emergency landing two weeks ago in the southwestern province of Cauca and plan to turn the men over to the Red Cross. (EFE)
- Mexico: Authorities arrested 17 people in Nuevo Leon for committing 25 murders in the region. (EFE)
- Venezuela: The US expressed deep regret for Venezuela’s withdrawal from the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. (DPA)
- Region: The Pakistani Taliban threatened to attack “Burmese interests” and “Pakistani fellows of Burma” to avenge the Rohingya people. (AFP)
- Region: The DPRK dropped leaflets on to ROK territory for the first time in 12 years. (BBC)
- India: Large troop deployments appear to have stemmed an outburst of ethnic violence in northeastern Assam state. (AFP)
- Pakistan: NATO trucks have temporarily stopped crossing the northwestern border into Afghanistan over security concerns due to fears of Islamist attacks. (AFP)
- Pakistan: Seven people were killed in an explosion at a market in Bajaur. (BBC)
- Philippines: Eleven people were killed amid clashes between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf. (AP)
- Bulgaria: PM Borisov’s center-right government survived a no-confidence vote. (Reuters)
- Poland: The US will send an “air force detachment” in 2013, to be the first American troops stationed on Polish territory. (AFP)
- Serbia: Former Milosevic spokesman, Ivica Dacic, is slated to become PM. (NYT)
- Region: Iran’s vice president in charge of international affairs, Ali Saeedlou, said his country is ready to share “experience and capabilities” with Syria. (AP)
- Region: Iran blamed Israel for the suicide attack in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists. (Reuters)
- Iraq: Security forces reportedly clashed with al Qaeda in Iraq in the northeastern town of Hadid. (AP)
- Iraq: The UNSC extended its mission by a year to provide security and logistical support. (Xinhua)
- Saudi Arabia: Speculation that Saudi is trying to acquire nuclear weapons from Pakistan increased after Riyadh began sending special forces to Pakistan to train on 19JUL. (UPI)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Twitter: A study determined most world leaders on Twitter don’t interact effectively with each other. (AP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Mauritius, Reunion region
- Magnitude: 6.7
- Depth: 9.8 km
- Volcanoes: Sakurajima, Japan
- The volcano erupted and spewed ash onto Kagoshima City.
- The volcano has erupted more than 600 times this year and is expected to continue intermittent eruptions.
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TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27JUL)
- Global: London Olympics begin – 2012.
- Ukraine: Rapid Trident 2012 Ukraine-U.S. exercises end.