- AFRICA: In Cameroon, at least 20 people were killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack carried out by a child on a bar in Maroua in the nation’s far north.
- AMERICAS: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered an end to bombing raids against Marxist-inspired FARC rebels in Latin America’s oldest insurgency.
- ASIA: Filipino fishermen found several buoys with Chinese markings near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, Filipino officials said.
- EUROPE: British PM David Cameron is set to hold the in-or-out referendum on the nation’s future membership in the European Union in June next year.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Mohammad-Javad Zarif embarked on a three-nation tour of Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq for talks on bilateral and regional issues.
- TECHNOLOGY: China launched two new satellites into space, state media reported, as it builds a homegrown satellite navigation system to rival the US’s Global Positioning System.
- Turkey: Two Turkish soldiers killed in car bomb attack amid military offensives
- Two Turkish soldiers were killed and four were in injured when a car bomb and homemade explosives blasted an area near the southeastern city of Diyarbakir overnight.
- No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack.
- The bombing comes as Turkey grapples with a wave of violence near its southern border with Syria and is ramping up its effort to fight terrorists.
- Turkey’s air force has attacked Islamic State (IS) positions in Syria and Kurdish PKK militants in northern Iraq to defend the country’s security, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu says.
- The White House says Turkey has the right to defend itself against terrorist attacks by Kurdish rebels.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, BBC-2, CNN, Reuters
- Cameroon: At least 20 people were killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack carried out by a child on a bar in Maroua in the nation’s far north. (AFP)
- Egypt: Officials said a roadside bombing in the country’s restive Sinai Peninsula has wounded 18 police conscripts. (AP)
- Kenya: US President Barack Obama is to conclude his visit to the nation with a televised address at a sports stadium in the capital, Nairobi. (BBC)
- Somalia: The country’s Shebab insurgents assassinated a lawmaker and his guards, the president said, hours after US President Barack Obama said the Al-Qaeda affiliated militants had been “weakened”. (AFP)
- Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos ordered an end to bombing raids against Marxist-inspired FARC rebels in Latin America’s oldest insurgency. (AFP)
- Colombia: The FARC said in Havana that no justice can be expected if at the end of the peace talks the Colombian government goes unpunished. (EFE)
- Colombia: The two army soldiers who were kidnapped by locals in a rural area of the country’s southwest were freed. (EFE)
- Region: Filipino fishermen found several buoys with Chinese markings near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, Filipino officials said. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: A total of 125 security personnel gave up fighting and joined Taliban militants after three days of fighting in the Tirgaran valley of Wardoj district. (Xinhua)
- Australia: Adam Brookman, an Australian nurse, was charged with terrorism offenses for allegedly supporting the Islamic State group in Syria after he voluntarily returned home from the troubled country. (AFP)
- Cambodia: The country has urged the US to stop interfering in its judicial affairs, according to a statement of the government Press and Quick Reaction Unit. (Xinhua)
- Britain: PM David Cameron is set to hold the in-or-out referendum on the nation’s future membership in the European Union in June next year. (Independent)
- Greece: The country and its international creditors will begin talks on a new international bailout worth up to USD94B for the crisis-hit country next week. (AFP)
- Turkey: Turkish police used water cannon to disperse a demonstration in Ankara condemning violence by the Islamic State jihadists, making several arrests. (AFP)
- Region: Iranian FM Mohammad-Javad Zarif embarked on a three-nation tour of Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq for talks on bilateral and regional issues. (Xinhua)
- Iraq: Iraqi security forces retook control of Anbar University buildings after fierce clashes with Islamic State militants. (Xinhua)
- Israel: Israeli police fought their way into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque to root out Palestinian protesters suspected of stockpiling explosives in preparation for a riot, police said. (AFP)
- Yemen: Warplanes carried out raids near the Yemeni capital Sana’a, residents reported. (Reuters)
- Yemen: A senior commander of the country’s Houthi militia, Abdul-Khaliq al-Houthi, has been captured by southern secessionist forces allied to a Saudi-led coalition, the so-called Southern Resistance movement said on its official Twitter account. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: China launched two new satellites into space Saturday, state media reported, as it builds a homegrown satellite navigation system to rival the US’s Global Positioning System. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon 01C (Halola)
- Location: 134 NM S of Sasebo, Japan
- Movement: N at 7 mph
- Winds: 20 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 93km S of Krajan Tambakrejo, Indonesia
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 36.8m
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- Suspected Cases as of 24JUL: 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 (27JUL)
- Global: Anniversary of bomb planting at Atlanta Olympics – 1996
- Middle East: EU’s Mogherini to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia (until JUL28)
- Indonesia: Peace making conference to be held
- North and South Korea: Anniversary of the end of Korean War – 1953