- AFRICA: Witnesses said South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of women and girls last week just outside a UN camp, and at least two died from their injuries.
- AMERICAS: The Obama administration will soon expand efforts to help Central American families and children legally immigrate to the US.
- ASIA: Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced a new Cabinet that puts a retired general linked to human rights abuses in charge of security.
- EUROPE: European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker appointed former EU commissioner Michel Barnier to lead Brexit negotiations.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s constitutional watchdog has scheduled the next presidential election for May 2017.
- TECHNOLOGY: American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee.
- Syria: Islamic State claims twin car-bombings in northeast town.
- Forty-four people have been killed in a massive bombing in the Kurdish-controlled northeastern city of Qamishli.
- The Islamic State group, in a statement published by the IS-linked Aamaq news agency, claimed responsibility.
- The Islamic State said it was targeting Kurdish security forces.
- Qamishli, near the Turkish border, is mainly controlled by Kurds but Syrian government forces are present and control the town’s airport.
- Coverage: AP, AP-2, BBC, VOA
- Mali: Government forces arrested a regional leader of Islamist group Ansar Dine, after it claimed an attack in the region that killed 17 soldiers. (Reuters)
- Somalia: Salah Badbado, a former MP who joined al-Shabaab, was one of two suicide bombers who killed 13 people near a UN and African Union base, the militants announced. (AFP)
- South Sudan: Witnesses said government soldiers raped dozens of women and girls last week just outside a UN camp, and at least two died from their injuries. (AP)
- South Sudan: The UN warned President Salva Kiir that any political appointments must be consistent with a peace deal that ended nearly two years of civil war. (Reuters)
- Region: Plummeting economies in Venezuela and Brazil are expected to drag Latin America into negative growth again this year, the UN reported. (AP)
- Region: The Obama administration will soon expand efforts to help Central American families and children legally immigrate to the US. (AP)
- Venezuela: The government asked electoral authorities to declare illegal the opposition seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro, accusing them of massive fraud. (AFP)
- Region: China and the Philippines must settle their territorial dispute over the South China Sea through diplomacy, US Secretary of State John Kerry said. (WSJ)
- Bangladesh: The country launched a hunt for the survivor of a police raid on an extremist hideout which killed nine suspected Islamists who claimed to belong to the Islamic State group. (AFP)
- Indonesia: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced a new Cabinet that puts a retired general linked to human rights abuses in charge of security. (AP)
- Myanmar: Leaders of the country’s rebel armies held talks, as they prepare for a major peace conference with the government. (AFP)
- Region: European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker appointed former EU commissioner Michel Barnier to lead Brexit negotiations. (AFP)
- Armenia: Pro-opposition gunmen locked in a protracted standoff with police in the capital Yerevan have taken four medics hostage, after a shootout left five people wounded. (AFP)
- France: President Francois Hollande sought to head off divisions between French religious communities after the militant-claimed murder of a Catholic priest, amid calls for tougher security measures. (AFP)
- Turkey: Authorities have issued warrants for 47 former executives or senior journalists of Zaman newspaper, allegedly associated with the 15JUL failed coup. (AP)
- Iran: The country’s constitutional watchdog has scheduled the next presidential election for May 2017. (AP)
- Iraq: At least two people were killed and eight others wounded in a suicide bomb attack targeting Iraqi police in northern Baghdad. (Xinhua)
- Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Israeli forces tracked down a group of suspects behind the deadly ambush of a family car in the West Bank earlier this month and killed the man who pulled the trigger in that attack. (AP)
- Lebanon: The Lebanese army has upped its security measures to counter any acts of sabotage that could be carried out by terror groups. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 05W (Mirinae)
- Location: 176 NM ESE of Hanoi, Vietnam
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: WNW at 13 mph
- Hurricanes: Hurricane Frank
- Location: 565 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 85 mph
- Movement: WNW at 12 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Georgette
- Location: 1245 NM W of Baja California, Mexico
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: NNW at 3 mph
- Earthquakes: Off the coast of Aisen, Chile
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 10.0 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 22JUL: 175,956 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 22JUL: 36,732
- Deaths as of 22JUL: 28
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 26JUL: 1,791 (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 26JUL: 640 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 14JUL: American Samoa, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guinea-Bissau, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 14JUL: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Isla de Pascua (Chile).
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 14JUL: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28JUL)
- Global: World Hepatitis Day – 2008
- Northern Ireland: Anniversary of IRA declaring an end to its armed struggle – 2005
- Peru: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to assume presidency
- Peru: Independence Day – 1824
- Spain: King Felipe to meet the PP, the Socialist Party, the left-wing Unidos Podemos and liberal Ciudadanos