- AFRICA: In Nigeria, authorities named Major General Iliya Abbah to lead the new multinational task force to fight Boko Haram.
- AMERICAS: The Dominican Republic has rejected an offer by the Organization of American States to organize talks with Haiti on resolving a dispute over citizenship and legal residency.
- ASIA: The Afghan Taliban rejected reports of any fresh round of peace talks expected this week with the government, while making no comment on Kabul’s reported death of their leader Mullah Omar.
- EUROPE: French Police said that migrants in Calais made fewer attempts to get to England via the Channel Tunnel, suggesting increased security is having an impact.
- MIDDLE EAST: Opposition sources in Syria and a monitoring group said that Nusra Front abducted the leader of a US-backed rebel group in the north of the country.
- TECHNOLOGY: Three prominent former national-security officials endorsed the use of encryption in communications, breaking with US President Obama and FBI Director James Comey in their standoff with Silicon Valley over new uses of the technology.
- Malaysia: Authorities move to investigate potential development in missing MH370 case.
- Investigators from Australia, the US, and France said that the 6-foot piece of wreckage, which washed up on the coast of La Reunion, resembles a Boeing 777’s “flaperon”.
- Besides Malaysian Airlines flight 370, no other 777 aircraft is known to be missing, according to Boeing.
- Malaysia’s deputy transport minister, Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, also said investigators in Malaysia who examined photos of the object believed it could be a Boeing 777 flaperon.
- Australian Deputy PM Warren Truss said that the discovery of an airplane part thousands of miles from the search area was “a very significant development” but cautioned against concluding that it was from the missing aircraft.
- Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, LAT, NYT, Reuters
- Egypt: A court postponed its verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to 10 years in prison last year for “spreading false news”. (AFP)
- Niger: Officials said the first round of the country’s presidential election will be held on February 21 in 2016, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou set to seek a second term. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Authorities named Major General Iliya Abbah to lead the new multinational task force to fight Boko Haram. (AFP)
- Region: The Dominican Republic has rejected an offer by the Organization of American States to organize talks with Haiti on resolving a dispute over citizenship and legal residency. (AP)
- El Salvador: The military deployed armored cars to support the police in an operation to provide security to transport workers threatened by the gangs. (EFE)
- Nicaragua: A military source said that escaped Mexican drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is not a fugitive in the country, despite certain recent media reports. (Xinhua)
- United States: The Senate confirmed President Obama’s nominee, Marine General Joseph Dunford, as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Reuters)
- Region: India accused Pakistan of killing one of its soldiers near the heavily militarized de-facto border that divides Kashmir. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: The Taliban rejected reports of any fresh round of peace talks expected this week with the government, while making no comment on Kabul’s reported death of their leader Mullah Omar. (AFP)
- Burma: Authorities ordered the release of thousands of prisoners including 210 foreigners, the latest in a series of amnesties under the reformist government. (AFP)
- India: Authorities executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon for conspiring in a series of blasts that killed hundreds in Mumbai more than two decades ago. (AFP)
- Korea, North: The government said that stalled dialogue over its nuclear program was down to aggressive US military exercises. (AFP)
- Region: French Police said that migrants in Calais made fewer attempts to get to England via the Channel Tunnel, suggesting increased security is having an impact. (AFP)
- Russia: The government opened the high-profile trial of jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko. (AFP)
- Turkey: A policeman and a civilian were killed in a gun attack in the southeast blamed on separatist militants. (AFP)
- Ukraine: Four civilians were killed in shelling attacks between the army and pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country. (AFP)
- Israel: Parliament approved a law allowing prisoners on hunger strike to be force fed if their life is in danger or they face chronic health problems. (AP)
- Kuwait: The Interior Ministry said authorities broke up a new five-member cell of alleged members of ISIS one month after a deadly bombing at a Shiite mosque. (AFP)
- Syria: Opposition sources and a monitoring group said that Nusra Front abducted the leader of a US-backed rebel group in the north of the country. (Reuters)
- Yemen: HRW said that rebel forces have fired shells and rockets indiscriminately into civilian neighborhoods in the southern port city of Aden. (AFP)
- Yemen: A suspected US drone strike killed five presumed members of al-Qaeda in Abyan province. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Three prominent former national-security officials endorsed the use of encryption in communications, breaking with US President Obama and FBI Director James Comey in their standoff with Silicon Valley over new uses of the technology. (WSJ)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02B (Two)
- Location: 12 NM N of Chittagong, Bangladesh
- Movement: N at 6 mph
- Winds: 40 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Depression 13W (Thirteen)
- Location: 414 NM NNE of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
- Movement: NW at 16 mph
- Winds: 35 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Guillermo
- Location: 1475 miles SW of Baja California
- Movement: WNW at 15 mph
- Winds: 40 mph
- Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Eight-E
- Location: 1110 miles E of Hilo, Hawaii
- Movement: W at 15 mph
- Winds: 30 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- 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 29JUL: 1382 (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 29JUL: 493 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31JUL)
- Malaysia: Malaysia’s Warriors’ Day
- Russia and United States: Anniversary of the USSR and the US signing the START treaty – 1991
- Ukraine: IMF to meet to decide on second disbursement of country’s four year support package.