- AFRICA: Ugandan police arrested two top opposition leaders and presidential candidates hoping to challenge President Museveni in elections next year.
- AMERICAS: Argentinian President Fernandez’s government defended an intelligence overhaul that gives the country’s new spy agency authority to investigate attacks on the economy, such as attempts to manipulate exchange rates.
- ASIA: A leaked intelligence document said that Australian authorities believe two Indonesian pilots may pose a security threat after being radicalized by ISIS.
- EUROPE: Turkish PM Davutoglu said that President Erdogan is expected give him a mandate to form a coalition government later in the day.
- MIDDLE EAST: Russian FM Lavrov said Russia wants to see a UN arms embargo against Iran lifted “as soon as possible” amid ongoing nuclear negotiations.
- TECHNOLOGY: WikiLeaks published a new list of German phone numbers that it claims shows the US NSA targeted for surveillance a string of connections at the chancellery and close aides to German Chancellor Merkel.
- Syria: Refugee numbers increase amid attacks on civilians.
- UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres reported that more than four million Syrians have fled the country’s civil war making it “the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation”.
- At least 19 civilians, including five children, were killed by a Syrian regime barrel bomb attack and rebel rocket fire in Aleppo.
- US airstrikes killed at least seven militants from Syria’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, including commanders.
- President Assad issued a decree endorsing a deal between the government and Iran on a new line of credit worth one billion US dollars.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, NYT, Xinhua
- Ethiopia: Charges against five bloggers and journalists held for over a year were dropped weeks before US President Obama is due to visit the country. (AFP)
- Nigeria: President Buhari held his first meeting with campaigners calling for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants in the northeastern town of Chibok last year. (Reuters)
- Uganda: Police arrested two top opposition leaders and presidential candidates hoping to challenge President Museveni in elections next year. (AFP)
- Argentina: President Fernandez’s government defended an intelligence overhaul that gives the country’s new spy agency authority to investigate attacks on the economy, such as attempts to manipulate exchange rates. (EFE)
- Bolivia: Pope Francis arrived in the country on the second leg of his South American tour and called for the Catholic Church to continue to play an important role in society amid efforts by the government of President Morales to curb its influence. (AP)
- Nicaragua: Local media reported that police beat and detained government opponents and harassed journalists at a protest outside the country’s top electoral council. (AP)
- Region: A leaked intelligence document said that Australian authorities believe two Indonesian pilots may pose a security threat after being radicalized by ISIS. (AFP)
- Australia: Trade Minister Robb said the TPP trade pact could be concluded in the “next three to four weeks” when the 12 nations involved are due to meet. (AFP)
- India: A military trooper was killed by militants in a gunfight in Kashmir about 60 km south of Srinagar city. (Xinhua)
- Korea, North: The government responded angrily to reports in the South Korean media about a recent spate of high-level defections and executions. (AFP)
- Greece: PM Tsipras was to submit a detailed bailout request to the country’s EU partners in the eurozone. (AFP)
- Lithuania: President Grybauskaite approved legislation tightening the issuance of permissions to live in the country amid efforts to strengthen national security. (Xinhua)
- Turkey: PM Davutoglu said that President Erdogan is expected give him a mandate to form a coalition government later in the day. (Reuters)
- Iran: Russian FM Lavrov said Russia wants to see a UN arms embargo against the country lifted “as soon as possible” amid ongoing nuclear negotiations. (Reuters)
- Israel: The Defense Ministry said that two Israelis are being held captive in the Gaza Strip, including one detained by Hamas after crossing into the territory last year. (AFP)
- Kuwait: Officials reported that the country’s financial reserves defied a slump in oil prices to hit a record USD592 billion at the end of the 2014-15 financial year. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: WikiLeaks published a new list of German phone numbers that it claims shows the US NSA targeted for surveillance a string of connections at the chancellery and close aides to German Chancellor Merkel. (AP)
- Cyclones: Typhoon 09W (Chan-hom)
- Location: 197 NM SSE of Kadena AB
- Movement: NW at 15 mph
- Winds: 104 mph
- Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Nangka)
- Location: 144 NM N of Saipan
- Movement: WNW at 13 mph
- Winds: 144 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Linfa)
- Location: 85 NM ENE of Hong Kong
- Movement: W at 12 mph
- Winds: 69 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm 04E (Ela)
- Location: 590 NM E of Hilo
- Movement: NNW at 14 mph
- Winds: 40 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
- Suspected Cases as of 26JUN: 387,115 (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: 11,792
- Deaths as of 05JUN: 56 (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 08JUL: 1367 (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 08JUL: 487 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10JUL)
- Global: International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York City
- Iran: Deadline for nuclear talks
- Paraguay: Pope Francis to visit (to 12JUL)