AFRICA: In Sudan, thousands of Islamists met under pressure from reformers who say that corruption and other problems have caused the regime to drift away from its religious foundations.
AMERICAS: In Honduras, US officials are demanding answers after soldiers who were trained, vetted and equipped by the US government killed a 15-year-old boy this past May.
ASIA: China’s new leader Xi Jinping lead the newly elected members of the Chinese Communist Party into the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where he spoke of the “severe challenges” including corruption and alienation from the people that the country faces in the coming years.
EUROPE: In Bosnia, the UN unanimously voted to renew the European-led peacekeeping force in Bosnia in light of increasing Serb challenges to the country’s sovereignty.
MIDDLE EAST: Gunfire from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
TECHNOLOGY: A report by communications firm Burson-Marsteller said only nine nations of the 193 member states own the Twitter accounts bearing their country name, with only three officially verified by the site.
Israel and the Palestinian Territories:Clashes continued unabated after Israel killed a senior Hamas military commander, Ahmed Jaabari, and his bodyguard.
Israeli military officials said a ground invasion is a “distinct possibility” as Israeli troops amassed at the Gaza border this morning.
After Israel carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on Gaza the UN called an emergency meeting between Israel and the Palestinian territory of Gaza where Palestinian officials asked the Security Council to act to halt Israel’s military operation.
Israel’s security cabinet voted to allow army reservists to be called up “according to need.”
US President Obama spoke with Israeli PM Netanyahu and Egyptian President Morsi in an effort to de-escalate the conflict in Gaza and avoid civilian casualties.
UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to avoid bloodshed and ease tensions with Gaza militants on.
Iran’s FM condemned the Israeli operation in Gaza as “organized terrorism.”
The Syrian government condemned Israel’s “atrocities” committed against the Palestinian people.
Ghana: Argentina has filed a lawsuit against Ghana at an international tribunal over Ghana’s seizure of an Argentinean military ship last month. (AFP)
Somalia: President Mohamed reversed course on what to do with millions of sacks of charcoal stockpiled in former rebel strongholds after the UN imposed a ban on charcoal aimed at cutting off funds to al Shabaab. (Reuters)
Sudan: Thousands of Islamists met in Sudan under pressure from reformers who say corruption and other problems have caused the regime to drift away from its religious foundations. (AFP)
Colombia: Human Rights Watch released a report focused on women displaced by the conflict in Colombia as the frequent victims of gender-based violence, often without access to the medical attention that they need despite regulations established last year to help them. (AP)
Guatemala: The US placed sanctions on a son and a daughter of Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, a powerful Guatemalan drug trafficker linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel. (XIN)
Honduras: US officials are demanding answers after soldiers who were trained, vetted and equipped by the US government killed a 15-year-old boy in Honduras this past May. (AP)
Mexico: President-elect Pena Nieto proposed to create an “impartial” anti-corruption agency and hand vast security powers to the interior ministry, placing the federal police, border control and prisons under its umbrella. (AFP)
Region: Japan, China and South Korea will hold ministerial discussions next week where they are expected to agree on the launch of three-way free trade talks. (AFP)
Afghanistan: Security forces claimed to have killed a key Taliban commander in southern Zabul province. (XIN)
Cambodia: The Global Fund to fight AIDS accused Cambodia of “serious” corruption in the use of money intended to combat malaria and other life-threatening diseases. (AFP)
China: New leader Xi Jinping spoke of the “severe challenges” including corruption and alienation from the people that the country faces in the coming years. (XIN)
Japan: Foreign Ministry Deputy Press Secretary Saiki said Japan wants to develop “mutually beneficial” relations with China’s new leadership. (AFP)
Myanmar: The President announced amnesty for 452 prisoners including foreigners ahead of a visit by US President Obama. (XIN)
Bosnia: The UN unanimously voted to renew the European-led peacekeeping force in Bosnia in light of increasing Serb challenges to the country’s sovereignty. (AP)
Portugal: Anti-austerity protests outside of the parliament building were marred by pockets of violence and arrests. (XIN)
Russia: President Putin fired two Defense Ministry deputies, Dmitry Chushkin and Yelena Kozlova, who oversaw finances, replacing them with DM Shoigu’s associates Ruslan Tsalikov and Yuri Borisov. (Reuters)
Ukraine: The Foreign Ministry’s Department of Security and Disarmament said the pace of Ukraine’s NATO cooperation is quite fast. (Itar-Tass)
Region: The US Navy is sending more of its new unmanned mine-clearing technology to the Persian Gulf in an effort to sustain military presence in the Middle East to deter Iran. (NYT)
Jordan: Violent protests over price hikes continued in for the second day with protesters hurling stones at riot police and chanting slogans against the monarchy. (AP)
Syria: Deputy FM Muqdad said Syria had UN consent to pursue rebels in the Golan Heights. (AFP)
Syria: France plans to ask the EU to re-examine the current arms embargo on Syria in an effort to help opposition forces. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Communications: A report by communications firm Burson-Marsteller said only nine nations of the 193 member states own the Twitter accounts bearing their country name, with only three officially verified by the site. (AFP)
Communications: The US Senate rejected the Cybersecurity Act for the second time. (Hillicon Valley)
Communications: Israel’s military launched a social media campaign to defend its actions in Gaza after Palestinian residents in Gaza documented the Israeli strikes bombarding them in real time on Twitter.