Nigeria: More 62 people killed in Borno attacks:
At least 12 soldiers, 4 policemen and four civilians were feared killed with the destruction of Divisional Police Headquarters, market, shops, houses and vehicles when about 200 heavy armed gunmen in Toyota Hilux vehicles attacked Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State. Vanguard gathered that more than 50 of the terrorists were killed in the encounter.
Nigeria soldiers burn buses after crash:
Soldiers blocked roads and attacked five buses after a colleague was killed in a bus accident in Lagos.
At least five killed in attacks in Somali capital:
Five soldiers and police were killed in the Somali capital on Saturday and a dozen others were wounded in bomb and gun attacks by Islamist militants, police and witnesses said.
Car bomb kills Libyan commando, wounds his 2-year-old son in Benghazi:
The official said unidentified assailants had planted an explosive device in the commando’s vehicle which blew up while he was driving in the eastern city of Benghazi. His son was wounded in the hand and the face, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.
Egypt raises fuel and electricity costs:
Some fuel tariffs are reported to be increasing by 78% while electricity prices are expected to almost double within five years.
US troops have secretly been deployed to Somalia since 2007:
The Pentagon had publicized a small deployment of advisers to Somalia in October of 2013, but the presence of the larger force-there since 2007-was still being kept secret.
30 rebels killed as Iraq army retakes Saddam’s village:
State television quoted the prime minister’s military spokesman, Qassim Atta, as saying that Awja had been “totally cleansed” and 30 militants had been killed.
12 soldiers killed in suicide car bomb attack in Iraq:
A suicide car bomber struck an Iraqi army force in Salahudin province in central Iraq on Friday, killing at least 12 soldiers and wounding some 30 others, a provincial police source said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
Iranian pilot ‘killed fighting in Iraq’: state media:
Iran’s official IRNA news agency said Colonel Shoja’at Alamdari Mourjani was killed while “defending” Shiite Muslim holy sites in the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad.
US Sends Green Berets to Northern Iraq:
Special Forces advisors have set up an operations center in northern Iraq as part of the expanding U.S. political and military effort to keep Iraq from splintering against attacks by Islamic extremists, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.
Iraq seeks to recover over $40 billion from US:
Iraq is trying to recover nearly $41 billion after the US has refused to deliver the F16 aircrafts the Iraqi government had paid for, Anadolu news agency quoted an Iraqi official as saying.
Leader of Islamic State ‘appears in first video sermon’:
Video footage emerged on YouTube of a man reported to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, at Friday prayers at Mosul’s Great Mosque. “I am the wali (leader) who presides over you, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, assist me,” he said, dressed in a black turban and robe.
Islamic State extends gains in parts of Syria:
The Observatory, an anti-Assad group that tracks the violence, said that ISIS now controls an area of Syria five times the size of neighboring Lebanon.
Salafi militant says Jordan not immune to jihadis:
Al-Qaeda linked Mohammed al-Shalabi also says fighting to ‘remove’ Israel is a priority
10 killed in Yemen-Saudi border post attack: officials:
An attempt by militants to infiltrate Saudi Arabia from Yemen left five security officers dead on the two sides of the border, along with five assailants, officials said on Saturday.
2 militants blow themselves up in Saudi Arabia: TV:
Two suspected Al Qaeda militants blew themselves up early on Saturday after being surrounded inside a government building in southern Saudi Arabia, following an attack on a border post with Yemen, Saudi-owned Al Arabia television reported.
Yemeni Air Force Officer Killed in Gunmen Attack: –
A senior officer of the Yemeni Air Force was killed in a drive-by shooting attack by Al-Qaeda suspects in the southeastern province of Hadramout.
Yemeni air force bombs Houthi rebels after ceasefire collapses:
The Yemeni air force bombed Shi’ite Houthi fighters north of Sana’a on Saturday in fighting that caused “a large number of casualties”, local officials said, after a truce reached last month between the insurgents and government forces collapsed.
Bombing kills a Bahraini policeman, official says:
Officer Mahmood Fareed died Saturday of wounds sustained in the blast, which occurred the day before in the village of Eker, south of the capital, Manama, according to public security chief Maj. Gen. Tariq al-Hassan.
Two injured as Kuwait cracks down on protests:
Two people were shot, injured in the hand and leg respectively, and some 50 people arrested during protests involving several hundred people in the Sabah al-Nasser and al-Riqqa areas. Police officers blocked roads, fired tear gas and used stun grenades to disperse protesters, activists in attendance told MEE.
The Arab Spring Just Got Serious Again – Kuwait Is Burning:
Once again someone (former opposition leader Musallam al-Barrak) exposed the corruption among the elites (revealed documents that allegedly prove billions of illicit financial transfers were made to senior officials, including judges) and the leaders (Kuwait officials) decided he should be arrested and charged with slander.
Hamas ‘ready for Gaza ceasefire’ if Israeli raids stop:
Hamas has offered to halt its rocket attacks if Israel stops its air raids on the Gaza Strip, the BBC understands. A source with the Palestinian militant group said Egyptian intelligence officials had brokered a potential ceasefire, after escalating clashes.
Arabs demonstrate in Nazareth as popular protests spread:
Violence rages in northern, central Israel day after funeral of murdered Arab teen; ex-Shin Bet chief: Failed Israeli policies to blame for situation
Liberman: Arab Israeli rioters’ place not in Israel:
FM says clear message must be sent to ‘those who enjoy Israeli citizenship but act like terrorists’
Autopsy shows Palestinian youth burnt alive:
A preliminary autopsy report shows that 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by his kidnappers, a senior Palestinian official said late Friday.
American teen brutalized by Israeli police ‘to be tried Sunday’:
The teen is a student at Universal Academy of Florida high school in Tampa, local news website 10 News reported.
Settlers ‘abduct, attack’ Palestinian near Nablus:
The settlers stepped out of a car and “sprayed gas” at Adeli before pulling him into one of the vehicles, witness Abas Adeli said.
Former Israeli Defence Minister calls on government to assassinate Hamas leaders:
“The government must immediately return to the assassination policy, and let Hamas leaders understand that there is no security for them day and night and that there is no difference between political and army wing leaders.”
On US TV, Israel is ‘Striking Back’:
The way TV outlets characterized the Israel actions on their July 1 newscasts was instructive.
Israel’s SodaStream closes main UK store after 2-yr boycott campaign:
SodaStream, which has its main factory in the West Bank and makes home carbonation products, has closed its EcoStream shop in Brighton and one of Britain’s biggest retailers John Lewis will no longer stock its products after two years of protests.
Afghanistan: 11 Taliabn militants killed in counter-terrorism operations:
The Ministry of Interior (MoI), following a statement said Saturday that the militants were killed in Nangarhar, Kunduz and Kandahar provinces.
Taliban torch hundreds of ‘NATO-supplying’ fuel trucks near Kabul:
An assault by militants at a large parking lot on the outskirts of Afghan capital, Kabul, Friday night left at least 200 fuel tankers incinerated. The Taliban said the privately-owned tankers were targeted because they supply foreign troops.
Uzbek insurgents among militants killed in Pakistan air strikes in North Waziristan:
Pakistani jets bombed militant hideouts in a lawless tribal district on Saturday, killing scores of Uzbek and local insurgents in a massive ongoing offensive against the Taliban, the military said.
Kiev says 13 military personnel killed in fighting in east Ukraine: –
At least 13 Ukrainian military personnel were killed in separate incidents on Friday in fighting against pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, a statement from the headquarters of Ukraine’s “anti-terrorist operation” said. Nine others were wounded.
Ukraine claims victory in crucial rebel stronghold:
President Petro Poroshenko issued a statement saying government troops had taken Slovyansk, a city of about 130,000 that has been at the center of fighting between Kiev’s troops and pro-Russian rebels, after a night of combat.
Donetsk militia confirm leaving stronghold city of Slavyansk – media:
“The Ukrainian military is in control of Slavyansk,” Channel One reported citing the headquarters of the Donetsk People’s Republic. “Early in the morning, the self-defense fighters were forced to leave the city.”
World leaders unite in Ukraine peace push:
Poroshenko’s decision Monday was immediately followed by the launch of a “massive” offensive by Kiev that drew warnings from Russian President Vladimir Putin about his right to protect compatriots in Ukraine.
Putin sends Obama an Independence Day message, says he wants better ties:
Russian President Vladimir Putin told Barack Obama in an Independence Day message Friday that he hopes the two countries can improve relations, and he urged Washington to treat Moscow as an equal partner.
Russia passes law to force websites onto Russian servers:
The law will mean that from 2016, all Internet companies will have to move Russian data onto servers based in Russia or face being blocked from the web. That would likely affect U.S.-based social networks such as Facebook, analysts say.
German intelligence employee arrested on suspicion of spying for US :
A member of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has been detained for possibly spying for the US. The 31-year-old is suspected of giving a US spy agency information about a parliamentary inquiry of NSA activities.
Suspected US spy arrested in Germany for passing information on NSA inquiry:
The man allegedly passed the US information about a German parliamentary committee’s investigation into the NSA’s activities. He claimed to have worked with US intelligence since 2012, they reported.
Berlin demands US ambassador explains snooping on German parliament:
Berlin has called on the US ambassador to explain allegations that Washington spied on a parliamentary committee investigating NSA surveillance in Germany. A double agent reportedly sold the US sensitive documents.
Germany Getting Ready To Divorce U.S. Ally: Op-Ed:
From recent talks and discussions in Germany I conclude that the U.S. is losing more and more support and sympathies. The admiration of earlier times has turned into disgust
NSA Experts: ‘National Security Has Become a State Religion’:
Edward Snowden’s lawyer, Jesselyn Radack, and former NSA contractor Thomas Drake discuss the reasons behind the American spying agency’s obssession with collecting data.
UK terror alert: body searches at British airports:
Holidaymakers face invasive physical checks and lengthy delays at Britain’s airports amid fears that jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria plan to target transatlantic flights with laptop explosives and “body bombs”.
Plunge in Erste Bank halts European stocks rally:
Erste dropped by 14 percent after the bank, which is the third-biggest lender in emerging Europe, warned that fresh hits from Romania and Hungary would drive it to a record 2014 loss.
31 Austrian bank accounts wiped out by Vietnamese pirates:
The latest in ATM fraud has arisen in Horn, Lower Austria, as criminals operating from Vietnam use ATM skimming to wipe out the accounts of 31 bank users, including their overdrafts. They took more than 100,000 euros ($136,000) in cash.
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson jailed for 18 months;
Coulson – a former aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron – appeared for sentencing at London’s Old Bailey court along with four ex-colleagues from the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.
Putin to visit Cuba and other LatAm nations:
From Cuba, Putin will travel to Argentina for trade and energy talks with President Cristina Kirchner, before moving on to a summit of the BRICS group of developing countries in Brazil.
OAS, Venezuela Declare Solidarity with Argentina in U.S. Hedge Fund Dispute:
The only countries in the hemisphere to not support the resolution were the United States and Canada.
Bolivia congress allows child labour from age 10:
Congress passed the measure by consensus on Wednesday, requiring employers to follow certain criteria to ensure the physical and mental health of employed children, and to prevent child exploitation.
Radioactive material stolen in Mexico: officials:
The Mexican government warned Friday that a vehicle containing radioactive material has been stolen, and issued a dire warning to the thieves against taking the potentially deadly material from its protective container.
Woman: Officer spit on her, called her racial slur: Video –
“‘I couldn’t pass, you low life piece of (expletive) (n-word)’ … and (he) spit on me,” Griffith said was Sheats’ response.
The militarization of American public schools: Op-Ed:
This fall, Syracuse, New York will join the still small but growing list of public schools dedicated to the training of students for military service in the United States Armed Forces.
By “Punishing” France, The US Just Accelerated The Demise Of The Dollar:
The head of the French central bank, and ECB member, Christian Noyer, just issued a direct threat to the world’s reserve currency (for now), the US Dollar.
Digital currencies could challenge sovereignty, conference hears:
He also warned that there would be a substantial threat to the country’s finances if more and more transactions for goods and services disappear from the tax net through the use of digital currencies.
73-Year-Old Jailed Over $508.27 Debt –
A 73-year-old retiree being taken away in handcuffs because he had not paid a debt of $508.27. AUDIO: Listen to the court hearing