1) A U.S. compound was hit in a suicide bombing in Kabul. At least 3 “foreigners” are reported dead, and 8 are dead in total, including 4 militants. The bombing comes a day after a Taliban attack on the Kabul airport. Afghanistan is still under political upheaval during the vote audit.
1) China sent a spy ship to monitor international RIMPAC exercises off the coast of Hawaii—depite haveing 4 ships and 1000 troops participating. 22 countries including China participated in the US-led exercise.
1) Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down near the Russian-Ukrainian border. An investigation is going on now, but it looks as if either Russians on the border or pro-Russian separatists brought down the civilian plane. At least one separatist group claimed shooting the plane on social media, but the tweets have since been deleted. Nearly 300 people were on the plane, over 181 bodies have been recovered so far. 23 Americans were on the flight and many Europeans. At least 100 of the passengers were medical researchers on their way to an international conference on AIDS.
1) Israel and Palestine agreed to a 5 hour ceasefire for Gaza today. Despite an assault from Palestinian militants on an Israeli community before the temporary truce, it does not appear that the ceasefire has been violated by either side.
1) Iraq has finally named a speaker for its parliament, in a step towards breaking political deadlock in the country. Salim al-Jabouri, a moderate Sunni became speaker of the parliament though the selection of his deputy brought new arguments. Iraq had managed to retake the city of Tikrit earlier this week, from ISIS forces, but today Iraqi military was forced to retreat from their position, after a heavy bombardment and sniper fire. After 2 and a half weeks, Iraq’s forces have not been able to stabilize the city.
Discussion: Implying that Germany over reacted, issues for Merkel, we’re totally not going to do anything about it, we have these spies yet no definite information on terrorists, other spying that is not acceptable, foreign relations, Allan’s thoughts on leadership abroad
1) A militia attacked the Tripoli airport in Libya, destroying 90% of the planes there. In response, the U. N. evacuated their base in the city, saying they are now unable to operate.
2) Egypt proposed a ceasefire for Israel and Palestine this morning. Israel accepted the agreement, but the military wing of Hamas said it had no plan to end the fighting. (Other Hamas officials claim the agreement is still being discussed, but it should have started at 9am local time.) Since the agreement announcement, at least 3 more rockets from the Gaza Strip attacked Israel.
Here is my weekly wrap-up of the most important international stories from last week. Please check out the full story on IJReview which includes Israel’s retaliation, espionage in Germany and the crisis in Iraq.
1) Nuclear talks with Iran are taking place today in Vienna. A deal should be reached by a July 20th deadline, but there are still wide gaps on agreements between Iran and the six world powers: China, Russia, UK, US, France and Germany.
1) The UN Security Council plans to meet regarding the escalating situation between Israel and Palestine. Since the offensive began, 750 of Israel’s targets have been hit. At least 50 people are dead. Palestinians have launched more than 160 missiles (upgraded and with farther reach than we’ve seen before) at Isreal, though most have been stopped by Israel’s anti-missile defense. The US has called for calm.