5 Minute International Update 01/07/2013

 

American journalist James Foley kidnapped in Syria, UN reports 60,000+ deaths in Syria, 9 killed last night in a car bombing near Northern Damascus, Explosion at a gas station in Damascus kills at least 30 people – government airstrike blamed, Syrian regime fired at least 2 Iranian-made short-range missiles in an obvious effort to better target rebel forces, Assad addressed Syria on Sunday for peace initiative but most believe the speech was just empty promises,

US against Google trip to N. Korea, Eric Schmidt with former US Ambassador to the UN, Bill Richardson

Car bomb in Iraq kills at least 19 Shi’ites.

2 US drone strikes kill 15 in Pakistan yesterday and possibly Al Qaeda leader

New Delhi gang rape suspects, in court today, charged with murder

Argentina has pressed claims to Falkland Islands

Rebels moving in on Central African Republic, spilling over from places like Congo

Yemen Al Qaeda offers bounty for US Ambassador and any US soldiers earlier this week, Al Qaeda leader killed in drone strike this morning, Saudi Arabian jet aiding drone strikes,

Gunmen started randomly shooting people in a small city near the Manila, the capital of Phillipines, 5 dead and 11 wounded before being shot by police, dead included a pregnant woman and a 7-year-old girl

Leaders of Sudan and South Sudan will meet in Ethiopia to discuss recent clashes and continued tension

Russia anti-adoption bill makes it through all levels of government,

Iran claims it has shot down 2 US drones, the government has instructed citizens to evacuate Isfahan leading to questions that a nearby nuclear facility might be leaking radioactive material, Iran claims it has new software to “control” social media sites

Egypt, already in turmoil is bracing for austerity measures as it seeks to guarantee a badly needed loan of 4.8 billion from the International Monetary Fund none. Egypt is in full-blown economic crisis.

Representative Frank Wolf from Virginia is pushing for a temporary committee to investigate the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. #HR824 (34 other members have co-sponsored)

Prosecutor-General of Moldova accuses of killing a man during a hunting trip last month

Today hostage situation in Uzbekistan was resolved, 40 citizens from Kyrgyzstan were taken hostage and released today