The acting president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has dissolved Nigeria’s cabinet. President Umaru Yar’Adua has been ill since November and has traveled abroad for treatment. About half of the current cabinet ministers are expected to be asked to return, AFP.
One person, a migrant worker from Thailand, was killed after militants from Gaza fired a rocket into southern Israel, Voice of America.
Officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are in Moscow for a summit concerning Israel and the state of conflict in the Middle East as well as talks on nuclear disarmament, The Guardian.
Aid groups may be preventing the formation of a functioning government in Haiti, particularly with their increased resources in the wake of the January 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince and killed more than 200,000, CNN.
The likelihood of a clear winner in the Iraqi election for Prime Minister is decreasing. Votes were cast on Sunday and are still being counted. Current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki currently has a slight lead. He is working to build a coalition to stay in power, Associated Press.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the timing of Israel’s announcement that it will continue construction of homes in a disputed area East Jerusalem on the first day of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit was “insulting.” The U.S. supports a two-state solution but Israel and Palestine must be able to engage in talks and negotiations over borders before a Palestinian state can be formed, CNN.
45 people were killed in attacks targeting the military in Lahore, Pakistan, Al Jazeera. More on militants in Pakistan, New York Times.
NATO troops continued their push into Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan, centered on the city of Marja, PBS Newshour. Map of the area, New York Times. Some civilians have been killed in the fighting, Associated Press.
2 trains collided in Belgium today, killing 18 and injuring many more, CNN. Train crash in pictures, BBC News.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the Middle East. Clinton said she is concerned that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have supplanted the government of Iran, leading it in the direction of a military dictatorship, New York Times.
Taliban militants bombed a military convoy in northwestern Pakistan killing 41. Attacks have increased in recent days, including an attack on Pakistan’s military headquarters where militants were able to hold hostages for more than 24 hours this weekend, Bloomberg. Q & A on the army HQ attack, Reuters. Militant groups including the Taliban and al Qaeda are spreading into parts of Pakistan that were previously peaceful, BBC News (warning: link inncludes emotional account of a man who lost his family in a bombing.)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed members of the Northern Ireland Assembly today urging leaders to reconcile their differences and work together in compromise. A key dispute involves the transfer of police powers from London to Belfast, New York Times.
Elinor Ostrom, a professor at Indiana University, and Oliver Williamson, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley have won the Nobel Prize for Economics. Ostrom is the first woman to win the prize for economics, Voice of America.
A power company in Mexico has been taken over by the Mexican government. Luz y Fuerza del Centro supplies power to Mexico City and four central states. Officials said the decentralized public company was not financially stable. A new government owned company will take over, CNN.
The U.S. has put out a list of 50 suspected Afghan drug traffikers calling for them to be “captured or killed.” 90% of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan, BBC News.
Militants have attacked a police and provincial government compound in Logar Province. Afghanistan is only 10 days away from a presidential election, New York Times.
Coordinated explosions rock Iraq. 44 people are dead and scores wounded in attacks in Baghdad and Mosul, Voice of America.
Mehdi Karroubi, a candidate in Iran’s disputed presidential election, is alleging that anti-government political protesters have been raped in Iranian prisons, Al Jazeera.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed an agreement with Angola to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Clinton urged Angola to adopt a new constitution and to hold presidential elections. Current president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has served as president for the past thirty years. The last presidential election was in 1992, Voice of America.
The leaders of Mexico, the United States, and Canada are meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico for a summit to discuss economic and security issues, CNN.
Two upscale hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia were attacked by suspected suicide-bombers yesterday morning (8am local time). At least nine people have died and dozens have been injured. The bombers struck the JW Marriott and the Ritz Carlton hotels. The attack appears to have been aimed at Westerners. Though both hotels have heavy security, it is suspected that the bombers checked into the hotels and carried the bombs in backpacks. One bomb was detonated in the carpark of the Marriott and another was detonated in a restaurant in the Ritz Carlton. A third bomb was found on the 18th floor at the Marriott. Indonesia has experienced a rash of terrorism in recent years, starting with Bali nightclub bombing in 2002. More than 200 people died, many of them Westerners. Though no group has claimed responsibility, security experts suspect the Jemaah Islamiah militant group, BBC News. Profile of Jemaah Islamiah.
A suspected third attack at Muara Angke Toll Gate in northern Jakarta was not a bomb, officials confirm. The blast resulted from a car that overheated, Jakarta Post.
Thanks to my co-editor Katy who followed the story of the bombings as it happened in yesterday’s live post.
Former Iranian president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has publicly criticized the current Iranian government. Speaking at Friday prayers at Tehran University in front of thousands, Rafsnjani criticized the recent disputed elections and called for detained protesters to be freed. Rafsanjani has previously accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of rigging the 2005 presidential elections. Protesters took to the streets in Tehran after the address, CNN.
Pope Benedict XVI broke his hand this morning. The Pope is 82 years old and is expected to recover, Telegraph.
Casualties continue to mount in Afghanistan. July has been the bloodiest month for coalition forces since the conflict began in 2001, CNN International.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has begun a 5 day visit to India, AFP.
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has been acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court of hijacking charges. In 1999 former Prime Minister Pervez Musharraf, then head of the military, led a coup against Sharif. The hijacking charge stemmed from Sharif’s attempt to deny a plane carrying Musharraf to land. The removal of the charge lifts the last obstacle preventing Sharif from running for office again, New York Times.
Roxana Saberi, the Iranian/American journalist convicted of “spying,” remains in prison in Iran. Details of her trial or evidence of her alleged crime have not been released. Saberi is appealing the verdict. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, in an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 30, said that she is very concerned about Saberi who has gone on a hunger strike in protest of the conviction, Fox News.
More information on how you can help at the website Free Roxana Saberi.