Six gunmen disguised as military attacked Pakistan’s military headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi earlier today. 4 of the men were killed and 2 were able to escape. 6 troops were killed in the attack, Voice of America. The 2 escaped men are now said to be holding military personnel hostage in the compound, BBC News.
3 people arrested during the protests that followed Iran’s disputed presidential election last June have been sentenced to death, Al Jazeera.
Turkey and Armenia are expected to sign an agreement today that will reestablish diplomatic ties and reopen the border. The two countries have been in conflict for over a century. A key issue, Armenia’s insistence that the killing of 1.5 million Armenians near the end of the Ottoman Empire was genocide, was not explicitly addressed but the agreement calls for a scientific review of historical events, Associated Press.
In a search for water, NASA crashed two spacecraft on the surface of the Moon, Scientific America.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei officially approved the presidential elections results from June. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be sworn in for his second term on Wednesday, CNN. Critics of the election did not attend the ceremony, BBC News.
Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has become the new secretary general of NATO. Rasmussen says he is committed to bringing peace in Afghanistan and is considering negotiating with moderate members of the Taliban, Reuters.
Afghanistan’s presidential elections will be held on August 20, Wikipedia.
A bombing in Herat, Afghanistan killed 12 and injured the local police chief who is believed to be the target of the attack, Al Jazeera.
Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman may be charged with corruption. He says he will resign if he is formally charged, Jerusalem Post.
780 people who were victims of the clash between Muslims and Christians were buried in mass graves in Nigeria today. The Red Cross recommended that the bodies be buried soon to prevent exposure to Nigeria’s heat. Family members of the dead avoided the burial because they were afraid to be associated with the warring factions, CNN International.