Top news: The United States reopened a long list of embassies and consulates across a wide swath of the Middle East that it had shuttered amidst warnings of an imminent terror strike.
American officials had declined to offer any details on the plot and issued only vaguely worded warnings about terrorist "chatter" that was described as reminiscent to the immediately preceding the attacks of Sept. 11. One U.S. embassy -- its outpost in the Yemeni capital city, Sanaa -- remains shuttered, and last week the United States unleashed a barrage of drone strikes in the country, which was the most intense series of covert strikes carried out by the Obama administraiton since the president announced in May that he would seek to wind down the war on terror. Sensing a continuing threat in Yemen, the United States is funnelling support to the country and will help the country purchase 12 light spy planes.
In the face of a terror group capable of closing down nearly two dozen U.S. diplomatic posts, President Obama defended Friday his assertion that he has overseen the decimation of core al Qaeda. Obama acknowledged that al Qaeda has "metastasized into regional groups that can pose significant dangers" but contended that these groups do not rise to the level of significantly threatening the U.S. homeland.
Egypt: Amid heightened threats that security forces would move in at dawn to disperse encamped protesters backing ousted President Mohamed Morsy, Egypt's military-backed government once again held off moving into the camp.
- Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings in Iraq that left nearly 80 people dead and wounded scores more.
- Israel released the names of 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners to be released as part of restarted peace talks with Palestine.
- Israel announced that it authorized the construction of 1,200 settlement apartments on land Palestinians hope will be a part of their state.
- Japan's economy grew at a slower than expected pace in the second quarter, expanding 0.6 percent.
- Kenneth Bae, the American tour operator sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in a North Korean labor camp, was sent to a Pyongyang hospital as his health worsened significantly.
- Pakistan accused India of firing shells across the Line of Control, the disputed border in Kashmir, amid heightened tensions between the two countries along the frontier.
- Laszlo Csatary, a 98-year-old Hungarian Nazi and a suspected war criminal, died while awaiting trial in Budapest.
- Russian prosecutors claim that Alexei Navalny, the prominent opposition leader and activist, illegally accepted foreign donations as part of his bid to become mayor of Moscow.
- Lon Snowden, the father of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, said that he has received a Russian visa and plans to visit his son soon.
- In the wake of increasing outrage over the NSA's intelligence gathering capabilities, President Obama offered a set of token reforms to the agency's practices.
- Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with their Russian counterparts to try and move ahead on issues of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles despite a cancelled summit meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
- The Colombian government's chief negotiator in peace talks with the FARC rebel group said that the two parties have made unprecedented progress.
- In his first public speech since winning Zimbabwe's disputed presidential election, Robert Mugabe delivered a stinging challenge to his rivals, saying that those displeased with the election results could "go hang."
- People in Mali braved heavy rains Sunday to vote in the run-off election in the country's presidential contest.
- Investigators are examining whether police offers and workers at the Nairobi airport engaged in looting amid a huge fire that shut down the hub.
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