The Taliban earlier this month said Mullah Omar is alive. Also Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers sought details about the group to enforce a nuclear deal with Iran; Turkish warplanes attacked targets in northern Iraq; and Zimbabwean officials are seeking an American dentist who killed a protected lion.
Also, the European Union foreign policy chief is in Iran to begin working on the new nuclear agreement; North Korea’s ambassador to China says his country is not interested in negotiations about its nuclear program; and South Korea says the MERS outbreak in the country is over.
President Barack Obama has urged the government in Ethiopia to give more freedom to reporters and opposition political parties. The U.S. supports Turkey’s attacks on PKK rebels in Iraq. The Shanghai stock market index dropped sharply on Monday. Fighting continues despite truce in Yemen..
As extremist groups become more powerful, Russia and China are becoming more aggressive. The American military is struggling to deal with both of these threats at the same time as budget cuts are forcing it to release 40,000 soldiers.
Secretary of State John Kerry debated with members of the U.S. Senate Thursday in the first public hearing on the Iran nuclear deal. Also in the news, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes unannounced stop in Iraq; and scientists at NASA have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet.
Also in the news Wednesday, the Turkish government blocked Twitter over what Turkey called ‘malicious’ photos; twenty people were killed in two suicide bombings in Cameroon; and the U.S. Attorney General said suspect in Charleston church shooting faces federal hate crimes and firearms charges.
Current leader Pierre Nkurunziza was the only candidate in Tuesday's elections in Burundi. Also in the news, U.S. defense chief meets with Netanyahu in Jerusalem; Obama calls on Iran to release four Americans; and local leaders from around the world meet at Vatican for climate change conference.
Also in the news, U.S. defense secretary visits Israel; Afghan police say US-led airstrike killed Afghan soldiers; explosion near Turkey-Syria border kills 27; former ruler of Chad tried for crimes against humanity; a Japanese company apologizes for using US soldiers as slave laborers in WW2.
The agreement includes a plan for inspections of Iran’s nuclear centers and limits on the machines used to manufacture material for nuclear weapons. President Obama’s political opponents do not support the deal. | In the News
The president says the United States jails as many people as the top 35 European nation combined. He also says U.S. law enforcement is treating young African Americans and Latino men differently than white Americans. His comments came a day after he reduced the jail sentences of 46 federal prisoners
Also Thursday, a gunman killed four American soldiers in two attacks Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Several other people were wounded. The gunmen also died. And, in Greece, a top official confirmed Thursday that banks would reopen in the country on Monday.
The US president says the agreement “cuts off every single path” for Iran to build a nuclear bomb. Also Wednesday, violence ended peaceful demonstrations in Athens, Greece against proposed economic measures. And, a German court sentenced a 94-year-old former Nazi officer to four years in prison.
For the United States, the agreement with Iran does not represent an official treaty. So approval by two-thirds of the Senate is not needed. But Congress passed, and President Obama signed, a measure giving lawmakers 60 days to approve or reject an agreement with simple majority votes.
Iran nuclear negotiations continue; Iraq announces plan to recapture western Anbar province; mixed economic results for June in China; and Pope Francis returns to Rome after South America trip. | In the News
The Confederate battle flag is a powerful symbol for many Americans. Almost 150 years ago it represented Southern U.S. states that seceded from the nation. Flag supporters say it honors the memory of Southern soldiers, but opponents say the flag is a symbol of white supremacy and racial oppression.
The United States and United Arab Emirates launched a joint effort Wednesday to counter the Islamic State militants on social media. The Sawab Center, uses social media to confront the militants’ efforts to recruit members and presents “moderate and tolerant voices from across the region.”
Officials from the two countries met for over three hours Wednesday. Also in the news, Greece offers new bailout deal to European leaders, and a detailed plan is expected from Greece Thursday; Technical issue halts trading on the New York Stock Exchange, and United Airlines also grounds all planes.
World leaders announced Tuesday they would not meet the July 7 deadline for an Iran nuclear agreement. Greece announced it has made "improvements" in its financial plan in hopes of collecting more bailout money. South Carolina votes on a bill to remove the Civil War-era Confederate flag.
A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there is no reason to open talks on a new aid program for Greece; two bombings kill more than 40 people in Central Nigeria; Pope Francis begins eight-day visit to South America; and, the United States wins the Women’s World Cup.
The move ends more than 50 years of tensions between the two countries. Many countries, groups support the decision by President Obama. But the US Congress could refuse to provide money to open an American embassy in Havana. | In The News