One person attending a NASCAR race at the Pocono Raceway has been killed, and nine others injured, by a lightning strike in the parking lot behind the stands. One of two people who had been taken to hospital in critical condition has been declared dead upon arrival at Pocono Medical Center. Track president Brandon Igdalsky confirmed the death. One of those hospitalized reportedly remains in critical condition. Five others were treated at the track. The race was called off because of a storm after only 98 of the 160 scheduled laps had been completed.
Seven insurgents that participated in a deadly attack on Egyptian border guards have been killed, Israeli government and military spokespeople said. On Sunday, an armed group commandeered two border patrol vehicles and used them to attacked a group of Egyptian border guards who were having their evening Ramadan meal, killing 16 of them and wounding at least nine. They then made their way into Israel, but one of the vehicles exploded, while another one was hit by an Israeli air strike. The Israeli military said the attack was part of plot to kidnap an Israeli soldier. Egyptian State TV said the attack was coordinated between Islamist militants from the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Hamas, the group governing the Gaza Strip, condemned the assault on the border guards, calling it an “ugly crime,” while Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi convened an emergency meeting with the countries' military and security leaders and said the “cowardly” attacks would not go without a response.
Unknown gunmen have attacked a compound of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Misrata with grenades and rockets. No injuries were reported, but damage to the building was extensive, Reuters reports. In the wake of the attack, the Red Cross has suspended its operations in Misrata and Benghazi as well. “Our delegates in those cities will be temporarily relocated," said Ishfaq Muhamed Khan, the head of the ICRC's delegation in Libya. A spokesman for the Red Cross in Geneva confirmed the attack, saying that grenades and RPGs were used in the “serious incident.” So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
At least thirteen Egyptian policemen stationed near the border with Israel have been killed by an armed attack, according to local officials. The attackers, who are suspected to be Islamist militants, used a stolen police car to reach the station, before opening fire. Seven more officers were wounded.
Opposition activists and others brought 365 roses (a flower for each day) to the Kharkov detention facility where Yulia Tymoshenko is currently serving her term. In the capital Kiev, her supporters launched a photo exhibition to protest last year's case against Tymoshenko. The opposition also placed stickers across the capital which read: “365 days in captivity. She is not broken down. Are you?” Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2011 for alleged abuse of power during gas negotiations with Russia.
A car bomb has killed at least five soldiers in the Nigerian town of Damaturu. According to AFP, a jihadi rammed his car into a military patrol, causing the bomb to detonate. The attacker was also killed in the explosion. The blast was confirmed by a state police commissioner.
Four people have been killed in two separate attacks targeting Iraqi security forces, AP reports. Three policemen were killed and four people were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a security checkpoint in the northern city of Mosul. Hours earlier, a car bomb exploded on a police patrol in Baghdad, killing one officer and injuring five civilians. The attack follows a string of shootings and bombings that led to the deaths of 325 people in July.
At least five soldiers have been killed in a twin attacks on a police station and an army post in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Three members of the armed forces were killed in the attack on the police station in the Yopougon neighborhood while two others died in another attack on a nearby army post moments later, the country's Defense Minister told AFP. It is unclear whether the gunmen, who carried out both attacks, were soldiers or civilians.
Greece should exit the Eurozone by the end of the year and not receive any more aid, German finance minister Markus Soeder said in and interview with a local newspaper. The Bavarian minister argued that countries like Greece, which cannot pay their debt “must leave the Eurozone." Soeder’s statement was slammed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party. German Federal Minister of Economics Minister Philipp Roesler had previously said that Greece should not receive any more aid if it fails to comply with the Troika’s requirements, and that the potential negative impact of a Greek exit from the Eurozone had passed.
A Spanish judge has charged two Russian men, both of Chechen origin, for connections to Al-Qaeda and possession of explosives. Both were suspected of planning a terror attack in Spain, or elsewhere in Europe. The two are linked through a Turkish national, also under arrest, who was charged on Friday with possession of explosives and a device intended for use in the planned terror attack. All three were detained on Wednesday.
The Israeli Air Force launched an airstrike on Gaza today, killing a Palestinian man and injuring another. Both are reported to be members of the militant Popular Resistance Committees. The IDF claimed the men killed were responsible for a June 18 attack on the Israeli-Egyptian border, and were planning future attacks.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has called in the American Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Wang to register a complaint against the US State Department’s remarks about the South China Sea. On Friday, the State Department said it was monitoring the situation in the South China Sea, and that the deployment of a Chinese military garrison in the region runs counter to “collaborative diplomatic efforts to resolve differences and risks further escalating tensions in the region." Beijing, Vietnam and the Philippines each hold claim to regions of the South China Sea.
A pre-summit conference in Ramallah for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has been scrapped after Israel denied transit visas to four foreign ministers who planned to attend, AFP reported, quoting a senior Palestinian official. The move comes ahead of the main NAM summit in Iran later this month. The Foreign Ministers of Cuba, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia were blocked from entering the country due to the fact that Israel doesn’t have diplomatic relations with their governments.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has reportedly accepted a parliamentary vote to dismiss the country's top security officials. Lawmakers voted Saturday to remove Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi, following a recent spate of insurgent attacks. Wardak and Mohammadi will continue to hold their posts until replacements are appointed. Karzai could allow the ministers to keep their posts for months, further fueling the ongoing rancor between the country’s executive and legislative branches
Zambian miners killed a Chinese supervisor and seriously wounded another in a pay dispute at the Collum coal mine on Saturday, Reuters reported Zambian Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda as saying. Workers at the mine, 325km (200 miles) south of the Zambian capital of Lusaka, attacked the Chinese men, demanding raises in line with legislation passed in July. China, which invested over $1 billion in copper-rich Zambia, has been a target for growing animosity as workers accuse firms of abuse and underpayment.
Chinese police arrested 137 people suspected of trafficking human organs in a nationwide crime ring, including doctors, the country’s Ministry of Public Security said. The sting was a joint operation conducted by 18 provincial police authorities in late July, which also intercepted 127 organ donors, the Ministry said. The detained suspects illegally recruited donors over the internet, facilitated the deals and made huge profits off the transactions, police said.
Kurdish rebels attacked a border post in southeast Turkey, killing at least 19, Reuters reported. The rebels launched rockets at the army post in Hakkari province just after midnight. Six soldiers, two village guards and 11 Kurdish rebels were killed, and 15 soldiers were injured in the incident, Hakkari province governor Orhan Alimoglu said.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Turkey next week to hold talks with the Turkish government on the Syrian conflict, Reuters quoted a State Department spokesperson as saying. The talks are scheduled for August 11. Turkey, which shares its longest border with Syria, has pledged to support the anti-Assad rebel forces.
Foreign ministers from six Gulf Arab countries will meet in September to discuss plans for closer integration of the mostly Sunni Muslim states, Saudi Arabia's English-language Arab News reported. Saudi King Abdullah proposed last December that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should move toward unification, in response to uprisings in the Arab world and the perceived threat of Iran. GCC Secretary-General Abdulatif al-Zayani claimed that the various disagreements standing in the way of such an agreement have been resolved, Reuters quoted the Arab News report as saying.
A court-appointed psychiatrist will testify Tuesday that Jared Loughner is competent to enter a plea on charges he is facing for his 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona, a person familiar with the case told the AP. The shootings killed six people and injured 13 others, included then-US Rep.Gabrielle Giffords. If accepted, the plea bargain would likely see Loughner sentenced to life in prison.
The suicide bombing of a funeral in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan killed 42 and injured 37 according to revised estimates, AFP reported. An investigation is underway to identify the bomber and the victims. Earlier reports estimated that 25 were killed in the attack. The bomber targeted tribesmen who assisted the Yemeni Army during operations against Al-Qaeda-linked militants, authorities said.
Seven people were killed when two cars collided in Russia’s Novgorod region last night, the country’s Interior Ministry said. The accident occurred near the town of Chudovo (45 miles north of Veliky Novgorod) around 1:20am Moscow time on Sunday. The driver of an Audi A6 swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with a VAZ-2107. Six people were killed instantly in the collision, and the driver of the Audi died on the way to the hospital.
Chinese police have detained nearly 2,000 people in a record sweep on fake drugs, the Public Security Ministry said Sunday. During the operation, which involved some 18,000 police officers, authorities seized counterfeit products worth more than $180 million and destroyed over 1,000 production facilities. "The criminals' methods were despicable and have caused people to boil with rage," the ministry said, as cited by Reuters. The fake drugs were claimed to deal with a wide range of illnesses but caused health problems instead, the statement said. The suspects advertised their products online as well as on television, misleading the customers into believing that the products were genuine.
A magnitude 5 earthquake has occurred in the Mendoza province in western Argentina, the US Geological Survey reports. No casualties, injuries or damages have been reported. The most devastating tremor to hit the area took place in 1944. Over 10,000 people lost their lives in that disaster.
At least two soldiers from New Zealand and two Afghan security officers have been killed in clashes with insurgents near the town of Do Abe in Afghanistan’s central Bamyan province, New Zealand’s Defense Force stated. Six Kiwi servicemen were also injured and taken to a military hospital. Soldiers from New Zealand came to the aid of local security forces, which were attacked by the insurgents. The latest casualties bring the total death toll for New Zealand’s forces in the country to seven.
A suicide attack at a funeral in a village in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan has claimed at least 25 lives, and the number is likely to rise as dozens more have been injured, with some of them in critical condition, medics said Sunday. "We have many people with critical injuries and we don't have the means to treat them," said a doctor at al-Razi hospital, as cited by Reuters. According to authorities, the bomber targeted tribesmen who had helped the Yemeni Army during operations against al-Qaeda-linked militants.