The head of a U.N. chemical weapons investigation team arrived in Syria on Wednesday to discuss his inquiry into allegations that chemical arms have been used in Syria’s civil war. via U.N. chemical arms investigator arrives in Syria to seek access | Reuters.
Mexico has lowered the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano a notch, just weeks after an increased level of explosive activity belched ash over Mexico City and prompted international airlines to suspend flights. via Mexico lowers alert level for Popocatepetl volcano | Reuters.
Militants riding on pick-up trucks opened fire on a checkpoint in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing nine policemen, police said. via Gunmen shoot dead nine policemen in northern Iraq | Reuters.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin will meet Iran’s newly elected president in Tehran next month to discuss restarting talks on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, Russian and Iranian media reports said on Wednesday. via Russia’s Putin to visit Tehran for nuclear talks: media reports | Reuters.
At least one supporter of Egypts deposed President Mohamed Mursi was killed on Wednesday in Cairo during a protest march, a security source and the Muslim Brotherhood said. via At least one Mursi supporter killed in Cairo protest march | Reuters.
“Iraq is so far away for most Americans and the Iraq War can feel so removed that it’s easy to gloss over the news that, on Monday, al-Qaeda’s Iraq affiliate attacked Baghdad’s infamous Abu Ghraib prison and helped several hundred inmates escape, including a significant number of militants and al-Qaeda
“Viber has confirmed a situation earlier this morning in which Viber appeared to have been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (a pro-government group of computer hackers aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad). AppleSpot originally reported on the hack that affected the Viber support page, though it was unclear the
“A small explosive device was found Sunday near a religious shrine in Brazil that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit later this week, Sao Paulo military police announced just few hours after the pope arrived on Monday. The homemade device was found July 21, during police training in Aparecida, the
“Nine people have died in Cairo in overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, officials say. Most of the victims were killed at a sit-in held by pro-Morsi demonstrators near Cairo University.” Source:BBC News – Egypt crisis: Nine killed in Cairo clashes
“Japan says it is taking steps to prevent contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant leaking into the sea. The plant’s operator recently admitted for the first time that radioactive water was still going into the sea.” Source:BBC News – Fukushima nuclear plant: Japan takes steps over sea leak