Yemeni Interior Ministry stormed by 100 tribesmen
Ex-president Ali-Abdullah Saleh’s loyalists have seized the Interior Ministry building, demanding to be included in the country’s police forces. They held several staff hostage, but freed them hours later. The tribesmen helped to tackle last year’s uprising and were promised enrolment in the security service, which was never done. President Ali-Abdullah Saleh was ousted last February under a peace deal, after months of protests ended his 33-year rule.
Russia celebrates Navy Day
More than 15,000 naval servicemen have taken part in Russia’s Navy Day, with around 170 ships and submarines also participating. In particular, the cities of St. Petersburg and Baltiysk have seen Baltic fleet sailors celebrating. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Sevastopol, where the Russian Black Sea Fleet is located, has welcomed joint festivities by Russian and Ukrainian servicemen. The professional holiday dedicated to the country’s navy was established in 1939, and has been marked ever since on the last Sunday of July.
UAE arrests 10 more activists
The United Arab Emirates has arrested at least 10 local Islamists, stepping up the crackdown on the country’s activists. The measure has brought to around 20 the number of dissidents arrested in a fortnight. The UAE announced on July 15 that it was looking into a foreign-connected group planning to orchestrate “crimes against the security of the state.” Local activists say the government mostly focused its crackdown on the al-Islah Islamist group.
India test-fires upgraded BrahMos supersonic missile
The Indian military have test-fired an upgraded version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile, which was created by a joint Russian-Indian enterprise. The test was carried out at the Chandipur range in the eastern state of Orissa. The missile can travel at a speed of up to Mach 3 and can deliver its 300-kilogram warhead to targets within 290 kilometers. There are BrahMos versions designed for warships, submarines, aircraft and land-based launchers.
Israel denies seeing US plans to attack Iran
The Israeli government denied Haaretz newspaper’s report that Obama administration’s top security official has briefed the Jewish prime minister on US plans for a possible attack on Iran. An Israeli senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity to AP, said that US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon did not meet with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, nor did he share any plans on a possible Washington attack on Iran.
Two tonnes of marijuana found buried in graves in Mexico
Soldiers found 241 packages of marijuana hidden in graves in a cemetery just outside Ciudad Camargo, northeast Mexico, the Defense Ministry said. The Mexican military said the total find weighed 2,241kg. The area is one of the most violent districts in the country and is known for battles over control of lucrative drug smuggling routes into the United States.
Drunken Bahraini prince ousted from British plane – repots
A 28-year-old member of the al Khalifa family, which reigns in Bahrain, has been detained by London police at Heathrow Airport over disturbing behavior, according to The Sun newspaper. The man was to take a flight to Doha, Qatar, via Bahrain on a British Airways Boeing 777. The crew of the plane called police after the apparently drunken man began shouting and complaining about the poor service. Officers took him to a police station, where a sample of his DNA, his mugshot and fingerprints were taken.
Greek leaders agree on most austerity cuts – source
Greek leaders have agreed on most of the austerity measures imposed by its creditors, said a Reuter’s source close to the talks. Now the political leaders are reported to be eyeing the wage and pension cuts to find the final 1.5 billion euro of savings still needed. The Greek government managed to draw up a list of measures last week that finally amounted to the 11.5 billion euro of savings needed to satisfy its lenders, but the three coalition parties have failed to agree on them. The talks are to resume on Monday.
Romney would back Israeli attack on Iran
Mitt Romney is to pledge his support to Israelis, should they strike Iran to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. “If Israel has to take action on its own in order to stop Iran from developing the capability, the governor would respect that decision,”' foreign policy adviser Dan Senor told reporters ahead of a speech Romney is to deliver in Israel later on Sunday.
Five dead, over 1,500 hospitalized during Japan heatwave
Five people died and 1,525 were hospitalized for heatstroke on Saturday, Japan Today reports. Temperatures remain high for the seventh day in a row in the country. The highest temperature reported was 38.4 C degrees (101 F) in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. Japan’s Meteorological Agency is predicting the heatwave to continue until next Saturday.
Spain evacuates all aid workers from Algeria
All Spanish aid workers are being evacuated from refugee camps in Tindouf, western Algeria, due to “growing insecurity” in the region, the Spanish Foreign Ministry announced. Twelve Spaniards, two French nationals and an Italian will be arriving in Madrid by military plane on Sunday. Earlier this month, three European aid workers were seized from a refugee camp near Tindouf and fortunately later released by a rebel group.
German federal police chief reportedly faces firing
German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has decided to fire the head of the country’s federal police Matthias Seeger and two of his deputies, several German media report. The retirements are to be officially announced on Wednesday. Internal conflicts in the police force as well as Seeger's contacts with security officials in Belarus are rumored to be the reason for his termination.
Four charged over cyclists’ Olympic protest
London police charged four of the 182 people arrested in scuffles on Friday with various offenses. At the time, participants of the monthly Critical Mass cycling event tried to enter the Olympic Park in violation of a police order not to do so. Police prohibited the cyclists’ entry so that they did not interfere with guests of the Olympics attending the opening ceremony. The remainder of those arrested were bailed pending further questioning.
Romanians vote on presidential impeachment
Polls are open in Romania on Sunday for a vote on whether President Traian Basesc should be impeached. Opinion polls promised that two thirds of more than 18 million registered votes could favor the impeachment. For the decision to pass however, more than 50 percent of Romanians must turn out for the vote. Basesc was suspended by the country’s parliament this month, after a conflict between the conservative president and the social-liberal Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who took power in May. Basesc called on Romanians to boycott the referendum.
Ebola virus outbreak kills 14 in Uganda
An outbreak of the rare and deadly Ebola virus has killed 14 people in midwestern Uganda, according to the country’s government. A team of health experts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and the Ugandan government has been sent to the area. The strain of the virus has been identified as Ebola Sudan, one of the virus’s more common forms.
Two missing US climbers found dead in Peru
Rescuers have found the bodies of two US mountaineers who allegedly plunged to their deaths off a ridge after ascending a glacier-capped 6,100-meter Peruvian peak. "They did [make the] summit and they got into trouble on the way down," said rescue co-ordinator Ted Alexander. "What led to the fall, I cannot tell you now." He said a private plane had helped the three-person search team piece together what might have happened.
Julian Assange’s mother arrives to Ecuador
The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has arrived to Ecuador in order to meet with government officials and the foreign minister, official El Ciudadano news outlet reports. Upon her arrival to Quito, Christine Assange said that her son sought asylum in Ecuador because this country protects human rights. She also noted that if extradited to the US, Julian Assange could face the death penalty or many years in prison with torture, as is now happening with Bradley Manning.
Colorado shooting suspect was seeing psychiatrist
James Holmes, the suspect in the deadly shootings in Aurora, Colorado, was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university where he studied, his defense says. According to Holmes’ lawyers, the suspect was seeing Dr. Lynne Fenton. According to the University of Colorado's website, Fenton is the medical director of the school's Student Mental Health Services. An online resume stated that she sees 10 to 15 graduate students a week for medication and psychotherapy, as well as 5 to 10 patients in her general practice as a psychiatrist. Schizophrenia was listed as one of her research interests. It was also revealed that Fenton was disciplined by the state’s medical board in 2004 for prescribing herself Xanax. She was also disciplined for prescribing the sleeping aid Ambien and the allergy medicine Claritin for her husband and painkillers for an employee who suffered from chronic headaches, AP reports.