The commander of Iran's Basij force, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, urged what he called resistance groups in the Palestinian Territories, Syria and Lebanon to sign a treaty to support each other in case of attack against any one of them, Fars News reported July 22.
The Kurdistan Regional Government announced July 22 that it will pay its employees in U.S. dollars starting in August to compensate for the lack of Iraqi currency in Iraqi Kurdistan's banks, Shafaq News reported.
Dozens of high-ranking police officers were detained July 22 in Turkey, accused of spying and illegal wiretapping while investigating figures in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle, Reuters reported, citing CNN Turk.
Japan cut its forecast for economic growth for fiscal 2014, from 1.4 percent to 1.2 percent, on fears that a consumption tax hike might continue to pull down domestic demand, Mainichi reported July 22.
A Ukrainian military spokesman said July 22 that a military checkpoint in Kamenko, Donetsk region, was attacked overnight July 21 by a suicide bomber driving a minibus packed with explosives, UNIAN reported.