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China: Government Halts IPOs To Stabilize Stock Market

In an effort to stem a drop in its stock market, China is suspending initial public offerings, Bloomberg reported July 4. Read more…

Nigeria: Suicide Bombings Hit Village Near Maiduguri

Six suicide bombers detonated themselves in the northeast Nigerian village of Zabarmari, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Maiduguri, AFP reported July 4, citing statements from the Nigerian army. Read more…

Libya: At Least 5 Killed When Car Bombs Explode In Derna

Two car bombs exploded in the eastern Libyan city of Derna, leaving at least five people dead and 15 others injured, Xinhua reported July 4, citing reports from Libya's official LANA news agency. Read more…

Tunisia: Government Declares State Of Emergency

Tunisian authorities have declared a state of emergency, BBC reported July 4. Read more…

Iran: Nuclear Weapon Probe Could End This Year

An investigation into whether Iran has attempted to develop nuclear weapons could be completed by the end of the year, with Tehran's cooperation, the International Atomic Energy Agency chief said July 4, AFP reported. Read more…

Yemen: Rebels, U.N. Discuss Humanitarian Pause To Fighting

Yemen's Houthi rebels said July 4 that they are in discussions with the United Nations about a humanitarian pause to fighting until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Army, Hezbollah Begin Assault on Zabadani

Syrian government forces and Lebanese group Hezbollah said they had begun a major assault on the rebel-held Syrian city of Zabadani on July 4, Reuters reported. Read more…

China: Brokers Start Fund To Halt Stock Market Decline

Twenty-one Chinese brokerage firms have set up a stock-market fund in an effort to stem a sharp decline in China's key share index, Bloomberg reported July 4. Read more…

Greece: Court Says Referendum Will Proceed

Greece's Council of State court has rejected an appeal two Greek citizens made against the July 5 referendum on a bailout package, Reuters reported July 3. Read more…

U.S., Iran: Kerry, Zarif To Discuss Obstacles

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif will meet in Vienna on July 3 to discuss points of contention that prevented nuclear negotiators from meeting a June 30 deadline, VOA News reported. Read more…

Greece: Prime Minister Urges 'No' Vote In Referendum

Greece's prime minister has urged voters to reject what he called "blackmail" and vote "No" when they cast their ballots in a referendum on Greece's bailout on July 5, BBC reported July 3. Read more…

Mali: Five Killed In Attack On U.N. Convoy

An attack on a U.N. convoy in northern Mali on July 2 killed five people and severely injured six others, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Washington Navy Yard Locked Down After Reported Gunfire

The Washington Navy Yard was locked down July 2 after an active shooter was reported on the site, NBC reported. Read more…

Libya: Rival Governments Will Not Resume Peace Talks

Libya’s rival governments will not return to the U.N.-backed peace talks that were set to resume in Morocco on July 2, Middle East Online reported. Read more…

Egypt: Militants Reportedly Used Sophisticated Weapons In Sinai Attacks

Militants used sophisticated weaponry, including Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missiles, in the simultaneous attacks conducted in Sinai on July 1, AP reported July 2, citing the government-linked Al-Watan. Read more…

Palestinian Territories: Hezbollah, Hamas Leaders To Meet

Hezbollah’s secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, is expected to meet with Moussa Abu Marzouk, the deputy to Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, in Beirut in the coming days in an effort to strengthen ties between the two groups, the Times of Israel reported July 2. Read more…

Greece: Government To Accept Creditor Proposals If Approved In Referendum, Finance Minister Says

The Syriza-led Greek government will accept the proposals made June 25 by Greece’s creditors if the “yes” vote wins in country's upcoming referendum on the deal, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said July 2 in an interview with Bloomberg TV. Read more…

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