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Turkey: 88 Foreign Ministry Employees Dismissed

The Turkish government has dismissed 88 Foreign Ministry employees, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said July 28, AFP reported. Read more…

Turkey: Post-Coup Crackdown Widens

Turkey's government widened its crackdown on July 27, closing dozens of media organizations and discharging around 1,700 military personnel it accuses of involvement in the failed July 15 coup, the Washington Post reported. Read more…

Iraq: Series Of Attacks Kill At Least 18

A number of attacks in and around Baghdad on July 27 killed at least 18 people, police sources said, AP reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Will Try To Target The Islamic State From The South

The United States will look for opportunities to target Islamic State operations in Syria from the south, putting more pressure on the militant group, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said July 27, Reuters reported. Read more…

France: President Meets With Religious Leaders

French President Francois Hollande held an interfaith meeting of religious leaders in France on July 27, the day after two men killed an 84-year-old Catholic priest in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Reuters reported. Read more…

Mexico: Protesting Teachers' Union Issues Deadline To Government

Mexico's National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) union gave the government until Aug. 3 to respond to its demands, and the group continued to hold widespread protests in several states on July 27, Excelsior reported. Read more…

Syria: Bomb Attack Kills Dozens In Northeast

A bombing attack in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli killed at least 44 people and wounded more than 100 others on July 27, Syrian state TV and BBC reported. Read more…

Iran: Confusion Surfaces Over Presidential Election Date

Confusion has surfaced over the date of Iran's presidential elections next year, IRNA reported July 27. Read more…

Spain, Portugal: European Commission Decides Against Sanctions

The European Commission recommended July 27 that no sanctions be imposed on Spain and Portugal over their excessive deficits, El Pais reported. Read more…

Turkey: Prisoner Abuse Reported In Wake Of Failed Coup

Military personnel and other detainees have been subjected to a number of forms of abuse and torture in the wake of Turkey's failed coup, top officials from Amnesty International said, CNN reported July 27. Read more…

Iran: Presidential Elections Set For May 2017

Iran's Guardian Council announced July 27 that the country's next presidential election will be held May 19, 2017, AFP reported. Read more…

Indonesia: Widodo Reshuffles Cabinet

Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffled his Cabinet on July 27, replacing or transferring 12 ministers, including those holding the finance, security, energy, trade and transportation portfolios, the Jakarta Post reported. Read more…

Japan: Abe Unveils Massive Stimulus Package

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced plans for an economic stimulus package worth more than 28 trillion yen ($265 billion) on July 27, Kyodo and Jiji reported. Read more…

Central African Republic: U.N. Extends Peacekeeping Mission

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on July 26 to extend its peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) until November 2017, AP reported. Read more…

U.S.: White House Announces Expansion Of Central American Refugee Program

The White House announced on July 26 plans to expand a refugee program for Central American migrants fleeing dangerous situations in their home countries, Department of Homeland Security and State Department officials said, The Washington Post reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Key Islamic State Commander Killed

A military operation in eastern Nangarhar province killed a top militant in the Islamic State's Khorasan chapter, which is mostly active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Afghan security sources said July 26, BBC reported. Read more…

Syria: Government Forces Make Gains Around Aleppo City

Syrian government forces made gains around the northwestern edge of Aleppo city on July 26, capturing parts of the city's Layramoun area, AP reported. Read more…

Indonesia: Cabinet Reshuffle Expected July 27

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is expected to announce a Cabinet reshuffle July 27, the second shake-up in the past year, anonymous sources said, Reuters reported July 26. Read more…