Influential cleric Hashemi Rafsanjani, addressing tens of thousands of opposition supporters gathered for the traditional Friday prayers in the hall at Teheran University, attacked the government for its handling of protests and unrest that followed the disputed presidential election.
The U.S. State Department acknowledged on July 7 that it would resettle as many as 1,350 Palestinian refugees from Iraq to various locations in the United States. Most of these are descended from refugees that fled their Palestine homelands after Arab-Israeli conflicts in 1948 and 1967.
During the second day of their two-day triennial summit at Egypt's Sharm el-Sheik resort on the Red Sea on July 16, members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) agreed to a declaration to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, while making it clear that terror should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, or ethnic group. (See related article on the Sharm el-Sheik summit, "Non-Aligned Movement Nations Discuss World Economy.")
In an audio message released on radical Islamist Web sites on July 15, Ayman al-Zawahiri (Osama bin Laden's deputy and al Qaeda's second in command) told Pakistanis that the United States was interfering in Pakistan's affairs.
Representatives of the 118-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) began their 15th triennial summit at Egypt's Sharm el-Sheik resort on the Red Sea on July 15 to discuss the impact of the global economic crisis on their nations.