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.
For the first time since rioting broke out on July 5 in Urumqi, capital of China's northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on July 13 Chinese police shot and killed two Uighur men and wounded a third. Officials have reported 184 deaths since the unrest began.
Following violence in China’s Xinjiang region on July 5, Communist Chinese authorities were quick to blame the Internet. Members of the predominantly Muslim ethnic group known as Uighurs used the Internet to spread information about what they say was a violent crack down on a peaceful protest.
In his first speech since being appointed to Britain's cabinet by Prime Minister Gordon Brown on June 5, Secretary of State for Defense Bob Ainsworth said on July 8 that the war in Afghanistan was a serious struggle that required patience.