Outside forces continued to put pressure on the new Honduran government headed by President Roberto Micheletti on July 20, as Costa Rican President Oscar Arias continued in his role to "negotiate" a settlement between Micheletti and ousted president Manuel Zelaya.
In an interview taped by ABC's television network in New Delhi, India, and broadcast on Good Morning America on July 20, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States will do everything it can to find and free a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan on June 30.
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.
Violence has exploded in the Mexican state of Michoacan following the arrest of an alleged leader of a powerful drug cartel known as “La Familia” — “The Family” in English. Earlier this week the cartel left the bodies of 12 tortured federal agents piled along a highway as a warning to government officials. In a string of related attacks, they also killed six federal agents and two soldiers.