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.
Honduran leader Roberto Micheletti, who was installed as president of the Central American country by the nation's Congress on June 28, told reporters on July 15 that he would be willing to step down, provided that ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya relinquishes his claims to the presidency.
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.")