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July 26

Armed conflicts and attacks

United Nations representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons implores the Afghan government and the Taliban to protect civilians as a UN report shows a sharp increase in civilians being killed (especially of women and children); 1,300 so far this year.
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The army surrounds parliament and prevents its Speaker Rached Ghannouchi from entering parliament. President Kais Saied earlier dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and froze the activities of parliament for 30 days.
Source: Reuters external link
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Police storm and raid the headquarters of news outlet Al Jazeera in Tunis, as clashes continue outside. Opposing sides confront defending the government and against it in response to the freezing of the parliament.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
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Politics and elections

The Parliament of Malaysia reopens for the first time after seven-month suspension due to the COVID-19-related state of emergency, which will be expire on August 1.
Source: Nikkei Asia external link
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Mary Simon is officially sworn in as the 30th Governor General of Canada. She is the first indigenous person to hold the office.
Source: CBC external link
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Najib Mikati is designated by the Lebanese parliament to be the new prime minister, succeeding caretaker Hassan Diab.
Source: Reuters external link
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Sports

The Dutch rowing team will self-isolate after rower Finn Florijn and team coach Josy Verdonkschot tested positive for COVID-19 during the Olympics.
Source: Reuters external link
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Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins the Women's 55 kg event, attaining the Philippines' first-ever Olympic gold.
Source: Reuters external link
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International relations

The Foreign Minister of Equatorial Guinea announces the closure of the country's embassy in London, United Kingdom after the British government sanctioned Vice-President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue over his "lavish lifestyle". The Minister said that it was the first measure and that Equatorial Guinea "will not allow interference in internal affairs".
Source: Reuters external link
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Law and crime

The French Parliament approves a law that requires all healthcare workers to get vaccinated by September 15 and the adoption of a "Health Pass" to enter restaurants, trains, airplanes, and some public venues. The law can be applied until November 15 depending on the COVID-19 situation and will apply to children aged 12 years old or above beginning from September 30.
Source: France 24 external link
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Disasters and accidents

USAID announces $7.5 million as donation directly to feeding people, treating children and pregnant women with malnutrition in southern Madagascar. The country has been experienced its worst drought in the south of the past 40 years, taking more than one million to the verge of famine.
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Thirteen people are killed and 45 others injured when a long-distance bus rolls over on the G22 Qingdao–Lanzhou Expressway in Jingchuan County, Gansu, China.
Source: Xinhua News Agency external link

July 25

Disasters and accidents

The Dixie Fire grows to 190,000 acres in Butte County and Plumas County after merging with the Fly Fire. Approximately 16 structures have been destroyed.
Source: KCRA-TV external link
The Plumas County Sheriff's Office orders mandatory evacuations in the area amid the spread of the Dixie Fire.
Source: KTXL-TV external link
An uncontrolled fire in the Spanish Catalan counties of Anoia and Conca de Barberà burns more than 1,100 hectares of land. The ashes reach Barcelona, 100 kilometers away from the focus of the fire while a confinement order is issued for two municipalities.
Source: El Confidencial external link
Massive fires in the region of Sardinia, Italy, damage buildings, force the evacuation of 1,500 people and destroy 20,000 hectares of land. Italy has asked for help from other European countries to battle the fires.
Source: The Guardian external link
Ten people are killed and 44 are injured in a bus crash near Slavonski Brod, Croatia. The bus, traveling on a regular route from Frankfurt, Germany, to Pristina, Kosovo, swerved off the highway after one of the drivers briefly fell asleep. The driver was arrested after the incident, while the second driver was killed in the crash.
Source: Washington Post external link
Nine people are killed and three more are wounded in Himachal Pradesh, India, after being hit by falling boulders.
Source: BBC external link
Flash flooding in London leaves a number of Underground stations submerged with widespread damage reported.
Source: The Independent external link

Armed conflicts and attacks

Nigerian authorities confirm that the bandits who kidnapped dozens of children from a school in Chikun, Kaduna State, have released 28 of them and that 81 others remain in captivity. This was the tenth mass kidnapping incident since December 2020.
Source: Reuters external link
Armed bandits kidnap a negotiator who had been sent to pay the ransom by the parents of the remaining students being held in captivity. The bandits had demanded nearly US$73,000.
Source: Reuters external link
The man who tried to kill Malian President Assimi Goïta with a knife at a mosque in Bamako six days ago dies in custody. The cause of death is unknown.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi reports that the Mozambique Defence Armed Forces are advancing in Cabo Delgado Province and gaining territory previously held by Daesh-affiliated groups. The insurgency has caused thousands of deaths as well as monetary losses Mozambique's economy, primarily in the gas and oil industries.
Source: Reuters external link

Sports

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games reports the first post-competition case of COVID-19 after Dutch rower Finn Florijn tested positive on Friday and self-isolated at a separate location.
Source: The Japan Times external link
Japanese skateboarder Yuto Horigome wins a gold medal in skateboarding, making him the first athlete to do so.
Source: NPR external link

Politics and elections

A South Florida caravan heads to Washington, DC, to urge the Biden administration to take more action against Cuba and end the country's communist regime.
Source: WFOR-TV external link
Cuban dissidents in exile demonstrate in Madrid, Spain, with the leaders of the Spanish opposition political parties.
Source: La Vanguardia external link
Tunisian President Kais Saied, in a televised speech, announces the dismissal of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and the suspension of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People, and also assumes executive authority. The opposition calls the actions a coup d'état.
Source: Reuters external link

Law and crime

Police in Fiji carry out a crackdown on opposition politicians and human rights activists who are opposed to a newly proposed land bill and who criticized the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Among those arrested are opposition politicians Biman Prasad, Lynda Tabuya and Litia Qionibaravi as well as former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.
Source: RNZ external link

July 24

Arts and culture

Thousands of people join the pride march in Budapest, which was also in protest of the newly passed law that prohibits teachings about homosexuality in schools. Organizers criticized the government and said that the ruling party was making "laws to make members of the LGBTQ community outcasts in their own country".
Source: Reuters external link

Sports

The National Football League announces that players not adhering to COVID-19 restrictions will be subjected to a fine of $14,650 during the season.
Source: ESPN external link
Yang Qian of China's women's 10-meter rifle team wins the first gold medal of this year's Olympics.
Source: Reuters external link

Politics and elections

Protests take place across Europe and Australia in response to COVID-19 restrictions and vaccination requirements for healthcare workers.
Source: The Independent external link
Protests continue to occur in Iran for the tenth consecutive day as people in Tabriz also take to the streets.
Source: Iran International external link

Armed conflicts and attacks

The government imposes a nighttime curfew between 10 pm and 4 am in 31 of the country's 34 provinces in an attempt to reduce both the level of violence as well as the surveillance of the Taliban and its movements.
Source: Al Jazeera external link

Health and environment

The World Heritage Committee rejects calls from UNESCO to list the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site "in danger" due to the effects of anthropogenic climate change and ocean acidification, in line with scientific consensus on the Reef's health. Australia lobbied a number of oil-rich countries, including Russia and Saudi Arabia, to reject the proposal.
Source: The Guardian external link

Disasters and accidents

In the Philippines, two people are killed and thousands more are evacuated from their homes after monsoon rains compounded by a tropical typhoon cause heavy flooding in Metro Manila.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
Thirty-three more people are killed during the heavy floods in Henan, China, bringing the death toll to 58.
Source: South China Morning Post external link
Fourteen people are killed and 26 more injured during a warehouse fire in the Jingyue High-tech Industrial Development Zone in Changchun, Jilin province, China.
Source: Xinhua News Agency external link
The death toll from the heavy floods that are affecting India since a week rise to 135 people, the majority of whom in Maharashtra.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
A seaplane incident involving the French power grid causes a blackout affecting more than one million users in 9 regions, mostly in Spain, but also in some regions of Portugal.
Source: El Mundo external link

July 23

Armed conflicts and attacks

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen says that the Islamist group "does not want to monopolize" Afghanistan, pointing to past failed attempts by countries to do so. Shaheen also says that women's rights under the Taliban would now be respected, although women would still need to wear a headscarf or hijab and have a male relative as a companion in order to leave their house. Shaheen also accused President Ashraf Ghani of being a "warmonger" and said that "no one wants a civil war in Afghanistan".
Source: Al Jazeera external link
Gunmen open fire on a civilian convoy that was returning from a weekly market in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing at least 16 people.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
Azerbaijan reports that one of its soldiers was killed by an Armenian sniper in Kalbajar District near the Armenia–Azerbaijan border.
Source: Reuters external link
Gunshots are heard at Jovenel Moïse’s funeral, with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield cancelling the remainder of her visit to Haiti as a result of the incident.
Source: NBC News external link

Business and economy

Burundian Minister for Mining Ibrahim Uwizeye suspends the operations of several international mining companies, including one running the only rare-earth mine in Africa, saying they were not properly sharing the profits and that the mining contracts signed were "unbalanced".
Source: Xinhua external link

Law and crime

The U.S. Department of Justice announces that it will not open a civil rights investigation into government-run nursing homes in New York. Similar letters were sent to officials in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Source: ABC News external link
Madagascar officials announce that two French citizens arrested over a plot to kill President Andry Rajoelina are former members of the French Armed Forces. The Government of France says that it is working with its consulate in Madagascar as the French military says that it has no comments on the arrests.
Source: Reuters external link
The Parliament of Sierra Leone unanimously votes to repeal the death penalty. The country had a moratorium on its use since 1998, after the government executed 24 soldiers for allegedly plotting a coup d'état the year prior.
Source: The Guardian external link

International relations

Following U.S. sanctions on Hong Kong Liaison Office executives, China announces retaliatory sanctions on the Hong Kong Democracy Council and several Americans, including former Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
Source: Bloomberg external link

Politics and elections

The Court of Appeal of Samoa declares Naomi Mataʻafa as the nation's new prime minister, ending a months-long political crisis.
Source: AFP external link

Sports

The National Football League says that over 80% of its players have been vaccinated.
Source: AP external link
Emperor Naruhito officially declares the Summer Olympics open. The inaugural celebration was not hosted publicly due to COVID-19 concerns.
Source: AP external link
The Cleveland Indians announce that the team's name will be changed to the Cleveland Guardians after the conclusion of the 2021 season.
Source: ESPN external link