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July 6, 2009

1. Deposed President Manuel Zelaya attempted to return to Honduras, but the military blocked the runway and left him unable to land. Reports surface that Chavez-allied Nicaraguan troops are massing on Honduras' southern border.

2. A significant group of Iranian clerics have declared the election a sham, exhibiting a massive fissure within the Shi'a theocracy not seen since its inception. Strikes are expected within the week. Regime racing to put down all dissenters by January 11.

3. North Korean Ship suspected of attempting to carry illicit material to a Myanmar port is expected to port back in North Korea Monday with cargo undelivered and vessel under tight US surveillance.

4. President Obama is in Moscow for nuclear arms talks, but Russians are expected to eschew proposed deals and presidential gestures. Reception said to be "chilly."

Uighur Muslim minority clashes with police in China - Telegraph (UK)
Widespread Violence in Xinjiang province of China - South Asia Analysis Group

Army stops ousted Honduran president's plane landing as he tries to fly home - Telegraph (UK)
Honduras says Nicaragua has troops moving on border - Reuters
Beware of the Not-So-Hidden Agendas In Honduras - Heritage.org
Preventing a Honduran Bloodbath - PostGlobal at WaPo
Honduras at the Tipping Point: Why is the U.S. not supporting the rule of law? - Wall Street Journal

The Storm Ahead: Khamenei Ill-Equipped To Handle Angry Populace - Michael Ledeen
Mixed Signals, Pt. 1: Biden Says Israel Has 'Sovereign Right' to Attack Nuclear Iran - Bloomberg
Mixed Signals, Pt. 2: Admiral Mullen: A strike on Iran would be 'very destabilizing' - Jerusalem Post
U.S. wants Iran to know it can be attacked - Ha'aretz (Israel)
Israel seeks 'Plan B' if U.S.-Iran talks fail - Ha'aretz (Israel)
Iran clerics declare election invalid and condemn crackdown - Times (UK)
Despite Crisis, U.S. Policy on Iran Is Engagement - New York Times
Iran hangs 20, said to be drug traffickers, in mass execution - AFP
Iran releases Washington Times' reporter - Washington Times

N. Korea Ship Sailing Northward - Korea Times
Suspected weapons ship to return to North Korea: official - AFP
North Korean Missiles Defy U.N. Resolution - Wall Street Journal
UN Chief Concerned North Korea is Isolating Itself - VOA

Pakistani Airstrikes Kill 6 Militants in North Waziristan - VOA
One of Mullah Fazlullah's top aides killed in Swat - Daily Times (Pakistan)

A chill in air for Obama in Russia - Washington Times
Obama, Medvedev Aim to Advance Arms Control Talks, 'Reset' Bilateral Ties - Washington Post
Russia hints it could block nuclear arms deal with US President Barack Obama - Telegraph (UK)

Eleven Muslims jailed for terror plots - Adnkronos (Italy)

Russia, India Question Dollar Reliance Before Summit - Bloomberg
China, Russia, and Japan: Dollar Posture Shows Who Our Friends Are - Graham and Dodd Investor

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