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July 7th, 2009

1. The Somali al-Qaeda franchise al-Shabaab terrorists have given the Somali government 5 days to lay down arms and surrender. Gov't assures it will not. Talk of increasing African Union troops ensue.

2. With all media fanfare over President Obama's visit to Moscow and talks with Medvedev, the overlooked key was securing alternate US supply route for Afghanistan. Russia ceded only overflight permissions, no land lines. Not enough. Russia wants more in return.

3. While Honduran government continues to stand firm in preserving its democracy, SecState Clinton expected to receive ousted Honudran President and Hugo Chavez ally Manuel Zelaya for talks. Obama reiterates view that Zelaya should be reinstated.

4. Rafsanjani gaining opposition strength with clerics and ayatollahs increasingly behind him. Regime has shut down SMS messaging systems again, but is likely seeing first days of end of the theocracy as it exists.

AFGHANISTAN
U.S., Russia reach accord on Afghanistan - UPI
Russia to Allow US Overflights to Supply Arms, Troops to Afghanistan - VOA
Helicopter Crash Adds to Deadly Day in Afghanistan - New York Times

CHINA
Armed mobs spread ethnic strife in China's west - AP
Situation in Urumqi Worsens - South Asia Analysis Group

HONDURAS
In Russia, President Obama Explains His Support for Ousted President of Honduras - ABC
SecState Clinton to meet with ousted Honduran president - ABC
Well, Sort Of: Why Honduras matters to Chavez - BBC

IRAN
Iran 'security state' lambasted by opposition leaders - BBC
Iran Opposition Calls for End to Crackdown - New York Times
Ayatollah Rafsanjani's Kargozaran party dismisses vote results - Los Angeles Times
Iran's Revolutionary Guard acknowledges taking a bigger role in nation's security - Los Angeles Times
Israel: Iran speeds up missile production - UPI
Editorial: An Iranian atomic bomb is imminent - Washington Times

ISRAEL
Obama: No green light for Israel to attack Iran - CNN
Israel frees Hamas MP Ibrahim Abu Saleem after three years - AFP
Former Congresswoman McKinney Returns to US After Release From Israeli Jail - FOX News

PAKISTAN
Suspected US Drone Attack Kills 14 in South Waziristan - VOA
Pakistan jets pound Taliban stronghold, 14 militants killed in Swat Valley - Times of India
Pakistan appeals ruling to release Mumbai suspect - AP

RUSSIA
Obama calls on Russia to work with U.S. on terrorism, nuclear curbs - Los Angeles Times
Why the Russians Don't Care About Obama - Wall Street Journal
Report Ranks Russia Among World's Most Closed Economies - Wall Street Journal
Russia's LUKoil rejects reports of U.S. refinery construction plans - RIA Novosti

SOMALIA
Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab Terrorists Give Somali Gov't 5 Days to Surrender - Bloomberg

SYRIA
German Foreign Minister Urges Syria to Restrain Hizballah, Hamas - Ha'aretz (Israel)

UNITED STATES
Outbursts by al-Qaeda Terror Suspect Aafia Siddiqui at a Competency Hearing - New York Times
Boston Woman Accused of al-Qaeda Ties Denies She Fired at U.S. Soldiers - ABC

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