June 30th – July 4th

Monday, June 30 2014



On Monday 30 bodies were found in a forward area of a boat during a rescue operation off Sicily coast .The immigrants apparently died of asphyxiation.

From the fishing boat were rescued 566 people. In the past 48 hours more than 5.000 migrants have been picked up by the Italian authorities. (Ansa)



200 more troops will be sent to Iraq to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, consulates in the northern city of Irbil and the southern city of Basra, The White House announced . That will raise the total U.S. troop presence in Iraq to approximately 800. (Al Jazeera)


Israeli security forces found the bodies of three teenagers who disappeared two weeks ago in the occupied West Bank. The bodies have been found in north of Hebron.

The Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay”. More than 400 Palestinians have been arrested since the three settlers went missing on June 12. (The New York Times)


Two police officers have been killed trying to deactivate one makeshift bomb near the presidential palace in Cairo. At least 11 others were wounded. (Ansamed)


Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, have agreed to work on “the adoption of an agreement on a bilateral ceasefire between Ukrainian authorities and separatists”, the French President said on Monday. (BBC)


Tuesday, July 1st 2014


Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been held in police custody for questioning over suspected influence-peddling. He is accused that sought inside information from a magistrate concerning an investigation into the alleged financing of his 2007 election campaign by Muammar Gaddafi. (The Independent)

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France’s law banning face-covering Muslim veils from the streets.The Courtsaid that the law’s bid to promote harmony in a diverse population. (The Guardian)


BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, has agreed to a record $8,7 bn (€6,6 bn) settlement with US prosecutors over allegations of sanctions violations. (Le Monde)


Martin Schulz, the German socialist MEP has been elected to be the President of the European Parliament. He obtained an absolute majority with 409 votes. (La Libre)


Hours after the bodies of three settlers were found in West Bank, the Israeli military has launched 34 air raids on the Gaza Strip in response to 20 rockets fired into Israel. (Al Jazeera)


Wednesday, July 2 2014


The chemical weapons from Syria were transferred from a Danish vessel to the US ship Cape Ray earlier on Wednesday, at the port of Gioia Tauro. The destruction of this materials will begin after the American ship has steamed far out to the sea. (La Repubblica)


On Wednesday, the second day of his nation’s six-month turn, the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi said at the European Parliament “We signed, altogether – our predecessors – a pact that is called a ‘stability and growth pact’. There’s stability – but there’s also growth! And the request to have ‘growth’ as a fundamental element of the European economic policy is not made by a single country: it serves all of Europe, not only Italy”. (Euronews)


A day after the Palestinian17-year-old, Mohammad Abu Khdair, was found dead, violent clashes continued in East Jerusalem.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Jewish settlers of killing. (The Guardian)


Thursday, July 3 2014


On the anniversary of Mohammed Mursi’s removal from the presidency, a bomb has exploded in Cairo, killing two men. The Tahrir Square was closed to traffic and the security was tight. (The Daily Star)


The Algerian National Football team will donate the entire World Cup prize fund (estimated $9 million) to the people of Gaza. The Algeria’s star striker Islam Slimani said “They need it more than us.” (The Independent)


The German parliament has approved the country’s first minimum wage at 8.50 euros (£6.80) per hour. (Euronews)


The transfer of Syrian chemical weapons from a Danish container ship to a US ship carrying was completed on Wednesday. The Cape Ray vessel has left Italy’s port of Gioia Tauro. (BBC)


The president of autonomous Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani, asked Iraqi MPs to start making plans for an independence referendum. In Iraq are living five millions Kurds. (Al Akhbar)


Friday, July 4 2014 


The Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi has launched a scathing attack on Germany’s powerful central bank. He said “I don’t expect the Bundesbank to talk about Italian politics. We should all bear in mind that Europe belongs to European citizens, not to bankers — neither Italian nor German bankers”. (The New York Times)


A 31-year-old German man,employee of the Germany’s intelligence has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the US. He is accused of passing secret documents to the United States. (The Guardian)


The Russian President, Vladimir Putin send to the leader of the White House Barack Obama a congratulatory message in occasion of the American Independence Day. (Ansa)



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