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Five injured and ten missing after US destroyer USS John S McCain collides with oil tanker outside Singapore 

Sri Lanka tops global torture referrals list for sixth year running with 230 cases in 2016, runner-up Iran with 140 cases, according to Freedom from Torture summary report 

German NGO Sea-Eye follows Doctors Without Borders in suspending working off Libyan coast after country starts barring foreign vessels from entering stretch of water, organization claims to have handled 12,000 persons in area since April 2016 

Phillip Orchard: Japan slowly but surely remilitarizing motivated by China’s ability to threaten it from further afield, supported by U.S. but might be hindered by Abe's lack of capital due to dwindling support 

Trump says military option one of many available for dealing with Venezuela, Venezuelan defense minister Padrino calls threat act of "craziness" 

North Korea says carefully examining using ballistic missile Hwasong-12 to strike American military bases on Guam 

Russian FM Lavrov says Russia and U.S. ready to continue complex issues dialogue despite bilateral tensions, statement following meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson in Manila 

China's foreign minister Wang Yi urges North Korea to stop nuclear and missile tests, and US and South Korea not to increase tensions 

U.S. formally leaves Paris climate agreement, will continue to participate in UN climate meetings during expected three year withdrawal process, opens up to staying in agreement if terms renegotiated to better suit country 

London’s High Court dismisses Iraqi general's bid to prosecute Tony Blair for invading Iraq in 2003, claims there is "no prospect" of the case succeeding as "crime of aggression" not recognised in English law 

Russia orders U.S. to slash staff at its diplomatic missions in Russia by 755 in retaliation for new sanctions approved by Congress, Putin says he hopes no further steps necessary 

North Korea successfully test-fires second intercontinental ballistic missile, analyst says that if reported flight data is correct the ICBM could reach Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago 

Nicaragua sues U.S. for USD 17 billion for damages and interference in 1980s Nicaraguan civil war, measure comes in response to new Nica Act sanctions unanimously approved by US Foreign Relations Committee 

Russia and China will have joint military drill in the Baltic Sea at the end of July, want to strengthen the cooperation between the states 

More than 2,300 civilians killed by Coalition strikes overseen by Trump in Iraq and Syria, averaging to over four times more per month than under Obama, shows in part brutal final stages of Raqqa and Mosul battles but also indications that civilian protections have lessened under Trump, according to Airwars research 

EU allows member countries to ban export of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya when thinking they will be used by human traffickers, measure not to be applied to fishermen and others with legitimate needs 

Sweden ranked first in Oxfam's equality index that measures politicians trying to reduce the gap in wealth between rich and poor, social spending, progressive taxation and workers' rights three key areas, Sweden didn't come first in any of the key areas 

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says Catholic church "on the verge of capsizing" in speech at conservative Cardinal Joachim Meisner's funeral, is interpreted as heavy criticism of Pope Francis 

Identitarian "Defend Europe" charters 130-foot ship with crowdfunded USD 100,000 to obstruct Mediterranean migrant flow and return migrants to Africa, plans to work together with Libyan coastguard but unclear how country views project 

China sends troops and warships to the country's first foreign military base in Djibouti, claiming the base will be used for logistic purposes 

Trump nominates notorious China critic Dennis Shea as government's deputy US trade envoy, is likely to result in trade barriers against China 

Macron says monetary contributions to African countries ineffective, corruption and high birth rates problems that cannot be solved with money  

Israel concurs with Hungarian criticism of George Soros, says billionaire finances organizations which slander Israel and its government 

Egypt deports Uyghur students to China, more than 200 have been sent back during July  

Trump and Putin agree on cease-fire in southwest Syria at G20 meeting, Assad's future remains unclear 

Tesla to build world's largest battery in South Australia, 100 MW and 129 MWh, stands by promise to not demand payment if not finished in 100 days 

Canadian citizen and Guantanamo prisoner who killed a US soldier in Afghanistan receives USD 10.5 million from the Canadian government, as Canada didn't protect their citizen and conspired with the United States 

World's governments lack in cybersecurity preparations says UN telecom union, Singapore exception with near-perfect approach, Equatorial Guinea at bottom of Global Cybersecurity Index with zero score 

North Korea successfully launches missile, Japanese media reports it may have landed within Japan's EEZ, just days after South Korea and USA agree to open up for dialogue with the regime 

China accuses U.S. of "serious political and military provocation" after guided-missile destroyer sails within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island in South China Sea, sent battle ships and fighter jets to warn off the vessel 

Recapture of al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul marks end of IS caliphate says Iraqi prime minister al-Abadi, IS terrorists continue to hold ground in city, complete victory imminent according to coalition spokesman 

Number of African students in China up from 2,000 to almost 50,000 in less than 15 years, China now more common destination than US and UK, France still clear leader 

Ashok Sharma: India and US so interconnected that frosty relations are unthinkable, reason is stronger lobbying from increasingly influential Indian-Americans and increased economic and military cooperation 

Ecuador demands Taiwan remove Republic of China from its Ecuadorian representative office name, Taiwan has previously complained about Beijing campaigning for countries to change office names 

Gareth Porter: CIA funneled Benghazi arms to rebel groups associated with al-Qaeda in Syria, helped Saudi and Qatar buy left-over arms from Balkan Wars and transfer them to Syria, US sold Saudi 15,000 TOW missiles for distribution to anti-Assad factions 

White House accuses Syrian government of preparing chemical weapons attack, fails to provide evidence supporting accusation, says Assad will 'pay a heavy price' if attack carried out 

Bahrain accuses Qatar of military escalation that will bear consequences after growing Turkish force with light tanks spotted in Doha, number of troops may rise to around 1,000 and joint military exercise will be carried out in the coming weeks, according to Hürriyet  

China expands ambitious Silk Road project with Arctic strategy, new route could cut distance to Europe by a third 

Total world population expected to be slightly less than 10 billion in 2050, Nigeria has fastest growth and becomes third most populous country, India to overtake China in seven years 

Bavarian boys, 13 and 14 years old, suspected for firing plastic bullets from toy gun toward Thai king Rama X during the latter's vacation in Germany, king was hit while biking and was not injured 

Canadian sniper breaks world record by killing IS terrorist from 3,540 meters using McMillan TAC-50 rifle  

Trump launches intensive mediation efforts in Middle East by sending son-in-law Jared Kushner to hold peace talks between Israel and Palestine 

US student Otto Warmbier dies after North Korea imprisonment, was returned in coma, previously sentenced to forced labor after stealing poster 

Microsoft and Accenture launch blockchain-based proof of identity for refugees using both biometrical and personal information 

Lockheed Martin working in India with local industrial giant Tata to manufacture F-16 jets, expects large order from government of India 

UN issues warning that Israeli army exacerbates the Syrian war by steady and increasingly large support to Syrian rebels 

Russia vows to track and treat US planes as targets in Syria following the downing of Syrian ditto, suspends hotline between the two powers 

EU stopped from criticizing China's crackdown on dissidents in UN after Greek veto — Greece says condemnation not constructive, recent Chinese investments crucial for country's slow economy 

US shoots down Syrian army jet in Raqqa province and calls measure collective self-defense of rebels, attack undermines struggle against IS terrorists according to Syria's army 

Australia pulls out last three police officers serving with UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, prioritizes counterterrorism and missions closer to home 

Increasing number of asylum seekers in Germany goes on vacation to countries they claim to have fled from, many trips paid for by German tax payers 

US expected to send another 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, current figure of about 10,000 a tenth of peak during Obama administration 2009 

Panama cuts long-standing diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establishes relations with China in what is described as coup, only 20 countries now have relations with Taiwan 

American special forces provide technical assistance in Filipino battle against 200 IS-affiliated militants holed up for three weeks with up to 1,000 civilians in part of Marawi City, cooperation significant as Duterte earlier vowed to eject US military trainers and advisers 

Conservative libertarianism growing faster than progressive, Sweden has unusually large and radical liberty movement, come to Coraxconf on Malta and listen to Hans-Hermann Hoppe, says Martin Eriksson in interview with Jeff Deist at Mises.org 

Rex Tillerson urges Gulf countries to ease blockade on Qatar, says restrictions have humanitarian consequences and are harmful to US business activities 

Saudi Arabia national soccer team refuses to line up for minute's silence during match against Australia, was supposed to honor victims of London terrorist attack where two Australian citizens were killed, claims minute of silence is not in keeping with Saudi culture 

EU gives EUR 50 million to African joint military force with mission to combat jihadists in Sahel region, multiple Islamist groups active in area 

George Friedman: Diplomacy will not solve conflict between North Korea and US, Kim Jong-un will not accept American nuclear observers and China is not an adequate arbitrator 

Identitarian group raises over GBP 50,000 to pay for boats disrupting vessels picking up migrants in Mediterranean 

Russia close to selling air-defense system to Turkey, relations between countries improving even though some Russian sanctions remain in place 

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing country of supporting terrorism and extremist groups 

Australia, Japan, India and Vietnam seek to increase co-operation and bolster informal alliances according to diplomats, want to counter Chinese influence if US withdraws 

Vietnam buys US power generation technology and aircraft engines worth USD 8 billion after White House visit, General Electric and Caterpillar benefit from deal, strengthens trade relations between countries 

George Friedman: US prepares for war against North Korea, military build up in area significant, most likely outcome is war between countries after a few weeks of quiet diplomacy 

British Airways global system outage results in massive queues and delayed flights, no evidence of cyber attack according to the company 

Former Ethiopian health minister Tedros Adhanom first African to be assigned leader of WHO, chosen over doctors from UK and Pakistan 

Saudi Arabia and UAE donate USD 100 million to World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs inspired by Ivanka Trump 

Duterte on five-day trip to Russia to meet his favourite hero Putin and seek military support in struggle against Islamic militants, move could steer Philippine foreign policy course further away from longtime ally US 

Eleven countries with Canada at forefront seek to continue controversial TPP negotiations after US pulled out in January, both Japan and New Zealand willing to revive deal 

Svalbard global seed vault leaked water near entrance, renovation and decreased number of visitors to keep seeds safe in future 

China killed or imprisoned as many as 20 US intelligence sources from 2010 to 2012 following massive intelligence breach, investigators split over how the information leaked, according to the New York Times 

Putin pledges to send several thousand tons of wheat each month to Venezuela following phone call with Maduro, according to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry 

Macron visits Mali and vows to escalate France's military operations in country to counter Islamists, urges Germany and other European nations to help with military and development aid 

Trump renews Obama's sanctions relief against Iran, previously called deal worst ever, US companies can keep doing business with Iran 

Nick Turse: US military quietly expanding presence in Africa, carrying out 100 missions at any given time — 17% of all American commandos stationed in the region, up from 1% ten years ago 

US supplies the Afghan military with 159 refurbished Black Hawk helicopters as part of four-year program, considered necessary to break current deadlock in the country 

Lewis Tallon: Despite reduced tensions in Libya country is still divided and in disarray, dysfunctional governments supported by different foreign powers and Trump's ambiguous attitude will cause uncertainty in years to come 

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura denies Syria peace talks being irrelevant despite criticism from both Assad and opposition 

Extensive cyber attack against tens of thousands of organizations in dozens of countries, many hospitals among the affected, exploit used part of information leaked from NSA 

Russia offers life line to Cuba with advantageous oil deal, necessary when previous supplier Venezuela collapses 

US in talks with Saudi Arabia on contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales ahead of Trump's visit to kingdom say sources to Reuters, deal includes laser-guided bombs despite previous concerns over civilian casualties in Yemen 

Vatican and Myanmar establish full diplomatic relations, important step for normalization of Asian country, happening despite Pope Francis previously criticizing treatment of Rohingya people 

Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to create four safe zones in Syria to enable delivery of aid, rebel delegates refuse to sign document and storm out of meeting in protest 

Russia-Turkey relations restored to normalcy according to Putin, economic sanctions after Russian fighter jet was shot down repealed and trade is growing 

First legal cannabis import to Australia completed, delivery from Canada to benefit children with epilepsy and cancer patients 

FBI interpreter defects from mission, travels to Syria and marries German IS terrorist Abu Talha al-Almani instead of investigating him, new husband is successful IS recruiter and former rap artist 

Trump considers increase military presence in Afghanistan, speculation about 3,000 to 5,000 troops as advisors in war against Taliban and unspecified number of special forces to fight IS terrorists and al-Qaeda 

Trump invites Duterte to visit White House after telephone call which was reportedly cheerful and positive for relationship between countries 

Montenegro parliament votes unanimously to approve NATO membership, pro-Russian parliamentarians boycott vote, represents historic shift of alliances toward West 

Relations thaw between US and Argentina after old acquaintances Trump and Macri meet in White House, increased cooperation for crime-fighting planned but not economic support assumed sought by Macri 

Bill by Russian politician proposes turning Crimea into tax haven, would allow anonymous wealth management, exceptions from banking licenses and fast track to citizenship, inspired by Delaware and British Virgin Islands 

US troops deployed to northern Syria close to Turkish border days after Turkish air force kills US backed kurds 

US plans relocation 4,000 of 19,000 marines from Japanese island Okinawa to US territory Guam, move planned for 2020-2024 and is welcomed by locals 

Turkey blocks Wikipedia, multiple versions of the site unavailable for users from multiple ISPs 

South Korea refuses pay whole cost of missile defense system THAAD as demanded by Trump, refers to agreement where US pledged to bear part of cost 

Jacob Shapiro: Upheavals in Middle East sign of Islamist awakening rather than Arab spring, protests not orchestrated by liberal idealists but by groups which preferred Islam instead of artificial nation-states 

PM of Belgium regret country's participation in electing Saudi Arabia to UN women's rights commission, says mistake committed due to insufficient internal discussion 

US increases diplomatic pressure on North Korea and tightens sanctions in order to prevent new missile tests, strategy announced after special meeting with senators 

IMF drops pledge to fight protectionism from closing note of spring meetings in Washington, members instead promise to jointly fight trade imbalances