International Stories June 28-July 2

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

Obama signs the Iran sanctions law

Clinton embarks on tour of Eastern Europe for 4th of July weekend

The World Celebrates Social Media Day

Pakistan Renews Efforts to Restrict Coverage of Extremists

Dozens killed in Pakistan Suicide bombing

Islamic advisor to U.S. military explains what McChrystal and Petraeus get about Muslim hearts and minds.

Clinton’s head speechwriter is departing

Reporters Without Border creates first-ever anti-censorship shelter

Uzbek Refugees said they were pressured into returning to Kyrgyzstan

The BBG nominees were confirmed late Wednesday night

House Dems block reconstruction funds to Afghanistan–cite corruption

BREAKING: 10 alleged Russian spies arrested in U.S.–are we back to the Cold War?

House Democrats cite corruption, cut reconstruction funds to Afghanistan

This just in from CNN: Mexican gubernatorial candidate killed by gunfire

This just in from the AP: Iran says it won’t enter talks with the West over disputed nuclear program until late August.

Nearly 100 NATO workers in Afghanistan were killed in June

The OSCE praised Kyrgyzstan for holding a referendum on their new constitution

Pakistani officials say U.S. missiles killed 3 near Afghan border

G20 leaders call to cut deficits in half by 3 years

HIV/AIDS may be fueled by war on drugs

New Palestinian Radio Station aimed at Empowering Women

In Iraq: 650 Kurdish families displaced

Trial of Iran’s “blogfather” beings in Tehran

Wired: After 9 years, U.S. finally tries to get a grip on wartime contractors

U.N summer camp gets vandalized in Gaza

New Prime Minister in Czech Republic Announced

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State to Iran John Limbert to retire: Laura Rozen

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Congress passed Iran Sanctions Bill 99-0

McChrystal resigns over dissenting comments in Rolling Stone article–Petraeus to take is spot as lead UN/US commander in Afghanistan

Medvedev visits the US–dines with Obama at Ray’s, discusses RESET and gets Twitter

Human Trafficking Report Released

Great piece by Richard Lugar on problems with International Broadcasting management

US/Israel amid threat of UN action: Josh Rogin

The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly criticizes Russia’s policy in the North Caucasus and urges Russian authorities to acknowledge fundamental rights

85 journalists have fled their countries in 2010–highest exodus in Iran and Africa

Senate Foreign Relations Committee met with Treasury and State Dept. Officials to go over new Iran sanctions and their effect on international businesses

“I have nothing left”: Ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan continues

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