1 August SWJ Roundup

Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Plan Sought in Oct. for US Exit - AP

In Kabul, Mullen Promotes US Pullout, Border Defenses - NYT

Mullen Focuses on Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Havens - BBC

US Military Chief Cites Progress Against Haqqanis - Reuters

Chairman Pleased with Progress, Concerned About Corruption - AFPS

Afghans Must Address Corruption, Criminal Networks, Mullen Says - AFPS

12 Police, Child Killed in Southern Afghanistan Suicide Blast - VOA

Afghanistan Car Bombing Kills as Many as 13 - LAT

Suicide Attack in Lashkar Gah 'Kills 13' - BBC

Bomb Kills 11 at Police HQ in Southern Afghanistan - AP

Taliban Leaders May Take Ramadan Break - Reuters

Official: Associate Killed Karzai's Half-Brother - AP

Afghan Governor: NATO Airstrike Kills 4 - AP

Medics Act First, Sort Through Emotions Later - JS

Names of Suspects in Bank Fraud Sent to Afghan Courts - NYT

Politics From a Spray Can in Kabul - LAT

Afghan Media Watchdog Seeks Probe of Reporter Death - Reuters

Pakistan

US Refocused on Covert Strikes in Pakistan - LAT

Mullen Focuses on Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Havens - BBC

Pakistan Imposes Travel Curbs on US Diplomats - VOA

Violence Continues in Pakistan's Karachi; 200 Killed in July - Reuters

Pakistan Says US Missiles Kill 3 Near Border - AP

Iraq

Purchase of US Jets, But Still No Decision on Troops - McClatchy

Kurds Serve Warning as US Withdrawal Nears - Reuters

Syria

Syrian Raid on Hama Kills 80 - VOA

Dozens Killed as Syrian Forces Storm Restive Cities - NYT

Syrian Tanks Storm Epicenters of Protest - WP

Syria Forces Escalate Attacks on Protesters - LAT

Syrians Mark Bleak Ramadan After 80 Killed in Hama - Reuters

Scores Reportedly Killed in Syria by Army Troops - AP

Dozens Killed as Syrian Tanks Storm Hama - Reuters

US, UN Leaders Condemn Syrian Assault on Hama - VOA

Call for UN Security Council Meeting on Syria Crisis - TT

Obama Condemns 'Brutal' Hama Raid - BBC

To Topple Assad, It Takes a Minority - NYT opinion

Libya

Rebels Making Progress in Mountains West of Tripoli - WP

Clash in Benghazi Exposes Cracks in Libyan Rebel Ranks - NYT

Rebels Clash With Gaddafi Loyalists - Reuters

Rebels Say They Unmasked Secret Pro-Gadhafi Group - AP

With Rebels in Charge, Life Returns to Libyan Town - AP

France to Keep Up Pressure on Libya - Reuters

An Arab Spring Shadow - WP opinion

Yemen

Yemen's President Calls for End to Street Protests - AP

Yemen's Saleh Calls for Ramadan Talks to End Crisis - Reuters

Israel / Palestinians

Lebanese, Israeli Troops Exchange Fire on Border - AP

Israel Says Troops Fire Back at Lebanese Soldier - Reuters

Israeli Gov't Opens Dialogue with Protesters - VOA

Israelis Feel Tug of Protests, Reviving the Left's Spirits - NYT

Netanyahu Pressured by Protesters - WP

Doctor: Israeli Troops Kill 2 Palestinians - AP

Israeli Troops Kill Two Palestinians in West Bank - Reuters

Egypt

Egyptian Activists Suspend Sit-in for Ramadan - WP

Judge Says TV Will Show Mubarak on Trial - NYT

Egypt's Prosecutor Summons Mubarak to Trial - AP

Egyptian Judge Outlines Plans for Mubarak's Trial - Reuters

Iran

Iran Will Announce US Hikers Verdict By Next Week - VOA

US Hikers Expect Iran Verdict Soon - LAT

Verdict for 2 Americans in Iran Within a Week - AP

Iran Man 'Pardoned' from Blinding - BBC

Iranian Blinded by Acid Pardons Her Attacker - AP

Middle East / North Africa

Arab Unrest, High Food Prices Cast Pall on Ramadan - AP

Thousands Protest on Morocco King's Allegiance Day - Reuters

Latest Developments in Arab World's Unrest - AP

US Department of Defense

Defense Contractors Set Sights on DOD Despite Cuts - WP

United States

White House, Congressional Leaders Reach Deal - WP

Obama and Leaders Reach Debt Deal - NYT

US Leaders Strike Debt-ceiling Deal to Avoid Default - LAT

Congress Moving Quickly on Debt and Spending Deal - AP

Congressman: Misunderstanding of Islam Continues in the US - VOA

Africa

Somalia Famine: African Union Calls 'Pledging Summit' - BBC

Rains Add Misery to Somalia's Famine Refugees - AP

Somali Women Fleeing Famine Preyed On by Rapists - AP

Somali Legislator Shot Dead by Gunmen - AP

West African Pirates Repelled After Attack on Panama Ships - Reuters

Americas

Drug Kingpin Wanted in US Is Held in Mexico - NYT

Mexico Says a Top Juarez Cartel Figure Captured - AP

Mexico Drug Cartel Suspect Acosta 'Admits 1,500 Killings' - BBC

Venezuela Plans 'to Release 40% of Prisoners' - BBC

Rebels Free Five Kidnapped Colombian Oil Workers - Reuters

Guatemala Nabs Third Suspect in Folk Singer Murder - AP

Asia Pacific

Official: N. Korea Wants Nuke Talks to Resume Soon - AP

S. Korea Wants Progress From N. Korea Before Talks - AP

14 Killed in W. Chinese City on Edge Over Ethnic Tensions - NYT

China: Scores Dead in Restive Xinjiang - WP

China: Unrest in Kashgar, Xinjiang, Leaves 15 Dead - BBC

China Blames Pakistan-Trained Militants for Attack - AP

China Blames Muslim Extremists for Attack in Xinjiang - Reuters

China Imposes Blackout on Train Wreck Coverage - NYT

Philippine Troops Hunt Abu Sayyaf Despite Ramadan - AP

Japan's Post-tsunami Task - WP editorial

Europe

Serbia Calls for Peace in Crisis with Kosovo - AP

NATO Starts Clearing Roadblocks in Kosovo - AP

Police Detain Russian Opposition Protesters - AP

Insanity Ruling Not Likely in Norway Mass Killings - AP

South Asia

India Parliament Adjourns Amid Opposition Anger - AP

India: 'Slutwalk' Protest Held in Delhi - BBC

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