Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Short List - July 5, 2011

  • The Syrian government continues its brutal crackdown on dissent, as the army has encircled Hama and prepares to enter the city.

  • The Pakistani army has begun an offensive into the border tribal region of Kurram to strike at militants.  In other Pakistan news, several administration officials have said that Pakistani journalist Saleem Shazad, who reported on the infiltration of militants into the army and intelligence services, was killed on orders from Pakistan's ISI(NYT).

  • An Egyptian court has cleared three ministers during the Mubarak government of charges of graft and corruption.

  • Hugo Chavez has returned to Venezuela after undergoing at least a couple surgeries to remove a cancerous tumor from his body.  Details of his illness remain shrouded in secrecy.

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