- Syrian armed forces reportedly killed 22 and left 80 wounded when they drove into Hama yesterday. Amnesty International has accused the regime of crimes against humanity.
- A British drone, controlled by the US Air Force from Nevada, killed four civilians, along with two militants in Helman province in southern Afghanistan in late March according to the British government, which was compelled to confirm the report originally made public by The Guardian. In other British-Afghanistan news, Prime Minister Cameron has announced the UK will withdraw 500 troops from Afghanistan by 2012, bringing their total force in the country to around 9,000. The UK is the second largest single country force in the country behind the US.
- Moody's has downgraded Portugal's debt to junk status and warned a second round of rescue funds may be needed.
- The US has indicted a Somali national in civilian court in New York, after the suspect was held for two months on a Navy ship and interrogated. He has not been charged with a crime specifically tied to an attack on the US, but does accuse the suspect of providing material support to al-Shabab and AQAP.
- Rebel groups claim pro-Qaddafi forces have killed at least 11 civilians in Misurata, Libya after constant shelling.
- President Obama is trying to restart debt negotiations as less then a month remains before the US hits the debt ceiling. Meanwhile, even as those negotiations, likely to include deep spending cuts, take place House Republicans plan to announce a new transportation funding re-authorization bill that will cut 50% of the current budget to around $230 billion over six years. This move comes despite an urging by the American Society of Civil Engineers that $1 trillion is needed over the next decade just to keep roads in good working order and match increasing demand. Talking infrastructure, The Economist's Gulliver notes that, "[t]he best way to get high-speed rail to succeed in America is to actually build it somewhere, and then to wait for the other states to say 'I want that!'"
- Speaking of cash money, Mitt Romney raised $18.25 million in the last three months and ended June with $12.6 in the bank.