Taiwan Detects Record Number of Chinese Warplanes
US and Iran Swap Prisoners
Azerbaijan Launches War on Nagorno-Karabakh
The G20 Summit finished with one major announcement, an economic corridor linking India, the Middle East and Europe via rail and sea. The project was unveiled by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, who said the rail link would make trade between India and Europe 40% faster.
The Jewish entity officially opened its embassy in Bahrain after Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords to normalise relations. The Zionist Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa on the same day as the first direct flight from Manama touched down in Tel Aviv.
A Saudi court has sentenced a retired teacher to death for criticising the ruling family in messages to his nine social media followers. According to Human Rights Watch, 54-year-old Mohammed al-Ghamdi was sentenced to death on July 10 for various offences related to his activity on YouTube and X, formerly known as Twitter. The ruling may be the first death sentence for social media posts.
Leaders and senior officials from five of the world’s top emerging economies convened in Johannesburg for a three-day BRICS summit. The bloc—whose members are Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—represents 40% of the world’s population and a quarter of its GDP. The two main issues on the agenda were the expansion of the group and de-dollarisation.
Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton has blasted US President Biden over Ukraine’s stalling counteroffensive in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal. While Ukraine has received tens of billions of dollars worth of weapons from the US, a scale of aid not seen since the post-World War II Marshal Plan, the notoriously hawkish Bolton said Biden...