The US is officially enduring its worst drought in more than 50 years. A government body announced at the end of June 55% of the country was in moderate to severe drought. Corn and soybean crops have been worst hit.
Australia is re-considering the Great White Shark’s protected status after a surfer was killed by a shark on the country’s west coast last weekend. It is the fifth shark fatality in the region in 10 months.
London’s Heathrow Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, has been put to the test with more than 237,000 Olympic athletes and officials arriving on Monday.
Back to jail
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (84) has been ordered back to jail. He has been in a prison hospital since he was jailed for life last month for the death of protesters.
Clinton pressures Iran
United States secretary of state Hillary Clinton has increased pressure on Iran, warning the US will use “all elements” of its power to stop it becoming a nuclear state.
Army chief “ill”
North Korea has appointed a new governing official after a former army chief was mysteriously removed from his post “due to illness”. Ri Yong-ho was one of seven military officials at the regime’s apex.
Nazi suspect found
Hungary is under pressure to arrest a wanted Nazi war crimes suspect after a British newspaper found him living in Budapest.
Laszlo Csizsik-Csatary, 94, is accused of killing 15,700 Jews in WWII. He told the paper he “didn’t do it”.
Twenty-eight miners were trapped in a New Zealand gold mine on Tuesday. It took authorities about four hours to free them after a truck caught fire. It comes after 29 miners were killed in a mine in the country in 2010.
An armed gang has attacked a Christian youth camp outside Mexico City. In the attack gunmen held 90 young people hostage for several hours, seven girls were sexually assaulted and dozens more were beaten. No one has been arrested.
An eight-person European Union delegation has arrived in Paraguay to investigate the impeachment of former president Fernando Lugo. He was dumped last month, prompting concerns in Europe about rule of law in the South American country.
Civil war in Syria
Armed conflict has spread through the Syrian capital, Damascus. Dozens have been killed by in gunfire and airstrikes in the suburbs. The fighting prompted the Red Cross declared the country in civil war and bound by the rules of war.Post published in: World News