Boko Haram rejects peace talks and says it will carry out more attacks. According to The Daily Times, Nigerian religious sect Boko Haram ruled out holding peace talks with the government and threatened to strike media houses that it said are fighting the group "with the pen." The group's leader stated, "We are telling the government to understand that if it is not ready to embrace sharia (Islamic law) and the Koran, there shall be no peace."
The Balkans region is hit by extreme drought and wildfires. According to The Associated Press, wildfires are destroying forests, rivers are being reduced to a trickle, crops are wilting on the scorched farmland and electricity supplies are running low. After the harshest winter in decades, the Balkans region in the southeast of Europe is now facing its hottest summer and the worst drought across the area in nearly 40 years. The record-setting average temperatures have ravaged crops, vegetables, fruit, and power production in a region that already is badly hit by the global economic crisis.
Netanyahu points to 'more proof' that Iran is making progress toward nuclear weapons. According to The Times of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the world has received yet more proof that Iran is “continuing to make accelerated progress toward achieving nuclear weapons." He spoke in response to a New York Times report warning that nuclear inspectors would soon report that Iran has installed “hundreds of new centrifuges in recent months” and may be ramping up nuclear fuel production. He said that Iran was making progress on its nuclear program “while totally ignoring international demands.”
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