– A largely overlooked provision in the National Defense Authorization Act would subject all terror suspects to immediate military custody but the fate of the measure, which only appears in the Senate’s version of the bill, will be decided when lawmakers from both chambers meet in conference later this month to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill.
– Top U.S. Mideast negotiators Dennis Ross and David Hale arrived in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in a last-ditch effort to restart talks in order to avert the Palestinians’ U.N. bid for statehood.
– Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today affirmed that Turkey has downgraded its diplomatic relations with Israel and said Turkey would freeze defense industry trade. Erdogan accused Israel of acting like the region’s “spoiled boy.”
– U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon urged international action to respond to the Syrian government’s treatment of activists and called on U.N. member countries to take “coherent measures” to address the deteriorating situation in Syria.
– Pentagon figures show that insurgents in Afghanistan planted 4,472 IEDs from May through July, a 17 percent increase compared to the same time period last month and the most during the spring an summer than at any time during the war.
– Between 200 and 250 Libyan army vehicles crossed from Libya into Niger in what might be part of a negotiated bid by Muammar Qaddafi to seek aslyum, possibly in Burkina Faso.
– Iran offered international negotiating partners a deal in the standoff over its nuclear program, putting five years of “full supervision” over its program on the table in exchange for lifting sanctions.
– The United Nations warned that more than 15 percent of Somalia is under a famine and more than three quarters of a million people could die if something is not done.