– Mitt Romney will host a $60,000 per plate fundraiser in Jerusalem on July 29. The Jerusalem Post reports that “[d]elegates are set to fly in from the US for the event, which a Republican source said would be ‘a small meeting, but a big fundraiser.’”
– China said it supports U.N. peace envoy Kofi Annan’s plan to include Iran in nternationally-brokered talks to resolve Syria’s crisis.
– Syrian opposition figures are meeting with Russian officials in Moscow to discuss ways to find a political solution to the violence. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s deputy said Russia wanted to move the opposition “towards realistic and constructive positions.”
– Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said yesterday that moving U.S. military equipment out of Afghanistan will cost billions of dollars and prove far more difficult than last year’s withdrawal from Iraq.
– McClatchy reports that the National Reconnaissance Office ” is pressuring its polygraphers to obtain intimate details of the private lives of thousands of job applicants and employees, pushing the ethical and legal boundaries of a program that’s designed instead to catch spies and terrorists.”
– The Libyan National Transitional Council’s ambassador to the United States, Ali Suleiman Aujali, is trying to encourage American business leaders to invest in his country. “We want America to be more aggressive to do business in Libya…. There is business for everybody,” Aujali said in an interview with National Journal. “You name it, and I will tell you we need it.”