North Korea test fires three ballistic missiles: In what is perceived as a response to the recent American deployment of the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea, North Korea launched three ballistic missiles on Tuesday.
It is believed two of the missiles were Scud missiles of Soviet-origin; the third missile is speculated to be a Rodong missile developed from the Scud.
All three missiles have an approximate range of 300-360 miles and are believed to be capable of striking targets throughout the whole of South Korea.
Tuesday’s missile fire follows Pyongyang’s test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile on July 9.
Unknown gunmen kills eight in Mexico resort town: Eight fishermen in the popular Mexican vacation spot of Puerto Escondido were killed by an unknown number of gunmen as they fished for sharks on Monday evening.
Unidentified gunmen entered the home where the fishermen were staying and killed four on the spot; the four remaining died at a local hospital.
Investigators were looking to connect the victims’ activities to the movement of illicit drugs, but had no evidence to suggest the crime was drug-related.
The number of gunmen and to which group they are affiliated are unknown.
Crackdown in Turkey widens: The government of Turkey has restricted the movement of approximately 60,000 Turkish civilians and soldiers suspected of complicity in the July 15 coup.
Turkey has suspended educators from work and has rounded up and arrested or detained tens of thousands of soldiers, military officers and government workers who have fallen under suspicion of involvement in the attempted overthrow of the Recep Erdogan regime.
Mr. Erdogan has pledged to eradicate the plotters from every social, political and cultural institution in Turkey.
Top Islamist militant in Indonesia killed: Abu Wardah Santoso, the most wanted terrorist in Indonesia and a top commander of the ISIS-linked East Indonesia Mujahideen movement, was killed in a gun battle with Indonesian armed forces.
The long-sought leader had successfully evaded capture, but was ambushed in a hideout near Poso in the Central Sulawesi region. Killed along with Santoso was a another militant, known only as Mochtar.
Santoso had led a terror campaign in Indonesia for close to two decades. Since 2012, however, his campaign has intensified, including terror attacks against Christians and government officials.
Indonesian officials believe his death has seriously crippled his militant group.
IDF shoots, kills Palestinian boy: The Palestinian Health Ministry is reporting a 12-year-old Palestinian boy died as a result of being struck with rubber bullets fired by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) troops near the Palestinian village of al-Ram in the West Bank.
IDF troops were summoned to an area near al-Ram to disperse demonstrators. It is reported by AFP the crowd threw rocks and Molotov cocktails to IDF troops who responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up the demonstration.
Israeli authorities denied use of live ammunition to disperse the crowd and suggest the boy could have died in a local dispute.
Palestinian WAFA news agency reported the boy was struck by a rubber bullet and died at a Palestinian hospital after going into cardiac arrest.
Syrian rebel group beheads Palestinian youth: Captured by members of the Nour al-Din al-Zenki rebel group, a 12-year-old boy believed to be of Palestinian origin was captured on videotape being beheaded on Monday.
The Nour al-Din al-Zenki group is linked to Syrian Democratic Forces and is backed by the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Nour al-Din al-Zenki fighters captured the boy and accused him of being a member of the pro-Damascus al-Quds group.
The video clearly shows the boy’s youth, the fact he had received recent medical treatment and had been tortured prior to his gruesome execution.
The execution allegedly took place near the Handarat Refugee Camp in Aleppo.
[Reuters] [The Guardian] [RT News] [moonofalabama.org]