Top news: Egyptian security forces launched a violent effort to clear two Cairo encampments filled with tens of thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy. With the crackdown underway and nearly a hundred people dead, the government declared a state of emergency.
Early reports out of Cairo include conflicting death tolls, but the Egyptian Ministry of Health's latest bulletin puts the number of dead at 95, though that is sure to rise as clashes have been reported throughout the capital city and elsewhere in the country. Egyptian security forces are reported to have moved in early this morning with tear gas and bulldozers while firing on the protesters who have camped out in opposition to Egypt's military-backed government. Interim President Adly Mansour's declaration of emergency instructs the army to support the police in their suppression of protests.
"The world cannot sit back and watch while innocent men, women and children are being indiscriminately slaughtered. The world must stand up to the military junta's crime before it is too late," the Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Eurozone: The 17-nation eurozone emerged from the longest recession in its history Wednesday, posting .2 percent growth in the second quarter of this year. While significant disparities in economic output among the eurozone nations remain, it is the clearest indicator yet that the economic bloc has overcome a roiling economic crisis.
- With the release of 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners Tuesday, peace talks between Israel and Palestine are set to begin today.
- Hours before the start of peace talks, Israel struck two sites in Gaza following rocket launches into the south of the country.
- The departure of a U.N. inspection team to investigate claims of chemical weapons use in Syria has been delayed amid a disagreement with the government over security arrangements.
- Explosions and a fire aboard an Indian submarine docked in Mumbai left several sailors dead.
- Major Hollywood studios resolved a tax dispute with China that has been holding up hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to studios from the world's second largest film market.
- Workers at Hyundai and Kia voted to strike amid stalled negotiations over a new pay package.
- Russian police raided an apartment associated with the Moscow mayoral campaign of anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny.
- Lawyers for a Romanian criminal gang hinted that their clients may be willing to strike a deal to return a trove of paintings they allegedly stole from a Rotterdam museum.
- Two executives in J.P. Morgan's London office were charged in relation with bets made by the so-called "London Whale," which resulted in a $6.2 billion loss for the bank.
- U.N. officials began inspecting weapons seized in Panama that were bound for North Korea from Cuba.
- The Justice Department inspector general will investigate whether the FBI abused its intelligence gathering powers.
- After repeated denials, the CIA admitted it spied on Noam Chomsky.
- The medical charity Doctors Without Borders shut down its operations in Somalia following repeated violence directed at its staffers.
- Chad suspended China's state oil company from prospecting work amid allegations that it had caused severe environmental damage.
- Nigeria's interior minister claimed that the country is making progress in its war against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram despite a recent mosque attack that left 44 dead.