Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, July 4, 2013
- The Egyptian army has overthrown President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the constitution, announcing a roadmap for the country’s political future that will be implemented by a national reconciliation committee. Al Jazeera has a collection of international reactions to the news and Foreign Policy introduces us to Adly Mansour, “the judge who is now (sort of) running Egypt.”
- Tunisian opposition activists are taking cues from the Egyptian movement in recent days to galvanize opposition to their own Islamist-led government.
- In a new diplomatic twist to the story, Latin American leaders slammed European governments for diverting Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane on rumors it was carrying Edward Snowden. Snowden is still reportedly at the Moscow airport. France has expressed “regret” to Bolivia for the mix-up due to “conflicting information” about passengers aboard the plane.
- Nelson Mandela’s family has confirmed to the media that the ex-South African leader is in a “perilous” condition and breathing with the assistance of a life-support machine.
- South Korea has proposed new talks with North Korea in attempts to reopen the closed Kaesong factory area shared between the two nations.