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Israeli, Palestinian leaders to restart peace negotiations

Middle East peace talks begin, Iraqi Shi’ites killed in coordinated attacks, and EU’s foreign policy chief urges Egyptian leaders to compromise. Today is Monday, July 29, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.  

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) heads a cabinet meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Issam Rimawi/Pool

Pathway to peace? Top Israeli and Palestinian officials will meet at the U.S. State Department tonight and tomorrow to resume peace talks between the nations for the first time in nearly three years. Secretary of State John Kerry has been working ceaselessly to bring both sides to the negotiating table, visiting the region six times in four months in an attempt to move the peace process forward. Kerry has not outline the topics to be discussed, but announced on July 19 that both sides were prepared to discuss “final status” issues, such as Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the status of East Jerusalem, and Israel’s disputed border:

This time “all of the issues that are at the core of a permanent accord will be negotiated simultaneously,” Silvan Shalom, a member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu’s cabinet and rightist Likud party, told Israel’s Army Radio. The Palestinians, with international backing, want their future state to have borders approximating the boundaries of the West Bank, adjacent East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip before Israel captured them in the 1967 Middle East war… [Israeli President Benjamin] Netanyahu had resisted Abbas’s calls to accept the 1967 border formula before talks resumed. Shalom said that the Israeli position would help keep the talks, which are slated to last nine months, comprehensive.

The Israeli government voted on Sunday to release 104 Arab prisoners, paving the way for this week’s talks. Kerry spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the meetings will “serve as an opportunity to develop a procedural work plan for how the parties can proceed with the negotiations in the coming months.”

Egypt’s Mursi accused of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy

Egypt’s military investigates Mursi for alleged crimes, Pussy Riot member denied release from prison, and Tunisians rally over assassination of  opposition leader. Today is Friday, July 26, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

Anti-Mursi protesters chant slogans during a mass protest to support the army in Tahrir Square, Cairo, July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Mursi charged. The Egyptian army accused deposed president Mohamed Mursi of a number of crimes and will detain him for fifteen days while officials investigate the allegations, Egypt’s state news agency reports. Military leaders made the announcement hours before anti-Mursi protesters heeded a call from army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to rally for a military mandate to confront recent violence:

Spanish police investigate operator of derailed train that left scores dead

Driver of derailed train under investigation, a report examines Mursi’s downfall, and China charges disgraced communist leader over corruption. Today is Thursday, July 25, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

Victims receive help after a train crashed near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Xoan A. Soler/Monica Ferreiros/La Voz de Galicia. Click here for more images.

At least 80 killed in Spanish train derailment. Spanish police are investigating one of two drivers who was manning an eight-carriage train going from Madrid to Ferrol when it derailed at a sharp bend, killing at least 80 people and injuring at least 94, 35 of them critically:

Egyptian general calls for mandate to confront violent protests

Egypt’s military calls for mass demonstrations on Friday, Indian police arrest headmistress of school that served poisoned lunches, and a Reuters special report details a major U.S. drug sting in West Africa. Today is Wednesday, July 24, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

Opponents of deposed President Mohamed Mursi stand among police officers after a report of a possible pro-Mursi rally, near Tahrir square, in Cairo, July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Military demands mandate. Egypt’s military chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, called for a rally on Friday to grant him a mandate for confronting recent violence, adding that the military won’t step back from its plan to hold elections in six months to replace Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Mursi:

Brazil dawdles on reform one month after protests

Old habits die hard for Brazilian politicians, U.S. to start sending arms to Syria’s rebels, and al Qaeda takes credit for massive prison break. Today is Tuesday, July 23, a day of respite for world media after an exhausting royal baby watch. Here’s the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.  

Pope Francis sits with President Dilma Rousseff after a welcoming ceremony for the Pope in Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro, in this July 22, 2013, handout from Beth Santos-Rio City Hall. REUTERS/Beth Santos-Rio City Hall/Handout via Reuters

ProcrastiNation. Though Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and members of her government responded to last month’s massive anti-government protests with promises of change, it seems Brazil’s lawmakers are dragging their feet on actual reform:

Abe cements grip in weekend win

Japanese prime minister scores weekend victory, blast targets radical Buddhist monk, and UAE drops charges against a Norwegian woman for reporting rape. Today is Monday, July 22, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Japan’s Prime Minister and the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Shinzo Abe, makes an appearance before the media at a news conference following a victory in the upper house elections by his ruling coalition, at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, July 22, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Abe’s win a double-edged sword. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decisive victory in Sunday’s upper house election gives him better footing to bolster his signature economic reform plan, Abenomics. However, Abe could face pushback from members of his own Liberal Democratic Party on making politically unpopular reforms. A stronger mandate also may prompt Abe to push for other elements of his conservative agenda:

Russia bends to protesters, releases jailed leader

Russia frees jailed opposition leader on bail, Panama arrests former CIA official, and Kerry heads to the West Bank. Today is Friday, July 19, 2013, and @clarerrrr is wishing @dwbronner a happy birthday and a splendid day off. Here’s the World Wrap:

Unexpected freedom.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (R) reacts as he talks to the media, with his wife Yulia (L) standing nearby, outside a court building in Kirov, July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin. Click for more photos of Navalny’s release.

The Kremlin blinks. In a rare move, the rattled Russian government released jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the day after he was sentenced to five years.

Syrian refugees confront Kerry

Syrian refugees tell Kerry off, Putin denounced as dictator after prominent dissident jailed, and Greek protesters ordered to keep it down for German finance minister’s visit. Today is July 18, 2013, a day to honor Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday. Here’s the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (4th R) and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (5th R) meet with Syrian refugees at the Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool

War-weary Syrian refugees face Kerry with frustrations. Syrian refugees demanded today that the U.S. set up a no-fly zone and safe havens in Syria during a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, who is on his sixth mission to the Middle East since taking office in February:

How Mursi could have made it

EU deal could have saved Mursi, smugglers take Rohingya on deadly journeys, and vocal Assad-supporter killed in Lebanon. Today is Wednesday, July 17, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi carry posters of Mursi during clashes on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in central Cairo, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egypt’s road not taken. Egypt’s president Mohamed Mursi could still be in office if he’d signed on to an EU deal aimed at smoothing things over among Egypt’s political parties in April, politicians and diplomats told Reuters. By rejecting the offer, Mursi failed to compromise on pacifying measures and threw water on the EU’s efforts to raise its profile in the region.

Mexico captures notorious Zetas leader

Mexico apprehends brutal cartel kingpin, Syrian rebels fight for strategic Damascus suburb, and violence erupts again in Egypt. Today is Tuesday, July 16, the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Here’s the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

A handout photograph released during a news conference by the Mexican government on July 15, 2013, shows a series of photographs of Miguel Angel Trevino. REUTERS/Secretaria de Gobernacion/Handout via Reuters

Kingpin capture a blessing for Mexican president. Mexico nabbed the notorious leader of the Zetas drug cartel in a morning raid. The arrest is a major victory for President Enrique Pena Nieto, who made stability in Mexico his goal when he took office in December.

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