ISIL assault leaves scores dead
Heavily armed militants claiming allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant carried out a broad assault on Egyptian security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, leaving scores of troops, civilians and extremists dead. Egypt scrambled F-16 fighter jets and Apache helicopters to beat back the assault. The armed forces claimed to have killed 100 insurgents and acknowledged the deaths of 17 troops, although several Egyptian news reports put the military death toll at more than 60.
Government enacts new security rules
The Chinese government announced that it had enacted a new national security law, one that amounts to a sweeping command from President Xi Jinping to maintain the primacy of Communist Party rule across all aspects of society. The law will bolster the power of the domestic security apparatus and the military. The law says security must be maintained even on international seabeds, in the polar regions and in outer space.
Food aid to Syrians to be cut
The United Nations said that it is slashing food aid for Syrians because of funding shortfalls. Starting this month, the World Food Program will reduce the food allowance given to 1.6 million of the 3.9 million Syrians forced to flee their homes.
Natural gas deliveries to Ukraine end
The Russian energy giant Gazprom announced that it had halted deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine because of a pricing dispute amid heightened political tensions. Gazprom said it has not received payment for new deliveries of natural gas in July.
Shark attack is seventh in 3 weeks
A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times in waist-deep water on Ocracoke Island off the Outer Banks, the seventh attack in the state’s coastal waters in less than three weeks. The man suffered wounds to his rib cage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the animal 30 feet offshore.
Judge says all counties must marry gays
With a few counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade said state probate judges can’t discriminate against gay couples. The order doesn’t affect counties that have stopped issuing all marriage licenses.
Escaped killer’s body is unclaimed
Days after escaped murderer Richard Matt was shot and killed Friday while on the run from law enforcement, his body has not been claimed by his family. Franklin County Coroner Brian Langdon said the county is trying to contact Matt’s son to determine if the family will claim the body.