From The Economist print edition Israel continued to batter Lebanon in response to an attack on July 12th by the militant group Hizbullah, which still holds two Israeli soldiers captive. Israel hit targets across the country, causing some 300 deaths in the past week for the loss of at least 25 Israeli soldiers and civilians, many killed by Hizbullah rockets reaching as far south as Haifa, Israel's third city. Israel also continued to attack Hamas militants in Gaza in an effort to get them to free another recently captured Israeli soldier.
Sectarian mayhem continued apace in Iraq, with two suicide-bombings alone (one in the holy city of Kufa) killing more than 120 people, mostly Shia Arabs. An Iraqi group swearing loyalty to al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Kufa attack.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, several people were shot dead at an election rally in Rutshuru, in the eastern province of Kivu. Separately, the UN-backed committee overseeing the elections called for the army to be confined to barracks until the poll on July 30th.
The Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army started talks in the southern Sudanese town of Juba. They had yet to agree the terms for a ceasefire. See article At a conference in Brussels, Western governments agreed to increase aid to the African Union peacekeeping force in the region of Darfur, in Sudan. The force will now have to stay there until at least the end of the year, when the UN may take over.
Several hundred thousand supporters of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the defeated candidate in Mexico's presidential election, took part in a rally in Mexico City to support his demand for a vote-byvote recount. Mr López Obrador has called for a campaign of civil resistance. See article Panama's government announced that a referendum on a $5.3 billion project to widen the Panama Canal will be held on October 22nd. Opinion polls suggest that the scheme will be approved.
Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, whose four-month old government has been rocked by protests over education policy, sacked three of her ministers.
Return of the killer waves
A tsunami struck southern Java, in Indonesia, killing more than 500 people. An early-warning system, proposed after the 2004 catastrophe, is not yet operational, but might not have helped much. See article American-led coalition forces said they and Afghan troops retook two Talibanheld towns in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand.
North Korea halted family reunions with the South, following the latter's cancellation of food aid last week. That, in turn, had followed North Korea's testing of seven missiles.
Authorities in India blocked access to several websites, including some of those that host the country's 40,000 blog sites, apparently as a security measure in the wake of the bombings in Mumbai. Free-speech advocates in India criticised the decision.
Australia started to withdraw its troops from Timor-Leste as the security situation there began to improve.
The bully pulpit
George Bush used the first veto of his presidency to overturn a decision by Congress to lift restrictions on federal funding for research using embryonic stem cells. Mr Bush ordered the ban in 2001 on ethical grounds, but scientists and public opinion are against him. Democrats think the issue will resonate in November's mid-term elections. See article
成千上万的Andrés Manuel López Obrador－落选的墨西哥总统候选人－支持者，在墨西哥城举行集会支持他要求对选票的重新计算。López Obrador先生呼吁得到市民的支持。