Top news: The Chinese army unit identified as the central player in China's cyberattacks on foreign governments and businesses has resumed operations after being exposed earlier this year.
According to a report by the cybersecurity firm Mandiant commissioned by the New York Times, PLA unit 61398 is operating at about 60 to 70 percent of their previous capacity and after having shut down and removed from servers tools used for espionage, they have now largely rebooted their activities, targeting many of the same companies and agencies previously in their crosshairs.
U.S. officials have raised objections to Chinese hacking activity, but despite their protestations, the Chinese government has declined to crack down on its hackers. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon has an upcoming trip to China scheduled and is expected to bring up the issue with his Chinese counterparts. “What we have been seeking from China is for it to investigate our concerns and to start a dialogue with us on cyberissues," Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the National Security Council told the Times.
Syria: Backed by Hezbollah fighters, the Syrian army made deep inroads into Qusayr, a strategically important city near the Lebanese border. After intense street battles, the army now controls about 60 percent of the city. The fighting resulted in at least 52 dead and hundreds injured.
- A wave of car bombings targeting Shiite neighborhoods in Basra and Baghdad killed at least 40 people.
- Yair Lapid, Benjamin Netanyahu's senior coalition partner, said in an interview that Israel should pursue an interim -- rather than final -- peace agreement with Palestine.
- A U.S. drone strike killed two suspected militants in Yemen.
- North Korea test-fired short-range missiles into its eastern waters for the third straight day.
- The leaders of China and India pledged economic cooperation and downplayed their recent border dispute during a summit in New Delhi.
- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that he will seek military aid from India, a move that could increase tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Ryan Fogle, the American diplomat accused of working as a spy in Moscow, flew out of Russia Sunday.
- David Firestone, a former U.S. embassy official in Moscow, was declared a persona non grata earlier this month possibly because he turned down an attempt to be recruited as a spy.
- British Prime Minister David Cameron urged his country's overseas territories, many of which are considered tax havens, to sign up to international tax treaties.
- Fighting between government forces and rebels who had overrun a town claimed 24 lives and injured dozens.
- The Nigerian army said 14 suspected Islamist rebels and three government soldiers were killed in its ongoing offensive against the group Boko Haram.
- The rebel group M23 attacked a government outpost north of Goma.
- Negotiators from the Colombian rebel group FARC asked for more time to reach a peace agreement during talks in Havana.
- The leaders of El Salvador's two main street gangs said a Supreme Court ruling threatened to end a truce between the gangs.
- A report from the Organization for American States called for a serious discussion about whether marijuana should be legalized, making it the first multilateral body to issue such a call on drug policy reform.
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