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August 4, 2011 11:56 am

Globe at a Glance – July 25-31

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July 25

An 80-year-old South African man awoke from a coma to find himself in a morgue refrigerator— nearly a day after his family thought he had died. The man started yelling, prompting frightened morgue workers to flee. After some time they returned and removed him from the freezer. He was then taken to a nearby hospital and later discharged by doctors who declared him stable. The mortuary owner says the family is very happy to have him home. He also urged South Africans to call on health officials to confirm that their relatives are, indeed, dead.

July 26

A prison fight in Northern Mexico left 17 inmates, including two U.S. citizens, dead and many others wounded. The incident, apparent fallout between rival gangs, occurred in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. A video released by prison authorities showed how two hooded inmates got keys to different doors of the facility, opened one to release other armed inmates and then opened the door of a room where the victims were being held and shot them with automatic weapons. The attack lasted for just one minute, after which the gunmen fled.

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July 27

A riot broke out in Southern China after officials allegedly beat a disabled fruit vendor to death. Thousands of incensed localsthrew stones at police and overturned government vehicles in Anshun city, Guizhou Province. Around 30 protesters and 10 police officers were injured in the chaos.

South Korean scientists announced that they had created a dog which glows in the dark. A research team from Seoul National University said the genetically-modified female beagle, named Tegon and born in 2009, has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a Doxycycline antibiotic.

July 28

A potentially deadly attack was averted at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, site of a deadly shooting rampage that occurred almost two years ago. An Army private was arrested in connection with the alleged plot to attack soldiers which, authorities suggest, was close to being carried out. Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was arrested by the Killeen Texas Police Department; he was found with weapons, explosives and jihadist materials at the time of his arrest.

July 29

Tens of thousands of Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square in Cairo for a day that had been billed as one of unified protest against the interim military government. The turnout was dominated by members of Muslim religious movements, ranging from the ultra-fundamentalist Salafists, to the Muslim Brotherhood. Demonstrators chanted, “The people want to implement Sharia,” and called for the resignation of the secular military authority.

The chief of Turkey’s Armed Forces resigned along with the army, navy and air force heads. They were furious about the arrest of senior officers, accused of plotting a coup, shortly before a round of military promotions. A series of meetings between General Nusret Tasdeler, army head in the Aegean Sea region and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, failed to resolve their differences. The strictly secular Turkish Military has a long history of opposition to Islamist lawmakers, among them the current PrimeMinister.

July 30

Gunmen blew up a terminal along Egypt’s natural gas pipeline to Israel in the northern Sinai Peninsula. It was the third attack on the pipeline this month and the fifth since the 18-day uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February. No gas has been flowing through the pipeline since the last attack on the pipeline on July 12. The militants destroyed the terminal in al-Shulaq, about 10 miles from Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip. It is the last terminal before the line enters the sea on its way to Israel. The attackers approached in a truck, fired rocket-propelled grenades at the facility and then placed dynamite inside to blow it up.

July 31

In one of the bloodiest days in a five-month-old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, troops stormed into Hama, with tanks and killed 80 civilians. The central Syrian city was the scene of a 1982 massacre carried out by Assad’s father, where he crushed an armed Muslim Brotherhood revolt, razing neighborhoods and killing many thousands of people. Security forces had besieged the Sunni Muslim city of 700,000 for nearly a month before the recent crackdown on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

A Libyan rebel chief was shot dead by gunmen who are believed to be among the ranks of his own coalition allied in their struggle to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, raising questions about divisions and lawlessness within the rebel ranks. Rebels were divided over who had killed the chief, some suspecting his execution was ordered by rebel leaders for treason, many believing he was killed by Gaddafi supporters who had infiltrated rebel ranks, and still others suggesting a rebel splinter group had acted alone.

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