World News Today: July 20, 2012

Today’s world news round-up. An independent breakdown of notable global developments in a news update.

Washington Post – How Spain went from quiet to crisis in two days

“Basically, Spain got two bits of bad news that highlight (yet again) all the structural flaws of the euro zone right now.”

IB Times – Syria rebels seize Turkey and Iraq border posts

Video report on the status of Syria’s borders.

The Telegraph – CIA joins the hunt for Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons

“Syria never signed the 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, the treaty that bans the use, stockpiling, or production of chemical weapons. Steven Heydemann, a senior adviser for Middle East initiatives at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a nonpartisan think tank, said he understands Syria’s stockpiles to be ‘massive’.”

Afro.com – African Union Elects First Woman Chair

“We are grateful as women that our leaders have understood that women have to participate and take their rightful place in society so they can reach their full potential because it is only if men and women reach their full potential, shall we as a continent reach our full potential.”

BBC News – Tutu calls for end to gay stigma to help tackle HIV

“Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for homosexuality to be decriminalised to help tackle HIV.”

Wall Street Journal – Barack Obama: Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously

“It doesn’t take much to imagine the consequences of a successful cyber attack. In a future conflict, an adversary unable to match our military supremacy on the battlefield might seek to exploit our computer vulnerabilities here at home. Taking down vital banking systems could trigger a financial crisis. The lack of clean water or functioning hospitals could spark a public health emergency.”

BBC News – Batman Paris premiere cancelled

“The Paris premiere of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, has been cancelled following a shooting at a midnight screening in the US.”