Tuesday's global agenda: Russia votes to join WTO

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Still on the topic of transparency, the House Armed Committee's oversight panel holds a hearing on accountability and reform efforts at the Afghan National Military Hospital, where patients have allegedly died of simple infections and even malnutrition because of widespread corruption. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has accused the Obama administration of delaying a probe until after the 2010 midterms. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia and the Deputy Inspector General for Special Plans and Operations at DOD are scheduled to testify.

AIDS help: The State Department's Global AIDS Coordinator, Eric Goosby, delivers opening remarks this morning at a Health Affairs briefing on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The remarks come just two weeks before the International AIDS Conference in Washington, which has ignited renewed debate about the Obama administration's commitment to fighting AIDS around the world.

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Lawmakers in Egypt defied the military by hosting a brief session of their dissolved parliament on Tuesday, during which they agreed to appeal to the Court of Cassation against an earlier ruling that President Mohammed Morsi’s effort to revive the parliament was an affront to the rule of law. [The New York Times]

A “cavalcade” of high-ranking Obama administration officials will travel to Israel over the next two weeks for strategic consultations focused largely on Iran, Al-Monitor's Back Channel blog reports.

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