By Julian Pecquet - 07/25/12 11:00 AM EDT
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Meanwhile, President Bashar Assad's forces for the first time used warplanes to bomb the country's largest city, Aleppo, an escalation some see as a sign of growing desperation. [The Washington Post].
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N.'s statement that attacks in Damascus could speed up U.N. action represents a “direct endorsement of terrorism” and a “sinister position,” Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Moscow. [Russia Today]
Egypt's president, Mohammed Morsi, has chosen a U.S.-educated irrigation minister with no ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to be his first prime minister. [McClatchy Newspapers]
U.S. government contract disputes are holding up the purchase of planes that are supposed to equip Afghanistan's fledgling Afghan air force. [The Wall Street Journal]
The proliferation of U.S. drones over Somalia is endangering air traffic and could violate an arms embargo, the United Nations says in a new report. [The Washington Post]
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