BRAZIL

Stepping up security plans

The head of Brazil’s intelligence agency in Rio de Janeiro says many countries are voicing concern about security during the Summer Olympics after recent major attacks in the United States and Europe. As the Islamic State increases its global reach, Brazilian Intelligence Agency’s regional chief Frank Oliveira told the Associated Press that information sharing between Brazil and dozens of other nations has increased significantly in the last several months. Oliveira said that authorities have implemented new programs ahead of the games, such as training airport employees, hotel workers and taxi drivers on how to spot and report suspicious behavior in a nation not used to being a terrorist target.

Morocco

First lady meets with teens

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama met with Moroccan teenage girls on Tuesday to promote education in the North African kingdom, where only 36 percent of girls continue school beyond the primary level. Actresses Meryl Streep and Indian star Freida Pinto also took part in Obama’s encounter with two dozen young women to discuss the challenges facing girls in getting educated. Like the first lady, both women are advocates for girls’ education.

Yemen

Coalition airstrike kills 25

An airstrike early Tuesday by a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen’s southern province of Taiz killed 25 people — 15 fighters and 10 civilians, security officials said. The airstrike also wounded eight civilians, the officials said. Most of the victims were shoppers or storekeepers in the area that was hit, a commercial road that lies between two villages. The Taiz attack came amid an uptick in coalition airstrikes Monday night and early Tuesday, the officials said, adding that fighting also raged east of Sanaa.

ISRAEL

Group urges direction change

On Tuesday, a group representing more than 200 retired leaders in Israel’s military, police, Mossad spy service and Shin Bet security agency presented a plan to help end the half-century occupation of the Palestinians through unilateral steps, including disavowing claims to over 90 percent of the West Bank and freezing Jewish settlement construction in such areas. The movement, called Commanders for Israel’s Security, reflects an assessment that Israel is drifting toward permanent entanglement with the Palestinians and conflict with the world community.

Compiled from wire reports.