ONS: 01 August 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Zimbabwean President Mugabe’s party claimed election victory, but observers on the ground  announced the vote was seriously flawed.
  • AMERICAS: Uruguay’s lower house of congress voted to approve the creation of a legal marijuana industry in order to counteract organized crime.
  • ASIA: New Zealand’s PM Key said his government knows of Al-Qaeda-trained activists in the country who need surveillance, amid debate on the need for stronger spy laws.
  • EUROPE: Spanish PM Rajoy admitted he mistakenly trusted a party colleague at the center of a major financial scandal, but refused to resign.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni officials said a US drone killed four Al-Qaeda suspects, the third strike in five days, as President Hadi prepared for talks with Obama.
  • TECHNOLOGY: London police said they were investigating bomb threats sent to journalists via Twitter at The Guardian, The Independent and Time magazine.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: US Secretary of State Kerry arrived in Pakistan for a three-day visit.
    • Kerry agreed with Pakistani officials to restart strategic talks and overcome past setbacks
    • Kerry and PM Sharif vowed to work together to ensure Afghan peace and stability
    • Kerry invited PM Sharif for talks with President Obama
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, Xinhua, Xinhua-1

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Pro-Morsi supporters vowed to defy a crackdown on protests ordered by the interim government. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: FM Mushikiwabo criticized the UN ultimatum to disarm people in the DRC as it risks jeopardizing peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: State media reported President Kiir named his new cabinet after sacking the previous one in its entirety last week. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Incumbent President Mugabe’s party claimed election victory, but observers on the ground  announced the vote was seriously flawed.(AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Airport workers went on an indefinite strike until the government meets their demands for higher pay and better work benefits. (AFP)
  • Mexico: An official said the country would detain Sandra Avila Beltran, known as the “Queen of the Pacific” and linked to drug trade, when the US deports her. (AFP)
  • US: The administration declassified a court order authorizing the collection of phone records, while dealing with leaks about surveillance activities.(AFP)
  • Uruguay: The lower house of congress voted to approve the creation of a legal marijuana industry in order to counteract organized crime. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Police seized more than 400 kg of illegal drugs in an operation in the province of Helmand, but no suspects were captured. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: The high court ruled the country’s main Islamist party was illegal and ineligible to contest next year’s election, as it violated the secular constitution. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: PM Key said his government knows of Al-Qaeda-trained activists in the country who need surveillance, amid debate on the need for stronger spy laws. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: Residents of the former war zone will vote in September in a regional election expected to give limited autonomy to minority Tamils. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Police arrested eight suspects for transfer of weapons and ammunition to neighboring Turkey and launched an investigation. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Legislation aimed at fighting online piracy went into effect despite complaints by the industry that it curtails the freedom of the internet. (AFP)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy admitted he mistakenly trusted a party colleague at the center of a major financial scandal, but refused to resign. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The Gulf nation’s king issued new decrees, giving authorities more powers to strip citizenship and curb anti-government violence. (AP)
  • Iran: The US House of Representatives passed a bill to tighten sanctions on Iran to put pressure on its nuclear weapons program. (AP)
  • Syria: President Assad told his troops he had confidence in them and was “sure of victory” over the rebels. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security officials said a US drone killed four Al-Qaeda suspects, the third strike in five days, as President Hadi prepared for talks with Obama. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: London police said they were investigating bomb threats sent to journalists via Twitter at The Guardian, The Independent and Time magazine. (UPI)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09W (Jebi)
    • Location: 603 miles S from Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Movement: NNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Gil
    • Location: 1030 miles WSW from Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 21JUL: 90 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 21JUL: 45 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-1

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02AUG)

  • United States: Annual Def Con hacking convention will begin in Las Vegas (to 04AUG).

 

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