ONS: 01 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Japan said it would give $14 billion in aid to Africa over five years.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos dismissed as “crazy” accusations made by his Venezuelan counterpart Maduro that Santos is involved in a plot to overthrow him.
  • ASIA: Newly elected members of Pakistan’s National Assembly were sworn in.
  • EUROPE: Turkish protesters and riot police clashed for a second day in Istanbul.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  The worst violence since 2008 hit Iraq in May, with estimates ranging from 600 fatalities according to government figures, to more than 1,000, based on UN figures.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Defense Secretary Hagel accused Beijing of involvement in cyber espionage in a speech at a Singapore security forum attended by Chinese military officials.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Russia and US deeply divided on Syria as Assad makes gains against rebels
    • Analysts reported that the regime now has the upper hand in the civil war, with army soldiers no longer defecting and elite Hezbollah fighters actively helping.
    • US Secretary Kerry raised questions about Russia’s commitment to peace in Syria, warning that delivery of Russian S-300 air defense missiles would be “not helpful.”
    • A Gallup poll indicated that majority of Americans believe the US should not use military action to attempt to end the civil war in Syria even if all economic and diplomatic efforts fail.
    • US Sen. McCain said rebels need ammunition and heavy weapons to counter the regime’s tanks and aircraft.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Japan said it would give $14 billion in aid to Africa over five years. (AFP)
  • Libya: Guards at a southern oil field have shut down the facility in protest over back pay and living conditions. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The military released 58 detainees believed to have connections with rebel group Boko Haram. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Rebels from the Sudan Revolutionary Front said they had shot down a Sudanese army helicopter in South Kordofan. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US designated six individuals and groups, including The Knights Templar of Mexico, Colombia’s Los Urabenos, and the Los Cachiros of Honduras for sanctions. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: The government started a prevention program to avoid a possible spread of H1N1 flu from neighboring Colombia and Venezuela. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: President Santos dismissed as “crazy” accusations made by his Venezuelan counterpart Maduro that Santos is involved in a plot to overthrow him. (Reuters)
  • United States: The US Treasury stopped re-investing in a retirement fund, a major step in its efforts to avoid exceeding the debt ceiling. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US offered to host a meeting with Southeast Asian defense ministers in Hawaii next year. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A new report suggests that the US risks “snatching defeat from the jaws of something that could still resemble victory” if it speeds up withdrawal from Afghanistan. (WaPo)
  • Pakistan: Newly elected members of the National Assembly were sworn in. (AP)
  • Philippines: The US reaffirmed its commitment to a defense treaty with the Philippines. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The IMF said it will disburse a $2.26 billion installment of a rescue loan to Greece. (AP)
  • Turkey: Protesters and riot police clashed for a second day in Istanbul. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Deputy PM Vilkul said the status of an observer in the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan would help Ukraine step up cooperation. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry spoke by phone with Israeli PM Netanyahu and Palestinian president Abbas about settlements and the Mideast peace process. (AFP)
  • Iran: US Secretary Kerry expressed fresh doubt that Iran’s presidential elections would change Tehran’s controversial nuclear policy. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The worst violence since 2008 hit Iraq in May, with estimates ranging from 600 fatalities according to government figures, to more than 1,000, based on UN figures. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Rockets fired from Syria hit Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa region. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US Defense Secretary Hagel accused Beijing of involvement in cyber espionage in a speech at a Singapore security forum attended by Chinese military officials. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases of 30MAY: 132 (China 131, Taiwan 1)
      • Deaths Global Number of Deaths of 30MAY: 37 (China)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, Xinhua
      • Novel Coronavirus (SARS-MERS)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 31MAY: 50 (Saudi Arabia 38, Tunisia 2, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
        • Global Number of Deaths as of 31MAY: 30 (Saudi Arabia 21, France 1)
        • Sourcing: AFP, WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02JUN)

  • Europe: Russia-EU Summit will begin in St. Petersburg (to 03JUN).
  • Egypt: First anniversary of Egyptian ex-President Hosni Mubarak being sentenced to life in jail – 2012.
  • Italy: Anniversary of the start of the Italian Republic – 1946.
  • Pakistan: Power will be transferred to the new elected government by this date.
  • Christianity: Corpus Christi, which falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, is celebrated on the following Sunday in the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

 

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