ONS: 02 August 2013

by admin on August 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Zimbabwean President Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party claimed to have won over 50% of the seats in the parliamentary election.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said that he was willing to restart negotiations with the ELN rebel group as soon as they release the Canadian held hostage since January.
  • ASIA: In Japan, media reports suggest that the Defense Ministry will request a further USD 1.8 billion in funding in response to Chinese and Russian actions in the region.
  • EUROPE: In Germany, a recent poll suggested that Chancellor Merkel’s ruling coalition maintained a 47 percent approval rating, enough to win a majority in parliament.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iran, Hundreds of thousands of people across the country celebrated al-Quds Day in solidarity with Palestinians as President Ahmadinejad called to “uproot” Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Obama met with Congressional critics of the NSA’s collection of telephone records as new legislation on the program appeared increasingly likely.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Secretary Kerry claimed that progress had been made in negotiations and that drone strikes could end “very, very soon.”
    • Kerry stated that many of the major threats to US national security had been eliminated and that the strikes may no longer be needed.
    • The bilateral strategic talks stalled after the US covert operation against bin Laden’s compound in the country.
    • Sartaj Ali, the PM’s advisor on security and foreign affairs, said that the new government was calling for a full stop, saying it will bolster the country’s other counterterrorism efforts.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, Bloomberg, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Supporters of Morsi defied government demands to end sit-ins, calling for new rallies and raising fears of renewed violence. (AFP)
  • Ghana: The navy and security forces captured a pirate vessel and its crew that contained 3,500 metric tons of fuel stolen from a hijacked ship off of Gabon. (DPA)
  • Mali: 850 Nigerien soldiers will be deployed in the country as part of the UN mission to support the stability of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party claimed to have won over 50% of the seats in the parliamentary election. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Hundreds took to the streets in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo protesting against the regional governments and calling for the release of imprisoned demonstrators. (DPA)
  • Colombia: President Santos said that he was willing to restart negotiations with the ELN rebel group as soon as they release the Canadian held hostage since January. (AFP)
  • United States: The Senate confirmed Samantha Powers as the new ambassador to the UN. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Seven US Senators (Menendez, Rubio, T. Udall, Nelson, McCain, Kirk, and Kaine) introduced a bill condemning the violence against the country’s opposition and calling for dialogue. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: PM Sen claimed that his Cambodian People’s Party had won an outright majority in recent elections and would serve his fifth term as prime minister. (Xinhua)
  • India: The military killed a dozen militants over five days of fighting near the disputed border dividing Indian-controlled and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. (AP)
  • Japan: Media reports suggest that the Defense Ministry will request a further USD 1.8 billion in funding in response to Chinese and Russian actions in the region. (Itar-Tass)
  • Korea, North: The Red Cross will provide roughly USD320,000 in aid to the country to support the victims of severe flooding. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: A recent poll suggested that Chancellor Merkel’s ruling coalition maintained a 47 percent approval rating, enough to win a majority in parliament in the 22SEP elections. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: NATO declined to comment on the country’s offer of asylum to Edward Snowden, saying that it was a bilateral issue with the US. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Germany FM Westerwelle said that he hoped for progress in nuclear negotiations after President-elect Rohani’s assumption of the Presidency. (AFP)
  • Iran: Hundreds of thousands of people across the country celebrated al-Quds Day in solidarity with Palestinians as President Ahmadinejad called to “uproot” Israel. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Qatar’s new leader is set to visit the country for omra pilgrimage in his first trip outside his country since acceding to the throne. (AFP)
  • Syria: Clashes between Kurdish fighters and those associated with the Al-Nusra Front resumed near the Turkish border. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • PRISM: President Obama met with Congressional critics of the NSA’s collection of telephone records as new legislation on the program appeared increasingly likely. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm 09W (Jebi)
    • Location: 500 mi SE of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricane: Hurricane Gil
    • Location: 1230 mi SW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 29JUL: 91 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 29JUL: 46 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-1

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03AUG)

  • El Salvador: Fiesta de San Salvador, public holiday.
  • Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s term will end, President-elect Hassan Rouhani will assume office.
  • Niger: Independence Day – 1960.
  • Syria: Britain will deliver 5,000 escape hoods, nerve-agent pre-treatment tablets and chemical weapons detector paper to the Syrian National Coalition on or after this date.
  • Islam: Lailat al Qadr, the Night of Power, marks the night in which the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims regard this as the most important event in history.

 

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