ONS: 02 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 2, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali troops rescued four aid workers who had been kidnapped in Kenya.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez and opposition challenger Henrique Capriles formally launched their presidential campaigns.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, three NATO coalition soldiers were killed by a gunman wearing an Afghan police uniform in Helmand.
  • EUROPE: Turkey reiterated its contention that the jet that had been shot down by Syrian air defense was in international airspace.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian forces continued an assault on Homs; activists reported at least 79 killed across the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple settled its iPad trademark dispute with a Chinese company for $60 million.

TOP STORY

  • Mexico: Preliminary results indicate Enrique Nieto elected president
    • The PRI party declared its candidate the winner of the election.
    • Nieto won with about 38% of the vote versus 31% for his closest challenger, leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, according to a partial vote count by Mexico’s election agency.
    • This election returns the PRI to power, which had been the ruling party for decades until losing in 2000.
    • Coverage: WSJ, Reuters, NYT, LAT

AFRICA

  • Libya: The ICC stated it expected four of its staff detained in Zintan to be released on Monday. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Protesters angry over an assembly seat distribution decision attacked election commission offices in Benghazi and Tobruk. (NYT)
  • Mali: Islamist militants continued attacking historic Sufi shrines in Timbuktu. (NYT)
  • Rwanda: The US called on the country to cease support for rebel groups in the DR Congo. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Government troops rescued four aid workers who had been kidnapped in Kenya. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Gunmen attacked a bar in Tumaco, killing at least five. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A city councilman was murdered by gunmen in Valle de Santiago, and a mayoral candidate was kidnapped in Guerrero. (EFE)
  • Paraguay: New President Franco hit back at Paraguay’s exclusion from Mercosur and Unasur and vowed not to yield to pressure from “outside forces” over the ouster of his predecessor. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez and opposition challenger Henrique Capriles formally launched their presidential campaigns. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan reported a cross-border attack from Afghanistan on a military checkpoint. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Three NATO coalition soldiers were killed by a gunman wearing an Afghan police uniform in Helmand. (NYT)
  • China: Hong Kong’s new chief executive stated he would “humbly” listen to the public, following widespread protests against his appointment. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-Il was reported to have ordered the production of “a massive amount” of nuclear warheads before his death. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Officials from the EC, the ECB and the IMF are expected to arrive in the country to begin bailout talks. (RFE\RL)
  • Germany: Heinz Fromm, the head of the country’s domestic intelligence agency, will step down due to criticism of an investigation into a far-right group. (AP)
  • Greece: An ECB policymaker called on the government to focus on implementing fiscal reform measures. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The government reiterated its contention that the jet that had been shot down by Syrian air defense was in international airspace. (WSJ)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government announced a new series of missile tests and vowed retaliation in the event of an Israeli attack. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The EU embargo of the country’s oil exports went into effect. (WSJ)
  • Syria: Government forces continued an assault on Homs; activists reported at least 79 killed across the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Free Syrian Army stated the group would boycott a meeting of opposition representatives in Cairo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The government reported it foiled a planned series of suicide bombings targeting government buildings in Sana’a. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tablet Computing: Apple settled its iPad trademark dispute with a Chinese company for USD60 million. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JUL)

  • Asia: ROK and PRC hold talks on a bilateral free trade deal.
  • Iran: Anniversary of the USS Vincennes mistakenly shooting down Iran Air A300 Airbus – 1988
  • Iran: Expert level meetings take place over Iranian nuclear issue.

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