ONS: 02 July 2013

by admin on July 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Dozens of Tunisian opposition deputies walked out of the constitutional assembly in protest of the final draft of a new constitution
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group resumed peace talks in Havana
  • ASIA: An unmanned Russian carrier rocket exploded minutes after takeoff at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, releasing 600 tonnes of highly toxic fuel
  • EUROPE: Norway confirmed receiving an asylum application from US citizen Edward Snowden, but would likely reject it on procedural grounds
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Federal Supreme Court of the UAE convicted 56 out of 94 Emiratis charged with plotting a coup
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korea said information was stolen from its presidential website in a cyber attack last week, coinciding with a shutdown of North Korean websites

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Army issued ultimatum to Morsi to work with protesters or step down.
    • The presidency rejected the condition and plans its own path to national reconciliation
    • Protesters remained at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, preparing for a third day of rallies
    • The Court of Appeals ordered the reinstatement of public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud, sacked by Morsi last November
    • Opposition coalition said it would not support a “military coup”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan and South Sudan reiterated a commitment to resolve issues through talks and to refrain from supporting and harboring armed groups. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Interim President Traore praised the decision by the leaders of the separatist MNLA group  to get distribute voter cards in Kidal. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Vigilantes burned the home of a senior politician accused of supporting Islamic militants. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Dozens of opposition deputies walked out of the constitutional assembly in protest of the final draft of a new constitution. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government and the FARC guerrilla group resumed peace talks in Havana. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: Congress accepted the resignation of attorney general Luis Rubi and his top aide, who said they were unable to deal with violence in the country. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Ricardo Reyes Zamudio, a candidate of the Citizens Movement Party was killed prior to regional elections in the town of Tayoltita. (DPA)
  • Panama: Police seized a ton of cocaine and almost three quarters of a million dollars in an operation at the Tocumen International Airport. (EFE)
  • Peru: Authorities destroyed three cocaine laboratories in the town of Sandia. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Seven were killed in Kabul at a foreign logistics company supplying NATO forces, by a suicide car bomb. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake in the province of Aceh killed at least one person, injured dozens and destroyed buildings. (AFP)
  • Kazakhstan: An unmanned Russian carrier rocket exploded minutes after takeoff at the Baikonur cosmodrome, releasing 600 tonnes of highly toxic fuel. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: A diplomat said that his country would not abandon its nuclear weapons program as long as the US maintains a “hostile” policy. (Yonhap)
  • Sri Lanka: The government banned the latest issue of Time magazine whose cover story depicted the Myanmar’s Buddhist-Muslim clashes. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Austria: FM Spindelegger summoned the US ambassador to demand explanations for the alleged bugging of European embassies. (AFP)
  • Bosnia: At least 1,500 people demonstrated in Sarajevo for a governmental solution to economic and political problems in country. (AFP)
  • France: President Hollande said that allegations of American spying on Europe threaten talks on the transatlantic free trade pact. (AFP)
  • Russia: US fugitive Edward Snowden dropped his request for political asylum in Russia and waited for decisions from 20 other countries he approached. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Authorities released 57 Saudis from Iraqi prisons, not including five who were sentenced to death. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas expressed optimism that US Secretary of State Kerry will succeed in reviving peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. (AP)
  • Syria: State media said an explosion in Damascus’ Kafar Souseh area was caused by a mortar shell, and did not target a meeting of top security officials. (Xinhua)
  • UAE: The Federal Supreme Court convicted 56 out of 94 Emiratis charged with plotting a coup. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Authorities disclosed that an Iranian ship carrying weapons and seized by Yemeni authorities in January, was possibly bound for Somalia. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: South Korea said information was stolen from its presidential website in a cyber attack last week, coinciding with a shutdown of North Korean websites. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical storm Rumbia
    • 265 miles E from Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Movement: dissipating
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical storm Dalila
    • 180 miles WSW from Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Bireun, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26JUN: 77(Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26JUN: 40 (Saudi Arabia, France)
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JUL)

  • China: Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif will pay an official visit to China (to 08JUL).
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel will host a Berlin gathering on youth unemployment with labor ministers from all EU member states; French President Francois Hollande will attend.
  • Pakistan: Former President Pervez Musharraf’s treason case will resume.
  • Russia: US Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano to visit Russia to lead the US delegation to the 4th Annual International Conference on Security Matters hosted by the Russian Security Council (to 4JUL).
  • Saudi Arabia: Amnesty period for illegal foreign workers will end.

 

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