ONS: 02 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s top constitutional court ruled that the election of the legislature and constitutional panel was illegal.
  • AMERICAS: Cuba expressed support for Venezuela’s position in an ongoing diplomatic dispute with Colombia.
  • ASIA: Two NATO soldiers were reported killed in separate attacks in eastern Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: Turkey reported nearly 1,000 arrested and at least 79 injured as protests entered their third day.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In the eastern part of Lebanon, at least 15 were reported killed in clashes between Hezbollah and Syrian rebel fighters.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced it would not add facial recognition software to Google Glass, amid privacy concerns.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Siege of Qusayr continued; fierce clashes in Homs; bombing in Damascus; peace conference pushed back
    • The Red Cross called for immediate access and aid to civilians in the besieged town of Qusayr.
    • Activists reported a car bombing killed at least nine security forces in Damascus.
    • Government troops repulsed a rebel attack in central Homs, killing at least 28.
    • French FM Fabius stated that a peace conference on the crisis could take place in July, instead of June as originally planned.
    • Coverage: BBC, AFP-1, AFP-2, AFP-3

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Japan earmarked $1 billion in aid for Northern Africa. (AP)
  • Egypt: The country’s top constitutional court ruled that the election of the legislature and constitutional panel was illegal. (AP)
  • Niger: Two guards were killed during a failed prison break in Niamey. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Three soldiers were reported injured by a landmine near the Algerian border. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba expressed support for Venezuela’s position in an ongoing diplomatic dispute with Colombia. (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: Venezuelan President Maduro arrived in the country for bilateral talks. (AFP)
  • Paraguay: The government vowed to punish rebels suspected of involvement in the murder of a rancher. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The country’s Interior Ministry reported 57 militants killed during military operations across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Two NATO soldiers were reported killed in separate attacks in the country’s east. (RFE\RL)
  • China: The country accused the US of “political prejudice” following a call for a full accounting of deaths in Tiananmen Square in 1989. (Al Jazeera)
  • China: A senior general rejected criticism of the country’s role in South China Sea disputes. (BBC)
  • Vietnam: Police detained 15 anti-China protesters following protests in Hanoi. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO member state defense ministers prepared to meet Tuesday for a meeting, with cyber-defense at the top of the agenda. (AFP)
  • Region: Anti-austerity protests were held across Europe. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country reported nearly 1,000 arrested and at least 90 injured after protests entered their third day. (BBC, Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: An opposition website reported the government arrested seven members of a moderate candidate’s election campaign. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: At least 15 were reported killed in clashes between Hezbollah and Syrian rebel fighters in the eastern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russian and Iranian technology- including unmanned drones and anti-mortar systems- were reported to be aiding the government’s assault on rebel forces across the country. (WaPo)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: Google announced it would not add facial recognition software to Google Glass, amid privacy concerns. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: 25km SE of Buli, Taiwan
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 14.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mayon Volcano, Philippines
    • Alert level raised due to reported activity. (DPA)
  • 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: 51 (Saudi Arabia 38, Tunisia 2, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
        • Global Number of Deaths as of 31MAY: 30 (Saudi Arabia 24, France 1)
        • Sourcing: AFP, WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JUN)

  • Global: The UN General Assembly global arms trade treaty will open for signature.
  • Global: IAEA Board of Governors meeting will begin in Vienna (to 07JUN).
  • Europe: Russia-EU summit will begin in Yekaterinburg (to 04JUN).
  • Cambodia: Victims Association of Democratic Kampuchea has set this date as the deadline for Kem Sokha to apologize for his denial of the existence of the Tuol Sleng prison.
  • Iran: Anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini – 1989.
  • Montenegro: Anniversary of independence – 2006.
  • Pakistan: The General Assembly is expected to chose a speaker and a deputy.
  • Somalia: UN Assistance Mission in Somalia will begin for an initial period of 12 months.
  • Syria: UN panel looking into war crimes in Syria will present its next report to the UN Human Rights Council.
  • Tunisia: State of emergency in force since the 2011 revolution is set to end.

 

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