ONS: 03 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 3, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UNSC called for an end to foreign support for the M23 rebel group in the DR Congo in a statement aimed at Uganda and Rwanda.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities captured a suspected leader of the La Barredora cartel in the northwestern part of the country.
  • ASIA: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un hosted a dinner for senior Chinese officials in his first diplomatic act.
  • EUROPE:  One Turkish soldier killed and ten wounded by Kurdish rebels during a clash in the country’s southeast.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a roadside bombing killed four soldiers north of Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook reported it had over 83 million fake or duplicate accounts.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Frustrated Annan stepped down, violence continued in Aleppo, and international actors weighed in
    • The Free Syrian Army claimed to have strengthened its hold over half of Aleppo, despite an intense assault by government forces.
    • Kofi Annan stepped down as UN peace envoy, blaming division in the UNSC, rebel militancy and a stubborn Syrian government for the lack of progress.
    • The UN General Assembly will vote today on a resolution reprimanding the Syrian government for its use of heavy weapons.
    • The UK pledged greater “practical support” for the rebels.
    • Coverage: NYT-1, NYT-2, NYT-3, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, Al Jazeera-1, Al-Jazeera-2, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: The UNSC called for an end to foreign support for the M23 rebel group in the DR Congo in a statement aimed at Uganda and Rwanda. (Reuters)
  • Region: The political crisis in Mali is having a “deep impact” on the food emergency in the Sahel, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres warned. (DPA)
  • Egypt: President Morsi swore in members of his first cabinet, a milestone in the country’s establishment of a new government. (NYT)
  • South Sudan: US Secretary of State Clinton encouraged the country to resolve disputes with Sudan. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Trial began for dozens of former officials accused of “vote buying” corruption between 2002 and 2005. (Al Jazeera)
  • Colombia: The government stated it would try to get a decision by the Constitutional Court against the military in a land-dispute with an indigenous tribe reversed. (BBC)
  • Haiti: A new report is advising against the swift departure of a UN mission in Haiti despite some debate over the peacekeeping force’s eight-year presence. (AP)
  • Mexico: A suspected leader of the La Barredora cartel was captured in the northwestern part of the country. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesian DM Yusgiantoro said the Indonesian and Australian governments will strengthen military cooperation in fighting human trafficking. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The US Senate confirmed James Cunningham as the new US ambassador to the country. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Leader Kim Jong Un hosted a dinner for senior Chinese officials in his first diplomatic act. (AP)
  • Pakistan: US and Pakistani intelligence chiefs held “productive” talks on ways to work together to fight extremists. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Gunmen ambushed a mayor’s convoy in the country’s south, killing three guards and one civilian. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Italy and Spain rejected calls for a bailout of the two countries following market disappointment over the ECB’s failure to announce additional steps to tackle eurozone debt. (AFP)
  • Romania: The country’s Constitutional Court unexpectedly delayed a decision on the impeachment referendum against the president, extending the political crisis. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Putin called for leniency from the court in the sentencing of anti-Putin protesters charged with “hooliganism.” (Guardian)
  • Turkey: Kurdish rebels killed one soldier and wounded 10 in a clash in the country’s southeast. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau warned Israelis in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to leave immediately, citing an imminent attack by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. (AP)
  • Iran: A top EU diplomat stated the country agreed to resume talks with world powers on its nuclear program this month. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A roadside bombing killed four soldiers north of Baghdad, a day after a series of bombings mostly targeting security forces killed 33. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An Italian embassy guard kidnapped on Sunday was released. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook reported it had over 83 million fake or duplicate accounts. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Damrey
    • Location: 325 SSE of Beijing
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Saola
    • Location: 275 NM SSW of Shanghai
    • Movement: NW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 39 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Haiku
    • Location: 660 NM E of Kadena AB, Okinawa
    • Movement: NNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 39 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Ernesto
    • Location: 35 miles NNW of Barbados
    • Movement: W at 23 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 300 miles S of Cape Verde
    • Movement: WNW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04AUG)

  • Nothing to report

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