ONS: 03 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 3, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan government released four ICC staff members who had been detained.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican leftist candidate Lopez Obrador refused to concede the presidential election until official results are released on Wednesday amid suspicion of the vote’s fairness.
  • ASIA: Pakistani and American officials expressed cautious optimism that a deal to reopen supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan was close to being reached.
  • EUROPE: Kosovo’s supervision by a 25 nation member group of countries is to end in September.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq’s Diwaniya struck by a bombing at a crowded market killed at least 25.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An outage of Amazon cloud storage services due to severe storms on the US east coast prompted lawmakers to question government plans to expand usage of cloud computing.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Regional tension escalates over war games, missile tests, EU oil embargo.
    • The Revolutionary Guard launched several days of missile test exercises and other drills, including the test firing of a long-range missile capable of hitting Israel.
    • The US deployed additional military forces to the Persian Gulf in a bid to deter Iran from any effort to close the Strait of Hormuz.
    • Iran is using both unmanned and manned bombers in the war games, and was firing a variety of other missiles.
    • Coverage: WSJ, NYT, AP, Al-Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Officials reported two arrested Iranians were planning an attack on US, British, Israeli or Saudi targets in the country. (WSJ)
  • Libya: The government released four ICC staff members who had been detained. (AP)
  • Mali: Islamists continued to attack Sufi religious sites in Timbuktu, attracting international outcry. (NYT)

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: Dozens were injured in a clash between student protesters and police in Guatemala City. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Leftist candidate Lopez Obrador refused to concede the presidential election until official results are released on Wednesday amid suspicion of the vote’s fairness. (AP)
  • Mexico: Presumed president-elect Nieto expressed hope of more US assistance in reducing drug war violence. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Afghan government accused the Pakistani military of launching rocket attacks into its territory and threatened to bring the issue before the UNSC. (Reuters)
  • Region: PM Medvedev arrived on a Kuril island that is claimed by Japan, in a trip viewed likely to renew the territorial dispute between the two countries. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Two NATO soldiers were killed in two separate insurgent attacks in eastern and southern Afghanistan. (Xinhua)
  • China: Authorities vowed to crack down on dissent following a clash between protesters and police over the opening of an industrial facility in Shifang. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: American and Pakistani officials expressed cautious optimism that a deal to reopen supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan was close to being reached. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian accused Azerbaijan of wishing to hamper the Karabakh settlement negotiations. (Interfax)
  • Greece: A government spokesman stated it will present data to EU officials on the economic crisis in the country in a bid to justify a renegotiation of its bailout agreement. (AP)
  • Kosovo: The 25 member nation group overseeing the country’s democratization agreed to end the supervision in September. (AP)
  • Russia: Authorities introduced a draft law to require NGOs receiving foreign financing to declare themselves “foreign agents,” a move designed to help suppress dissent. (NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two roadside bombings targeting Shiite pilgrims in Karbala killed at least four and wounded 21. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Two bombings in Taji killed three and wounded 15. (AP)
  • Iraq: A car bomb at a crowded market in Diwaniya killed at least 25 and wounded at least 50 others. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The HRW reported the Syrian government is running at least 27 detention centers employing torture against dissidents. (Reuters)
  • Syria: President Assad stated he “regretted” the shooting down of a Turkish jet. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: An outage of Amazon cloud storage services due to severe storms on the US east coast prompted lawmakers to question government plans to expand usage of cloud computing. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 500 miles south of Acapulco
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Off the West Coast of the North Island, NZ
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 146.7 miles
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04JUL)

    • Uganda: Israeli commandos rescue 100 hostages in Entebbe Airport – 1976
    • United States: Independence Day – 1776.

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