ONS: 03 July 2013

by admin on July 3, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian constitutional court approved 28 candidates for the presidential elections set to take place on 28JUL
  • AMERICAS: Colombian police said  they arrested seven suspects for the June murder of a US anti-drug agent
  • ASIA: Pakistani officials said a US drone strike killed at least 17 in North Waziristan
  • EUROPE: Bolivian President Morales’ plane landed in Austria after France and Portugal diverted it on suspicion Edward Snowden was on board
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces renewed intense offensives to take back areas in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus
  • TECHNOLOGY: Deutsche Boerse, operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, said it is launching a marketplace for cloud computing capacity, to be traded like securities

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: President Morsi ready to pay with life “to maintain legitimacy”.
    • The army vowed to oust Morsi and to abolish the constitution
    • Details were leaked of a plan to form a government of independents headed by an army general
    • Unidentified gunmen killed 16 and wounded 200 in a crowd of pro-Morsi supporters in Cairo
    • Coverage: UPI, AFP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: An unidentified armed group forced the closure of the Interior Ministry and demanded the resignation of the minister. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The constitutional court approved 28 candidates for the presidential elections set to take place on 28JUL. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: Spain agreed to cooperate with Nigeria on maritime security and help train the Nigerian Navy in anti-piracy measures. (Xinhua)
  • Senegal: Chad’s ex-president Hissene Habre was put on trial on charges of crimes against humanity. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: An Interpol-led operation in the Caribbean and Central America seized USD822 million worth of drugs and led to 142 arrests. (AP)
  • Canada: Police arrested two people “inspired by Al-Qaeda” for allegedly plotting to bomb the provincial legislature in western British Columbia. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Police said they arrested seven suspects for the June murder of a US anti-drug agent. (AP)
  • Mexico: Gunmen kidnapped at least 17 from their homes in a rural part of the state of Guerrero. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • China: The Philippines announced that China put to death a Filipina drug trafficker despite Manila’s requests to spare her life. (AFP)
  • India: Investigators seized over 100 bags stuffed with cash, gold and diamond jewellery in a raid on four trucks in Mumbai. (AFP)
  • Japan: Officials opposed Chinese plans to exploit a gas field that may stretch under the waters of the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: Officials said a US drone strike killed at least 17 in North Waziristan. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Bolivian President Morales’ plane landed in Austria after France and Portugal diverted it on suspicion Edward Snowden was on board. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: A letter bomb addressed to a senior police official, possibly by Italian radical anarchists, ignited in a post sorting center without causing injuries. (AFP)
  • Portugal: PM Coelho said he would not follow the example of his FM Paulo Portas who resigned earlier in the day. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Islamist leader Doku Umarov released a video calling on jihadists to stage attacks against the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The representative to the IAEA said that the agency should do a better job of fighting cyber attacks to the nuclear facilities of its members. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Authorities reported that at least 51 were killed and more than 100 injured in eight attacks across the country. (DPA)
  • Syria: Government forces renewed intense offensives to take back areas in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. (AP)
  • Syria: The IFRC increased its appeal for emergency humanitarian aid from USD40 million to approximately USD56 million. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cloud computing: Deutsche Boerse, operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, is launching a marketplace for cloud computing capacity, to be traded like securities. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Dalila
    • 220 miles WSW from Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Movement: SW at 2 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (04JUL)

  • Global: Anti-Muslim animation movie titled The Innocence of Islamic Jihad, directed by Pakistan-born activist Imran Firasat, is set to be released.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of the formation of ELN – 1964.
  • Indonesia: Australian PM Kevin Rudd will visit Indonesia in place of recently replaced former PM Julia Gillard to hold bilateral talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (to 05JUL).
  • Libya: Strategy for the US and Europe to help Libya end the instability of the post-Gaddafi era will be finalized.
  • Russia: North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan will visit Moscow to discuss resumption of six-party talks.
  • Tunisia: French President Francois Hollande to visit Tunisia to support the democratic process and strengthen economic links
  • South Korea: Secretary Napolitano to visit South Korea to advance “strategic Homeland Security priorities” (to 06JUL).

 

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