ONS: 03 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called for a ‘day of anger’ to mark the first anniversary of the military overthrow of president Morsi.
  • AMERICAS: US federal authorities in Denver have arrested a woman accused of providing material support to Islamist insurgents fighting the governments of Syria and Iraq.
  • ASIA: Senior Pakistani and Afghan defense and intelligence officials began high-level talks on security issues.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Poroshenko named Valery Heletey as his candidate for defense minister.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian militants in Gaza fired 14 rockets into southern Israel after Israel carried out 15 airstrikes overnight against Hamas-related targets.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Finland said it had been attacked by hackers working for one or several foreign nations who stole a “remarkable” number of files over a period of several years.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Troops pull back amid militant gains.
    • Saudi Arabia deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers withdrew from the area.
    • Iraqi soldiers were shown in a video saying they had been ordered to withdraw from along the Saudi Arabian and Syrian borders, with no reason given.
    • PM Maliki offered an amnesty aimed at undercutting support for the militants.
    • Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani will address the Kurdish parliament on holding a referendum in disputed areas.
    • Syrian activists reported that rebel factions affiliated with a powerful tribe in Syria pledged allegiance to IS.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, DPA, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood called for a ‘day of anger’ to mark the first anniversary of the military overthrow of president Morsi. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab claimed responsibility for shooting dead a lawmaker and wounding another. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Aid agencies warned that famine will break out in the country within weeks unless massive funding for food aid is provided. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities detained one of the leaders of the La Familia drug gang who controlled Mexico State, near Mexico City. (AP)
  • Peru: Newly named Interior Minister Daniel Urrest acknowledged being formally accused of murder in the 1988 killing of a journalist when he was an army intelligence officer fighting Shining Path rebels. (AP)
  • United States: Federal authorities in Denver have arrested a woman accused of providing material support to Islamist insurgents fighting the governments of Syria and Iraq. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Senior Pakistani and Afghan defense and intelligence officials began high-level talks on security issues. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents fired rockets into Kabul international airport. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered police and military to step up security on the upcoming presidential polls. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe said the country will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The country vowed to push ahead with further strategic guided-missile tests, defying international calls to curb its weapons program. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: A new survey indicates that nearly two voters in three are against a political comeback by conservative ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko named Valery Heletey as his candidate for defense minister. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The country bolstered security at its airports in what leaders said was the correct response following US alarm that extremist Islamic groups could have developed new explosives for attacks. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian militants in Gaza fired 14 rockets into southern Israel after Israel carried out 15 airstrikes overnight against Hamas-related targets. (NYT)
  • Iran: The final round of nuclear talks between the country and six world powers started in Vienna. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UN warned that the refugee crisis brought on by the country’s civil war could destabilize the entire region unless donors provide USD3.74 billion for emergency needs. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Finland said it had been attacked by hackers working for one or several foreign nations who stole a “remarkable” number of files over a period of several years. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 08W
    • Location: 240 NM S of Andersen AFB
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Arthur
    • Location: 340 mi SW of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Douglas
    • Location: 455 mi WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 759 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 467 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26JUN: 820 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26JUN: 286 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04JUL)

  • United States: Independence Day

 

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