ONS: 03 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 3, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Niger’s government reported that 22 inmates escaped following Saturday’s raid on a prison in Niamey.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos stated that threats made by the FARC were endangering the peace process.
  • ASIA: A bomb attack on an American patrol in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 13, including ten children and two NATO soldiers.
  • EUROPE: ECB Chief Draghi stated he expects the start of a gradual recovery later this year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: British FM Hague stated that his country would decide on arming Syrian rebel groups only after peace talks between the opposition and President Assad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple went to trial over allegations by US federal and state authorities that it fixed e-book prices.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Fourth day of protests; Erdogan calls for calm; country’s financial markets hit
    • Demonstrations entered their fourth day as clashes between protesters and police continued Monday.
    • PM Erdogan called for calm and blamed “extremists” for inciting violence.
    • Turkish markets were reportedly rattled by the protests, with stocks, bonds and currency falling on Monday.
    • Coverage: WSJ, Reuters, Al Jazeera, Reuters-2, NYT, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: Opposition activists vowed to continue protests a day after large protests in Addis Ababa. (AFP)
  • Niger: The government reported that 22 inmates escaped following Saturday’s raid on a prison in Niamey. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon called for a swifter resolution of the country’s crisis. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos stated that threats made by the FARC against trade unions were endangering the peace process. (BBC)
  • United States: Authorities reported the death toll from Friday’s storms in Oklahoma rose to 13. (AP)
  • Venezuela: DM Molero stated he had never considered and would not consider ousting President Maduro. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: SIPRI reported that China, India and Pakistan all increased the size of their nuclear arsenals this year. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A bomb attack on an American patrol in the eastern part of the country killed at least 13, including ten children and two NATO soldiers.
  • Indonesia: A suicide bomber targeted a police station, killing himself and injuring one other. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Park warned the North that it would be held responsible for the safety of nine refugees returned from Laos. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: ECB Chief Draghi stated he expects the start of a gradual recovery later this year. (AFP)
  • Greece: Three firebomb attacks in Athens injured one. (AP)
  • Russia: The Black Sea Fleet will reportedly maintain its presence in the Mediterranean throughout the summer. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: IAEA chief Amano criticized the country for leading the agency “around in circles.” (DPA)
  • Lebanon: Clashes in the eastern part of the country between Hezbollah and Syrian rebel fighters killed at least 11. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian Authority selected Rami Hamdallah, a university professor, as its next PM. (NYT)
  • Syria: British FM Hague stated that his country would decide on arming Syrian rebel groups only after peace talks between the opposition and President Assad. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Apple: The company went to trial over allegations by US federal and state authorities that it fixed e-book prices. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: From the Yucatan to Florida Strait
    • Movement: Drifting North
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • 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: 54 (Saudi Arabia 38, Tunisia 2, Italy 3, 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 (04JUN)

  • Global: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.
  • Americas: Organization of American States Summit 2013 will begin in Antigua Guatemala (to 06JUN).
  • Asia: 5th ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Meeting on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament will begin in Manila (to 05JUN).
  • Europe: NATO defense ministers, including US Secretary of Defense Hagel will meet in Brussels to discuss NATO’s cyber defenses.
  • China: Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre – 1989.
  • Cuba: Cuba will expand public access to the Internet by setting up another 118 places where people on this communist-run island can surf the Web for a fee.
  • Iran: Anniversary of Ali Khamenei’s election as the new Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran – 1989.
  • Mexico: Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Mexico for talks with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (to 06JUN).
  • Russia: A Moscow court will review an administrative case against the regional organization Golos.
  • Tonga: Anniversary of Tonga’s independence from the United Kingdom – 1970.
  • United States: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera will visit the White House for talks with US President Obama.

 

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