ONS: 04 July 2013

by admin on July 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan government is developing plans to disband disruptive militias as an armed group occupied the interior ministry for a second day.
  • AMERICAS: The Bolivian government rejected as unfounded a US request that it extradite Snowden as President Morales returned to the country.
  • ASIA: A senior US official said the Taliban will not join talks with the US because of a dispute over the name of its office in Qatar.
  • EUROPE: EU ambassadors are to hold talks in Brussels to agree a common stance on allegations of US spying on European premises and embassies.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian opposition coalition is to meet under pressure to name a new leader.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The ROK said it would double its cyber-security budget and train 5,000 experts amid growing concern over its vulnerability to attacks it blames on the DPRK.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Military takes Morsi into custody, Mansour sworn in as interim President.
    • The head of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour was sworn in as interim president.
    • Mansour said he planned to hold new elections, but did not specify a timeframe.
    • The Army confirmed that it is “preventively” holding ousted president Morsi.
    • Western powers called for restraint and a swift return to democracy.
    • British Foreign Secretary Hague said Britain will work with Egypt’s interim authorities despite not supporting the military intervention.
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu directed government officials to not comment on Egypt’s internal political situation.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, Reuters, The Guardian, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: The government said the country has received Nigerian 4,000 refugees fleeing the conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.
  • Libya: The government is developing plans to disband disruptive militias as an armed group occupied the interior ministry for a second day. (Reuters)
  • Mali: AQIM sent fighters to Kidal to support the separatist group MNLA. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Demonstrators gathered in front of the Egyptian embassy in Tunis to celebrate the ouster of Egyptian President Morsi. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez announced the armed forces would have an increased role in providing aid in national emergencies and disasters. (Xinhua)
  • Bolivia: The government rejected as unfounded a US request that it extradite Snowden as President Morales returned to the country. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Demonstrations continued across the country as truck drivers pressed demands for fuel subsidies, better working conditions, and an end to road tolls. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A senior US official said the Taliban will not join talks with the US because of a dispute over the name of its office in Qatar. (AP)
  • India: DM Antony will lead a high-level delegation to China. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The ROK proposed fresh talks with the DPRK aimed at reopening the joint industrial zone at Kaesong. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The new government ended a moratorium on executions. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: CSTO anti-terrorism training exercise Cobalt 2013 began in the North Caucasus. (Itar-Tass)
  • Region: EU ambassadors are to hold talks in Brussels to agree a common stance on allegations of US spying on European premises and embassies. (AFP)
  • Germany: President Obama and Chancellor Merkel agreed to hold high-level bilateral talks between their security officials on US surveillance activities and security issues. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The British government announced on that it would close a total of 26 army bases, seven of them in Scotland. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen shot and killed three people in Baghdad while a bombing at a teahouse the night before also killed three. (AP)
  • Israel: The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory urged the Israeli government to lift restrictions on free movement in the Gaza Strip. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Regime warplanes bombed Homs with insurgents and troops battling on the ground. (AFP)
  • Syria: The opposition coalition is to meet under pressure to name a new leader. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The ROK said it would double its cyber-security budget and train 5,000 experts amid growing concern over its vulnerability to attacks it blames on the DPRK. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Dalila
    • Location: 320 miles WSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Winds: 50 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 (05JUL)

  • Asia: Russia and China will begin “Naval Interaction 2013,” a military exercise in the Great Bay, Sea of Japan (to 12JUL).
  • Algeria: Independence Day – 1962.
  • Cape Verde: Independence Day – 1975.
  • China: Fourth anniversary of deadly riots in Xinjiang – 2009.
  • Mali: State of emergency extended to this date.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of army chief Gen. Mohammed Zia ul-Haq’s seizure of power – 1977.
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of independence – 1811.
  • Sikhism: Birthday of Guru Hargobind, the sixth of the Sikh Gurus.

 

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