ONS: 04 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US posted up to USD23 million in rewards to help capture five leaders of militant groups including Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and AQIM.
  • AMERICAS:  In Colombia, four FARC guerrillas were killed in recent clashes in southern Putumayo province.
  • ASIA: The Pentagon is weighing a proposal for a larger, temporary US force to remain in Afghanistan after most NATO combat troops withdraw in 2014.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian FM Kozhara said Ukraine is seeking a non-permanent seat at the UNSC.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A UN report on Syria said there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that limited quantities of toxic chemicals have been used as weapons in at least four attacks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter was down for an unknown number of users after a glitch during a “routine change.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: New fatality in protests as UN calls for increased scrutiny
    • The Hatay province governor’s office said the man was shot during a demonstration, but the province’s chief prosecutor said that an autopsy showed no trace of a gunshot wound.
    • PM Erdogan said that the situation was “now calming down” despite a fourth day of violent protests against his rule.
    • Public workers launched a two-day strike in support of the anti-government protests as the US appealed for restraint.
    • The UN’s human rights office called for an independent probe of Turkey’s security forces’ treatment of anti-government protesters.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The US posted up to USD23 million in rewards to help capture five leaders of militant groups including Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and AQIM. (AFP)
  • Libya: NATO SG Rasmussen said the alliance will send an expert mission to Libya to assess their needs. (AP)
  • Somalia: The UN chief said al-Shabab Islamic extremists are routinely hitting soft targets and have regained some territory. (AP)
  • South Africa: President Zuma called for dialogue in his country’s troubled mining sector the day after a union leader was shot dead. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Latin American countries are expected to push the US to start discussing alternative approaches to drug enforcement at the OAS conference. (AP)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff announced plans to strengthen the fight against cross- border organized crime. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The US said it might support a Colombian bid for NATO membership. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Four FARC guerrillas were killed in recent clashes in southern Putumayo province. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Pentagon is weighing a proposal for a larger, temporary US force to remain in Afghanistan after most NATO combat troops withdraw in 2014. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A joint US-Afghan investigation into the crash of a civilian cargo jet in Afghanistan that killed seven Americans has ruled out insurgent involvement. (AP)
  • Korea, South: The ROK rejected charges by the Lao government that two of its nationals were human traffickers. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The government said that it was unable to find any other country willing to accept 2,000 Rohingya refugees from Burma. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Commission released its third biannual overview on Schengen governance. (Xinhua)
  • Region: US Secretary Kerry denied that the Obama administration rolled back US missile defense programs in Europe because of Russian objections. (AP)
  • Latvia: The European Commission will give Latvia on Wednesday the go-ahead to become the 18th member of the euro zone from the start of next year. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: FM Kozhara said Ukraine is seeking a non-permanent seat at the UNSC. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US is levying new sanctions on Iran to ramp up the pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program. (AP)
  • Israel: US Secretary Kerry will visit the Middle East on 13JUN-15JUN to discuss peace efforts with Israeli and Palestinian officials. (AFP)
  • Syria: A UN report said there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that limited quantities of toxic chemicals have been used as weapons in at least four attacks. (AP)
  • Syria: The state news service said the army has pushed rebels out of a key district on the edge of Damascus, bolstering the defenses of the capital. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter was down for an unknown number of users after a glitch during a “routine change.” (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 02JUN: 54 (Saudi Arabia 38, Tunisia 2, Italy 3, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
        • Global Number of Deaths as of 02JUN: 30 (Saudi Arabia 24, France 1)
        • Sourcing: AFP, WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05JUN)

  • Global: World Environment Day.
  • Middle East: Anniversary of the beginning of the Six-Day War – 1967.
  • Belarus: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of Defense Ministers will be held in Minsk.
  • Georgia: Georgian special prime ministerial representative for relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze will meet with Russian Deputy FM Grigory Karasin in Prague.
  • Iran: Direct flights between Tehran and Rome will resume.
  • Kazakhstan: 2nd Ministerial Conference on Refugee Protection and International Migration will be held in Almaty.
  • Pakistan: The General Assembly is to formally elect the prime minister.
  • Syria: Representatives of Russia, the US and the UN will meet in Geneva to discuss preparations for an international conference on Syria.
  • Tunisia: European Femenists who protested topless in front of the Tunis courthouse will appear in court in Kairouan on charges of offending public decency.
  • Ukraine: Ukraine and Russia will meet for the sub-commission for military-technical cooperation of the sub-committee for security issues of the interstate commission scheduled in Kyiv (to 07JUN).

 

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