ONS: 05 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 5, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The aid group Save the Children warned that a new food crisis is imminent in Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican election officials conducted a partial recount of votes in Sunday’s presidential election, following fraud allegations
  • ASIA:  India called on Pakistan to arrest and prosecute architects of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
  • EUROPE:  The Greek government pressed visiting EU, EBC and IMF offiicals to ease the terms of the bailout arrangement.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran is reportedly storing unsold oil on ships left idling at sea, due to lack of onshore storage capability.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Thousands of Americans may lose internet access on Monday due to a widespread malware infection.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Possible thaw in relations with US seen following supply line reopening.
    • NATO supplies began entering Afghanistan through Pakistan, after a seven-month closure that badly strained relations between the US and Pakistan.
    • The land routes are crucial both to logistical support of NATO operations in Afghanistan but also to the eventual withdrawal of NATO forces from the country.
    • Coverage: ReutersAPWaPoWSJ

AFRICA

  • Libya: Amnesty International called for the government to establish stronger control over militia groups. (CNN)
  • Mali: The national assembly called for military action against Islamists in the country’s north. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Aid group Save the Children warned that a new food crisis is imminent. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Opposition parties called for strikes and protests against President Bashir’s government. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels killed five oil workers in the country’s south. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Election officials conducted a partial recount of votes in Sunday’s presidential election, following fraud allegations. (FT)
  • Peru: A violent protest over a gold mine project killed one and authorities detained a leader of the protesters. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: India called on Pakistan to arrest and prosecute architects of the 2008 Mumbai attacks during talks aimed at normalizing relations between the two nations. (APReuters)
  • China: The government was reported to be stockpiling rare earths to create a strategic reserve. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Park Geun-hye, daughter of former dictator Park Chung-Hee, will reportedly announce a presidential bid on 10 July. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: A top national security aide to President Lee Myung-bak offered to resign in relation to a scandal over a botched military agreement with Japan. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: President Christofias defended the government’s decision to seek bailout funds from both the EU and Russia. (AP)
  • Greece: The government pressed visiting EU, ECB and IMF offiicals to ease the terms of the bailout arrangement. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The bodies of the pilots of the jet downed by Syrian air defense were found. (Al Jazeera)
  • Ukraine: Opposition activists rallied in Kiev to protest controversial language legislation. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: London police arrested six terrorism suspects. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Iraqi government reported that it had evidence Al Qaeda operatives were crossing into Syria from Iraq to carry out attacks. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Iran is reportedly storing unsold oil on ships left idling at sea, due to lack of onshore storage capability. (NYT)
  • Kuwait: The emir asked outgoing PM al-Mubarak to form the country’s next cabinet. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The head of the UN monitor mission stated the level of violence in the country had reached an “unprecedented” level. (AP)
  • Syria: Government forces advanced on the rebellious town of Khan Shaikhoun. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Airstrikes killed three Al-Qaeda linked militants and wounded seven in the country’s south. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Thousands of Americans may lose internet access on Monday due to a widespread malware infection. (AP)
  • Europe: EU lawmakers rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, an anti-digital piracy law criticized by internet freedom advocates. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Depression 4-E
    • Location: 480 miles SW of Mananzillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Several hundred miles W of Costa Rica
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06JUL)

  • Azerbaijan: Secretary Clinton visits Baku.
  • Lebanon: Lebanon war begins – 2006.
  • Syria: “Friends of Syria” Meeting takes place in Paris..

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