ONS: 05 July 2013

by admin on July 5, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN reported that clashes between rival warlords in Kismayo killed at least 71 people last month.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian President Morales threatened to close the US embassy in his country.
  • ASIA: Russia and China began a large-scale naval exercise in the Sea of Japan.
  • EUROPE: British lawmakers are to vote on whether to move the country a step closer to an in-out referendum on its membership of the EU by 2017.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hard-line Lebanese Sunni cleric Assir, who disappeared during a shootout with the Lebanese army in Sidon, confirmed he is alive and called for protests.
  • TECHNOLOGY: French media reported that French secret services intercept all communications in France, stocking telephone and computer data for years.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Morsi supporters plan protests as international community calls for calm
    • Islamist supporters of Egypt’s ousted president called for demonstrations as the army said it will guarantee the right to peaceful protest.
    • Suspected Islamic militants attacked four sites in northern Sinai, targeting two military checkpoints, a police station and el-Arish airport, where military aircraft are stationed.
    • An Egyptian official said the country’s border crossing with Gaza Strip in northern Sinai has been closed indefinitely, citing security concerns.
    • The military appealed for conciliation and warned against revenge attacks.
    • UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said Egypt’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood must end.
    • FM Amr said he assured US Secretary Kerry that the overthrow of President Mursi had not been a military coup.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, BBC, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Gambia: Lawmakers introduced a new law under which internet users face up to 15 years imprisonment for “caricaturing” the government. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The UN reported that clashes between rival warlords in Kismayo killed at least 71 people last month. (AFP)
  • Togo: Opposition parties threatened to boycott parliamentary elections on July 21. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales threatened to close the US embassy in his country. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) urged Haitian authorities to hold legislative and local elections this year. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Federal prosecutors dropped organized crime charges against five high-ranking army officials accused of aiding a cartel. (AP)
  • Peru: Police fired tear gas at hundreds of students and civil servants in Lima as they marched towards Congress to protest reforms. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Russia and China began a large-scale naval exercise in the Sea of Japan. (UPI)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber attacked a border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan killing two people, including a senior Afghan police commander. (AFP)
  • Australia: PM Rudd held talks on asylum-seekers with Indonesia’s President Yudhoyono. (AFP)
  • China: Authorities increased security in the Xinjiang region for the fourth anniversary of ethnic clashes which killed around 200 people. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel stressed her view that no country will be forced to leave the Eurozone. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police detained fifteen people in five provinces on charges of “being members of a terrorist group” in the recent Gezi Park demonstrations. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: British lawmakers are to vote on whether to move the country a step closer to an in-out referendum on its membership of the EU by 2017. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Philippines said it would keep its 340 peacekeepers in the Golan Heights provided it gets additional heavier weapons and protection. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Hard-line Sunni cleric Assir, who disappeared during a shootout with the Lebanese army in Sidon, confirmed he is alive and called for protests. (AP)
  • Syria: The UN reported that four million Syrians have insufficient access to food, with the situation set to deteriorate further next year. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The main opposition bloc SNC urging the international community to take action to protect civilians in the cities of Homs and Daraa. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: French media reported that French secret services intercept all communications in France, stocking telephone and computer data for years. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Erick
    • Location: 145 miles SW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Dalila
    • Location: 410 miles SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 81km SSE of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 72.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico
    • Spewing ash, resulting in some suspended flights in the Mexico City area. (Reuters)
  • 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 (06JUL)

  • Middle East: Anniversary of the beginning of the 2006 Lebanon War.
  • Egypt: Retrial of Egypt’s Mubarak will recommence.
  • Lithuania: Statehood Day, commemorates the coronation of King Mindaugas, who is generally considered the founder of the nation of Lithuania – 1253.
  • Malawi: Independence Day – 1964.

 

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