ONS: 05 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Several people were killed when a suicide car bomb exploded near Somalia’s parliament in the capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said as Al Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • AMERICAS: Two former senior military officers in Argentina have been convicted in connection with the murder of Bishop Enrique Angelelli in 1976.
  • ASIA: China’s President Xi Jinping reminded South Koreans their two countries had fought against Japan more than four centuries ago, highlighting what analysts have called the main goal of his visit: unsettling America’s alliances in Northeast Asia.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine’s interior minister said that most pro-Russian rebels and their top commander had fled their main eastern stronghold in what would be Kiev’s biggest success of the nearly three-month campaign.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in fighting engulfing parts of the country have been freed and are due to be flown home on Saturday, Indian authorities said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia’s parliament passed a bill requiring Internet companies to store Russians’ personal data inside the country in an apparent move to pressure sites such as Facebook and Twitter into handing over user information.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Clashes, protests spread through country after Palestinian teen funeral
    • Gaza militants fired a new volley of rockets into Israel, clouding Egyptian efforts to broker a renewed truce, after protests over a Palestinian teenager’s murder spread to Arab-Israeli towns.
    • Israeli police clashed with rock-throwing Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem on Friday as thousands mourned at the funeral for an Arab teen who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack.
    • Initial autopsy findings from the body of an East Jerusalem youth who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews showed that he was burned alive, the Palestinian attorney-general is reported as saying.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The government drastically raised fuel prices to tackle a bloated subsidy system, in a potentially unpopular move that could present newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with his first serious challenge. (AFP)
  • Guinea-Bissau: PM Domingos Simoes Pereira presented his new government, less than two weeks after the president vowed to fight poverty and bring stability to the impoverished West African nation. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Three women have been arrested for recruiting female members for the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, the country’s military said. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Soldiers blocked roads, fired shots into the air and burned several buses in Lagos after a fellow soldier was killed in a bus accident, officials said. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Several people were killed when a powerful suicide car bomb exploded near the parliament in the capital Mogadishu, police and witnesses said as Al Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Two former senior military officers have been convicted in connection with the murder of Bishop Enrique Angelelli in 1976. (BBC)
  • Ecuador: President Daniel Ortega is pushing constitutional reforms that might allow him to join the ranks of Venezuela and Nicaragua and vie for indefinite reelection. (Miami Herald)
  • Paraguay: President Horacio Cartes declared a state of emergency in the capital Asuncion, where more than 16,000 families have been displaced by floods. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China’s President Xi Jinping reminded South Koreans their two countries had fought against Japan more than four centuries ago, highlighting what analysts have called the main goal of his visit: unsettling America’s alliances in Northeast Asia. (NYT)
  • Region: Pakistan called upon India to release all of its nationals, which include 477 Pakistani prisoners, who have already completed sentences but are still languishing in Indian jails. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Six Taliban militants were killed and 10 others sustained injuries as clash erupted in Jarm district of Badakhshan province 315 km northeast of Kabul, spokesman of provincial government Ahmad Naved Frutan said. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: At least two people were killed and eight others injured in a suicide blast near a mosque in the southern port city of Karachi, local media and police said. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Britain: Andy Coulson, a former top aide to PM David Cameron, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for presiding over phone hacking on a massive scale when he was editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid. (LAT)
  • Germany: The authorities have summoned the US ambassador to provide “swift clarification” of the case in Berlin after a man was arrested on suspicion of spying, according to the foreign ministry. (BBC)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel embarked on her seventh visit to China, accompanied by top people from German business who, surveys indicate, are still markedly more optimistic about China than are their European counterparts. (NYT)
  • Ukraine: The country’s interior minister said that most pro-Russian rebels and their top commander had fled their main eastern stronghold in what would be Kiev’s biggest success of the nearly three-month campaign. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A police officer died in a “terrorist” blast in a Shiite-populated village in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, an interior ministry official announced. (AFP)
  • Iran: The government is pursuing a delicate strategy of supporting fellow Shiite Muslims and preserving its influence in neighboring Iraq, under siege by radical Sunni militants, without pushing the confrontation into outright sectarian warfare. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in fighting engulfing parts of the country have been freed and are due to be flown home on Saturday, Indian authorities said. (BBC)
  • Saudi Arabia: Two suspected al Qaeda militants blew themselves up after being surrounded inside a government building in the southern region of the country, following an attack on a border post with Yemen. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russia’s parliament passed a bill requiring Internet companies to store Russians’ personal data inside the country in an apparent move to pressure sites such as Facebook and Twitter into handing over user information. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Neoguri)
    • Location: 889 NM SE of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 12.6 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Arthur
    • Location: 120 km ESE of Chatham, Massachusetts
    • Movement: NE at 31 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Douglas
    • Location: 945 km W of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 193km S of Taron, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 779 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 481 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 04JUL: 827 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 04JUL: 287 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05JUL)

  • Algeria: Independence Day
  • Armenia: Constitution Day
  • Venezuela: Independence Day

 

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