ONS: 05 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 5, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian government extended the state of emergency to 05JUL.
  • AMERICAS: US Secretary Kerry will briefly meet with his Venezuelan counterpart on the sidelines of the OAS meeting.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s parliament elected Nawaz Sharif as PM.
  • EUROPE: Fresh clashes broke out in Turkey as protesters defied a government plea to end days of unrest.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni government forces began an all-out offensive against Al-Qaeda groups in the southeastern province of Hadramawt.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s top Internet security official said he has “mountains of data” pointing to extensive US hacking aimed at China.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: France and Britain report probable use of sarin gas; regime captures Qusayr
    • Government forces took control of the strategic town of Qusayr with assistance from Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.
    • Britain said that physiological samples from Syria had tested positive for sarin gas.
    • American officials said Russia has rejected intelligence the US has provided suggesting President Assad’s regime has used chemical weapons on its own people.
    • Senior US, Russian and UN officials started talks on the Syrian conflict in Geneva.
    • Iran congratulated the Syrian army on their victory in Qusayr.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, The Guardian, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: President Djotodia said the country would halt trade in diamonds pending reforms to ensure that they are not used to fund conflicts. (AFP)
  • Mali: The government extended the state of emergency to 05JUL. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: UN SG Ban Ki-moon and AU Chairperson Dlamini-Zuma appointed Lieutenant General Mella of Tanzania as the Force Commander of the UNAMID. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: HRW urged the power-sharing government to discipline security chiefs who have declared their allegiance to President Mugabe ahead of elections. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: At least four prison guards were killed by alleged members of the FARC in Caqueta. (Xinhua)
  • Panama: The government highlighted the importance of achieving a FTA with Colombia as a step to join the Pacific Alliance. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The House voted in favor of keeping open the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP)
  • Venezuela: US Secretary Kerry will briefly meet with his Venezuelan counterpart on the sidelines of the OAS meeting. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US said it will oppose moves by any country to seize control of disputed areas in the South China Sea by force. (AP)
  • India: The government accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of trying to recruit and train militants to carry out attacks across the border in the Indian state of Punjab. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: HRW condemned criminal charges being brought against organizers of rallies protesting Malaysia’s May 5 election. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The parliament elected Nawaz Sharif as PM. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: President Putin will open the 30th International conference (IDEC) to discuss measures to combat trafficking in narcotics. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: One officer of the special task force from the Perm Territory was killed and another wounded in a shootout in Dagestan. (Itar-Tass)
  • Switzerland: The Swiss will vote Sunday on whether to approve an emergency tightening of the country’s asylum law. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Fresh clashes broke out as protesters defied a government plea to end days of unrest. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims headed to Baghdad amid ongoing sectarian unrest. (AFP)
  • Israel: The deputy FM said Palestinians are unwilling to talk peace despite a push by the US and Israel to restart negotiations. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The UN Refugee Agency said that it has been seeing numbers of refugees arriving in eastern Lebanon after escaping from Qusayr. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Government forces began an all-out offensive against al-Qaeda groups in the southeastern province of Hadramawt. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: China’s top Internet security official said he has “mountains of data” pointing to extensive US hacking aimed at China. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 89km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 64.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Pavlof Volcano, Alaska
    • Increased activity, ash plumes (AP)
  • 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 05JUN: 54 (Saudi Arabia 38, Tunisia 2, Italy 3, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
      • Global Number of Deaths as of 05JUN: 30 (Saudi Arabia 24, France 1)
      • Sourcing: AFP, WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06JUN)

  • Egypt: Egyptian court will reconvene the hearing for two policemen accused in the 2010 death of Khaled Said, who became a symbol of the fight against police torture.
  • Japan: French President Francois Hollande will visit Japan (to 08JUN).
  • Kosovo: Kosovo Serbs’ “autonomous” parliament will begin its constitutive session.
  • United States: ESRI National Security Summit will begin in San Diego (09JUN).
  • United States: International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference will begin in Baltimore (to 09JUN).

 

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