ONS: 06 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 6, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UNSC endorsed political efforts to end the uprising in Mali, but did not support military intervention.
  • AMERICAS: A recount of poll results in Mexico’s presidential election confirmed Enrique Nieto as the winner.
  • ASIA: Myanmar agreed to the appointment of Derek J. Mitchell as US ambassador to the country, signalling a re-establishment of diplomatic ties.
  • EUROPE: The ECB lowered interest rates in a bid to stimulate the economy and counteract the financial crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran was reported to be losing at least $3 billion every month due to the impact of widened sanctions on its oil exports.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google disputed claims by a Microsoft researcher that many Android phones have been infected by a botnet virus that turns them into spam generators.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Friends of Syria meeting held in Paris; top Syrian general defected.
    • Talks on measures to end the crisis in Syria took place in Paris between representatives from over 100 countries.
    • China and Russia refused to attend the proceedings.
    • Opposition representatives requested a no-fly zone be established in the country.
    • A senior officer of Syria’s Republican Guard, Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, was reported to have defected from the country.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, WaPo, NYT, WJS, BBC, AP-1, AP-2, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: Border security negotiations resumed between Sudan and South Sudan. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Rebel and government soldiers clashed in the eastern part of the country; at least 600 Congolese soldiers fled to Uganda following a battle with rebels. (AFP, BBC, AP)
  • Eritrea: The US imposed sanctions on two government officials for ties to Al Shabaab.  (Reuters)
  • Libya: Federalists protesting not being granted more seats for upcoming elections shut down two oil terminals in the country’s east. (AFP)
  • Mali: The UNSC endorsed political efforts to end the uprising in the country’s north, but did not support military intervention. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A court accused two men of having links to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The UNSC renewed a peacekeeping mission for its second year. (Reuters)
  • Togo: Security forces dispersed protesters outside the French embassy. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan President Chavez withdrew his country’s military attaches from Paraguay. (AP)
  • Colombia: Five soldiers were caught carrying 603 kg of cocaine. (EFE)
  • Costa Rica: Authorities arrested a top-ranking member of Mexico’s Gulf cartel. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A recount of poll results in the country’s presidential election confirmed Enrique Nieto as the winner. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Indian and Pakistani diplomats reiterated a commitment to fight terrorism following two-days of negotiations. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The government will seek at least $4 billion in international aid at an upcoming summit in Tokyo. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The government agreed to the appointment of Derek J. Mitchell as US ambassador to the country, signalling a re-establishment of diplomatic ties. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Customs officials stated that all supply containers headed to NATO forces in Afghanistan would be scanned for lethal weapons and munitions. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The ECB lowered interest rates in a bid to stimulate the economy and counteract the financial crisis. (Al Jazeera)
  • Finland: Finance Minister Urpilainen stated her country would rather leave the euro than pay the debts of other countries and stated her country would adopt a tough stance in bailout negotiations. (AFP)
  • Greece: The government stated it wanted to speed up pace of austerity measures and that the bailout terms required renegotiation. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: The government announced a military funeral would be held on Friday for the two pilots killed by Syrian anti-aircraft fire, a move likely to fuel tension between Ankara and Damascus. (WSJ)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country was reported to be losing at least $3 billion every month due to the impact of widened sanctions on its oil exports. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The government deployed troops, police and helicopters to protect Shiite pilgrims making an annual journey to the holy city of Karbala. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Security officials reported a failed assassination attempt on anti-Syrian politician Boutros Harb. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Tunisian government called for a meeting of the Arab League to form a commission of inquiry into Yasser Arafat’s death. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: Activists reported at least 95 killed across the country and heavy shelling of Daraya by the army. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Google disputed claims by a Microsoft researcher that many Android phones have been infected by a botnet virus that turns them into spam generators. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Daniel
    • Location: 625 miles SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: 65 mph
    • Winds: 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Several hundred miles S of the Gulf of Tehuantepec
    • Movement: W at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 162.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JUL)

  • Libya: Libyan elections for a constituent assembly
  • United Kingdom: London terrorist bombings on Tube – 2005

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