ONS: 06 July 2013

by admin on July 6, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian government lifted a five-month state of emergency on the eve of the start of a presidential election campaign for July 28 polls.

  • AMERICAS: Colombian police and US DEA agents arrested an alleged boss of Italy’s Calabrian mafia, Roberto Pannunzi, who is considered the most wanted drug trafficker in Europe.

  • ASIA: North and South Korea started talks on reopening the Kaesong industrial zone.

  • EUROPE: The EU called for an investigation into alleged spying by the US.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian opposition voted to elect a new leader, but the top two candidates failed to gain a simple majority needed to become president.

  • TECHNOLOGY: China said it is ready to discuss strengthening cybersecurity with US officials at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue forum, and wants Washington to help settle territorial disputes in East Asia.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Protests scheduled to continue in wake of violent clashes

    • Islamists vowed further protests to demand the army restore Morsi after a day of clashes which saw at least 26 people killed across the country.

    • Interim president Mansour held talks with the army chief and interior minister.

    • A deputy leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, former presidential candidate Khairat El-Shater, was arrested.

    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon warned Egyptians against adopting “retribution tactics.”

    • Egypt’s military intervened to separate supporters and opponents of ousted president Morsi who clashed Tahrir Square.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: The government lifted a five-month state of emergency on the eve of the start of a presidential election campaign for July 28 polls. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Islamic extremists killed 29 students and one teacher in an attack on a boarding school in Yobe state. (AP)

  • Sudan: The UN condemned an attack on UN peacekeepers in Darfur. (Xinhua)

  • Tunisia: Five hardline Salafists were handed eight-month jail terms for their involvement in clashes with the police. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan President Maduro and Nicaraguan President Ortega each offered asylum to US intelligence leaker Snowden. (AFP)

  • Colombia: The ELN urged the government to begin peace negotiations. (Xinhua)

  • Colombia: Police and US DEA agents arrested an alleged boss of Italy’s Calabrian mafia, Roberto Pannunzi, who is considered the most wanted drug trafficker in Europe. (AFP)

  • Peru: Authorities seized 96.4 kg of cocaine in the central Andean town of Huancayo and arrested five suspects. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The interior ministry reported that fourteen Taliban militants were killed in operations around the country. (Xinhua)

  • China: The government and Switzerland signed a free trade agreement. (AFP)

  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea started talks on reopening the Kaesong industrial zone. (AFP)

  • Philippines: The US warned Americans against travel to the southern Philippines in the wake of similar warnings from Australia and Canada. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU called for an investigation into alleged spying by the US. (UPI)

  • Moldova: Russian Deputy FM Karasin discussed aspects of a Transdniestria settlement process with Moldovan leaders. (Interfax)

  • Turkey: The Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner Muiznieks urged an investigation into the use of excessive police force during protests last month. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: At least 28 people were killed and 71 others wounded in separate attacks across the country. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: Regime warplanes launched a series of strikes on the outskirts of Damascus. (AFP)

  • Syria: The Syrian opposition voted to elect a new leader, but the top two candidates failed to gain a simple majority needed to become president. (Reuters)

  • Yemen: A bomb exploded at a checkpoint in Sanaa killing three policemen and wounding a fourth. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: China said it is ready to discuss strengthening cybersecurity with US officials at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue forum, and wants Washington to help settle territorial disputes in East Asia. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Eric

    • Location: 125 miles SSE of Manzanillo, Mexico

    • Movement: NW at 8 mph

    • Winds: 70 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Dalila

    • Location: 450 miles SSW of Baja California

    • Movement: W at 2 mph

    • Winds: 30 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: 154km SW of Sungaipenuh, Indonesia

    • Magnitude: 6.4

    • Depth: 19.7 km

    • Map

  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico

    • Ash plumes; disrupted flights for second day. (AFP)

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)

      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 05JUL: 79(Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 05JUL: 42 (Saudi Arabia, France)

      • Sourcing: WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JUL)

  • Mexico: Local elections for state representatives and mayors will be held in 14 of Mexico’s 31 states.

  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of London terrorist bombings – 2005.

  • Solomon Islands: Independence Day – 1978.

 

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