ONS: 06 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 6, 2013

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

06 June 2013

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US called for a negotiated end to fighting between Malian soldiers and armed Tuareg rebels so that elections can take place.
  • AMERICAS: The NSA is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon under a top secret court order issued in April.
  • ASIA: The DPRK and ROK agreed in principle to hold their first official talks in years.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan is to return to the country as protests enter a seventh day.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry extended exemptions from Washington’s sanctions on Iran for nine economies.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft said it teamed with the FBI to disrupt armies of hacked computers used to commit more than a half-billion dollars in financial fraud around the world.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community fails to make progress on peace conference as unrest spreads
    • Senior diplomats failed to set a date for the Geneva Il peace conference.
    • Al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri called on jihadists fighting in the civil war to unite and fight for the establishment of an anti-US government in Damascus.
    • Saudi Arabia urged Lebanon’s people to end their Syria-linked fighting in Tripoli.
    • Syrian rebels took over the Quneitra crossing on Israel-Syria ceasefire line in the Golan Heights.
    • US Secretary Kerry asked French FM Fabius to share evidence of Syria’s apparent use of chemical weapons.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AFP-5

 

AFRICA

  • Eritrea: A UN expert said government repression, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture, is motivating citizens to flee the country. (AFP)
  • Mali: The US called for a negotiated end to fighting between Malian soldiers and armed Tuareg rebels so that elections can take place. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The military disclosed details of its ongoing offensive against Boko Haram. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: A roadside bomb targeting an army vehicle killed two soldiers and wounded two others. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: During a state visit to Mexico, Chinese President Xi Jinping  called for concerted efforts to enhance the comprehensive partnership between China and Latin America. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Ex-president Fox said that Mexico should legalize marijuana in order to steal business back from violent drug cartels. (AFP)
  • United States: The NSA is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon under a top secret court order issued in April. (The Guardian)
  • Venezuela: US Secretary Kerry said he and Venezuelan FM Jaua had agreed to find new ways to forge positive relations. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: One civilian was killed and 13 wounded by an improvised bomb in Sari Pul city. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared her intention to run for the presidency. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK and ROK agreed in principle to hold their first official talks in years. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least three Taliban militants and two women were killed during a raid on a house by security forces. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The government welcomed an acknowledgement by the IMF that the lender was responsible for “notable failures” in the country’s bailout. (DPA)
  • Russia: The FSB said special forces arrested a man it says planned a terrorist attack on Moscow. (AP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan is to return to the country as protests enter a seventh day. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: US President Obama called for “meaningful reform” and respect for universal rights during talks with Crown Prince Salman. (AFP)
  • Iran: US Secretary Kerry extended exemptions from Washington’s sanctions on Iran for nine economies. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The Interior Ministry called on the regional government of Kurdistan to withdraw forces from two disputed areas ahead of the proposed visit of Iraq’s premier. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu called on Palestinian President Abbas to return to the negotiating table. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Microsoft said it teamed with the FBI to disrupt armies of hacked computers used to commit more than a half-billion dollars in financial fraud around the world. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Andrea
    • Location: 220 miles WSW of Tampa, FL
    • Movement: NNE at 13 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (07JUN)

  • United States: President Obama will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California (to 08JUN).

 

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