ONS: 07 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 7, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan protesters disrupted voting for a national assembly in eastern Libya.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto was confirmed the winner of the presidential election.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a triple US drone attack on a militant compound killed at least 15 insurgents.
  • EUROPE: The US expressed concern over the impeachment of the Romanian president.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a suicide bomber killed his pro-government cousin and six other relatives.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Internet service in Lebanon is slowly and partially returning after damage to an underwater cable knocked the entire nation offline several times this week.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Afghanistan designated major US ally.
    • Secretary Clinton arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit ahead of a major conference in Tokyo.
    • The Obama administration declared Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally of the US.
    • The move was part of a broad strategic partnership deal signed by the US and Afghanistan.
    • The designation makes Afghanistan eligible to participate in a broader range of US military training programs and gives it priority for receiving surplus US military hardware.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, NYT, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: ECOWAS will meet in Burkina Faso with civilian leaders from Mali amid moves to create a government of national unity. (AFP)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: The UNSC strongly condemned the attacks on UN peacekeepers by the M23 rebel group. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Protesters calling for more representation disrupted voting for a national assembly in eastern Libya. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Explosions and gunfire hit Damaturu in an area plagued by repeated attacks by Boko Haram. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: VP Garzon was released from hospital 19 days after suffering a stroke. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Enrique Pena Nieto was confirmed the winner of the presidential election, with 99.2 percent of ballots officially counted. (UPI)
  • Mexico: Activists opposed to the victory of Nieto called for a national “mega-march” to protest the results. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb killed six Afghan civilians and injured two others. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: An explosion and ensuing rocket attack in Farah city left at least 17 civilians injured. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: Activists called for the immediate release of student leaders detained in the widespread crackdown on dissidents. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A triple US drone attack on a militant compound killed at least 15 insurgents. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: President Lukashenko granted secret police the power to add any citizen to a blacklist preventing international travel. (AFP)
  • Romania: The US expressed concern over the impeachment of the president by parliament. (AFP)
  • Russia: The State Duma ratified an agreement with the US that eased visa formalities. (Itar-Tass)
  • Serbia: A top US official urged Serbia to accept the “reality” of Kosovo’s independence,. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The military said it would close the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Gulf only if Iran’s interests are seriously threatened. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber killed his pro-government cousin and six other relatives. (AP)
  • Syria: The military bombarded a string of towns in Aleppo province. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Internet service in Lebanon partially returning after damage to an underwater cable knocked the entire nation offline several times this week. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Daniel
    • Location: 745 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08JUL)

  • Guinea: Delayed legislative elections are held.
  • Pakistan: Defense of Pakistan Council (DPC) launches a march from Lahore to Islamabad in protest over supply route restoration.

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