ONS: 07 July 2013

by admin on July 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Campaigning for Mali’s watershed July 28 presidential election officially began.
  • AMERICAS: An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul crash landed at San Francisco’s airport killing two passengers and injuring more than 180.
  • ASIA: North and South Korea agreed to reopen the Kaesong industrial zone ‘when conditions improved’.
  • EUROPE: Greek officials reported that the country is close to a deal with its international creditors over the next tranche of bailout funds worth 8.1 billion euros.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UNHCR said that the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has surpassed 587,000 after an increase of 19,000 in the past week.
  • TECHNOLOGY: IT hub Estonia y urged the EU to rely less on US firms for “cloud” data storage, amid tensions over claims of US spying and data surveillance.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Rival protests scheduled in wake of attempt to appoint ElBaradei PM.
    • The Nour Party, which had initially backed a military-led political roadmap to new elections, opposed the nomination of liberal politician ElBaradei as interim PM.
    • A spokesman for interim President Mansour told reporters that consultations were continuing, denying that the appointment was ever certain.
    • US President Obama discussed the “very fluid” situation in Egypt with his national security team and expressed concern over the “continued political polarization.”
    • US Secretary Kerry urged all parties in Egypt to work together toward a responsive government.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, Reuters-2, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Militants bombed a pipeline in North Sinai that provides natural gas to Jordan. (Xinhua)
  • Malawi: President Banda said the country’s population growth has put pressure on scarce resources and hampered development. (AFP)
  • Mali: Campaigning for the watershed July 28 presidential election officially began. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The Sudanese army refuted South Sudan’s accusation of launching an air strike and a land attack on South Sudan’s territory. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff denied any plans to change the membership of the cabinet. (Reuters)
  • Canada: A freight train loaded with oil derailed in Quebec province, sparking explosions that killed at least one person and left dozens missing. (AFP)
  • United States: An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul crash landed at San Francisco’s airport killing two passengers and injuring more than 180. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security forces backed by ISAF raided a Taliban hideout in Jauzjan province, killing 18 militants and injuring a dozen of others. (Xinhua)
  • India: A series of small blasts hit three Buddhist temples, injuring at least two people. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea agreed to reopen the Kaesong industrial zone ‘when conditions improved’. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Five Philippine soldiers and three rogue Muslim rebels were killed in clashes ahead of the resumption of peace talks. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Police arrested the former Russian finance minister of the Moscow region.  (Itar-Tass)
  • Greece: Officials reported that the country is close to a deal with its international creditors over the next tranche of bailout funds worth 8.1 billion euros. (AFP)
  • Portugal: PM Coelho said that foreign minister Paulo Portas, whose resignation this week sparked a political crisis, will remain in government at a higher position. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada left Britain for Jordan. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The UNHCR said that the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has surpassed 587,000 after an increase of 19,000 in the past week. (Xinhua)
  • Bahrain: The Interior Ministry said that a policeman was killed by the explosion of a homemade bomb planted by anti-government protesters. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: President of Iraqi Kurdistan Barzani visited Baghdad for the first time in more than two years. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Twin roadside bombs wounded a woman and two soldiers in the east of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: IT hub Estonia y urged the EU to rely less on US firms for “cloud” data storage, amid tensions over claims of US spying and data surveillance. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Erick
    • Location: 145 miles W of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico
    • Continued ash plumes, upgrade to condition of Stage 3 Yellow. (AP)
  • 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 (08JUL)

  • Europe: Sea Breeze 2013 international maritime exercises will begin in Odesa, about 15 military vessels and warships will participate.
  • Europe: EU ambassadors meet in Brussels to find joint stance on US spy row.
  • Greece: A Eurogroup meeting will determine whether Greece can draw 6.3 billion euros ($8.2 billion) from its ongoing bailout.
  • Kosovo: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will meet with Serbian PM Dacic and Kosovar PM Hashim Thaci in Brussles to discuss implementation of the Kosovo normalization deal.
  • Philippines: Peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will resume in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Islam: Ramadan begins at sundown (to 07AUG sundown).

 

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