ONS: 07 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  In Somalia, Al-Shabab militants killed two men by firing squad for allegedly spying for the government and the AU military force.
  • AMERICAS: US DNI Clapper warned that leaks of secret court documents about a movement to capture millions of phone records risked US national security.
  • ASIA: The DPRK said it would restore its severed hotline with the ROK.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan demanded an “immediate end” to protests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Lebanese Army warned that there was a conscious effort by elements to draw the country into the Syrian civil war.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading US Internet companies and extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government looks to capitalize on Qusayr gains as international community examines arming rebels
    • Regime forces targeted the final pockets of rebel resistance north of Qusayr and sent reinforcements to battle rebels in Homs and Aleppo.
    • Rebels attacked an air base in the north of the country but failed to capture it.
    • France’s government is investigating high-tech methods to prevent terrorists from using any weapons that Western governments send to Syrian rebels.
    • US Senator McCain said the US must equip rebels or set up a safe zone to protect the opposition.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Morsi called opposition demands for early presidential elections “absurd and illegal.” (DPA)
  • Somalia: The UNSC called on the international community to support the government in the process to long-term stability. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Al-Shabab militants killed two men by firing squad for allegedly spying for the government and the AU military force. (AP)
  • Zambia: Immigration authorities blocked former President Banda from leaving the country for the third time in two months. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The OAS concluded a ministerial meeting focused on efforts to combat drug trafficking. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Labor Minister Pardo said the country was removed from the International Labor Organization’s “black list.” (Xinhua)
  • United States: DNI Clapper warned that leaks of secret court documents about a movement to capture millions of phone records risked US national security. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Georgia’s DM arrived in Afghanistan a day after seven Georgian soldiers died in a truck bombing claimed by the Taliban. (AP)
  • Japan: The government approved legislation to set up a national security council. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK said it would restore its severed hotline with the ROK. (AFP)
  • Singapore: HRW urged Singapore to drop new licensing rules for news websites. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: Police special forces broke a siege on the Parliament building by protesters demanding action on a new ID law. (AP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan demanded an “immediate end” to protests. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Northern Ireland police charged a suspect with throwing grenades at officers in Belfast in an IRA splinter group linked attack. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The European Commission is to announce an additional 400 million euros in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighboring countries. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: SG Ban Ki-moon said the UN is urgently looking for troops to replace Austrian peacekeepers withdrawing from the UN force on the Golan Heights. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The Army warned that there was a conscious effort by elements to draw the country into the Syrian civil war. (AFP)
  • Syria: Two journalists working for a French radio channel have been missing for over 24 hours. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The NSA and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading US Internet companies and extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Andrea
    • Location: 30 miles NE of Savannah, Georgia
    • Movement: NE at 28 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases of 07JUN: 132 (China 131, Taiwan 1)
      • Deaths Global Number of Deaths of 07JUN: 37 (China)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3, 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 (08JUN)

  • New Zealand: Japanese FM Fumio Kishida will visit New Zealand for talks with his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully to discuss Japan’s involvement in the TPP negotiations (to 10JUN).
  • Singapore: Over 130 prominent bloggers will hold a rally demanding freer internet access and fewer regulations.

 

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