ONS: 08 July 2013

by admin on July 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A suspect wanted by the ICC for war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur, Ali Kushayb, survived a targeted attack.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian FM Patriota said the government is worried by a report that the US has collected data on millions of telephone and email conversations in his country.
  • ASIA: Military officials in the Philippines reported that they have called off assaults that killed dozens of breakaway rebels ahead of the resumption of peace talks.
  • EUROPE:  At least six Kosovo Albanians were wounded in a shootout with a Serbian special police unit near the border.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Syrian official said the army has recaptured the rebel-held district of Khaldiyeh in the central city of Homs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Researchers at McAfee Labs reported that hackers who knocked out tens of thousands of ROK computers are trying to steal ROK and US military secrets with a set of codes they’ve been sending through the Internet for years.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Violent clashes between Army and Morsi supporters escalates sharply amid calls for uprising.
    • The military said “a terrorist group” tried to storm the Republican Guard compound in Cairo.
    • One army officer was killed and 40 wounded; soldiers returned fire killing at least 42 and wounding 200.
    • Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called for an “uprising” and urged international intervention to prevent a “new Syria.”
    • The Salafist Al-Nur party said that it had withdrawn from talks on the formation of a new government and called for ousted president Morsi to be reinstated.
    • The prosecution ordered the closure of the Cairo headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party after police found weapons inside it.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Mozambique: The armed forces attacked a camp of former Renamo rebels in the centre of the country. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A Somali journalist was killed by unidentified gunmen, becoming the fifth media worker to be killed in the country this year. (AFP)
  • Sudan: A suspect wanted by the ICC for war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur, Ali Kushayb, survived a targeted attack. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: DM Saavedra said the government plans to buy Russian Mi-17 helicopters to fight drug trafficking. (Itar-Tass)
  • Brazil: FM Patriota said the government is worried by a report that the US has collected data on millions of telephone and email conversations in his country. (AP)
  • Colombia: South Korea and Colombia agreed to speedily implement their bilateral free-trade agreement. (Yonhap)
  • Mexico: The ruling party and the conservative opposition each declared victory in a key race for governor amid election violence. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry reported that twenty-nine Taliban militants were killed in operations across the country. (Xinhua)
  • China: Former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given a suspended death sentence for his role in a high profile corruption scandal (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Military officials reported that they have called off assaults that killed dozens of breakaway rebels ahead of the resumption of peace talks. (AP)
  • Singapore: The US government said the Singapore coroner’s inquiry which ruled that an American scientist committed suicide in the city-state in 2012 was “comprehensive, fair, and transparent”. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Eight soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb in Pattani province. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Creditors concluded a technical audit of reforms opening the way for payment of 8.1 billion euros in fresh aid. (AFP)
  • Serbia: At least six Kosovo Albanians were wounded in a shootout with a Serbian special police unit near the border. (AP)
  • Turkey: Hundreds of thousands of Turks held a festival dubbed “Man Made of Tear Gas” in Istanbul in protest of violent police crackdowns on protesters. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Fiji announced it will send a further 380 troops to join a UN peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights, lifting the contribution to 562. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Gunmen attacked a checkpoint in the north of the country sparking clashes that killed three anti-al-Qaeda fighters and two militants. (AFP)
  • Syria: A Syrian official said the army has recaptured the rebel-held district of Khaldiyeh in the central city of Homs. (AP)
  • Yemen: Gunmen killed a high-ranking Yemeni army officer in the country’s southeastern Hadramawt province. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Researchers at McAfee Labs reported that hackers who knocked out tens of thousands of ROK computers are trying to steal ROK and US military secrets with a set of codes they’ve been sending through the Internet for years. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Soulik)
    • Location: 367 NM SSE of Iwo Jima
    • Movement: W at 21 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Chantal
    • Location: 705 miles SSE of Barbados
    • Movement: W at 26 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Erick
    • Location: 115 miles SSE of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 81 mi NE of Taron, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 7.3
    • Depth: 378.8 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 29km NE of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 62.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 07JUL: 80 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 07JUL: 44 (Saudi Arabia, France)
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09JUL)

  • Global: First meeting of WHO emergency panel to monitor new coronavirus
  • Argentina: Independence Day – 1816.
  • Bahamas: Anniversary of the end of British colonial rule – 1973.
  • China: Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck will visit China in a trip aimed at signing infrastructure deals and boosting trade (to 12JUL).
  • Korea, North: Anniversary of President Kim Il-Sung’s death and succession by his son, Kim Jong-Il – 1994.
  • Latvia: Formal approval of the European Council and European finance ministers for joining the EU is expected.
  • Pakistan: Former dictator Pervez Musharraf’s hearing will re-adjourn.
  • Baha’i: Martyrdom of the Bab, the anniversary of the Bab’s execution in 1850 in Tabriz, Iran.

 

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