ONS: 08 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, at least eight people died in fighting between rival Somali warlords battling for control of Kismayo.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian security forces in cooperation with Peru and Colombia made a record drug seizure of 25 tons of marijuana and 657 kilograms of cocaine.
  • ASIA: The DPRK and ROK agreed to hold their first meeting in recent years at a truce village.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan is to convene his party leadership as anti-government protests enter their ninth day.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UNSC held an emergency closed doors meeting on violence in the Golan Heights directed at the UN Disengagement Observer Force.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Obama called on national security leaders to develop destructive cyberwarfare capabilities that could be triggered with “little or no warning.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence escalates in rebel strongholds as regime increases strikes near Lebanese border
    • Syrian media and opposition activists said a car bomb exploded in Homs causing an unknown number of casualties.
    • Government helicopters fired rockets near a Lebanese border area whose residents support rebels, in the second such strike against the Sunni-majority border areas in less than a week.
    • Mortars landed in the vicinity of two hospitals in a district of Damascus.
    • The Syrian Opposition Coalition indicated that rebel forces were resistant to peace talks until the balance of power shifted, and called for external assistance.
    • Activists and militants expressed collective outrage over the disclosures about the global scope of American data mining and surveillance.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, WaPo, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The UN welcomed the possible resumption of peace talks between the government and M23 rebels. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The judiciary postponed the retrial of former President Mubarak and his sons to June 10. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Talks between the government and Tuareg groups are to begin Saturday after a one day delay. (AFP)
  • Somalia: At least eight people died in fighting between rival Somali warlords battling for control of Kismayo. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Brazilian security forces in cooperation with Peru and Colombia made a record drug seizure of 25 tons of marijuana and 657 kilograms of cocaine. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos called on world leaders to find new ways to tackle the illegal drugs trade, including the possibility of legalization with regulation. (Telegraph)
  • Ecuador: The government dismantled a criminal gang with suspected ties to Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel and arrested Telmo Castro, an intelligence chief in the Ecuadorian military who served as its ringleader. (Xinhua)
  • United States: President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping began talks in California. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Burma: The UNHCR said 140,000 people remain displaced one year after the inter-communal violence in Rakhine State. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The UN World Food Program (WFP) approved $200 million of food aid for the DPRK. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK and ROK agreed to hold their first meeting in recent years in Panmunjom, a truce village on the border, to discuss the Kaesong industrial park. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed seven militants and wounded three in North Waziristan. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: The ruling party nominated incumbent President Aliyev to run for a third term in October. (AP)
  • Hungary: The government warned citizens to prepare for the country’s worst floods ever. (BBC)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan is to convene his party leadership as anti-government protests enter their ninth day. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The UNSC held an emergency closed doors meeting on violence in the Golan Heights directed at the UN Disengagement Observer Force. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: The opposition Green Movement is beginning to re-emerge four years after disputed presidential elections prompted nationwide protests. (WSJ)
  • Iran: FM Salehi said there would be no change in Iran’s nuclear policy after the upcoming presidential election. (DPA)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: President Obama called on national security leaders to develop destructive cyberwarfare capabilities that could be triggered with “little or no warning.” (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Andrea
    • Location: 130 miles WSW of Nantucket, Massachusetts
    • Movement: NE at 35 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: San Cristobal Volcano, Nicaragua
    • Mini eruptions, ash plumes (Xinhua)
  • 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: 55 (Saudi Arabia 38, Tunisia 2, Italy 3, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
        • Global Number of Deaths as of 07JUN: 31 (Saudi Arabia 24, France 1)
        • Sourcing: AFP, WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09JUN)

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: The M23 rebel movement will send a delegation to Kampala to resume peace talks with the government.
  • China: Anniversary of deadly riots and subsequent crackdown in Xinjiang – 2009.
  • Lebanon: Parliamentary elections.

 

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