ONS: 09 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 9, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Congolese rebel commander of M23 told reporters his fighters plan to retreat from Rutshuru and wait for the Congolese government to negotiate with them.
  • AMERICAS: Incoming Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto called for a “new debate” on the drug war and urged the US to play a “fundamental role” in the review.
  • ASIA: In Mongolia, US Secretary Clinton arrived as part of an Asian tour aimed at promoting democracy.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, clashes in the east of the country left three Kurdish rebels and one soldier dead.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, UN-Arab League peace envoy Annan said he had a “constructive” meeting with President Assad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cellphone carriers reported they responded to 1.3 million demands for subscriber data last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Ongoing political turmoil between presidency and military.
    • President Morsi called on the Islamist-dominated parliament to reconvene despite a military-backed court ruling that dissolved it.
    • The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces held an “emergency meeting” shortly after President Morsi’s decree was announced.
    • President Morsi also called for new parliamentary elections within 60 days of the adoption of a new constitution.
    • The corruption trial of the two sons of Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, began Cairo.
    • Coverage: DPA, AP, AFP, NYT

AFRICA

  • Algeria: An armed attack in Boumerdes left two police officers injured. (Xinhua)
  • Algeria: Authorities reported al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) appears to have been neutralized. (AP)
  • DR Congo: The commander of M23 told reporters his fighters plan to retreat from Rutshuru and wait for the Congolese government to negotiate with them. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Weekend raids by gunmen in the central Plateau state left more than 100 people dead. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Costa Rica: Authorities from the US and Costa Rica seized 1.13 tons of marijuana in the Caribbean Sea that came from Jamaica. (EFE)
  • Honduras: A US official said two US DEA agents shot and killed the pilot of a suspected drug flight. (AP)
  • Mexico: Incoming president Enrique Pena Nieto called for a “new debate” on the drug war and urged the US to play a “fundamental role” in the review. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The army uncovered a 755-foot tunnel running under the Sonora-Arizona border that was used to smuggle drugs into the US. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai hailed international donors but called for more help to clamp down on corruption. (AFP)
  • China: EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton arrived in China for a five day regional diplomatic trip. (DPA)
  • Korea, South: A South Korean protester rammed his light truck into the main gate of Japan’s embassy in Seoul. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Customs seized recreational drug pills worth $18.4 million. (AFP)
  • Mongolia: Secretary Clinton arrived in Mongolia as part of an Asian tour aimed at promoting democracy. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: President Hollande is set to make his first official visit to London on Tuesday. (AFP)
  • Greece: The coalition government of PM Samaras won a largely symbolic confidence vote. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Clashes in the east of the country left three Kurdish rebels and one soldier dead. (AP)
  • Turkey: An explosion at an ammunition depot left four Turkish soldiers wounded. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia: Two Shiites were killed in clashes with police following the arrest of a prominent Shiite cleric. (AFP)
  • Syria: UN-Arab League peace envoy Annan said he had a “constructive” meeting with President Assad. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Assad accused the US of fuelling terrorism in his country. (AP)
  • Yemen: Soldiers freed a senior officer who they kidnapped last month. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Cellphone carriers reported they responded to 1.3 million demands for subscriber data last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Daniel
    • Location: 1190 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Emilia
    • Location: 785 miles S of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10JUL)

  • Europe: French President Hollande visits UK PM Cameron to discuss Euro crisis.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of the Colombian Army killing Leytor, the chief of EPL – 2006.
  • Syria: Russian FM Lavrov meets with the new head of the Syrian National Council.

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