ONS: 09 July 2013

by admin on July 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Witnesses heard gunfire and saw a vehicle full of soldiers explode in a market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, wounding at least five
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan authorities arrested five officials for allegedly embezzling USD84 million from the Venezuelan-Chinese Fund
  • ASIA: Officials announced President Obama is considering withdrawing all US forces from Afghanistan post-2014
  • EUROPE: A few hundred migrants were intercepted by Italian, Libyan and Maltese border guards on several boats coming from Libya
  • MIDDLE EAST: A loud explosion in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a hotbed of the Shiite Hezbollah movement, caused an unknown number of casualties
  • TECHNOLOGY: American-made Internet monitoring devices were found on government and commercial computer networks in Iran and Sudan

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Interim President Mansour promised new elections by early next year.
    • A senior official in the Muslim Brotherhood rejected the provisional plans for a new constitution and elections
    • Members of the US Congress said they may withhold some or all of the annual USD1.5 billion aid package if a civilian government isn’t instituted soon
    • Israel urged the US not to suspend aid to Cairo, as that could undermine Israel’s security and its peace treaty with Egypt
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, DPA, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Morocco: The country’s second largest party said it would withdraw from the government led by the moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development. (Xinhua)
  • Niger: An Al Qaeda splinter group founded by Algerian Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for a deadly prison break in the capital Niamey last month. (AFP)
  • Senegal: Senior Minister Abdoulaye Bathily was appointed Deputy Special Representative for the UN mission (MINUSMA) in Mali. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Witnesses heard gunfire and saw a vehicle full of soldiers explode in a market in Mogadishu, wounding at least five. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The ambassadors of Spain, France and Italy and the Portuguese consul were summoned over the incident with President Morales’ plane in Europe. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: The US Ambassador Thomas Shannon denied accusations the US government spied on Brazilians citizens and companies. (Xinhua)
  • Paraguay: FM Estigarribia asked Mercosur to lift his country’s suspension, which he said is not in line with international law. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Authorities arrested five officials for allegedly embezzling USD84 million from the Venezuelan-Chinese Fund. (Itar-Tass)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials announced President Obama was considering withdrawing all US forces from Afghanistan post-2014. (NYT)
  • China: Police fired on Tibetans marking the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday, shooting two monks in the head and seriously wounding several others. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The FM filed an official complaint against Japan for describing South Korea-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan as Japanese territory. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: A leaked report accused the country of allowing Al-Qaeda’s Bin Laden to live there for over nine years.(AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A few hundred migrants were intercepted by Italian, Libyan and Maltese border guards on several boats coming from Libya. (AFP)
  • Georgia: Diplomats discussing EU accession drafted language that would be a setback to negotiations, classifying the country as “eastern European”. (UPI)
  • Russia: A journalist in Dagestan who was a critic of authorities was killed by unknown attackers. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A website reported that police shot to death a man planning a suicide bombing on police headquarters in southeastern Iran. (AP)
  • Lebanon: A loud explosion in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a hotbed of the Shiite Hezbollah movement, caused an unknown number of casualties. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said people wounded in fighting between rebels and troops in Homs are dying for lack of medical equipment. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Illegal tech-trade: American-made Internet monitoring devices were found on government and commercial computer networks in Iran and Sudan. (Washington Post)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07W (Soulik)
    • Location: 315 NM S of Iwo Jima
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Chantal
    • Location: 155 miles E of Barbados
    • Movement: WNW at 26 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Erick
    • Location: 110 miles W of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (10JUL)

  • China and United States: Strategic and Economic Dialogue will begin in Washington; will include the inaugural gathering of a U.S.-Chinese cybersecurity group (to 11JUL).
  • Korean Peninsula: Two sides will meet to discuss details over reopening the joint industrial zone.
  • Transdniestria: Special representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office for conflict resolution, Andrei Deshcitsa will visit Chisinau and Tiraspol to prepare for the next round of official talks on the Trandniestrian settlement in 5+2 format (to 12JUL).

 

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