ONS: 01 July 2013

by admin on July 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan shipped its first oil cargo through Sudan to international markets since 2011 and talks to calm tensions continue
  • AMERICAS: Preliminary results of the first-ever Chilean presidential primaries showed former President Bachelet and former Economy Minister Longueira won candidacy
  • ASIA: Thousands in Hong Kong marched to demand democratic rule and universal suffrage on the 16th anniversary of the territory’s transfer to China
  • EUROPE: European Commission President Barroso officially welcomed the 28th member of the EU in a ceremony in Zagreb’s Ban Jelacic Square
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, gunmen in military uniforms kidnapped eight former anti-Qaeda fighters in the north of Baghdad and killed them execution-style
  • TECHNOLOGY: Edward Snowden’s real job title was “infrastructure analyst”, which at the NSA means someone who looks for ways to hack internet and phone traffic

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Mass protests against President Morsi turned violent.
    • The opposition said Morsi has until 5pm on 02JUL to quit office or face mass civil disobedience
    • Protesters stormed and ransacked the headquarters of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo
    • At least nine people were killed in clashes across the country and over 630 others were injured
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: FM Adhanom said he hoped to resolve disputes with Egypt over the Nile with talks. (AFP)
  • Mali: UN peacekeepers officially took over security duties from African troops. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen, suspected to belong to Boko Haram or Ansaru, freed 175 prisoners from a jail in Ondo state. (Reuters)
  • Senegal: Authorities detained former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, wanted for crimes against humanity. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The country shipped its first oil cargo through Sudan to international markets since 2011 and talks to calm tensions continue. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Protesters clashed with police near Maracana stadium, right before the start of the Brazil-Spain final of the Confederations Cup. (AFP)
  • Chile: Preliminary results of the first-ever presidential primaries showed former president Bachelet and former Economy Minister Longueira won candidacy. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: At least five were killed and four wounded when gunmen attacked a hamlet in the southwestern part of the country. (EFE)
  • Haiti: A UN peacekeeper and a local government official were critically wounded during protests in southern Haiti. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Japanese coast guard reported that four Chinese government ships were sailing around the Senkaku/Daiyo islands. (AFP)
  • Hong Kong, China: Thousands of protesters marched to demand democratic rule and universal suffrage on the 16th anniversary of the territory’s transfer to China. (AFP)
  • India: A policeman and a rebel were killed in Indian Kashmir as the region was shut down to protest the shooting of two civilians by the army over the weekend. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Calm was restored in Rakhine state after rioters set four houses on fire in the latest bout of violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino said he would acquire fighter jets and air equipment within three years to strengthen the country’s weak air force. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Croatia: European Commission President Barroso officially welcomed the 28th member of the EU in a ceremony in Zagreb’s Ban Jelacic Square. (UPI)
  • Greece: Police arrested 14 people involved in clashes between far-left protesters and members of ultranationalist Golden Dawn in Patra. (UPI)
  • Russia: Iraqi PM al-Maliki talked in Moscow with oil company Lukoil about enacting an existing energy contract and future opportunities. (AFP)
  • Turkey: 17 people were wounded by police during protests in the province of Mersin. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said he hoped economic sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program work, because “the alternatives are worse.” (AFP)
  • Iraq: Gunmen in military uniforms kidnapped eight former anti-Qaeda fighters in the north of Baghdad and killed them execution-style. (AFP)
  • Jordan: An air force captain allegedly deserted the Jordan Armed Forces and joined Syria’s Al-Nusra Front to fight against the Syrian regime forces. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government troops pressed a three-day assault against rebels in the city of Homs but the rebels resisted. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Edward Snowden’s real job title was “infrastructure analyst”, which at the NSA means someone who looks for ways to hack internet and phone traffic. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Rumbia
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Movement: 18 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical storm Dalila
    • 135 miles SSW from Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26JUN: 77(Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26JUN: 40 (Saudi Arabia, France)
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02JUL)

  • Asia: Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks will take command of U.S. Army Pacific.
  • Egypt: New legislature will hold its first session.
  • Russia: The Coordination Council of the heads of the administration for drug trafficking prevention of the countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will meet in Moscow.
  • Russia: Trial of Russia’s top opposition protester Alexei Navalny will resume.
  • Russia: President Putin will conduct bilateral meetings with Iranian, Bolivian, and Venezuelan presidents as well as the Libyan PM.
  • United Arab Emirates: Court will deliver its verdict on the case of 94 Islamists charged in an alleged plot to seize power.
  • United States: Hearing for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin.

 

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