ONS: 10 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 10, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The ICC sentenced Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga to 14 years in jail.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, suspected Sinaloa cartel gunmen killed 11 in the northwest of the country.
  • ASIA: East Timor’s ruling party won plurality in parliamentary elections.
  • EUROPE: Romanian President Basescu handed over power to parliament speaker Antonescu after the constitutional court approved his suspension.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iran, UN envoy Annan warned of a possible regional disaster if his Syria peace deal failed.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US General Keith Alexander supports a nationwide cyber attack law.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Parliament convenes in defiance of generals
    • Lawmakers met for less than an hour after President Mohamed Morsi opted to override the edict of the Higher Constitutional Court dissolving parliament.
    • Yesterday’s court ruling threw out the parliamentary vote; prompting Egypt’s military to assume legislative power.
    • The Muslim Brotherhood has called for a million-man gathering in support of Morsi’s decision.
    • Coverage: CNN, The Guardian, NYT, Reuters, VoA

AFRICA

  • Region: US official Princeton Lyman said both Sudans are engaged in a “kind of mutual economic suicide approach,” whereby both sides think the other is weaker. (Reuters)
  • Region: A meeting of the foreign ministers of the Arab Maghreb Union was held in Algiers, with security issues being the dominating topics. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: The ICC sentenced Thomas Lubanga for using child soldiers in his rebel army. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram Islamists claimed a weekend attack at a graveyard in central Plateau state that left at least 22 people dead, including two prominent politicians. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Ethiopian UNISFA troops contained inter-tribal riots in the oil-rich Abyei region. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Indigenous people in Cauca announced a mobilization to force the internal armed conflict out of their territories. (DPA)
  • Mexico: An ambush by suspected Sinaloa gunmen killed 11 in the town of Choix. (Xinhua)
  • Nicaragua: The Nicaraguan attorney general called for a penalty of 17.5 years for Luis Felipe Ríos Castaño, accused of spying for Colombian intelligence. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez said he’s been completely free of cancer and assures Venezuelans that physical limitations stemming from his recuperation will not affect his re-election campaign. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Twenty-eight insurgents were killed in the past 24 hours. (Xinhua)
  • China: The navy began annual military exercises near the Zhoushan islands in the East China Sea near Shanghai. (AFP)
  • East Timor: PM Gusmao’s party won 30 of the chamber’s 65 seats. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The military nominated a former general known as a political hardliner to be the country’s vice president. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Euro area finance ministers agreed on the terms of a bailout for Spain’s troubled banks. (AP)
  • France: A gunman entered a suburban Parisian school and took hostages, eventually releasing all hostages before being overpowered by police. (AP)
  • Romania: President Basescu handed over power to parliament speaker Antonescu after the constitutional court approved his suspension. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Former PM Tymoshenko’s trial regarding her time as head of Ukraine’s main natural gas trading company was postponed until 23JUL. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Special envoy Annan said he received Iranian support to resolve the conflict in Syria peacefully, warning of a regional disaster if his peace plan fails. (AP)
  • Israel: An Israeli court acquitted former PM Olmert on two corruption charges. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Army troops reinforced the deployment on the northern border with Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas approved digging up former President Arafat’s remains to see if he was poisoned, which several officials accused Israel of doing. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: NSA Chief General Keith Alexander said the US must adopt a law to protect the country from cyber attacks while simultaneously respecting individual privacy. (AFP)

GLOBAL ISSUES

  • Indonesia: Vice President Boediono opened a high-profile conference designed to improve coordination between developing countries in the South-South bloc. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 30% chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation.
    • Location: Several hundred miles south of Acapulco, Mexico.
    • Movement: WNW at 5-10 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Daniel
    • Location: 15.4 N, 132.2 W.
    • Movement: W at 17 mph.
    • Winds: Max at 75 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Emilia
    • Location: 13.3 N, 112.2 W.
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph.
    • Winds: Max at 120 mph.
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11 JUL)

  • Middle East: Egypt’s President Morsi conducts his first official visit to Saudi Arabia.
  • Bosnia- Herzegovina: Anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica – 1995.
  • India: Anniversary of the Mumbai bombings – 2006.
  • Mexico: Anniversary of the arrest of Arnoldo Rueda Medina – 2009.
  • Uganda: Anniversary of explosions in Kampala during World Cup final – 2010.

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