ONS: 10 July 2013

by admin on July 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian Federal High Court sentenced four individuals to life in jail for killing several people through terrorist acts
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian political party linked to the left-wing Farc rebels regained legal status and can participate in elections
  • ASIA: Taiwan signed a free trade agreement with New Zealand, the first time it does so with a country that has diplomatic relations with China
  • EUROPE: The Turkish parliament ended the right of a union of architects and city planners, who opposed redevelopment of Istanbul, to approve construction projects
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia’s UN envoy said Tuesday he gave the UN evidence that Syrian rebels used sarin gas in an attack in March
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Google said it will soon enable users to pull up detailed information about countries hosting infected websites

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: New interim PM Hazem el-Beblawi to start forming cabinet.
    • The National Salvation Front toned down its criticism of an interim charter presented by interim President Mansour
    • The Muslim Brotherhood rejected offer join the new military-backed government
    • Authorities opened the Gaza Strip border crossing closed since Morsi’s ouster, to allow those stranded on both sides to return home
    • Coverage: Reuters,Reuters-1, AFP, DPA

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Securities sources announced the country would build military bases near major oil and gas facilities in the south. (Xinhua)
  • Guinea: The country’s electoral commission set the long-delayed legislative election for the 24 September. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Customs officers seized over three tonnes of elephant ivory destined for Malaysia in the port city of Mombassa. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Federal High Court sentenced four individuals to life in jail for killing several people through terrorist acts. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A Brazilian lawmaker said the political reforms proposed by President Dilma Rousseff are not feasible before the 2014 general elections. (Xinhua)
  • Canada: A criminal investigation was opened into the runaway oil train crash that took place a Quebec town and claimed at least 15 lives. (AP)
  • Colombia: The political party linked to the left-wing Farc rebels regained legal status and can participate in elections. (BBC)
  • US: Federal authorities seized nearly a ton of marijuana from a house in southern Arizona. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwan signed a free trade agreement with New Zealand, the first time it does so with a country that has diplomatic relations with China. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Authorities said a NATO soldier was shot and killed in an insider attack at Kandahar Air Field. (UPI)
  • Japan: The Nuclear Regulation Authority said it “strongly suspected” radioactive water from the Daiichi nuclear power plant was contaminating the Pacific Ocean. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, South: The government signed an agreement to lend Cambodia USD 200 million for road and dam development projects. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: President Zeman swore in a new government following the spying and bribery scandal that forced Petr Necas to resign. (AP)
  • Greece: Police arrested a British man suspected of being part of a drug ring that allegedly imported large quantities of cocaine into Britain. (AP)
  • Russia: The Supreme Court upheld the resolution by the Stavropol Territory government banning Muslim girls wearing hijabs in school. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Parliament voted to end the right of a union of architects and city planners, who opposed redevelopment of Istanbul, to approve construction projects. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Russia asked the UN Security Council to examine possible supplies of weapons from Libya to Syria in violation of the current embargo. (Itar-Tass)
  • Lebanon: The UN Security Council strongly condemned the car bombing in Beirut that injured at least 53 on Tuesday. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia’s UN envoy said Tuesday he gave the UN evidence that Syrian rebels used sarin gas in an attack in March. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Dangerous websites: Google said it will soon enable users to pull up detailed information about countries hosting infected websites. (DPA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07W (Soulik)
    • Location: 482 NM SE from Kadena
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 143 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Chantal
    • Location: 260 miles WSW from San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Movement: WNW at 29 mph
    • Winds: 45 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 (11JUL)

  • Brazil: The country’s five biggest labor unions have called for strikes and demonstrations.
  • Central African Republic: UN Under-SG for Humanitarian Affairs Valeire Amos will visit the Central African Republic for discussion on enhancing support for humanitarian response to the country.

 

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