ONS: 10 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A top Sudanese official warned his country would suspend nine additional agreements with South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: The American who leaked a controversial NSA intelligence program revealed his identity.
  • ASIA: North and South Korea reached an agreement to hold senior-level talks in Seoul this week.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan warned protesters that his patience had limits
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces were reported to be preparing for a major assault on rebel-held areas of Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Tech companies and lawmakers expressed concern over the implications of the controversial NSA internet spying program.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban launched major attack on Kabul airport
    • Taliban militants employing grenades and suicide bombs attacked a military and international section of Kabul airport.
    • The attackers were repelled by Afghan security forces after several hours of combat, leaving seven dead.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, Al Jazeera

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Egypt’s FM stated he would protest Ethiopian plans to construct a dam that could obstruct Nile river waters in Addis Ababa. (Reuters)
  • Guinea: A UN envoy stated that a breakthrough had been reached in talks between the government and opposition. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Fighters loyal to warlord Madobe reportedly strengthened control over Kismayo. (AFP)
  • Sudan: A top official warned his country would suspend nine additional agreements with South Sudan. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: An ELN rebel attack killed two in the country’s northeast. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A former government official was arrested near the US border on corruption charges. (AP)
  • United States: The source of the leak that revealed a controversial NSA intelligence program revealed his identity. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A Taliban militant attack on a town in the southern part of the country left six dead and 18 wounded. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: An agreement was reached to hold senior-level talks in Seoul between the two countries this week. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A rocket attack on a NATO supply trucks in the country’s northwest killed at least six. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: The death toll from a monsoon that struck the country Saturday rose to 31. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A NATO internal paper revealed concern over deficient military readiness in many member countries. (AFP)
  • Greece: The finance minister stated that without foreign aid his country would have “become like Syria.” (DPA)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan warned protesters that his patience had limits. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Guardian Council denied reports that it was considering banning any candidate from the 14JUN presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Two car bombings and a suicide bomber struck Diyala, killing at least 13. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Security forces were deployed throughout Beirut following the death of a protester. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Government forces were reported to be preparing for a major assault on rebel-held areas of Aleppo. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Ten Zaidi rebels were reported killed in a clash with police in Sanaa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Privacy: Tech companies and lawmakers expressed concern over the implications of the controversial NSA internet spying program. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Yagi
    • Location: 393 NM SE of Kadena Air Base
    • Movement: NNE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka
    • 4km ash cloud; no danger reported. (Itar-Tass)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases of 07JUN: 132 (China 131, Taiwan 1)
      • Deaths Global Number of Deaths of 10JUN: 39 (China)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3, AFP, Xinhua
      • Novel Coronavirus (SARS-MERS)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 05JUN: 55 (Saudi Arabia 38, Tunisia 2, Italy 3, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
        • Global Number of Deaths as of 07JUN: 31 (Saudi Arabia 24, France 1)
  • Sourcing: AFP, WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11JUN)

  • Middle East: Secretary of State Kerry will visit the Middle East to discuss peace efforts with Israeli and Palestinian officials (to 12JUN), date may change.
  • Brazil: Russia’s FM Sergei Lavrov will visit Brazil to discuss implementations of recent agreements and Syrian, Iranian and other international problems with Brazilian FM Antonio Patriota.
  • Colombia: Next round of talks between the Colombian government and FARC will begin; the second point of the agenda, political participation, will be discussed.
  • Haiti: Haitian President Michel Martelly will be joined by outgoing WTO SG Pascal Lamy in Haiti to announce an “aid-for-trade” strategy for the Caribbean.
  • Libya: American Evacuation Day, commemorates the day American military forces left Wheelus Air Base – 1970.
  • Peru: Peruvian President Ollanta Humala will visit the White House for talks with US President Obama.
  • United Kingdom: Anti-globalization activists have called for a protest in London in anticipation of the upcoming G8 meeting.

 

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