ONS: 11 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 11, 2012


  • AFRICA: The Japanese piracy mission in eastern Africa will extend for one year.
  • AMERICAS: In El Salvador, Western envoys expressed concern over the crisis between the supreme court and congress.
  • ASIA: China told Japan to respect sovereignty over disputed islands.
  • EUROPE: Spain unveils today a USD79 billion in new austerity plan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran played down earlier threats to blockade the Strait of Hormuz.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Chinese regulators have told internet providers to prescreen all online programs prior to making them available.


  • Syria: Opposition leader meets with Russian FM in Moscow
    • Syria’s main opposition group failed to convince Russia to drop its support for President Assad.
    • On Tuesday, Russia proposed a UNSC resolution that would extend the UN mission in Syria without any threat of sanctions.
    • UN-AL envoy Annan will brief the UNSC today after visits to Iran and Iraq.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, Guardian, VoA


  • Region: About 1,000 soldiers from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Guinea began a joint military training with the US soldiers in Thies district, about 80 km from Dakar. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: The senate renewed its call for dialogue with Boko Haram militants to secure a lasting peace resolution. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force will extend its anti-piracy mission by one year. (Kyodo)
  • Uganda: Disaster Preparedness Minister Ecweru requested aid for the more than 16,000 Congolese refugees. (AP)
  • Zambia: President Sata made a mini-reshuffle of his cabinet by creating two more ministries. (Xinhua)


  • Region: Bolivia and Ecuador signed an accord against drug trafficking. (Xinhua)
  • El Salvador: US and UK envoys expressed concern over the deepening political crisis between the supreme court and congress. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Gunmen opened fire on the El Norte newspaper’s Nuevo Leon office. (AP)
  • Paraguay: OAS Secretary General Insulza said Paraguay should not be suspended from the organization for impeaching its president because doing so would only isolate the country and create more problems. (AP)


  • Region: Chinese FM Yang met Japanese FM Gemba reaffirmed “China’s principled position” on the Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute. (AFP)
  • Region: China and the ASEAN bloc made limited progress on a code of conduct designed to ease tension in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Region: Kyrgyzstan is calling on the CIS states to join their efforts to strengthen the CIS joint air defense system. (Interfax)
  • Korean Peninsula: Chinese and North Korean ministers met to discuss ways to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula. (Kyodo)
  • Korean Peninsula: The North Korean Worker Party’s official newspaper accused Japan of seeking a military pact with S. Korea to facilitate an invasion. (Kyodo)
  • Philippines: Suspected gunmen from the MILF ambushed a truck carrying farm workers in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, killing at least five and wounding 10. (AFP)


  • Germany: The federal constitutional court resisted calls to decide on the constitutional legality of the European Stability Mechanism. (WSJ)
  • Italy: PM Monti said Italy could tap into the euro zone’s rescue fund for bond support. (Reuters)
  • Serbia: The heads of three political parties formalized a coalition agreement, officially marking the entrance of a new parliament two months after elections. (DPA)
  • Spain: PM Mariano Rajoy announced today a new round of austerity measures, including raising value-added tax, tax reductions for house buyers, and reducing unemployment benefits. (DPA)


  • Bahrain: A court dissolved a Shiite Islamist political party which has played a role in the country’s wave of unrest, on the grounds that it answers to a religious authority who calls for violence. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Iran’s FM Salehi played down earlier threats to close down the Strait of Hormuz in response to Western sanctions, saying “I don’t think such a time will ever come.” (AP)
  • Iran: Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini warned the media against publication of reports concerning the impact of Western sanctions. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security forces clash with southern separatists injured nine people. (Xinhua)


  • Censorship: China’s broadcasting and Internet regulators told Internet video providers to prescreen all online programs such as drama series and mini-movies before making them available online. (AP)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 04E (Daniel) Warning #28
    • Location: 15.4 N, 137.6 W
    • Movement: 270 degrees at 15 KTs
    • Winds: Max sustained 35 KTs, Gusts 45 KTs
    • Map
  • Cyclones: 60% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 450 Miles SSE of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Emilia
    • Location: 14.4 N, 115.6 W
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Asia: Pakistan and India meet in New Delhi to discuss oil deal.
  • Asia: Anniversary of Taiwan abandoning “One China” policy – 1999.
  • Bolivia: Anniversary of Che Guevara’s remains identified – 1997.
  • France: Anniversary of French officer Alfred Dreyfus pardoned for treason – 1906.
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of the Second Lebanon War (July War) – 2006.
  • Pakistan: Supreme Court resumes contempt trial of Malik Riaz.
  • Panama: Anniversary of the Panama Canal opening – 1920.
  • Sao Tome and Principe: Anniversary of Independence Day – 1975.


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