ONS: 11 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 11, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • 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.

TOP STORY

  • 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

AFRICA

  • 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)

AMERICAS

  • 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)

ASIA

  • 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)

EUROPE

  • 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)

MIDDLE EAST

  • 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)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • 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)

WORLD

  • 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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK: (12JUL)

  • 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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