ONS: 11 July 2013

by admin on July 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the Congo, UN peacekeepers shot four people during a gun battle between unidentified attackers and the M23 rebel group
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian officials said the remains of former President Joao Goulart will be exhumed to determine if he was poisoned in the 1970s
  • ASIA: Exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng left Taiwan to go back to the US, his home since leaving China last year
  • EUROPE: Russian police seized approximately 155 kilograms of heroin from two different drug trafficking groups
  • MIDDLE EAST: The National Council of Resistance of Iran, an exiled opposition group in exile, said it received information about a secret underground nuclear facility being constructed in Iran
  • TECHNOLOGY: France suspended its three-strikes anti-piracy law for downloading web content illegally

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN accepts government’s invitation for chemical arms claims talks.
    • The US said it was studying a Russian report that Syrian rebels used sarin gas during an attack on Aleppo
    • US and Western weapons were showing up in hands of pro-Assad militias
    • Opposition calls for Ramadan truce in the city of Homs
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Congo: UN peacekeepers shot four people during a gun battle between unidentified attackers and the M23 rebel group. (AP)
  • Egypt: The government accused Iran of “unacceptable interference” after the latter’s criticism of the army’s removal of President Morsi. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: UNSG Ban Ki-moon appointed the country’s first female deputy president Mlambo-Ngcuka to head the UN agency promoting equality for women. (AP)
  • Sudan, South: A military official said two rival tribes are engaged in fresh fighting in the restive Jonglei state. (AP)
  • Zambia: Police charged two journalists writing for a publication critical of the government with sedition. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Officials said the remains of former president Joao Goulart will be exhumed to determine if he was poisoned in the 1970s. (AFP)
  • Chile: The country condemned the US for reportedly spying in Latin America and is demanding answers from the Americans. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: The Attorney General’s Office confirmed the remains found earlier in the week belong to the journalist who was kidnapped on 24JUN. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Authorities started recounting ballots in a key gubernatorial election in Baja state after preliminary results were voided because of a technical glitch. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng left Taiwan to go back to the US, his home since leaving China last year. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: Officials said five were killed by twin bombs in the Marja district of Helmand province, 555 km south of Kabul. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: At least two were killed and five injured when a bomb exploded near a mosque in the northwest Kohat district. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Eight soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb ambush in the restive province of Yala in the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: Police seized approximately 155 kilograms of heroin from two different drug trafficking groups. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: A court found the dead lawyer Magnitsky guilty of tax evasion. (AP)
  • Turkey: The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), chose a hardline party veteran as its new political leader. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Security officials said a Christian merchant was killed in the northern Sinai Peninsula, the second Christian to be killed by militants in a week. (AP)
  • Iran: The National Council of Resistance of Iran, an exiled opposition group in exile, said it received information about a secret underground nuclear facility being constructed in Iran. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: At least five were killed and 29 wounded when a truck bomb exploded in the Shiite Turkoman neighborhood in the city of Tuz-Khurmato. (Xinhua)
  • UAE: A defense analysis group said it identified an undisclosed missile site in the desert, a location from which Iran and Israel can be targeted. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Web piracy: France suspended its three-strikes anti-piracy law for downloading web content illegally. (Fast Company)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07W (Soulik)
    • Location: 273 NM SSE from Kadena
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Winds: 109 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (12JUL)

  • Global: Malala Yousafzai will speak at the United Nations.
  • South America: Mercosur summit will be held in Montevideo, without the participation of Paraguay, which was suspended from the trade bloc a year ago; Venezuela will take over the temporary presidency.
  • Myanmar: ASEAN dialogue will begin in Yangon, challenges in assuming ASEAN chairmanship in 2014 and impacts of Myanmar’s reforms on regional and global affairs will be discussed (to 13JUL).
  • Pakistan: PM Nawaz Sharif has called a meeting of all political parties to discuss and evolve a national strategy to curb militancy and to address the overall law and order and security situation in the country.

 

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