ONS: 11 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  A delegation of the Malian government and Tuareg rebels agreed “in principle” to go forward with planned elections in July in Kidal.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan authorities arrested nine Colombian paramilitary fighters allegedly plotting to assassinate President Maduro.
  • ASIA: The Burmese government met with representatives of the Shan, the country’s largest minority.
  • EUROPE: The German interior ministry reported a jump in the number of Islamic extremists in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni security forces captured six al Qaeda militants in the southeastern province of Hadramaut.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The British parliament said the government must report to it on British participation in the PRISM program.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Bombings hit Damascus as violence intensifies
    • Two bombs killed at least 14 and wounded 30 people in central Damascus in an attack targeting a police station.
    • Regime forces launched multiple attacks on rebel positions in Aleppo, including insurgent-held areas of a key airbase.
    • Regime forces also shelled the opposition-controlled villages of Deir Hafer and Al-Bab.
    • The UNHCR is talking to Germany about resettling up to 10,000 Syrian refugees.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, Reuters-2, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: The UN expressed concern that children could be recruited as child soldiers by rebels in the eastern province of North Kivu. (Xinhua)
  • Ivory Coast: The country’s regulatory authority suspended more than half of the press industry as it promised to “clean up” the sector. (AFP)
  • Mali: A delegation of the government and Tuareg rebels agreed “in principle” to go forward with planned elections in July in Kidal. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: The UN condemned the destruction of a tent camp that was home to 150 families since the 2010 earthquake. (AP)
  • United States: US military prosecutors charged a senior al Qaeda commander held at Guantanamo with firing on a medical evacuation helicopter in Afghanistan. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Authorities arrested nine Colombian paramilitary fighters allegedly plotting to assassinate President Maduro. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodia and Thailand agreed to establish special economic zones in common border areas. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: The government met with representatives of the Shan, the country’s largest minority. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The Air Force accused Indian jets of violating Pakistan’s airspace. (AP)
  • Vietnam: Forty-seven officials passed the first-ever confidence vote in the country, undertaken by the 13th National Assembly.(Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Air traffic controllers went on a three-day strike in protest against EU plans to create a single airspace. (AFP)
  • Germany: The interior ministry reported a jump in the number of Islamic extremists in the country. (AP)
  • Turkey: Riot police in Taksim Square pushed past barricades and used tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Mohammad Reza Aref, a reformist candidate in the Iranian presidential election, dropped out of the race, under pressure from the leader of the reformist movement. (BBC)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu said settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem would continue despite efforts to resume the peace process. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Security forces captured six al Qaeda militants in the southeastern province of Hadramaut. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The British parliament said the government must report to it on British participation in the PRISM program. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Yagi)
    • Location: 307 NM WNW of Chichi Jima
    • Movement: NNE at 19 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (12JUN)

  • Global: 67th Session of the UN General Assembly will begin.
  • Europe: Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Missile Defense Conference will begin in London (to 13JUN).
  • Europe: First European games to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan (to 28JUN).
  • Iran: Anniversary of Iran’s 10th presidential election since the 1979 Islamic Revolution; President Ahmadinejad was re-elected, sparking mass protests – 2009.
  • Russia: Opposition march planned in Moscow.
  • Syria: Election of a president of Syria’s divided opposition group will occur “no later than” this date.

 

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