ONS: 12 July 2013

by admin on July 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Amnesty International warned the upcoming general elections in Zimbabwe will trigger a crackdown by the state on human rights and opposition groups
  • AMERICAS: Mercosur foreign ministers agreed to reinstate Paraguay’s membership
  • ASIA: Cambodian opposition leader in exile, Sam Rainsy, was pardoned by the King by request of the PM Hun Sen
  • EUROPE: US Ambassador to Austria, William Eacho, said the NSA’s PRISM program was possibly utilized to collect data on Austrian internet users
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian opposition said US lawmakers were holding up weapons deliveries to anti-government rebels
  • TECHNOLOGY: The annual Def Con hacking convention asked the US government to not attend, citing Edward Snowden’s revelations

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Rival rallies were planned in Cairo as tensions continued to soar.
    • The German foreign ministry urged all parties to refrain from violence
    • French FM Fabius spoke with elBaradei about an exit from the crisis and return to democratic processes
    • Interim PM el-Beblawi vowed to complete and swear in his new cabinet by end of next week
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, Reuters-1, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces attacked the eastern Congolese town of Kamango, killing several people and forcing thousands to flee. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The state of Yobe announced the relocation of Government Secondary School, Mamudo, following an attack last week that claimed over 20 lives. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan, South: The UN Security Council authorized peacekeepers to give priority to protecting civilians and improving security in the country. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: Amnesty International warned the upcoming general elections will trigger a crackdown by the state on human rights and opposition groups. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mercosur foreign ministers agreed to reinstate Paraguay’s membership. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The ELN guerrilla group refused the government’s plea to release a Canadian hostage. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Soldiers killed 13 gunmen in an altercation in Zacatecas State. (AP)
  • US: Federal agents raided a poppy-growing farm in Washington State, which was cultivating 40 acres of the plant used for opium production. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: Opposition leader in exile Sam Rainsy was pardoned by the King by request of the PM Hun Sen. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Authorities searched the city of Medan for dozens of inmates, including convicted terrorists, who escaped from a prison. (NYT)
  • Myanmar: More than 20 Buddhists were sentenced to prison for participating in religious riots in March. (AFP)
  • Nepal: The death toll from floods due to monsoon downpours climbed to at least 60, according to police.(AFP)
  • Pakistan: Unidentified gunmen killed a college professor who promoted education for girls in southwestern Balochistan Province. (RFE/RL)

 

EUROPE

  • Austria: US Ambassador William Eacho said the NSA’s PRISM program was possibly utilized to collect data on Austrian internet users. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: Police said two men were arrested in Thessaloniki for the unsuccessful letter bombing incident from earlier this month. (AFP)
  • Portugal: PM Coelho said he was open to striking a deal with the opposition over the nation’s 78-billion-euro bailout program. (AFP)
  • Russia: Fugitive Edward Snowden asked for a meeting with human rights activists and lawyers at the airport in Moscow. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Bombers and gunmen killed at least 44 people across the country when they attacked policemen, a wake, and other targets. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Opposition said US lawmakers were holding up weapons deliveries to anti-government rebels. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Al Qaeda militants killed a senior commander of the Free Syrian Army. (Reuters)
  • UAE: Health authorities said an 82-year old man was diagnosed with the MERS coronavirus infection, the first such case in the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Hackers: The annual Def Con hacking convention asked the US government to not attend, citing Edward Snowden’s revelations. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07W (Soulik)
    • Location: 253 NM SW from Kadena
    • Movement: WNW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 103 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 11JUL: 81 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 11JUL: 45 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-1

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13JUL)

  • Bhutan: Parliamentary elections, second round.

 

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