ONS: 12 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerien police said they repelled an attack by armed men against a paramilitary barracks in Niamey.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian Senate rejected a call by the FARC to postpone the May 2014 presidential elections.
  • ASIA: South Korea rejected any blame for the collapse of planned talks with the DPRK.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan is scheduled to meet with a group of activists amid the country’s biggest anti-government protests in decades.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN envoy to Yemen warned unrest is increasing substantially in the country’s south.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google asked the Obama administration to allow the company to disclose more details about the U.S. government’s demands for emails and other information.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syira: Villagers killed in clash with rebels; Austria begins Golan pull out.
    • Rebels attacked a village in the country’s east, killing a mix of approximately 60 Shiite villagers and fighters.
    • Austrian troops in the UN monitoring force on the Golan Heights began withdrawing through the Quneitra Crossing.
    • US Secretary Kerry will meet with his British counterpart William Hague to discuss Syria.
    • The Lebanese army said nine rockets hit the eastern region of Lebanon, injuring three people and causing damage.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN appealed for more international aid for the Sahel region. (AP)
  • Egypt: The largest opposition group rejected calls by President Morsi for national reconciliation talks as “too late.” (AP)
  • Mali: Tuareg rebels indicated they are ready to sign a regionally brokered peace deal with the government. (AFP)
  • Niger: Police said they repelled an attack by armed men against a paramilitary barracks in Niamey. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Senate rejected a call by the FARC to postpone the May 2014 presidential elections. (Xinhua)
  • United States: President Obama met with Peruvian President Humala on improving bilateral relations. (AP)
  • United States: The Senate Finance Committee approved Michael Froman to be the next US Trade Representative. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two Afghans were killed and six wounded by a motorcycle bomb in Helmand province. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The government rejected any blame for the collapse of planned talks with the DPRK. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino emphasized state commitment to sovereignty and territorial claims amid sea disputes with China. (AP)
  • Thailand: Two civilians were killed and two soldiers injured in the south ahead of this week’s peace talks. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Political parties and unions battled to reverse the shutdown of state broadcaster ERT. (AFP)
  • Spain: The national police has built up over a half million followers on Twitter that it uses to help swoop on fugitives and get tip-offs on drug dealers. (AFP)
  • Spain: Authorities arrested five Tunisian men living in Barcelona for spreading terror propaganda on social media networks. (AP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan is scheduled to meet with a group of activists amid the country’s biggest anti-government protests in decades. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Exiled former President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr accused Supreme Leader Khamenei of using the presidential election to weaken the office and cement his own power. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: Activists staged a demonstration against the involvement of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement in the Syrian conflict. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Leaders of a growing Palestinian movement to boycott Israel said they oppose any peace talks even if they include a freeze of Jewish settlements. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The UN envoy to Yemen warned unrest is increasing substantially in the country’s south. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google asked the Obama administration to allow the company to disclose more details about the U.S. government’s demands for emails and other information. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Yagi)
    • Location: 258 NM S of Camp Fuji, Japan
    • Movement: E at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 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 (13JUN)

  • Korea, North: Anniversary of North Korea’s announcing its withdrawal from the IAEA – 1994.
  • Thailand: Third meeting between Thailand and representatives of the Barison Revolusi Nasional (BRN) will begin.

 

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