ONS: 13 July 2013

by admin on July 13, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, the head of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, said he supported a 06JUL attack on a school that killed 42 people but did not claim responsibility
  • AMERICAS: A US Justice Department official said the US law enforcement agency is toughening up its guidelines for subpoenaing reporters’ phone records.
  • ASIA: Local media reported that India is stepping up training of Afghan military and security personnel before the pullout of US and Nato-led troops.
  • EUROPE: US President Obama discussed the status of Edward Snowden with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi FM Zebari said Iraq is unable to stop Iran from transferring weapons to Syria through Iraqi airspace.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Associated Press reported that the business of monitoring and conducting electronic surveillance is expanding.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence continues around country amid regional scrutiny.
    • US President Obama discussed the crises in Egypt and Syria with  King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
    • The UN said long range weapons and tank attacks are being used in the worsening siege of Homs.
    • The Red Cross called for a “humanitarian pause” in the fighting in Homs order to bring food and aid supplies.
    • An air raid hit UNESCO World Heritage site Krak des Chevaliers castle.
    • The Taliban said that a base of operations has been set up in Syria by members of the Pakistani Taliban to monitor the Syrian conflict.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, UPI

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: The head of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, said he supported a 06JUL attack on a school that killed 42 people but did not claim responsibility. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Two people were killed and 10 wounded in a grenade attack by insurgents in Mogadishu. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The United Nations Mission in South Sudan called on leaders of Jonglei communities to exercise restraints amid reports of new clashes. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The countries of the Mercosur trade bloc agreed to recall for consultation their ambassadors to Spain, France, Italy and Portugal to protest the forced diversion of the Bolivian president’s aircraft. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Police arrested the No. 2 leader of criminal group “Los Rastrojos” Nilson Alberto Avila. (Xinhua)
  • United States: A Justice Department official said the US law enforcement agency is toughening up its guidelines for subpoenaing reporters’ phone records. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Local media reported that India is stepping up training of Afghan military and security personnel before the pullout of US and NATO-led troops. (Xinhua)
  • Bhutan: The country is set to conclude its second-ever election. (AFP)
  • Burma: A government peace delegation signed an agreement with an ethnic Wa rebel group. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai advocated increased access to education in a speech at the UN. (CNN)
  • Philippines: Fresh fighting between government troops and rebels left seven people dead. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Up to 10,000 protesters have rallied in Sofia every evening since 14JUN to demonstrate against government corruption. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: President Anastasiades said that the country’s economy has not yet fully recovered. (Xinhua)
  • France: A high-speed train derailed south of Paris, killing at least six people and injuring 30 more in France’s worst rail disaster in 25 years. (AFP)
  • Russia: US President Obama discussed the status of Edward Snowden with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraqi FM Zebari said the country is unable to stop Iran from transferring weapons to Syria through Iraqi airspace. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Foreign Ministry Spokesman Araqchi denied allegations by an exiled opposition group NCRI that Tehran is building a secret nuclear site. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: At least 33 people were killed and 26 others wounded in a bombing attack against a cafe in Kirkuk. (Xinhua)
  • Saudi Arabia: Health officials asked pilgrims visiting the country’s holy sites to wear masks in crowded places to stop the spread of the MERS coronavirus. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Associated Press reported that the business of monitoring and conducting electronic surveillance is expanding. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07W (Soulik)
    • Location: 87 NM WNW of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: WNW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico
    • Ash plume; canceled flights. (AFP)
  • 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 (14JUL)

  • France: Anniversary of the storming of the Bastille – 1789; the army hopes to receive its first Airbus A440M military transport in time for the country’s annual celebrations.
  • Honduras and El Salvador: Anniversary of the start of the Football War (the 100-hours War) – 1969.

 

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