ONS: 13 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 13, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary Kerry swore in the new US envoy to Libya Deborah Jones.
  • AMERICAS: The CIA’s deputy director plans to retire and will be replaced by White House lawyer Avril D. Haines.
  • ASIA:  US President Obama spoke with Japanese PM Abe about regional security and economic issues.
  • EUROPE:  A Turkish protester injured during clashes with riot police died, raising the death toll to five.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Former Iranian President Rafsanjani urged voters not to boycott Friday’s election.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Tens of thousands of Gmail accounts belonging to Iranian users have been targeted in an extensive hacking campaign in the weeks leading up to the country’s presidential election.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN moves to reinforce Golan as conflict confirmed death count hits 93,000.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon is in exploratory talks with Sweden over plans it could lead a beefed-up peacekeeping force between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
    • Rebels gained control of a key military base in central Hama province after intense clashes with regime forces.
    • The UN said children are increasingly being used as sniper targets and human shields in the Syrian war.
    • The Obama administration announced eased sanctions on the Syrian opposition.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Islamist parties called for a “million-man march” on 21JUN to counter a planned protest at the end of the month outside the presidential palace. (AFP)
  • Libya: US Secretary Kerry swore in the new US envoy to Libya Deborah Jones. (AFP)
  • Mali: International mediators failed to immediately convince the president to sign a deal with northern Tuareg rebels. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: PM Tsvangirai threatened to boycott general elections unless key reforms in media and security sectors are implemented. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC defended its proposal to convene a Constituent Assembly to vote on whether upcoming presidential elections can be postponed for one year. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: Congress is set to vote Friday on a communications bill that will sharply reduce the private media’s allotment of the country’s airwaves. (AFP)
  • Peru: The head of the National Aerospace Research and Development Commission said the country launched its first rocket built with Peruvian technology. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The CIA’s deputy director plans to retire and will be replaced by White House lawyer Avril D. Haines. (WaPo)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Six policemen were killed in an insider attack at their checkpoint in Helmand province. (BBC)
  • Japan: US President Obama spoke with PM Abe about regional security and economic issues. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK blamed South Korean arrogance and deceit for the collapse of planned talks. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Investigators recommended criminal charges be filed against coastguard personnel for the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The government started another round of peace talk with insurgent groups despite ongoing violence in the country’s restive south. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • France: After two days of air traffic controller strikes, rail workers began striking to protest reorganization of the national rail and train companies. (AP)
  • Greece: Unions launched a 24-hour general strike in protest over the government’s decision to shut down public broadcaster ERT. (AFP)
  • Russia: Deputy PM Dvorkovich said he would welcome changes to a bill Parliament passed last year that requires NGOs funded from abroad and engaging in vaguely defined political activity to join a list of “foreign agents.” (AP)
  • Turkey: A protester injured during clashes with Turkish riot police died, raising the death toll to five. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Authorities identified and arrested leading members of the radical Shiite opposition February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition, an influential clandestine cyber-group accused of links to Iran. (AFP)
  • Iran: Former Iranian President Rafsanjani urged voters not to boycott Friday’s election. (AP)
  • Israel: Air Force pilots are training to meet threats posed by instability in neighboring Syria and Lebanon. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government is seeking approval for hundreds of settler homes in the northern West Bank settlements of Itamar and Bruchin. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Oil flow from a key Yemeni pipeline in the eastern Sarwah region between Sanaa and Marib came to a halt after tribesmen carried out an attack. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Tens of thousands of Gmail accounts belonging to Iranian users have been targeted in an extensive hacking campaign in the weeks leading up to the country’s presidential election. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (14JUN)

  • Global: WHO World Blood Donor Day.
  • Global: 17th Annual International Conference on Economics and Security, hosted by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) will begin in Stockholm (to June 15).
  • Egypt: One-year anniversary of the Supreme Constitutional Court ruling to dissolve the lower house of parliament on grounds that a third of the chamber’s members were elected illegally – 2012.
  • Falkland Islands: Anniversary of the end of the Falklands war – 1982.
  • Iran: Presidential elections.
  • Syria: Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawdi, an influential cleric, has called for “Day of Rage and Support” for rebels fighting Syrian regime troops.
  • United States: Flag Day.

 

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