ONS: 14 July 2013

by admin on July 14, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Red Cross officials said more than 55,000 refugees from the eastern DRC arrived in Uganda after fleeing a rebel attack.
  • AMERICAS: The journalist who first published Snowden’s revelations on US surveillance said he possesses data that could be far more “damaging” to the US government.
  • ASIA: Burmese President Thein Sein began a visit to Britain and France in a trip aiming to increase support for reforms.
  • EUROPE: In Northern Ireland, police were attacked with petrol bombs in a second night of rioting in Belfast.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, two bomb attacks near Sunni mosques in Baghdad killed at least 23 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: States are significantly expanding efforts to purchase information on system flaws from independent hackers for active use.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Humanitarian crisis intensifies amid ongoing violence.
    • The Syrian Coalition reported that 200 civilians are trapped in a mosque in a suburb of Damascus amid clashes between rebels and government forces.
    • French DM Le Drian said two French journalists kidnapped shortly after arriving in Syria in June are alive and Paris is working for their release.
    • Clashes between Iraqi border police and gunmen who crossed from Syria into Iraq killed a policeman and wounded five.
    • Israel carried out an air attack in Syria this month that targeted advanced anti ship cruise missiles sold to the government by Russia.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Red Cross officials said more than 55,000 refugees from the eastern DRC arrived in Uganda after fleeing a rebel attack. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Investigators questioned ousted president Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood on their involvement in a 2011 prison break. (AFP)
  • Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon said he was “outraged” at the killing of seven Tanzanian peacekeepers in an ambush in Darfur. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Tens of thousands of police and polling officials began to cast ballots in a two-day early voting period prior to the 31JUL general elections. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The conservative opposition retained the governor’s seat in Baja California following a recount. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A group of suspected cartel hit men intercepted an ambulance and abducted four people who had been wounded in a shootout. (EFE)
  • United States: The journalist who first published Snowden’s revelations on US surveillance said he possesses data that could be far more “damaging” to the US government. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry reported that eleven militants were killed and 21 captured in operations across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Bhutan: The opposition People’s Democratic Party swept to power in an upset victory largely fueled by economic and social concerns. (AFP)
  • Burma: President Sein began a visit to Britain and France in a trip aiming to increase support for reforms. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least two suspected foreign militants were killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: The parliament voted to override two presidential vetoes, bringing the number of such nullifications to four since the current legislature was installed. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Observers reported that the PKK is reshaping its hierarchy under a settlement with the Turkish government but is not disarming. (UPI)
  • United Kingdom: Police in Belfast were attacked with petrol bombs in a second night of rioting. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Philippines set down conditions to the UN for Filipino peacekeepers to stay in the Golan Heights. (AP)
  • Bahrain: A homemade bomb wounded four policemen outside a Shiite village. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Two bomb attacks near Sunni mosques in Baghdad killed at least 23 people. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Gunmen killed two soldiers and wounded three in an ambush in Marib province. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: States are significantly expanding efforts to purchase information on system flaws from independent hackers for active use. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Soulik)
    • Location: 165 NM NW of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: NE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 70 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 (15JUL)

  • Asia and Americas: 18th round of talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership will begin in Kuala Lumpur (to 25JUL).
  • Haiti: Sandra Honor will take up her post as UN special representative and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti.
  • India: Next phase of local civic body polls in West Bengal.
  • Korea, South and United States: Choi Sung-joo, the Korean ambassador for international security and Christopher Painter, the coordinator for cyber issues at the U.S. State Department will meet in Washington, D.C. this week to strengthen cooperation on cyber security.
  • Portugal: Government expected to present another 4.7 million euros in spending cuts to the troika when its auditors visit.
  • Judaism: Tisha B’Av, commemorates a series of tragedies that befell the Jewish people, many of which happened on this day.

 

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