ONS: 14 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 14, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French soldiers in Mali uncovered a workshop for producing explosives and 5,000 kilograms of fertilizer in Bourem.
  • AMERICAS: Head of the US Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Feinstein said Congress would consider legislation to limit government contractors’ access to certain classified information.
  • ASIA: Burmese President Thein Sein will visit Britain and France next month.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan agreed to halt plans to redevelop an Istanbul park at the center of two weeks of mass anti-government unrest.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Polls opened in the Iranian presidential election.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US authorities warned makers of medical devices and hospital networks to increase efforts to guard against potential cyber attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US claims regime used chemical weapons and increases direct aid for rebels.
    • The US concluded that President Assad’s regime used chemical weapons against the opposition.
    • President Obama authorized his administration to provide arms to moderate rebels fighting President Assad.
    • The US is considering a limited no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced from Jordanian territory to protect Syrian refugees and rebels.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen welcomed a “clear” US statement accusing the Syrian regime of using chemical weapons and said Damascus must let the UN investigate the allegations.
    • A senior Russian lawmaker called the claims “fabricated” and suggested they were a pretext for military action.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Reuters, The Guardian, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A senior official in the presidency said Egyptians are free to join the fight in Syria and will not be prosecuted upon return. (AP)
  • Mali: French soldiers uncovered a workshop for producing explosives and 5,000 kilograms of fertilizer in Bourem. (DPA)
  • Sudan: The government disclosed that the AU presented proposals for overcoming the oil differences and tensions between Sudan and South Sudan. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: The IMF announced its first agreement to help the country in more than a decade. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Former President and current senator Menem was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of “trafficking arms to Ecuador and Croatia.” (Xinhua)
  • Bolivia: President Morales agreed to make changes to a proposed Financial Services bill designed to replace an older Banking Law. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: The UN said the country will host the 2014 ministerial-level climate conference. (AFP)
  • United States: Head of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Feinstein said Congress would consider legislation to limit government contractors’ access to certain classified information. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: The rotation of US Marines will increase from 200 to 1115 next year under an adjusted training agreement. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: President Thein Sein will visit Britain and France next month. (AFP)
  • Japan: The cabinet approved a package of government reforms aimed at improving the economy. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: Police arrested one of the country’s better known bloggers for posting criticism of the communist government. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Belarus: The US extended unilateral American sanctions against Belarus for another year. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan agreed to halt plans to redevelop an Istanbul park at the center of two weeks of mass anti-government unrest. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The government issued an alert to airlines around the world urging them not to allow former US intelligence contractor Snowden to board flights to the UK. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Polls opened in the presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Former PM Hariri accused Hezbollah of endangering the country with its involvement in Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: Sweden said it is considering reducing its aid in response to a lack of progress in achieving a two-state solution. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UN asked Austria to delay a complete withdrawal of peacekeepers from the Golan Heights until at least the end of July to ensure a smooth transition. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US authorities warned makers of medical devices and hospital networks to increase efforts to guard against potential cyber attacks. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 176km ENE of Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 9.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
    • Ash plume/alert for trans-Pacific flights between North America and Asia. (RIA Novosti)
  • 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 14JUN: 58 (Saudi Arabia 41, Tunisia 2, Italy 3, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
        • Global Number of Deaths as of 14JUN: 33 (Saudi Arabia 24, France 1)
        • Sourcing: WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15JUN)

  • Asia: ASEAN Dengue Day.
  • Brazil: Confederations Cup soccer tournament will begin in Brazil (to 30JUN).
  • Japan: Nuclear Regulation Authority will conduct an on-site inspection of Japan’s operating nuclear reactors.
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of the North-South Joint Declaration adopted between leaders of North and South Korea; joint celebrations have been proposed by North Korea for this year – 2000.
  • Northern Ireland: Anti-globalization activists have called for a protest in Belfast in anticipation of the upcoming G8 meeting.
  • Philippines: Independence Day.
  • Turkey: The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will hold its first campaign rally for the 2014 elections in Ankara.

 

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