ONS: 15 July 2013

by admin on July 15, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The International Maritime Bureau reported that pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden dropped to their lowest level since 2006.
  • AMERICAS: President Obama called for calm after the acquittal of George Zimmerman as thousands of civil rights demonstrators turned out at rallies.
  • ASIA: A Bangladeshi court found Ghulam Azam guilty of masterminding atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: The Russian government said it wants to exchange Russian spies jailed this month in Germany for at least one convict jailed in Russia on charges of spying for the West.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces against a string of villages in Idlib killed at least 29 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korea’s defence ministry said it ordered its staff to install a smartphone application called “Mobile Management Device” that restricts key functions like the camera in a bid to prevent military leaks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Senior US official visits country as government begins to take shape.
    • US Deputy Secretary of State Burns will hold high-level talks with the government and military in Cairo
    • Military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi delivered a televised speech in which he looked to justify the removal and detainment of former president Morsi.
    • Interim PM Beblawi filled the finance minister and foreign minister posts.
    • The government froze the assets of 14 islamist allies of ousted president Morsi.
    • Militants killed at least three people and wounded 17 in an attack on workers in the North Sinai town of Al-Arish.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Malawi: President Banda said Malawi will not accept any interim deal on a disputed boundary on Lake Malawi with Tanzania until the issue of sovereignty is settled. (Reuters)
  • Mali: French President Hollande said there is a “very strong” chance that a body found in northern Mali is that of a French hostage. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The International Maritime Bureau reported that pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden dropped to their lowest level since 2006. (DPA)
  • Sudan: Head of the African Union-UN mission Chambas  said attackers who killed seven peacekeepers in Darfur were armed with anti-aircraft guns. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A total of 3,436 kilos of marijuana were seized in separate operations in Magdalena province. (EFE)
  • Peru: A former lawmaker was arrested for alleged ties to drug traffickers and Shining Path rebels. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama called for calm after the acquittal of George Zimmerman as thousands of civil rights demonstrators turned out at rallies. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An Afghan soldier held on suspicion of killing a NATO soldier from Slovakia escaped from prison with the help of a guard. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: A Bangladeshi court found Ghulam Azam guilty of masterminding atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe’s government is to establish a task force to research nationalizing any unclaimed remote islands. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea failed to reach agreement on reopening the jointly-run Kaesong industrial complex. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Several dozen Greenpeace activists broke into a nuclear plant. (AFP)
  • Greece: Racially motivated attacks are increasing throughout the country amid the ongoing economic crisis. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government said it wants to exchange Russian spies jailed this month in Germany for at least one convict jailed in Russia on charges of spying for the West. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Clashes broke out between Protestant protesters and police for a third night in Belfast. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: PM Netanyahu said Iran is moving “closer and closer” to building a nuclear weapon and that Israel may have to act before the US. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli PM Netanyahu telephoned Palestinian President Abbas and said he hoped the two sides could resume peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UNSG’s special envoy for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, arrived in Syria for three days of meetings on the violence in the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: Shelling and air raids by government forces against a string of villages in Idlib killed at least 29 people. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: South Korea’s defence ministry said it ordered its staff to install a smartphone application called “Mobile Management Device” that restricts key functions like the camera in a bid to prevent military leaks. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador
    • Major eruption of ash and rocks. (AP)
  • 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 (16JUN)

  • Europe: WTO trade policy review on the European Union will begin (to 18JUL).
  • Chile: Fiesta de la Tirana, a religious celebration in the northern Tarapaca region, will take place.
  • China and Russia: Anniversary of the two countries signing their first friendship treaty in more than half a century – 2001.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Saddam Hussein taking over as president – 1979.
  • Pakistan: Peshawar High Court (PHC) will hear a petition seeking to reopen YouTube following its ban last year.
  • Transdniestria: Next session of the Permanent Conference on Political Issues in the Framework of the Negotiating Process for Transdniestrian Settlement will be held in Vienna (to 17JUL).
  • United States: Anniversary of the first atomic bomb being exploded by the US over the desert in New Mexico – 1945.

 

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