ONS: 15 June 2013

by admin on June 15, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya clashes between elite forces and militia gunmen killed five soldiers in Benghazi
  • AMERICAS: Nicaraguan President Ortega and Chinese businessman Wang Jing signed an agreement giving his company the right to build a shipping channel.
  • ASIA: The DPRK restated its commitment to building and maintaining its nuclear deterrent.
  • EUROPE: Turkish protesters refused to evacuate an Istanbul park despite a concession by PM Erdogan to halt the site’s redevelopment.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Moderate Iranian cleric Hassan Rohani took a strong lead over conservative rivals in initial vote counting.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google revealed top-secret plans to send balloons to the edge of space with the aim of bringing Internet to the two-thirds of the global population currently without web access.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US preparing to deliver arms to rebels as international scrutiny increases.
    • The CIA is preparing to deliver arms to rebel groups in Syria through clandestine bases in Turkey and Jordan.
    • Russia said o there was no need for President Assad to use chemical weapons against the rebels because his forces were making steady advances.
    • The conflict in Syria is set to be the primary focus during upcoming G8 meetings.
    • Incoming US national security adviser Rice said there are “downsides and limitations” to imposing a no-fly zone in Syria but more measures could be taken to help rebels.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, WaPo

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Clashes between elite forces and militia gunmen killed five soldiers in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Sudan: One peacekeeper was killed and two wounded in a shelling that hit a UN base in South Kordofan. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Leaders of Southern African Development Community are gathering to review the economic and security situation in Zimbabwe ahead of elections. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean called on Latin America and East Asia to strengthen cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Nicaragua: President Ortega and Chinese businessman Wang Jing signed an agreement giving his company the right to build a shipping channel. (AP)
  • Venezuela: FM Jaua and Spanish FM Garcia-Margallo met to relaunch political dialogue between the two countries. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The government lifted a house arrest order against a judge who became a human rights cause celebre following her arrest in 2009. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • India: The Sri Lankan minority opposition Tamil political party headed to India for talks with the government. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The DPRK restated its commitment to building and maintaining its nuclear deterrent. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Militants killed a guard and destroyed a historic house associated with the country’s founder. (AP)
  • Philippines: A hacker posted online what he claimed to be the president’s personal mobile telephone numbers in what the government described as “cyber vandalism”. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Kosovo: Ethnic Serb policemen began shutting down their offices that have been linked with Serbia’s administration as part of an EU-backed deal. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Putin and US President Obama will meet on the sidelines of the G8 summit on June 17 to discuss US missile defense. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Protesters refused to evacuate an Istanbul park despite a concession by PM Erdogan to halt the site’s redevelopment. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani took a strong lead over conservative rivals in initial vote counting. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Iraqi press freedom activists decried the detention of two journalists accused of ‘stealing’ the notebook of the country’s defence minister. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah returned to the country early in response to what the government described as intensifying regional instability. (AFP)
  • Syria: British PM Cameron said that Britain believes al-Qaeda-linked groups in and around Syria have tried to acquire chemical weapons for use there. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google revealed top-secret plans to send balloons to the edge of space with the aim of bringing Internet to the two-thirds of the global population currently without web access. (AFP)

 

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 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 (16JUN)

  • Africa: International Day of the African Child; honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 and raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.
  • Brunei: Commencement of multinational military exercise with participation of ASEAN countries and eight dialogue partners.
  • Turkey: The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will hold its second campaign rally for the 2014 elections in Istanbul.
  • United States: Father’s Day.
  • Sikhism: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru and the first Sikh martyr.

 

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