ONS: 16 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 16, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes in Cairo between security forces and supporters of ousted islamist President Morsi killed 7 wounded at least 261 people.
  • AMERICAS: Panamanian drug enforcement officials stopped a North Korean vessel that tried to smuggle suspected sophisticated missile material through the Panama Canal.
  • ASIA: The Philippines said a UN arbitration tribunal has convened to look into a case it lodged against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: The Greek government prepared for a fourth general strike against fresh austerity measures required to keep receiving EU-IMF loans.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian gunmen loyal to President Assad killed at least six mediators sent to try to reconcile warring sectarian groups in Homs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korea said hackers in the attack from 25JUN to 01JUL used at least one IP address that was used in earlier attacks blamed on North Korea.

 

TOP STORY

  • Mexico: Head of Zetas cartel captured.
    • Mexican naval special forces seized Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias Z-40, along with guns and USD$2 million in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
    • Morales was wanted for multiple crimes, including the killing of more than 260 migrants who were dumped into mass graves in Tamaulipas.
    • The capture of Morales is the first arrest of a top cartel leader since President Nieto came to power in December.
    • The capture of Morales is expected to generate a spike in violence as elements within the Zetas cartel fight both for position internally and against the competing Sinaloa cartel.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, BBC, LAT, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Clashes escalated in the east of the country between the army and both the M23 rebels and Allied Democratic Forces rebels. (DPA)
  • Egypt: Clashes in Cairo between security forces and supporters of ousted islamist President Morsi killed 7 and wounded at least 261 people. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A Sudanese diplomat said President Bashir left Nigeria after human rights lawyers and civil rights activists demanded his arrest. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe accused the UK of trying to push for a “transition” of government in upcoming elections. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The ELN rejected a call to lay down arms as a precondition for peace talks with the government. (Xinhua)
  • Panama: Drug enforcement officials stopped a North Korean vessel that tried to smuggle suspected sophisticated missile material through the Panama Canal. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The government expanded its army-led Safe Homeland Plan to four additional states. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two Afghan civilians were killed and three wounded by a bicycle bomb in Jalalabad. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Police fired on islamist demonstrators, killing two, amid a nationwide strike in protest of the conviction of a top islamist for war crimes. (AFP)
  • Burma: President Thein Sein said that all political prisoners would be freed by the end of the year. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The Philippines said a UN arbitration tribunal has convened to look into a case it lodged against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The government prepared for a fourth general strike against fresh austerity measures required to keep receiving EU-IMF loans. (AFP)
  • Greece: The parliament approved the filing of criminal charges against a former finance minister who is alleged to have tampered with a confidential tax list. (AFP)
  • Russia: The lawyer of US leaker Snowden said he is slated to make a decision on requesting asylum in Russia shortly amid mixed signals from Putin. (AFP)
  • Spain: The government apologized for its part in the events that led Bolivian President Morales’ plane to be delayed in the US pursuit of Snowden. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel approved Egypt’s request to deploy two battalions to the Sinai to address militants in the region. (AFP)
  • Iran: Diplomats reported that Russia, backed by China, refused to declare Tehran’s missile launches a violation of the UN restrictions. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Deputy FM Elkin condemned the EU’s new directive banning EU dealings with settlements as “worrying” and counterproductive to peace talks. (AP)
  • Syria: Gunmen loyal to President Assad killed at least six mediators sent to try to reconcile warring sectarian groups in Homs. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The UN asked donor countries for USD702 million to help address ongoing humanitarian concerns in the country. (DPA)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: South Korea said hackers in the attack from 25JUN to 01JUL used at least one IP address that was used in earlier attacks blamed on North Korea. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 08W (Eight)
    • Location: 195 NM ENE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 28 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 13JUL: 82 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 13JUL: 45 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17JUL)

  • Cuba: Bilateral talks on migration issues between the US and Cuba will begin in Washington, DC.
  • East Timor: Anniversary of Indonesia’s annexation of the country – 1976.
  • Iraq: Iraqi National Day; Ba’ath Revolution Day – 1968.
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea proposed talks about restarting tours by southerners to its Mount Kumgang resort for this day.
  • United States: Aspen Security Forum will begin in Colorado (continues to 20JUL).

 

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