ONS: 16 June 2013

by admin on June 16, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese VP Yousif said his country did not seek war with South Sudan, but wanted to establish good relations.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition leader Capriles told Pope Francis that President Maduro’s government violated its people’s democratic and human rights.
  • ASIA: Pakistani Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed attacks that killed at least 25 on a bus and a hospital in Quetta.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police sealed off Taksim Square to all traffic after dispersing protesters.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian President Morsi cut diplomatic relations with Syria and endorsed the establishment of a no-fly zone.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft said it received up to 7,000 requests in the second half of last year from US authorities for access to customer accounts.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: The centrist Hassan Rowhani confirmed victorious in presidential election.
    • EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she wanted to work with Rowhani on finding a solution to Iran’s nuclear program.
    • Russian President Putin called on Rowhani to establish closer ties with Moscow.
    • The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, called Rowhani’s election a “beacon of hope”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AFP-3

 

AFRICA

  • Region: UN SG Ban-ki Moon called for more aid to the Sahel region to deal with the crisis there. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: Health workers ended a 27-day long strike for higher wages despite not reaching agreement with the government. (AFP)
  • Sudan: VP Yousif said his country did not seek war with South Sudan, but wanted to establish good relations. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: The World Bank (WB) signed an agreement to donate 90 million U.S. dollars to improve mother-child health and promote investment. (Xinhua)
  • US: Top intelligence officials said information obtained through the National Security Agency thwarted terrorist plots in over 20 countries. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Capriles told Pope Francis that President Maduro’s government violated its people’s democratic and human rights. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Korea, North: The DPRK proposed high-level talks with the US “to defuse tension and realize regional peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.” (Xinhua)
  • Nepal: 33 political parties protested an “unconstitutional” election set for November, shutting down transport, schools and markets. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed attacks that killed at least 25 on a bus and a hospital in Quetta. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The Socialist coalition government decided to reverse its appointment for the head of state security after two-day protests in the capital.(Reuters)
  • Czech Republic: PM Necas faced possible collapse of his centre-right minority coalition over a corruption scandal implicating his top aide. (AFP)
  • Portugal: Nearly 10,000 teachers demonstrated in Lisbon against austerity measures imposed to secure international bailout funds. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Police sealed off Taksim Square to all traffic after breaking up the latest protest there. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: President Morsi cut diplomatic relations with Syria and endorsed the establishment of a no-fly zone.(AFP)
  • Israel: Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said economic pressure on Iran must be continued to force it to halt its nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Jordan: King Abdullah II said that his country is ready to defend itself against Syria should it the situation there pose a threat (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Security: Microsoft said it received up to 7,000 requests in the second half of last year from US authorities for access to customer accounts. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Kermadec Islands, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 172.40km
    • Map
  • 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)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 14JUN: 58 (Saudi Arabia 41, Tunisia 2, Italy 3, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 14JUN: 58 (Saudi Arabia 41, Tunisia 2, Italy 3, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
        • Sourcing: WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17JUN)

  • Global: 38th G8 Summit will be held at a lakeside resort near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland; anti-globalization activists have called for a protest (to 18JUN).
  • Global: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.
  • Asia: ASEAN+8 joint drill to be held in Brunei (to 21JUN).
  • Europe: Ukrainian FM Leonid Kozhara, the chairman-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), will visit the South Caucasus.
  • Greece: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will meet his coalition partners in a bid to find a way a out of a growing political crisis over the sudden closure of state broadcaster ERT.
  • Kenya: Case of top official of a Kenyan conservation group who allegedly held illegal ivory will be heard.
  • Libya: Verdict in the case of two officials from ousted dictator Kadhafi’s regime, accused of “financial crimes,” will be decided.
  • Poland, Ireland: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will visit Poland and Ireland on the occasion of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland (to 18JUN).
  • Syria: Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama will discuss the latest developments in Syria as well as US missile defense at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G8 summit.

 

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