ONS: 17 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 17, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN sanctions experts said Eritrea is undermining stability in Somalia by paying political agents and a warlord linked to Islamist militants to influence the Mogadishu government.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos and Venezuelan President Maduro are scheduled to meet on 22JUL to address heightened tensions.
  • ASIA: The brother of Afghan National Security Council Chief Spanta was killed in a drive-by shooting in Herat.
  • EUROPE:  President Putin said Moscow’s relations with Washington outweighed the “squabbles” over Snowden.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli army said Syrian suspects briefly infiltrated an unmanned military post on the border between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Nineteen US organizations filed suit against the NSA claiming their constitutional rights were violated by the agency’s data collection programs.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Increasing risk of conflict spreading throughout region.
    • UN envoy to Iraq Kobler warned that the violence in Iraq can no longer be separated from the civil war in Syria because “the battlefields are merging.”
    • Gunmen assassinated prominent Syrian pro-government figure Mohammed Darrar Jammo at his home in southern Lebanon.
    • A 17-year-old Turk was killed by stray gunfire coming across the border from Syria.
    • Kurdish fighters expelled jihadists from the flashpoint frontier town of Ras al-Ain.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: UN sanctions experts said Eritrea is undermining stability in Somalia by paying political agents and a warlord linked to Islamist militants to influence the Mogadishu government. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: The UN voiced concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the North Kivu area of eastern DRC. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: A civilian and six soldiers were wounded in an attack on a military outpost in the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Libya: An armed group of protesters stormed the eastern oil port of Zueitina and demanded that workers halt operations. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombian President Santos and Venezuelan President Maduro are scheduled to meet on 22JUL to address heightened tensions. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Santos said a contingent of the ELN in the southwestern province of Valle del Cauca has demobilized. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The government reported that a lieutenant of Sinaloa cartel head Guzman was recently killed in Culiacan. (EFE)
  • United States: Defense Secretary Hagel said his staff and that of upper ranked military figures will be trimmed by 20 percent in coming years. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The brother of Afghan National Security Council Chief Spanta was killed in a drive-by shooting in Herat. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: A special tribunal sentenced a senior leader of an Islamic party to death for his role in the kidnapping and killing of people during Bangladesh’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971. (AP)
  • Burma: President Thein Sein is to meet French President Hollande. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea resumed working-level talks on Kaesong and scheduled a fifth round of talks for 22JUL. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Italian PM Letta said that there was a “huge risk” that Britain would leave the EU and urged other countries to work to reduce the prospect of an exit. (Reuters)
  • Cyprus: International creditors began their first assessment of the country’s economic adjustment program. (DPA)
  • Russia: President Putin said Moscow’s relations with Washington outweighed the “squabbles” over Snowden. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Police were attacked with petrol bombs and a French press photographer was assaulted during a fifth night of violence in Belfast. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President-elect Rowhani dismissed threats of military action made by Israeli PM Netanyahu. (AFP)
  • Israel: The Israeli army said Syrian suspects briefly infiltrated an unmanned military post on the border between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian official said US Secretary Kerry is “determined” to announce resumed Middle East peace talks before he leaves the region on 19JUL. (AFP)
  • Yemen: AQAP confirmed the death in a US drone strike of its deputy leader Saeed al-Shehri. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Nineteen US organizations filed suit against the NSA claiming their constitutional rights were violated by the agency’s data collection programs. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Cimaron)
    • Location: 294 NM N of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 40 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 (18JUL)

  • Europe: Atlas Vision – 2013, a Russia/US joint military exercise will begin in Auerbach (to 22JUL).
  • Honduras and El Salvador: Anniversary of the end of the Football War between Honduras and El Salvador – 1969.
  • Iraq: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Iraq to meet with high-ranking officials.
  • Russia: Protest leader Alexei Navalny will hear the verdict in his trial on embezzlement charges.
  • South Africa: Mandela Day, commemorates the birthday of Nelson Mandela – 1918.
  • Ukraine and United States: Public hearings on US intellectual property trade probe on Ukraine will begin.

 

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