ONS: 17 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 17, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: AQIM confirmed that two of its senior commanders were killed in Mali earlier this year.
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama chose lawyer Clifford Sloan to be the Administration’s envoy for closing down Guantanamo.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, a Taliban attack on two trucks in the province of Laghman resulted in three casualties and two injuries.
  • EUROPE: Macedonian police arrested 15 alleged human traffickers suspected of smuggling Arabs, Africans and south Asians into western Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, bombings and shootings killed at least 51 and wounded dozens in a renewed wave of violence.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Documents leaked by Edward Snowden implicate Britain in spying on G20 delegates during meetings in London in 2009.

 

TOP STORY

  • Global: 38th G8 Summit started in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
    • British Foreign Secretary Hague said his government had not “taken any decision” on sending arms to the Syrian the opposition.
    • British PM Cameron said his priority at the G8 summit was to reach consensus on a peace conference on Syria for this year.
    • Russian President Putin started holding bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the G8 summit; will meet with leaders of Italy, France and Japan.
    • Coverage: Interfax, BBC, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Intelligence services confirmed that a television journalist arrested last week is wanted for breaching state security. (AFP)
  • Libya: A judge was shot to death in the city of Derna only weeks after courts there reopened following the 2011 war. (Reuters)
  • Mali: AQIM confirmed that two of its senior commanders were killed in Mali earlier this year. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Obama chose lawyer Clifford Sloan to be the Administration’s envoy for closing down Guantanamo. (AP)
  • Canada: FM John Baird said his country decided to support the US in its decision to supply the Syrian opposition with weapons. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Guatemala: Seven people were arrested near the Mexican border, in possession of about 14 kilos of cocaine. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodia and Thailand agreed to maintain peace regardless of the ICJ’s ruling in a territorial dispute between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban attack on two trucks in the province of Laghman resulted in three casualties and two injuries. (Xinhua)
  • India: Heavy rains in Uttarakhand state have killed over 10 and washed away another five people. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The DPRK has moved fast semi-submersible craft near the Northern Limit Line with South Korea in the Yellow Sea. (ITAR-TASS)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Three of Europe’s top military contractors urged their governments on Sunday to jointly develop a European drone program. (DPA)
  • Macedonia: Police arrested 15 alleged human traffickers suspected of smuggling Arabs, Africans and south Asians into western Europe. (AFP)
  • Serbia: PM Dacic urged the EU to set a date for accession talks in light of progress made between Belgrade and Kosovo. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Two of the country’s main trade unions began a nationwide strike to protest against police violence. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: President Morsi appointed 17 new provincial governors, of whom seven belong to his party, the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP)
  • Iraq: Bombings and shootings killed at least 51 and wounded dozens in a renewed wave of violence throughout the country. (AP)
  • Syria: A car bomb killed and wounded at least 20 soldiers and civilians at an army checkpoint near a military airport in Damascus. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Documents leaked by Edward Snowden implicate Britain in spying on G20 delegates during meetings in London in 2009. (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)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 14JUN: 58 (Saudi Arabia 41, Tunisia 2, Italy 3, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 14JUN: 33 (Saudi Arabia 24, France 1)
        • Sourcing: WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18JUN)

  • Asia: Third CER-ASEAN Integration Partnership Forum will take place in Cairns, Australia.
  • Armenia: International conference to discuss democracy and citizen participation will begin.
  • China: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon will pay an official visit to China (to 21JUN).
  • Germany: President Obama will visit Berlin for wide-ranging talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel (to 19JUN).
  • Greece: Greek journalists working for television, radio, print and online media are set to remain on strike until this date in support of ERT, which was shut down recently.
  • Israel: Israeli Presidential Conference will begin; former US President Bill Clinton will attend (to 20JUN).
  • Nepal: Nepal’s political mechanism recommended the country’s interim government hold second Constituent Assembly elections by this date.
  • Russia: Officials of the Belarusian and Russian Interior Ministries will meet in Irkutsk to discuss further measures to combat the illicit drug trade and cybercrime.
  • Russia: Y20 Summit, Russia’s major youth event of the year, will be held in St. Petersburg (to 21JUN).

 

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