ONS: 18 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 18, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Zimbabwe’s PM Tsvangirai said the government of President Mugabe is “rigging” upcoming election by manipulating voter rolls.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, the captured head of the Zetas drug cartel filed for legal protection over claims that he is at risk of torture or isolation during his detention.
  • ASIA: Taliban gunmen killed eight Afghan civilians on their way to jobs at US military base Camp Shank.
  • EUROPE: A Russian court in the Kirov region convicted protest leader Alexei Navalny of embezzlement and sentenced him to five years in prison.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry prolonged his Middle East visit amid signs of progress in his efforts to kickstart direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith denied reports that claimed that Microsoft gave the FBI, CIA and NSA near-anytime access to the software company’s cloud services.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Increased unrest in Sinai amid increasing international scrutiny.
    • Militants killed three Egyptian policemen in separate attacks in north Sinai.
    • Fiji local media reported a Fijian soldier on peacekeeping duties in Sinai was killed.
    • Turkish FM Davutoglu said that Turkey is concerned by the recent situation in Egypt but does not interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs.
    • EU foreign policy chief Ashton said that she regretted not having been able to meet ousted president Morsi on a visit to Cairo.
    • Backers and opponents of Morsi have called for rival mass rallies on Friday.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Xinhua, Xinhua-2, Xinhua-3

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: A two month long mobile phone services blackout in Yobe state enforced as part of the government instituted state of emergency ended. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Gunmen shot and injured two Somali reporters in the latest attack on journalists in the country. (AFP)
  • Sudan: A British journalist working for Bloomberg News said security agents detained and beat him for covering the country’s biggest anti-government protest in years. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: PM Tsvangirai said the government of President Mugabe is “rigging” upcoming election by manipulating voter rolls. (UPI)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia:  President Santos said the government will eradicate illegal mining that supports rebel movements amid demonstrations in key mining departments. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The captured head of the Zetas drug cartel filed for legal protection over claims that he is at risk of torture or isolation during his detention. (AFP)
  • Panama: The government said that the UNSC will determine how to evaluate the undeclared weaponry found in a North Korean cargo ship. (EFE)
  • United States: A US appeals court reinstated a military method for searching Guantanamo Bay detainees. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said the country is in the process of installing a powerful anti-aircraft weapons system. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese FM Kishida and South Korean First Vice FM Kim Kyou-hyun met in Tokyo in talks aimed at reducing tensions. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban gunmen killed eight Afghan civilians on their way to jobs at US military base Camp Shank. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Four policemen were killed and one was wounded in a militant attack on a police checkpoint in Kunduz. (Xinhua)
  • India: Paramilitary troops shot dead six people protesting outside a Border Security Force station in Kashmir. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying government paramilitary forces in the Bajaur region, killing two soldiers. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Parliament narrowly approved a bill of reforms tied to the country’s next tranche of EU-IMF loans. (AFP)
  • Russia: A court in the Kirov region convicted protest leader Alexei Navalny of embezzlement and sentenced him to five years in prison. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Two gunmen were killed by law enforcement in a shootout in the Laksky district in Dagestan. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry prolonged his Middle East visit amid signs of progress in his efforts to kickstart direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: A car bomb exploded outside a Sunni mosque in a neighborhood where the royal court is situated but caused no casualties. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Seven people were killed and 21 wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a coffee shop in Mosul. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: US Secretary Kerry visited the Zaatari refugee camp. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Syrian warplanes flew over the Bekaa Valley and fired two missiles into the border town of Arsal. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith denied reports that claimed that Microsoft gave the FBI, CIA and NSA near-anytime access to the software company’s cloud services. (ReadWriteWeb)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Cimaron)
    • Location: 152 NM ENE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: NW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Reventador Volcano, Ecuador
    • Increased lava flow and gas emissions. (AP)
  • 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 (19JUL)

  • Burma: Anniversary of the assassination of Aung San Suu Kyi’s father, Aung San – 1947.
  • Cambodia: Sam Rainsy, Cambodia’s newly pardoned opposition leader will return from exile to join his party’s campaign for upcoming elections.
  • Colombia: Heroes of the Nation Day.
  • India: Next phase of local civic body polls in West Bengal.
  • Italy: Hearing on whether Silvio Berlusconi should stand trial on charges of bribing an opposition lawmaker will resume.
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea proposed restarting a temporary family reunion program on this date.
  • Russia: Left Front, a Russian opposition group not allowed to hold meetings or protests until this date.
  • Zoroastrianism: New Year’s Day in the Qadimi calendar.

 

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