ONS: 18 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 18, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Ethiopian court charged a UN security officer with having links to a terror organization.
  • AMERICAS: World leaders gathered in Mexico City for the G-20 summit.
  • ASIA: A bombing in Pakistan struck a bus in Quetta, killing at least four and wounding 40.
  • EUROPE: Greece’s pro-austerity conservative and socialist parties narrowly won victory in parliamentary elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian government was accused of increasing violent attacks on civilians following the suspension of the UN monitor mission.
  • TECHNOLOGY: IBM’s “Sequoia” supercomputer supplanted Fujitsu’s “K” computer as the world’s fastest.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Islamists claim presidency, military asserts power
    • The Muslim Brotherhood declared its candidate Mohammed Morsi had won election as president.
    • Officials in the ruling military government stated that they would outline the role of the presidency and powers of the military on Monday.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, NYT, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: A court in Addis Ababa charged a UN security officer with having links to a banned armed group. (AFP)
  • Mali: ECOWAS secured troop commitments from three countries for a planned intervention in the country. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Police dispersed a student protest in Khartoum. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police arrested a boss of the Los Rastrojos drug gang on suspicion of involvement in at least 11 murders. (EFE)
  • Mexico: World leaders gathered in Mexico City for the G-20 summit. (LA Times)
  • Venezuela: The country now holds the world’s largest amount of proven oil reserves, passing Saudi Arabia, according to a report by BP. (Bloomberg)

ASIA

  • Region: China stated its fishing vessels will leave a disputed shoal following the departure of Philippine ships. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A bomb attack killed five in the French-controlled town of Tagab. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government criticized Secretary Clinton for “reckless” comments on the country’s military spending. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: A car bomb struck a university bus in Quetta, killing at least four and wounding 40. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Financial markets showed a mild rally in response to the results of the Greek election. (NYT)
  • France: President Hollande’s anti-austerity socialist party won a majority in the country’s parliament. (NYT)
  • Greece: Pro-austerity conservative and socialist parties narrowly won victory in parliamentary elections. (WSJ)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Militants crossed over the border between Egypt and Israel and clashed with security forces, leaving at least two dead. (NYT)
  • Iran: Negotiations on the country’s nuclear program resumed in Moscow. (Reuters, NYT)
  • Syria: The government was accused of increasing violent attacks on civilians following the suspension of the UN monitor mission. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The military commander of the country’s southern region, General Ali Qatan, was killed by a suicide bombing. (Al Jazeera)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Computer Technology: IBM’s “Sequoia” supercomputer supplanted Fujitsu’s “K” computer as the world’s fastest. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Guchol
    • Location: 265 NM S of Kadena AB, Okinawa
    • Movement: NNE at 16 mph
    • Winds: 140 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Talim
    • Location: 240 NM SSW of Hong Kong
    • Movement: ENE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 270 miles WSW of Mananzillo, Mexico
    • Movement: Slowly E
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 200 miles NE of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Near the east coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 31.8
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia
    • Smoke, ash plumes. (BBC)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19JUN)

  • Kuwait: Independence Day is celebrated – 1961.
  • Myanmar: Democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi celebrates her 65th birthday.

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