ONS: 18 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 18, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, suspected Islamist extremists attacked a school and a military checkpoint, killing 11, including seven students.
  • AMERICAS: More than 100,000 Brazilians gathered in the streets of several cities to protest poor life standards and heavy taxes.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Karzai announced the transfer of security from NATO to Afghan forces in an official ceremony.
  • EUROPE: British PM Cameron launched negotiations on the “biggest bilateral trade deal in history” with the US.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The IAEA said that Iran’s nuclear program is continuing despite international sanctions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama said he had “blunt” conversations with Chinese leader Xi Jinping about cyber-hacking.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Assad warned Europe it will “pay the price” if it arms the rebels.
    • Russian President Putin said at the G8 conference that despite divergence of opinion with the US, they both want an end to the violence in Syria.
    • Israeli President Peres supported US plans to arm the Syrian rebels despite possible dangers to Israel.
    • Syrian refugees in Lebanon asked what kind of weapons the Obama administration is prepared to deliver to the rebels.
    • Warplanes hit rebel positions near a military air base in the northern province of Aleppo.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, Fox News, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Gambia: President Jammeh criticized the West for killing innocent people when using tactics such as US drones to fight terrorism. (Xinhua)
  • Niger: An Al Jazeera correspondent and her team were released from jail after handing over material on a refugee story they were working on. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Islamist extremists attacked a school and a military checkpoint, killing 11, including seven students. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US and Cuba agreed to resume talks this week on resuming direct mail service, suspended for the past 50 years. (AP)
  • Bolivia: The government criticized the US over arming Syrian rebels, warning that would intensify the conflict. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: More than 100,000 people gathered in the streets of several cities to protest poor life standards and heavy taxes. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai announced the transfer of security from NATO to Afghan forces in an official ceremony. (AFP)
  • China: Beijing hosted a Mideast peace forum in support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP)
  • Taiwan: The country asked the Philippines to implement as soon as possible bilateral fishery agreements to prevent incidents at sea. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Hungary: The government announced a new round of austerity measures, including a higher tax on financial transactions and a levy on transfers. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police raided two media offices and the homes of 90 members of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed in a coordinated operation. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: British PM Cameron launched negotiations on the “biggest bilateral trade deal in history” with the US. (The Independent)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The IAEA said that Iran’s nuclear program is continuing despite international sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: FM Amr said that he has reached agreement with his Ethiopian counterpart on the conflict over the Nile. (AFP)
  • Israel: 28 cars were vandalized in an apparent hate crime in the Arab town of Abu Ghosh. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US President Obama said he had “blunt” conversations with Chinese leader Xi Jinping about cyber-hacking. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Two
    • Gulf of Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • 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: 37 (China)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3, AFP, Xinhua
      • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 17JUN: 64 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 17JUN: 38 (Saudi Arabia, France)
        • Sourcing: WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19JUN)

  • Global: Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development will begin in Rio de Janeiro (to 21JUN).
  • Global: UN open debate on Conflict Prevention and Natural Resources will begin.
  • China: Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang will pay a state visit to China (to 21JUN).
  • Germany: US President Barack Obama will meet with Peer Steinbrueck, Germany’s chief opposition leader as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Korea, North: Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will meet North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan in Beijing.
  • Pakistan: IMF delegation will visit Islamabad for a regular consultation on the Pakistani economy (to 03JUL).
  • Russia: Ukraine and Russia will meet for the sub-commission for military-technical cooperation of the sub-committee for security issues of the interstate commission scheduled for in Moscow.
  • Russia: New charges may be brought against Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov.
  • Russia: Japanese Senior Vice Foreign Minister Masaji Matsuyama will visit St. Petersburg to attend an international economic conference and hold talks with his counterpart Igor Morgulov (to 22JUN).
  • Ukraine: Russian-Ukrainian exercises Fairway of Peace 2013 will begin in Sevastopol.

 

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