ONS: 19 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 19, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Former Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman died in a hospital in the US.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, security forces clashed with indigenous protesters, killing one.
  • ASIA: Indian legislators began voting for president; former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to win
  • EUROPE: In Russia, the Muslim leader of Tatarstan was wounded in a car bomb, while his deputy was killed in a separate attack.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, fighting continued throughout Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: YouTube launched a tool to allow users to blur faces on uploaded videos.

TOP STORY

  • Bulgaria: A suicide attack targeted a bus at Burgas airport.
    • Five Israeli tourists, one Bulgarian driver and the suicide attacker were killed.
    • The suspected attacker was carrying a license issued in Michigan, US, according to the Bulgarian interior minister.
    • Israeli DM Barak blamed the attack on Hezbollah and Iran.
    • Coverage: NYT, AP, CNN

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The security situation in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo remains tense, according to the UN mission. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Former Vice President Suleiman died in a hospital in the US. (BBC)
  • Egypt: A security official said Islamist militants shot to death two soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula, close to the border with the Gaza Strip. (AP)
  • Kenya: Five people were wounded in a grenade attack at a restaurant in the town of Wajir. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) released three hostages, indicating their conditions had been met. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: A ferry sank off the coast of Zanzibar; more than 30 bodies have been recovered. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Security forces clashed with indigenous protesters in Cauca, killing one. (Reuters)
  • Honduras: A key Colombian drug trafficker from the Urabenos was arrested. (UPI)
  • United States: Relatives of Anwar al Awlaki sued military officials for the use of drone strikes in Yemen. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Region: The UNHCR has facilitated the return of over 41,000 Afghan refugees from Pakistan so far this year with its voluntary repatriation activities. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Eight civilians were killed in an explosion in northern Faryab province. (AFP)
  • Australia: In his first public address, the new head of the Secret Intelligence Service, Nick Warner, warned of the “web of links between extremists” across the globe, a threat which remains “very real.” (AFP)
  • India: Legislators began voting for president; former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to win. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Montenegro: Nebojsa Kaludjerovic was appointed foreign minister. (AFP)
  • Russia: The Muslim leader of Tatarstan was wounded in a car bomb, while his deputy was killed in a separate attack. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: DM Hammond insisted the UK remained a “capable power” despite defense cuts. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US called on Iran to “release all political prisoners,” expressing concern for a Kurdish activist and a human rights defender. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: EU Ambassador to Lebanon Eichhorst asserted the EU commitment to the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Lebanon. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Government forces shelled a number of neighborhoods in and around the capital. (AP)
  • Yemen: A security director of an Aden district was killed in a car bomb. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: YouTube launched a tool to allow users to blur faces on uploaded videos. (Threat Level)  

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 08W (Khanun)
    • Movement: 20 degrees at 16 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20JUL)

  • Africa: Anniversary of the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia – 2006.
  • Asia: Anniversary of the Third Taiwan Straits Crisis – 1995.
  • Europe: Greek Cypriots mark ‘black day’ of Turkish invasion – 1974.
  • Europe: Eurogroup meets to tackle debt crisis.
  • Belarus: Anniversary of President Lukashenko coming to power – 1994.
  • Burma: Anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi being placed under house arrest – 1989.

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