ONS: 19 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 19, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian Military warned against any acts of violence targeting military facilities or state institutions during the planned rival protests.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro demanded the US apologize after the Obama administration’s nominee for envoy to the UN said there was a crackdown on civil society in the country.
  • ASIA: A customs dispute between the Afghan and US governments has disrupted the withdrawal of American military equipment, dramatically inflating the cost of the drawdown.
  • EUROPE:  A court unexpectedly freed protest leader Alexei Navalny pending his appeal against a five-year sentence on embezzlement charges after his jailing prompted protests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli government met the ambassadors of Britain and France, and Germany’s deputy envoy over plans by the EU to ban its 28 members from having any dealings with Jewish settlements.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Defense Department said the US military is about to deploy 4,000 people in the Pentagon’s first units devoted to conducting cyber-offense and defense operations.

 

TOP STORY

  • Palestinian Territories: US Secretary Kerry steps up push for renewing peace talks.
    • Secretary Kerry held a surprise second meeting with chief Palestinian negotiator Erakat as he pressed to put a peace bid back on track.
    • President Obama encouraged Israeli PM Netanyahu to stick with efforts to restart peace talks and to continue working with Secretary Kerry.
    • Secretary Kerry has only communicated with PM Netanyahu by phone on this trip.
    • Secretary Kerry said the gaps on the view of an appropriate settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Territories has narrowed “very significantly”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Military warned against any acts of violence targeting military facilities or state institutions during the planned rival protests. (Xinhua)
  • Ivory Coast: UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous urged the UNSC to extend the UN mission in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: West African leaders insisted Mali’s presidential election would be held on 28JUL as scheduled despite doubts over whether the country is ready to organize a vote. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Former President Silva said the ongoing waves of anti-government protests are good for the country. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The government and the FARC said in a joint statement they will postpone peace talks until 28JUL. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Security forces rescued 80 migrants held captive in Reynosa. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro demanded the US apologize after the Obama administration’s nominee for envoy to the UN said there was a crackdown on civil society in the country. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan’s top foreign affairs official Sartaj Aziz will meet Afghan President Karzai in Kabul to discuss stalled efforts to begin talks with the Taliban in Qatar. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A customs dispute between the Afghan and US governments has disrupted the withdrawal of American military equipment, dramatically inflating the cost of the drawdown. (AFP)
  • Australia: PM Kevin Rudd announced that no more maritime asylum seekers will be resettled in Australia, with unauthorized arrivals to be sent to Papua New Guinea. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: Opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived in the country after spending four years abroad in self-imposed exile to avoid an 11-year prison sentence. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: At least six NPA guerrillas and one government militiaman were killed in a NPA attack on a militia outpost. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: A court unexpectedly freed protest leader Alexei Navalny pending his appeal against a five-year sentence on embezzlement charges after his jailing prompted protests. (AFP)
  • Russia: The White House is considering canceling an autumn summit between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. (AP)
  • Spain: Protesters demanding the resignation of the Spanish government clashed with police in Madrid resulting in seven police officers and five demonstrators being injured. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: President Ahmadinejad said that Iran and Iraq have “exceptional” relations that can play a major role in the region. (Xinhua)
  • Bahrain: Security forces clashed with anti-regime protesters leaving several people wounded. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government met the ambassadors of Britain and France, and Germany’s deputy envoy over plans by the EU to ban its 28 members from having any dealings with Jewish settlements. (AFP)
  • Syria: Deputy PM Qadri Jamil is to visit Moscow on 22JUL for talks with Russian FM Lavrov. (AFP)
  • Syria:  Chairman of the JCS General Martin Dempsey said US officials are weighing whether to use military force in Syria. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Defense Department said the US military is about to deploy 4,000 people in the Pentagon’s first units devoted to conducting cyber-offense and defense operations. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 18JUL: 88 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 18JUL: 45 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20JUL)

  • Global: Anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon – 1969.
  • China: Anniversary of the third Taiwan Straits Crisis – 1995.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of independence from Spain – 1810.
  • Cyprus: Anniversary of ‘black day’ of Turkish invasion, marked by Greek Cypriots – 1974.
  • Somalia: Anniversary of Ethiopian troops’ invasion – 2006.
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of the world’s first female head of government elected, in Sri Lanka – 1960.
  • United States: One-year anniversary of mass shooting in Aurora, CO movie theater – 2012.

 

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