ONS: 19 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 19, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US expressed alarm over what was called the undermining of election results by the Egyptian military.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican security forces killed seven gunmen in Veracruz.
  • ASIA: Pakistani supreme court declared PM Gilani ineligible to hold office.
  • EUROPE: European leaders present at the G20 summit stated a commitment to closer integration of the banking system.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq’s Baquba struck by a suicide bomber targeting Shiites killed 22.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft announced an entry into the tablet market called “Surface.”

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community indecisive and deadlocked over response to violence
    • The chief of the suspended UN monitor mission, GEN Mood, will brief the UNSC today on the possible future of the mission in the face of escalating violence.
    • US President Obama and Russian President Putin issued a joint statement calling for the end of violence in Syria, but failed to agree on a unified peace plan.
    • The government claimed it was prepared to evacuate civilians from Homs and blamed rebel interference on its failure to do so already.
    • Coverage: AP-1ReutersAP-2Al-Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Region: The UNSC expressed concern over delays in the implementation of the peace plan between Sudan and South Sudan. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The US expressed alarm over what was called the undermining of election results by the Egyptian military. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Gunmen stormed the Tunisian consulate in Benghazi, but did not open fire and the situation was resolved peacefully. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: An anticipated assault on Kismayu by government and AU forces may weaken al Shabaab but not end the militant group’s ability to act. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels attacked a navy checkpoint in Buenaventura, injuring nine. (EFE)
  • Bolivia: Iranian President Ahmadinejad visits Bolivia to boost economic and political ties with the region. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Security forces killed seven gunmen in Veracruz. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Authorities seized more than 16 tons of drug precursors in Manzanillo. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A coalition soldier was killed by three militants wearing Afghan police uniforms. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: NATO reported seven militants were killed attacking a coalition base in Kandahar. (AP)
  • Korea, North: US President Obama extended for one year the sanctions against the DPRK citing the “unusual and extraordinary threat” posed by the Asian country to US national security, foreign policy and economy. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: President Sein outlined a second wave of economic reforms. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The supreme court declared PM Gilani ineligible to hold office and ordered President Zardari to select a new PM. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban in North Waziristan banned polio vaccination until the end of drone strikes. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: European leaders present at the G20 summit stated a commitment to closer integration of the banking system. (Reuters)
  • Region: French, Russian and US presidents called for a peaceful settlement to the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. (NYT)
  • Greece: Conservative and Socialist political party leaders entered a second day of governing coalition talks. (AP)
  • Spain: The central bank reported high borrowing costs, renewing fears of a debt crisis. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: Clashes in the country’s southeast between PKK militants and security forces left at least 18 dead. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: After the nuclear conference’s first day of talks made it clear world powers and Iran do not agree on its program, negotiations continued for a second day in Moscow. (NYT)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber struck a Shiite gathering in Baquba, killing at least 22. (AFP)
  • Israel: Palestinian officials reported two Gazans were killed by an Israeli airstrike. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: The US is planning a significant military presence of 13,500 troops in Kuwait to give it the flexibility to respond to sudden conflicts in the region as Iraq adjusts to the withdrawal of American combat forces. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tablet Computing: Microsoft entered into the tablet market with a device called “Surface.” (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Guchol
    • Location: 160 NM SSW of Kyoto
    • Movement: NE at 40 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Talim
    • Location: 430 NM SW of Taipei
    • Movement: NE at 12 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 250 miles WSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: slowly eastward
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 550 miles NE of Bermuda
    • Movement: ENE 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: northwestern Caribbean Sea
    • Movement: NW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20JUN)

  • Global: UN summit on sustainable development Rio +20 kicks off two-day conference.
  • Global: World Refugee Day is celebrated.
  • Africa: Mali and Senegal celebrate independence from France – 1960.
  • Colombia: House of Representatives approves a bill to regulate journalistic activity – 2002.
  • Iran: Anniversary of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan – 2009.

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