ONS: 19 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 19, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A UN sanctions panel said the government confirmed two members of the Gaddafi family violated a travel ban, leaving for Oman.
  • AMERICAS: A Mexican state prosecutor said one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives, sought for sexual exploitation of children, was arrested in Playa del Carmen.
  • ASIA: The Indian Army and Air Force evacuated 12,000 Hindu pilgrims stranded in a mountainous area of northern India due to monsoon rains.
  • EUROPE: In central Russia, 48 people were injured and over 6,000 were evacuated after explosions at an arms depot containing 18 million shells.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Israeli town of Ashkelon but did not result in any injuries.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An open House Intelligence Committee hearing revealed that NSA surveillance programs foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Karzai’s representatives to discuss a ceasefire with Taliban in Qatar
    • US President Obama said Taliban political office in Qatar is important step toward reconciliation between with the Afghan government.
    • President Karzai suspended talks with the US about American troop presence after the 2014 pullout of the NATO-led coalition, distancing himself from the US.
    • Taliban claimed responsibility for killing four US troops, only hours after Washington praised future talks.
    • Coverage:  DPA, Reuters, Reuters-1, Xinhua, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: A UN sanctions panel said the government confirmed two members of the Gaddafi family violated a travel ban, leaving for Oman. (DPA)
  • Egypt: Protesters burned Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Gharbiya. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The Austrian National Council approved sending five Austrian police as part of the 110 personnel comprising the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) to Libya. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe filed an urgent application with the country’s top court to delay elections by two weeks. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Portugal and Venezuela signed many agreements to improve cooperation in economic, trade and science and technology fields. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The government said it would send troops to five major cities to control the protests of now almost a quarter million people. (BBC)
  • Mexico: A state prosecutor said one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives, sought for sexual exploitation of children, was arrested in Playa del Carmen. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he would soon meet Iran’s Rowhani to further strengthen relations between the two countries. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: North Korean first vice FM Kim Kye-Gwan and Chinese vice FM Zhang Yesui co-chaired a “strategic dialogue” in Beijing. (AFP)
  • Region: The presidents of China and Vietnam planned to discuss their nations’ dispute over the South China Sea and promote economic ties during talks. (DPA)
  • India: The Army and Air Force evacuated 12,000 Hindu pilgrims stranded in a mountainous area of northern India due to monsoon rains. (AP)
  • Philippines: Marines and supplies were deployed to a shoal in the South China Sea. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Croatia: President Josipovic said that Croatia sees its imminent entrance into the EU as a victory despite the Union’s deep debt crisis. (AFP)
  • France: Nineteen people were killed and thousands evacuated from their homes in south-west France, affected by flash floods. (DPA)
  • Poland: PM Tusk said the country could delay building nuclear power plants as natural and shale gas become cheaper. (AFP)
  • Russia: Forty eight people were injured and over 6,000 were evacuated in central Russia after explosions at an arms depot containing 18 million shells. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bomber killed a government-backed Sunni tribal leader and three others, and wounded six in a town near the city of Mosul. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Israeli town of Ashkelon but did not result in any injuries. (The Independent)
  • Syria: Peace talks will be delayed after Russian President Putin vowed to boycott talks if they require the resignation of Assad. (UPI)
  • Yemen: A suicide bomber struck a market in the northern town of Saada, killing at least two other people. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Facebook announced 1 million active advertisers globally used its platform in the past 28 days. (Reuters)
  • Surveillance: An open House Intelligence Committee hearing revealed that NSA surveillance programs foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 04W (Leepi) Warning #07
    • Location: 271 NM SSW of Kadena Airbase, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 12 knots
    • Winds: 35 – 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression TWO
    • Location: Off the southern Caribbean coast of Mexico
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Winds: 35 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 (20JUN)

  • Global: Hacker group Anonymous plans to attack the oil-and-gas industry in an event called Operation Petrol.
  • Bulgaria: President Rosen Plevneliev will convene a meeting of the consultative council on national security in response to a controversial choice for the head of the country’s security agency.
  • Iraq: Postponed polls in Anbar and Nineveh will be held.
  • Kosovo: Three local police stations in northern Kosovo will be shut down in accordance with the accord between Serbia and Kosovo.
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif’s government will meet to form a national security policy specifically focusing on counter-terror, particularly in Balochistan.
  • Russia: President Putin will attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and will meet with German Chancellor Merkel (to 21JUN).
  • Russia: FM Lavrov will meet with UN representatives and the Cypriot FM at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum to discuss international development (to 22JUN).
  • Thailand: Extension of emergency decree in Thailand’s violence-plagued South will begin (to 20AUG).

 

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