ONS: 20 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 20, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian police have begun conducting operations to secure the release of a British citizen kidnapped earlier this week from an airport in Lagos.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, FARC rebels announced that they had captured a former American soldier and offered to release him as a “gesture” towards peace.
  • ASIA: Myanmar lifted a state of emergency that it had imposed on a central region after sectarian riots killed a number of people in March.
  • EUROPE: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny returned to Moscow after unexpectedly being released from prison and announced his continued candidacy for the city’s mayor.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, suspected members of al-Qaeda shot and killed a member of a pro-government militia that had backed a military offensive against the group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Shares in Microsoft again plunged after underwhelming fourth quarter earnings.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Secretary Kerry negotiated a resumption of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials in Washington.
    • Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will lead the country’s delegation after three years without any diplomatic breakthroughs.
    • A government official announced that a small number of Palestinian prisoners would be released as a goodwill measure ahead of renewed talks.
    • A number of Palestinian groups, including Hamas, condemned the resumption of talks, claiming it would detract from the cause.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Pro-Morsi demonstrations calling for the return of President Morsi continued into a second day after deadly clashes with opponents overnight. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Police have begun conducting operations to secure the release of a British citizen kidnapped earlier this week from an airport in Lagos. (DPA)
  • Somalia: UN experts claimed that despite the country’s new government, corruption remains rampant. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels announced that they had captured a former American soldier and offered to release him as a “gesture” towards peace. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested one of the leaders of the Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel, Victor Hugo Delgado Renteria. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Officials announced that the government had ended its “rapprochement” with the US after a statement by Samantha Powers calling it a “repressive regime.” (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: The opposition decried “political intimidation” ahead of the elections after a gunman fired shots at the party’s headquarters. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Authorities arrested 14 activists during a protest against the country’s participation in TPP trade talks currently underway. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The government lifted a state of emergency that it had imposed on a central region after sectarian riots killed a number of people in March. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Communist insurgents attacked a rural southern military outpost, killing six rebels and a member of a pro-government militia. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: A court found five cruise employees guilty of manslaughter and negligence in connection with the shipwreck that left 32 dead. (Guardian)
  • Portugal: Talks between the three main political parties on a solution to the political crisis broke down, leaving the country’s bailout plan unresolved. (BBC)
  • Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny returned to Moscow after unexpectedly being released from prison and announced his continued candidacy for the city’s mayor. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: Security forces detained two in connection with the killing of a Syrian connected with the al-Assad regime. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government forces began bombing a strategic rebel-controlled town in the northern province of Idlib with artillery and airstrikes, killing at least three. (AP)
  • Yemen: Suspected members of al-Qaeda shot and killed a member of a pro-government militia that had backed a military offensive against the group. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Microsoft: Shares in the company plunged after underwhelming fourth quarter earnings. (USA Today)

 

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 (21JUL)

  • Japan: House of Councillors elections.
  • Northern Ireland: Anniversary of Bloody Friday bombing by the Provisional Irish Republican Army around Belfast which killed nine and injured 130 – 1972.
  • Togo: Parliamentary elections.

 

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