ONS: 20 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 20, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian tourism minister Zaazou resigned after a member of a group associated with terrorists who killed at least 58 tourists in 1997 was made governor of Luxor.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s two largest cities rolled back transit fare hikes that triggered massive protests.
  • ASIA: The Afghan Taliban said they would exchange a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives held at Guantanamo Bay.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s state-run news agency reported that police have detained 13 more demonstrators suspected of involvement in violence during protests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two Iraqi Sunni-majority provinces voted under heavy security in delayed provincial polls.
  • TECHNOLOGY: India launched a surveillance program that will give its security agencies and income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Russia to carry out missile delivery as US divided on policy options.
    • Russia said it will honor its contract to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria.
    • Chairman of the JCS Dempsey clashed with Secretary Kerry over the merits of bombing Syria’s regime at a White House meeting.
    • A mortar shell from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights.
    • UNESCO said six sites in Syria were added to the list of endangered World Heritage sites.
    • Italian officials said an Italian Muslim convert who was killed fighting against the Syrian government was believed to have recruited terrorists in Italy.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, UPI

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Former UNSG Annan said tax havens used by major international firms are depriving African states of tens of billions of dollars each year. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Tourism minister Zaazou resigned after a member of a group associated with terrorists who killed at least 58 tourists in 1997 was made governor of Luxor. (The Guardian)
  • Mali: The US welcomed a ceasefire deal signed between the government and Tuareg rebels. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The US strongly condemned the “despicable” attack on the UN office in Mogadishu. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s two largest cities rolled back transit fare hikes that triggered massive protests. (AFP)
  • Cuba: The US and Cuba agreed to resume bilateral talks on migration issues next month. (AP)
  • United States: The FBI admitted it uses aerial surveillance drones over US soil. (The Guardian)
  • Venezuela: The Ministry of Health reported a total of 1,538 cases of the H1N1 virus across the country. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Afghan Taliban said they would exchange a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives held at Guantanamo Bay. (AP)
  • China: The government rejected a US report that criticized the government for failing to make greater efforts to combat human trafficking. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The US and the Philippines are to hold joint naval maneuvers in the South China Sea next week near a reef claimed by both China and Manila. (AFP)
  • Turkmenistan: The country accepted the credentials of the first ever Israeli ambassador to the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Parliament denied reports that a breakthrough deal had been achieved on the bloc’s 2014-20 budget. (DPA)
  • Greece: The governing coalition failed to end a political crisis triggered by the closure of state broadcaster ERT. (AP)
  • Russia: Deputy FM Ryabkov said Russia requires improved transparency and legal guarantees on US missile defense in the region. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: A fraudster managed to fool the country’s news agencies into believing one of President Putin’s closest allies had been “fired” from his post. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The state-run news agency reported that police have detained 13 more demonstrators suspected of involvement in violence during protests. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government said calls by Sunni clerics for a holy war against the Syrian government are fuelling radicalism in the region. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Two Sunni-majority provinces voted under heavy security in delayed provincial polls. (AFP)
  • Jordan: A Cambridge University study indicates that the belief that honor killings are justified is still common among Jordanian teenagers. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: President Suleiman urged Hezbollah to end their participation in the war in Syria and “return to Lebanon.” (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: India launched a surveillance program that will give its security agencies and income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 04W (Leepi)
    • Location: 132 NM WNW of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: N at 18 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Barry
    • Location: 30 miles NNE of Veracruz, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 45 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-MERS)
        • 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 (21JUN)

  • Europe: Regular meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSECO) will begin in Odessa.
  • China: Ninth round of talks between chief negotiators from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan will be held in Shanghai.
  • Egypt: Egyptian Islamist parties have called for a “million-man march” to counter planned opposition protests.
  • Global: June Solstice.
  • Greenland: National Day – 1983.
  • Qatar: US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Doha to meet with top Qatari leaders and take part in a meeting of the core ministers from the Friends of Syria group (to 22JUN).
  • Tunisia: Appeal hearing for Femen activists in Tunisia will begin.

 

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