ONS: 21 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 21, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Two Malian polling officials abducted in the northern town of Tessalit were freed in the same area although the location of several more remain unknown.
  • AMERICAS: The US Coast Guard intercepted USD35 million worth of cocaine in the Caribbean.
  • ASIA: 33 Nepalese opposition parties led by a Maoist party requested that the international community not support the government’s bid to hold another round of elections.
  • EUROPE: In Belgium, King Albert II it set to abdicate after 20 years on the throne, his son Philippe will assume the throne as the country’s seventh monarch.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UNHCR officials announced that the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon had jumped to over 625,000, 95,000 of whom are still waiting to complete the registration process
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple confirmed that it was in the process of acquiring two small startups hoping that their technology will boost its maps service.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Interim FM Nabil Fahmy announced that the new government will reexamine its relationship with Syria.
    • Under President Morsi relations with Syria grew strained after the former president called for the fall of the al-Assad regime.
    • FM Fahmy was careful to highlight that re-examining the relationship did not mean that closer ties would result.
    • Under former President Morsi Egypt became a hub for anti-al-Assad groups and refugees, as the number of refugees has ballooned in recent months.
    • Coverage: NYT, VoA, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: 15 army conscripts were killed and 40 others wounded in the Nile Delta region when their bus was involved in a head on collision. (DPA)
  • Mali: Two polling officials abducted in the northern town of Tessalit were freed in the same area although the location of several more remain unknown. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: SADC leaders warned organizing the upcoming elections would be difficult given the lack of ample preparation time. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Clashes between government and FARC forces left six guerrillas and four soldiers dead and three soldiers injured. (AFP)
  • United States: The Coast Guard intercepted USD35 million worth of cocaine in the Caribbean. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Militants launched an attack in the eastern province of Khost, killing six, including the brother of a district chief. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Exit polls showed the coalition of PM Shinzo Abe secured a majority in upper house elections. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The government and the parliamentary peace-making group met in Yangon, the first to be attended by Aung Sun Suu Kyi. (Xinhua)
  • Nepal: 33 opposition parties led by a Maoist party requested that the international community not support the government’s bid to hold another round of elections. (Xinhua)
  • Singapore: The government appointed new representatives to the UN, ASEAN, and ambassadors to India and Cambodia. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: King Albert II it set to abdicate after 20 years on the throne, his son Philippe will assume the throne as the country’s seventh monarch. (AFP)
  • France: Riots continued in suburbs west of Paris for a second night leaving nearly 20 cars burned and four people in custody over the government’s ban of the Islamic veil. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A number of regional officials will attend the inauguration of Hassan Rouhani, including Qatar’s new monarch, and officials from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Two separate car bombings on the outskirts of Baghdad left six dead, the latest in a wave of car bombs that have killed 57. (AP)
  • Kuwait: HRW denounced the government over the sentencing of a female activist to nearly two years in prison for remarks made over Twitter deemed insulting to the emir. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: UNHCR officials announced that the number of Syrian refugees in the country had jumped to over 625,000, 95,000 of whom are still waiting to complete the registration process. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Apple: The company confirmed that it was in the process of acquiring two small startups hoping that their technology will boost its maps service. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 29mi SE of Blenheim, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 8.7mi
    • Map
  • 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 (22JUL)

  • Asia: Vice President Biden will begin week-long trip to India and Singapore.
  • Europe: EU decides whether or not to add the military wing of Lebanon’s Hezbollah to its black list of terrorist groups.
  • Europe: Meeting of the foreign ministers of the Eastern Partnership will begin in Brussels.
  • Brazil: Pope Francis is will visit Brazil for a major Catholic youth festival (to 28JUL).
  • India: Next phase of local civic body polls in West Bengal.
  • Korea, North: Arirang Mass Games will run every day, except Sundays and Tuesdays starting on this date (to 09SEP).
  • Korean Peninsula: 5th round of inter-Korean talks on the Kaesong Industrial Park will begin.
  • Lebanon: EU foreign ministers are set to decide whether or not to add the military wing of Lebanon’s Hezbollah to its black list of terrorist groups.
  • Malaysia: Court to hear prosecutors appeal against the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges (to 23JUL).
  • Philippines: President Benigno Aquino will deliver annual State of the Nation address to parliament.
  • Venezuela: Colombian President Santos and Venezuelan President Maduro plan to meet.
  • Buddhism: Asala, Dharma Day, the anniversary of the start of Buddha’s teaching his first sermon after his enlightenment.

 

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