ONS: 21 June 2013

by admin on June 21, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian islamists gathered for a show of strength in Cairo ahead of planned opposition protests calling for President Morsi to step down.
  • AMERICAS: In Nicaragua, ten people died in a helicopter crash; including Air Force Chief of Staff Colonel Lopez, the head of Air Force counterintelligence, Colonel Vargas, and air defense chief Lieutenant Colonel Herrera.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan a suicide attacker opened fire inside a Shiite mosque and then detonated his explosives killing at least 10 people.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police arrested eight people suspected of recruiting jihadist militants for al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian PM Hamdallah submitted his resignation.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Defense Secretary Hagel said malicious cyberattacks are quickly becoming a defining security challenge “for our time, for all our institutions” and indicated that addressing them is a priority.

 

TOP STORY

  • Brazil: President calls emergency meeting in response to spreading protests.
    • President Rousseff called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the massive street protests, and canceled a scheduled 26JUN-28JUN trip to Japan.
    • More than a million Brazilians protested in the streets of at least 80 cities.
    • Protesters and police continued to clash, and at least one protester was killed in Sao Paulo after a car rammed into a crowd of demonstrators.
    • Sources quoted by the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo said authorities were “frightened” by protesters’ attempt to break into the foreign ministry building in Brasilia.
    • Protesters accused the media of belittling their movement.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: The M23 rebel group denied reports that its military commander was severely wounded in an ambush. (AP)
  • Egypt: Islamists gathered for a show of strength in Cairo ahead of planned opposition protests calling for President Morsi to step down. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: The government urged other nations to ratify a water deal strongly opposed by Egypt at the 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative conference. (AFP)
  • Libya: The UNSC voiced “deep concern” over the recent acts of violence in Benghazi. (Xinhua)
  • Morocco: HRW called on Moroccan judges to halt convictions based on confessions obtained through torture (AFP)
  • Mozambique: Gunmen ambushed two vehicles driving on the country’s main north-south highway days after ex-rebels vowed to block main transport routes. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The new head of the AU-UN mission to Darfur Mohamed Ibn Chambas said peace cannot be imposed by force in the region. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: FM Timerman asked the British government to negotiate on the sovereignty of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: The UN said Ecuador is the country in Latin America with the highest number of refugees at 55,480, with 98 percent of them from Colombia. (Xinhua)
  • Nicaragua: Ten people died in a helicopter crash, including Air Force Chief of Staff Colonel Lopez, the head of Air Force counterintelligence, Colonel Vargas, and air defense chief Lieutenant Colonel Herrera. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Afghanistan and Pakistan traded accusations in the UNSC over the areas of basing of islamist extremists on their porous border. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban fighters hailed the new office in Qatar but restated their commitment to continue to fight US forces until they left the country. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide attacker opened fire inside a Shiite mosque and then detonated his explosives killing at least 10 people. (AP)
  • Philippines: The government said it looks to resume talks with the MILF early next month. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The disease control authority confirmed the world’s first human infection of H6N1 bird flu has been reported on the island, adding that the patient has already recovered.  (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU foreign affairs head Ashton said the premiers of Serbia and Kosovo made headway towards normalising ties. (AFP)
  • Germany: The government summoned the Turkish ambassador over sharp criticism from Ankara over reluctance to move forward with Turkey’s EU bid. (AFP)
  • Greece: The Democratic Left party is to meet to decide whether to remain in the governing three-party coalition after the collapse of crisis talks on the shut-down of ERT. (DPA)
  • Spain: Police arrested eight people suspected of recruiting jihadist militants for al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police broke up anti-government protest camps in Smyrna and Mersin while security forces fired on demonstrators in Ankara, media reports said. (EFE)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bomber killed three people at a vote counting center west of Baghdad after polls closed in provincial elections. (AFP)
  • Israel: A security guard shot and killed an Israeli man at the Western Wall. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: PM Hamdallah submitted his resignation. (DPA)
  • Syria: Government troops shelled the Damascus neighbourhood of Qabun in a bid to drive rebels out of the district. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Tribesmen freed 11 soldiers after receiving an assurance from a senior commander that he would raise their demand for the release of a clansman. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Defense Secretary Hagel said malicious cyberattacks are quickly becoming a defining security challenge “for our time, for all our institutions” and indicated that addressing them is a priority. (AFPS)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 04W (Leepi)
    • Location: 215 NM WSW of Sasebo, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 16 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 05W (Bebinca)
    • Location: 228 NM SSE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Barry
    • Location: 24 miles E of Mexico City, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 25 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 (22JUN)

  • Asia: 46th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, 20th ASEAN Regional Forum will begin in Brunei (to 27JUN).
  • Asia: Fifth ASEAN School Games will begin in Hanoi (to 30JUN).
  • Europe: Day of Remembrance and Mourning for victims of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, held in the countries of the CIS – 1941.
  • Afghanistan: Deadline for the handover of prisoners detained by British forces, according to the Karzai administration.
  • Malaysia: Opposition rally against alleged fraud in elections last month is planned.
  • Russia: Iranian naval ships will visit Astrakhan port.
  • Syria: Foreign ministers of the “Friends of Syria” group will meet in Doha to discuss aid for the rebels.

 

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