ONS: 22 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 22, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian police rescued a British national who was kidnapped a week ago near Lagos international airport.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos vowed a strong military offensive against the FARC whose last attack killed 19 soldiers.
  • ASIA: Over 2,000 Chinese soldiers and officers were dispatched to a rescue mission in Gansu Province after an earthquake there killed at least 56.
  • EUROPE: The EU declared the military wing of the Lebanese party Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Israeli official said the country would decide on the release of 80 long-serving Palestinian prisoners ahead of renewed peace talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE said it “confronted” an attempt by Egyptian cyber criminals to hack government websites.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Russia said it may extend a loan to Damascus to help the country’s economy.
    • Shelling by government forces destroyed the historic mausoleum of a companion of the Prophet Mohammed in the city of Homs
    • Rebels seized the town of Khan al-Assal, one of few towns in the western part of Aleppo province held by Assad
    • Government troops fired mortar rounds into a main market in the town of Ariha, killing at least 18 civilians
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: A security official said gunmen killed a retired army colonel who served under Gaddafi, in the city of Derna. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Police rescued a British national who was kidnapped a week ago near Lagos international airport. (DPA)
  • South Africa: President Zuma moved to rein in his envoy on Zimbabwe’s political crisis following complaints about her remarks by President Mugabe. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Anti-terrorist police seized large quantities of weapons and ammunition in Tunis during a nationwide operation. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama authorities found two Soviet-era MiG-21 fighter jets on a North Korea-flagged ship as it tried to cross the Panama Canal, coming from Cuba. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Police said a grenade blast by unknown perpetrators killed one person and injured at least 20 at a nightclub in the city of Cucuta. (BBC)
  • Colombia: President Santos vowed a strong military offensive against the FARC whose last attack killed 19 soldiers. (AP)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors said a human rights lawyer who represented indigenous peoples in southern Mexico was shot to death. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea started a fifth round of talks on reopening a joint industrial complex, following unsuccessful previous meetings. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Parliament voted to dismiss Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang in a potential blow to stability in the country. (Reuters)
  • China: Over 2,000 soldiers and officers were dispatched to a rescue mission in Gansu Province after an earthquake there killed at least 56. (Xinhua)
  • Vietnam: Popular blogger Nguyen Van Hai, serving a 12 year-sentence for anti-state propaganda, is “very weak” from a hunger strike protesting his treatment in prison. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU declared the military wing of the Lebanese party Hezbollah a terrorist organization. (AP)
  • Portugal: President Silva rejected calls for snap elections to resolve the country’s ongoing political crisis. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The military returned fire after 10-15 shots were fired from Syria at an armored vehicle patrolling the border. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: a suicide car bomb targeting an army convoy  in the city of Mosul exploded, killing up to 25 and wounding 29. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: An official said the country would decide on the release of 80 long-serving Palestinian prisoners ahead of renewed peace talks. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Sunni Muslim extremists and Shiite Zaidi rebels started battling over control of mosques in the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-attack: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE said it “confronted” an attempt by Egyptian cyber criminals to hack government websites. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 244 km WNW of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Merapi, Java, Indonesia
    • Smoke and ash are spewing
  • 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 (23JUL)

  • Asia: Japan will join the TPP negotiations in Malaysia.
  • Middle East: Japanese FM Fumio Kishida will begin five-day trip to Israel, Palestine and Jordan (to 27JUL).

 

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