ONS: 22 June 2013

by admin on June 22, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly will next week debate a no-confidence motion against President Marzouk.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Rousseff promised to hold a dialogue with members of a protest movement
  • ASIA: The US special representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins arrived in Qatar in anticipation of dialogue with the Taliban.
  • EUROPE: Russian riot police assaulted the head of prominent rights group ‘For Human Rights’ and the leader of liberal opposition party Yabloko.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hamas hanged two men accused of collaborating with Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: New documents from Snowden indicate that the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) also secretly collects and stores global communications in a program called Project Tempora.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US Secretary Kerry in Qatar for ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting
    • The Free Syrian Army said it has new weapons that could give it an advantage against the regime.
    • CIA operatives and US special operations troops have been secretly training Syrian rebels with anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons since late last year.
    • British Foreign Secretary Hague said that his government had taken “no decision” to provide arms to Syrian rebels.
    • Regime forces pressed an assault launched four days ago against rebel areas in northern and eastern Damascus.
    • President Assad ordered a pay increase for all military and civil service personnel in an effort to protect loyalists from rapidly rising inflation.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, LAT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Approximately 100,000 supporters of President Morsi assembled to show support ahead of planned opposition protests this month. (AP)
  • Morocco: The UN called on the government to take steps to coordinate its fight against human trafficking. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Humanitarian agencies urged the UNSC to expand an arms embargo to include all of Sudan. (DPA)
  • Tunisia: The National Constituent Assembly will next week debate a no-confidence motion against President Marzouk. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff promised to hold a dialogue with members of a protest movement. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: A US DEA agent was stabbed to death in Bogota while fighting off an apparent robbery attempt. (AFP)
  • United States: Federal prosecutors filed a sealed criminal complaint against Snowden. (WaPo)
  • United States: President Obama nominated Jim Comey as director of the FBI. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Fourteen militants were killed in operations in the east of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The US special representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins arrived in Qatar in anticipation of dialogue with the Taliban. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb killed two members of a pro-government militia near the Afghanistan border. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The US plans to sell six Lakota military helicopters to the country. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU finance ministers failed to secure an agreement on how best to downsize or close banks. (AP)
  • Region: Russia raised the possibility of quitting the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, citing new threats facing Russia. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Riot police assaulted the head of prominent rights group ‘For Human Rights’ and the leader of liberal opposition party Yabloko. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Protests have subsided in Istanbul and shifted towards Ankara. (NYT)
  • United Kingdom: Border officials seized cocaine worth £20m from a yacht originating in Portugal. (The Guardian)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Georgian government froze approximately 150 bank accounts tied to Iranian businesses and individuals in order to comply with UN sanctions. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: Seventy-one members of exiled Iranian opposition group MEK based at a camp near Baghdad were relocated to Albania. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Several attacks north of Baghdad killed nine. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas hanged two men accused of collaborating with Israel. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: New documents from Snowden indicate that the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) also secretly collects and stores global communications in a program called Project Tempora. (The Guardian)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Bebinca)
    • Location: 261 NM ESE of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 375 miles SSW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 10 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 22JUN: 64 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 22JUN: 39 (Saudi Arabia, France)
        • Sourcing: WHO, AFP

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23JUN)

  • Global: Iran will complete its term as head of the UN Conference on Disarmament.
  • Global: UN Public Service Day.
  • Albania: Parliamentary elections.
  • India: US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit India for his first official visit since taking up his post to chair the fourth annual US-India strategic dialogue (to 24JUN).
  • Tunisia: Presidential and parliamentary elections.

 

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