ONS: 23 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 23, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian media said six people were killed in Cairo when violence erupted at a sit-in of supporters of deposed President Morsi.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters amid Pope Francis’ visit with President Rousseff.
  • ASIA: Afghan officials said a suicide bomber rode a donkey into a NATO convoy, killing three soldiers and an Afghan interpreter.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Deputy PM Arinc said Abdullah Ocalan, jailed leader of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), would not be allowed to hold a press conference.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Salehi announced his government strongly denounced the EU’s decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s armed wing as a terrorist group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The global economy loses between USD100 billion and USD500 billion annually to cyber-crime.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government troops intensified operations against rebels in Damascus.
    • UN-AL Peace Envoy Brahimi said he was pressing on with plans for a peace conference, though date remains undetermined
    • The opposition movement welcomed the EU decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s military wing and said its leaders should be put on trial
    • The Pentagon provided the US Congress with a list of military options for possible intervention in Syria
    • Coverage: WSJ, AFP, AFP-1, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: State media said six people were killed in Cairo when violence erupted at a sit-in of supporters of deposed President Morsi. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The Ukrainian FM handed a note to the Charge d’Affaires Asbei demanding freeing of the 19 Ukrainian crewmembers reportedly captured in Benghazi. (Interfax)
  • Nigeria: The Army said Boko Haram was responsible for an attack that killed a girl and a policeman in Bauchi state. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters amid Pope Francis’ visit with President Rousseff. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The FARC offered to arm coca growers who have been blocking roads in protest over coca eradication efforts. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities said 7 people died and 15 were injured after gunmen fired on a group of community self-defense members in the state of Michoacan. (AP)
  • United States: The US military is said to be preparing holding hearings for 71 Guantanamo Bay detainees. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian and Chinese officials began discussions to resolve a longstanding dispute overtheir border in the Himalayas. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Officials said a suicide bomber rode a donkey into a NATO convoy, killing three soldiers and an Afghan interpreter. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: New satellite images confirmed that construction of a new generation of long-range rockets was halted as suspected in 2012.(AFP)
  • Myanmar: The government said it would free about 70 political prisoners, after President Sein vowed to release all dissidents by the year’s end. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Viviane Reding, VP of the European Commission, urged Bulgaria to reform its justice system during a meeting with President Plevneliev. (Xinhua)
  • Georgia: Economy Minister Kviriakshvi said the country concluded the final round of negotiations for a comprehensive free-trade agreement with the EU. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Officials said about 300 African migrants stormed a fence surrounding the North African enclave of Melilla attempting to enter Spanish territory. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Deputy PM Arinc said Abdullah Ocalan, jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), would not be allowed to hold a press conference. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Police prevented a car bombing near a mosque in West Riffa, south of the capital Manama. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: FM Salehi announced his government strongly denounced the EU’s decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s armed wing as a terrorist group. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Iranian official Amir-Abdollahian said the Yemeni government is responsible for the safety of an Iranian diplomat abducted in the country. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-crime: The global economy loses between $100 billion and $500 billion annually to cyber-crime. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 21JUL: 90 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 21JUL: 45 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing:WHO, WHO-1

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24JUL)

  • Global: WTO General Council will begin (to 25JUL).
  • India: Vice President Biden will give a policy speech at the Bombay Stock Exchange and hold a roundtable with business leaders.
  • Russia: Vice-PMs of Russia and Belarus will discuss further prospects for developing the Union State at high-level group session in Moscow.
  • Russia: FM Lavrov and Moldovan FM Natalia Gherman will meet to discuss trade and economic relations, and the Transdniestrian settlement.
  • Solomon Islands: RAMSI peacekeeping mission to the Solomon Islands will end after 10 years.
  • Syria: Ahmed al-Jarba, the head of the main Syrian opposition alliance will meet with French President Francois Hollande and will travel to London and Berlin (to 25JUL).
  • Vietnam: President Truong Tan Sang will visit Washington, DC (to 26JUL).

 

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