ONS: 23 June 2013

by admin on June 23, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Jonathan will leave for Cameroon ahead of a meeting of West and Central African leaders on maritime security in Gulf of Guinea.
  • AMERICAS: In Brazil clashes between protesters and police broke out in Belo Horizonte and Salvador while largely peaceful protests continued in dozens of other cities.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan gunmen claimed by the Sunni militant group Jundullah killed nine foreign nationals and one Pakistani in the north of the country.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police used water cannons to disperse thousands of demonstrators who had gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq three car bombs, including a suicide attack, killed at least four people in disputed territory in the north of the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google revealed it handed over data from the Gmail accounts of two former Wikileaks volunteers to the US government in compliance with secret court orders.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Bombings in Damascus and Aleppo as international community starts new push to support rebels.
    • A suicide attack hit northern Damascus killing at least three while a bombing in Aleppo killed 12 regime soldiers.
    • Qatar said that the ‘Friends of Syria’ talks agreed on a “secret” plan to ramp up assistance to rebels.
    • The LA Times reported that Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria is adding to tension along sectarian fault lines in the region.
    • Jordanian PM Ensour said that his country will not allow its territories to be used for any action against Syria.
    • Refugees are increasingly returning from Jordan to Syria in response to fear that regime forces would seize control of the last safe zones along the border and leave them stranded on the wrong side.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, LAT, WaPo, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: French President Hollande said he believed hostages taken by AQIM were alive and that Paris was “always seeking contacts” to free them. (AFP)
  • Egypt: An Egyptian court said Muslim Brotherhood members conspired with Hamas, Hezbollah and local militants to storm a prison in 2011 and free 34 Brotherhood leaders, including President Morsi. (AP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan will leave for Cameroon ahead of a meeting of West and Central African leaders on maritime security in Gulf of Guinea. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram forced thousands of people out of villages in the northeast. (WaPo)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Clashes between protesters and police broke out in Belo Horizonte and Salvador while largely peaceful protests continued in dozens of other cities. (BBC)
  • Jamaica: Authorities seized 97 pounds of cocaine worth nearly half a million dollars during a security check at a port in Kingston. (AP)
  • Paraguay: Protesters gathered in Asuncion to demonstrate against government corruption. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US Secretary Kerry said the US would press to shut down the Taliban office in Qatar if the insurgent group continued to create hurdles to peace talks. (WSJ)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban rejected reports that they may cancel peace talks with the US and the Afghan governments over criticism of the insurgents’ Qatar office. (AFP)
  • China: Edward Snowden is en route from Hong Kong to Moscow heading to a third destination despite a US arrest warrant and extradition request to authorities in Hong Kong. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government blamed the US for escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen claimed by the Sunni militant group Jundullah killed nine foreign nationals and one Pakistani in the north of the country. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: One man was killed and three wounded in a shootout near a polling station as parliamentary elections were underway. (AFP)
  • Greece: PM Samaras pledged to work more closely with his Socialist allies to prevent destabilizing disputes. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police used water cannons to disperse thousands of demonstrators who had gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The government is planning to force visitors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries whose nationals are deemed to pose a “high risk” of immigration abuse to provide a cash bond before they can enter the country. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Three car bombs, including a suicide attack, killed at least four people in disputed territory in the north of the country. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu instructed Israeli diplomats against lobbying to keep its military aid at current levels. (UPI)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas formally accepted the resignation of newly-installed PM Hamdallah. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Google revealed it handed over data from the Gmail accounts of two former Wikileaks volunteers to the US government in compliance with secret court orders. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Bebinca)
    • Location: 75 NM SE of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Movement: NW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 100% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 450 miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW 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: 68 (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 (24JUN)

  • Global: UN Meeting on the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict will begin.
  • Europe: Another round of consultations in Geneva will focus on security in border regions along Georgia’s border with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. (to 26JUN)
  • Brazil: WTO trade policy review on Brazil will begin (to 26JUN).
  • China: Spanish FM Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo will pay an official visit to China (to 28JUN).
  • Egypt: One-year anniversary of Mohamed Morsi’s election as President of Egypt – 2012.
  • Russia: Algerian FM Mourad Medelci will visit Moscow (to 26JUN).
  • Syria: EU foreign ministers will meet and review the developments in Syria, with allegations over the use of chemical weapons constituting an important factor.

 

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