ONS: 24 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan’s President Kiir suspended his cabinet and vice president in the largest reshuffle in the country’s short history.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian Ambassador to the US Carlos Urrutia resigned amid accusations of involvement in a land swindle deal.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Supreme Court pushed up the date for the presidential election, from 06AUG to 30JUL.
  • EUROPE: In Bulgaria, 20 civilians and three police officers were injured as anti-government protests in Sofia turned violent
  • MIDDLE EAST: Militants attacked a police station in northern Iraq with mortars and automatic weapons, killing 9 police officers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US security firm Akamai found that China and Indonesia were the top two source countries in a list of 177 source countries for Internet attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Qatar joined international calls for release of ousted President Morsi.
    • Two were killed and dozens injured in an attack on pro-Morsi supporters, allegedly by police in plain clothes.
    • Defense Minister al-Sisi called for protests against the waves of violence and reaffirmed the roadmap the army put in place after Morsi’s ouster.
    • A blast at a police station in the city of Mansura killed one and wounded 28.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, DPA, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Observers said attempts to reconcile hardened enemies in the country have broken down. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Rebels claimed an attack on government forces in North Kordofan. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: President Kiir suspended his cabinet and vice president in the largest reshuffle in the country’s short history.  (AFP)
  • Uganda: US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter discussed US military support for the fight against the LRA with FM Okello. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The H1N1 Influenza A virus claimed two lives in the province of San Juan, bringing the total death toll in the country for this year to 38. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The Ambassador to the US Carlos Urrutia resigned amid accusations of involvement in a land swindle deal. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: President Correa said he would follow Bolivia’s decision on whether to accept European apologies for Bolivian President Morales’ plane incident. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: FM Jaua said the US was interfering in his country’s internal affairs. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan’s coast guard said four Chinese coast guard ships entered the contiguous waters near the disputed Senkaku islands. (AFP)
  • Australia: Three people drowned and 40 were still missing when a boat asylum seekers headed to Australia capsized near Java Island. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: The Supreme Court pushed up the date for the presidential election, from 06AUG to 30JUL. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Hundreds protested at the Chinese Embassy in Manila against Chinese incursions in territories in the South China Sea. (DPA)
  • Thailand: Officials said bomb and gun attacks in the southern part of the country claimed eight lives. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Twenty civilians and three police officers were injured as anti-government protests in Sofia turned violent. (AFP)
  • Germany: The Foreign and Justice Ministers called on EU countries to support their initiative for a new UN charter on personal privacy in the internet space. (AP)
  • Portugal: President Silva accepted the cabinet members proposed by the prime minister, ending the political crisis in his coalition government. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Militants attacked a police station in the northern part of the country with mortars and automatic weapons, killing nine police officers. (AFP)
  • Israel: Two rockets from the Gaza Strip hit the Eshkol region in southern Israel without causing damages or casualties. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The government enacted new border entry controls to reduce friction between the local population and the influx of Syrian refugees. (AFP)
  • Syria: Two senior UN inspectors arrived in Damascus to examine alleged chemical weapon use in the country’s civil conflict. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber attacks: US security firm Akamai found that China and Indonesia were the top two source countries in a list of 177 source countries for Internet attacks. (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 (25JUL)

  • Global: 4th G20 Sherpas’ meeting will begin in St. Petersburg (to 26JUL).
  • Asia: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will visit Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines (to 27JUL).
  • India: Next phase of local civic body polls in West Bengal.
  • Japan: Tokyo and Washington will hold talks at the vice ministerial level in Tokyo.
  • Palestinian Territories: Japanese FM Kishida will host a meeting of Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian officials in the West Bank city of Jericho on economic cooperation.
  • Singapore: Vice President Biden will visit Singapore to meet the city-state’s leadership.

 

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