ONS: 25 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 25, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ghanaian VP John Mahama was sworn in after the death of President John Atta Mills.
  • AMERICAS: A Canadian spy sold signals intelligence gathered by the US, UK and Canada to Russia.
  • ASIA: In India’s Assam state, riots erupted over land disputes, as 13,000 troops were deployed to control the violence.
  • EUROPE: The Greek army chief resigned, citing reasons of “ethics and dignity.”
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for Monday’s attacks and indicated the organization was “starting a new stage”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Nonprofits in Uganda are using mobile technology as a tool against HIV.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence intensified as clashes continued in Aleppo.
    • Half of the members of the United Nations observer mission in Syria have left the country.
    • Syrian envoys to Cyprus and the UAE defected.
    • According to unnamed officials in the LA Times, the lack of a CIA presence in Syria has led to a dearth of information on its internal developments.
    • US Secretary of State Clinton urged President al Assad to plan a political transition.
    • Coverage: LAT, Reuters, Xinhua, AFP, Xinhua-1

AFRICA

  • Region: South Sudan tabled a peace agreement to Sudan and the African Union High Level Implementation Panel with concrete proposals to comprehensively resolve all outstanding issues between the two neighboring countries before deadline of negotiations. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: UN helicopters attacked rebel positions in response to protect civilians. (AFP)
  • Ghana: VP John Mahama was sworn in after the death of President John Atta Mills. (VOA)
  • Madagascar: Landmarks talks between the transitional president and his predecessor began. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: A report indicated a Canadian spy sold signals intelligence gathered by the US, UK and Canada to Russia. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The government pledged to hold legislative and local elections before the end of 2012. (AP)
  • Mexico: Four members, including a “top commander” of the Zetas cartel were arrested. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez announced the nation’s withdrawal from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines Senate ratified a Status of Visiting Forces Agreement between Australia and the Philippines. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Up to 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 33 captured in six cleanup operations carried out by Afghan police, army and the NATO-led coalition forces in Nuristan, Zabul, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni and Herat provinces. (Xinhua)
  • India: Pranab Mukherjee was sworn in as the 13th Indian President. (PTI)
  • India: Thousands of troops are marching through a northeastern Assam state to quell ethnic clashes that have killed 34 and displaced 200,000. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the parliament, advocating for greater minority rights. (AP)
  • Tajikistan: Government forces declared a temporary ceasefire to allow for talks after 12 government troops and 30 militants loyal to a former warlord were killed in a battle. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain and France signed two agreements for further cooperation on the use of military drones. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The army chief resigned, citing reasons of “ethics and dignity.” (AP)
  • Macedonia: UN SG Ban arrived in Macedonia for scheduled meetings with the country’s leaders regarding its name dispute with neighbor Greece. (AP)
  • Romania: The opposition called for a boycott of Sunday’s referendum on impeaching President Basescu. (Reuters)
  • Spain: DM Morenes made an official visit to the US, reaffirming “very good” military relations between the two countries. (EFE)
  • Turkey: The country is closing its borders with Syria until further notice. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Militants in Palestine fired a rocket at Israel, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. (AFP)
  • Iran: Nuclear talks with the EU ended, with no reported progress. (McClatchy)
  • Iraq: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for Monday’s attacks and indicated the organization was “starting a new stage”. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Uganda: Nonprofits are using mobile technology as a tool against HIV. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1100 miles SW of Baja, California
    • Movement: W or WNW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 800 miles ENE of Bermuda
    • Movement: NE at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Simeulue, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 22 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26JUL)

  • Cuba: Cuban Revolution Day is celebrated – 1953.
  • Liberia: Independence Day is celebrated – 1847.

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