ONS: 25 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Guinea, at least 95 were killed and several hundred wounded in inter-ethnic clashes in the country.
  • AMERICAS: The US House of Representatives rejected an amendment to defund the NSA surveillance program in a narrow 205-217 vote.
  • ASIA: Afghan Taliban in Zabul province abducted 12 local police officers after drugging their food.
  • EUROPE: In Spain, at least 77 people died and 143 were injured when a passenger train derailed in the northwestern region of Galicia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Kuwait, the majority of political groups decided to boycott the upcoming parliamentary election.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An industry survey showed that revelations about the US government’s surveillance program PRISM are hurting American technology firms.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Police were planning reinforcements to prepare for rival rallies on Friday.
    • The US voiced concerns that Egypt’s army chief’s call for a rally could incite violence
    • Influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa calling on Egyptians to ignore the army chief’s statement
    • Authorities deployed army and police at important institutions in the city of Luxor after an attempt by Islamist protesters to storm the airport.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, DPA

 

AFRICA

  • Guinea: At least 95 were killed and several hundred wounded in inter-ethnic clashes in the country. (Itar-Tass)
  • Ivory Coast: At least six prisoners died and several, including guards, were injured while attempting a breakout from a prison in Abidjan. (AFP)
  • Libya: The interior ministry of the UAE reported that the country’s embassy in Tripoli was attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade, with no injuries. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: A senior government official said President Kiir would appoint a new cabinet by 10AUG. (DPA)
  • Togo: Polls opened for parliamentary elections after months-long delays caused by protests. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Pope Francis warned Latin America against legalizing narcotics and urged courage in the face of deadly drug violence. (AFP)
  • Brazil: FM Patriota said his country would send a delegation to Washington to discuss alleged U.S. spying on Brazilian persons and corporations. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: Congress cancelled a number of appointments to the constitutional court, the central reserve bank, and the ombudsman’s office to appease mass protests. (AFP)
  • US: The House of Representatives rejected an amendment to defund the NSA surveillance program in a narrow 205-217 vote. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban in Zabul province abducted 12 local police officers after drugging their food. (RFE/RL)
  • Japan: PM Abe voiced concern over recent Chinese military and maritime activity near the disputed islands in the East China Sea. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea and the DPRK started the sixth round of working-level talks on opening the Kaesong industrial park. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: Officials said the country revised a controversial copper mine deal with a Chinese company, after a series of violent protests against the project. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Eight western Balkan countries opened the region’s first-ever joint summit in Slovenia, focused on promoting cooperation and EU membership. (AFP)
  • Bulgaria: PM Oresharski urged protesters to refrain from violence and said he was committed to a dialogue with them. (AFP)
  • Greece: The Coast Guard rescued over 40 undocumented migrants, one of whom later died, stranded on an islet near the island of Chios. (AFP)
  • Spain: At least 77 people died and 143 were injured when a passenger train derailed in the northwestern region of Galicia. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: A deputy from the Party of the Regions proposed setting up an ad hoc commission to evaluate threats to national security posed by US security services. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Militants killed 14 Shi’ite tanker-drivers at a makeshift roadblock on a road north of Baghdad. (Reuters)
  • Israel: A cabinet minister said US-mediated peace talks with the Palestinians could begin as early as next week. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: The majority of political groups decided to boycott the upcoming parliamentary election. (AFP)
  • Syria: A booby-trapped car ripped through a checkpoint of the Kurd’s Units of Protecting People in Syria’s northern province of Qamishly. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • PRISM: An industry survey showed that revelations about the US government’s surveillance program are hurting American technology firms. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 06E (Six)
    • 637 NM WSW from Socorro Island
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Dorian
    • 615 miles W from Cape Verde Islands
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 20 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (26JUL)

  • Egypt: Islamist anti-coup protests and public rallies encouraged by the country’s army chief planned.
  • Jordan: Japanese FM Kishida will visit the Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border.

 

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