ONS: 25 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisian Army Chief Rachid Ammar abruptly announced his retirement amid increased political tensions.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Rousseff proposed a referendum on political reform in a bid to respond to protests.
  • ASIA: The Chinese government called a US claim that it had facilitated the departure of Snowden from Hong Kong “groundless.”
  • EUROPE: The EU agreed to launch a new chapter in its stalled membership talks with Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani abdicated in favor of his son Sheikh Tamim.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Major government and media websites in South and North Korea were shut down for hours on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War in a cyberattack by unknown forces.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban launch attack on presidential palace and CIA base.
    • Taliban gunmen and bombers using fake NATO identification attacked an entrance to the Afghan presidential palace.
    • A nearby building known to house a CIA base also came under attack.
    • Three Afghan security guards and all four assailants were killed.
    • The attack came as Karzai was scheduled to brief the press.
    • A roadside bomb in the south of the country killed nine while traveling to celebrate a wedding engagement.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, AP, DPA, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Security forces arrested eight people in connection with the killing of four Shiites in a village south of Cairo. (AFP)
  • Sudan: HRW said South Sudan’s army has detained some 130 civilians without charges in a central state since February. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Army chief Rachid Ammar abruptly announced his retirement amid increased political tensions. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: PM Tsvangirai filed an application with the country’s top court to delay the elections. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Peru and Colombia signed two deals aimed at strengthening bilateral ties through increased trade and binational cabinet meetings. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff proposed a referendum on political reform in a bid to respond to protests. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A local court sentenced two top FARC rebel leaders to 40 years in jail for crimes of terrorism, rebellion and murder in 2003. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: FM Patino said he does not know Snowden’s current location. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: ROK President Park is to attend a summit in China on Wednesday in an effort to build consensus on promoting the denuclearization of the DPRK. (AFP)
  • Burma: The government plans to renegotiate natural resource deals as it imposes tougher environmental standards and clamps down on corruption. (AFP)
  • China: The government called a US claim that it had facilitated the departure of Snowden from Hong Kong “groundless.” (AFP)
  • India: PM Singh is to pay a landmark visit to Indian Kashmir a day after heavily-armed militants killed eight soldiers. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The ROK government put the current total losses of companies involved in the shuttered North-South Kaesong joint industrial zone at one billion dollars. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU agreed to launch a new chapter in its stalled membership talks with Turkey. (DPA)
  • Bosnia: US BG Hart took over as commander of the NATO headquarters in Sarajevo from BG Lord. (Xinhua)
  • France: Police arrested six people in the Paris region as part of a raid on a suspected radical Islamist cell allegedly planning domestic “terrorist acts.” (AFP)
  • Turkey: Approximately half of the PKK militants in the country have withdrawn since 08MAY. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Police raided homes in Ankara detaining at least 20 people involved in anti-government protests. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Local media reported that PM Netanyahu agreed to make gestures to the Palestinians under pressure to restart the peace talks from US Secretary Kerry. (Xinhua)
  • Qatar: Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani abdicated in favor of his son Sheikh Tamim. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Secretary Kerry is to visit the country in hopes of coordinating support for Syria’s rebels. (AFP)
  • Syria: Clashes continued around Damascus and Aleppo as the army pressed a major assault to crush rebels around the capital. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Major government and media websites in South and North Korea were shut down for hours on the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War in a cyberattack by unknown forces. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Cosme
    • Location: 285 miles WSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 23JUN: 70 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 23JUN: 39 (Saudi Arabia, France)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, AFP

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26JUN)

  • Global: International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
  • Global: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
  • Europe: Renewed talks on Turkey’s accession to the EU scheduled to begin.
  • China: South Korean President Park Geun Hye will visit China for talks with Chinese leaders (to 28JUN).
  • Georgia, Russia: Next round of Geneva negotiations between Russia and Georgia will begin.
  • Georgia: NATO SG Rasmussen to begin visit including meetings with the president, PM, parliament speaker, foreign and defense ministers, and the secretary of the Security Council (to 27JUN).
  • Kuwait: US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Kuwait City.
  • Mongolia: Presidential elections.
  • Senegal: President Obama kicks off his Africa tour (to 03JUL).
  • Somalia: Somali Independence Day – 1960.
  • Syria, Israel: UN Security Council will vote on a new mandate for UNDOF in the Golan Heights.
  • Tunisia: The National Constituent Assembly vote on a no-confidence against President Moncef Marzouki.

 

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