ONS: 26 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisia is preparing for a general strike called by the main labor union and numerous protests after the assassination of an opposition lawmaker.
  • AMERICAS: In Haiti, a group of international scientists studying the deadly cholera epidemic in the country claimed that UN peacekeepers were the most likely source of the disease.
  • ASIA: A Japanese government paper released by the country’s hawkish new government called for increasing military capabilities and playing a more assertive role in regional security.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, the head of a Syrian Kurdish group with links to domestic militant movements flew to Istanbul to discuss the surge in fighting near the border.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, pro-government militiamen are gaining ground near the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, which has been held by the opposition since last year.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have begun negotiating new safeguards and privacy restrictions on government surveillance programs.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: A court ordered the detention of deposed president Morsi for 15 days in order to conduct investigations into charges of espionage and jailbreak.
    • The former president will be questioned on his relationship with Hamas and possible collaboration with attacks on prisons and police stations in 2011.
    • Hamas quickly condemned the arrest and questioning of Morsi, saying that it showed Egyptian leaders were giving up national causes, like that of Palestine.
    • Meanwhile, the Army deployed tanks and troops on streets accessing Cairo’s Tahrir Square in preparation for an upcoming demonstration called by armed forces commander Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AFP-1, AFP-2, BBC, Guardian, EFE

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: The presidential campaigns are entering the final stages before the elections are held on 28JUL. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: President Kiir held consultations to set up a new government, two days after firing his entire cabinet. (AFP)
  • Togo: While election observers noted the legislative elections were free of violence, opposition leaders expressed concern about a number of procedural problems. (VoA)
  • Tunisia: The country is preparing for a general strike called by the main labor union and numerous protests after the assassination of an opposition lawmaker. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: An unusually potent outbreak of dengue fever has killed 26 people and infected nearly 40,000 more so far this year in Central America, where the mosquito-born illness is endemic. (AFP)
  • Argentina: The IMF dropped its plans to file a brief with the US Supreme Court on the country’s debt due to a possible breach in the organizations duty of neutrality. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: A group of international scientists studying the deadly cholera epidemic in the country, claimed that UN peacekeepers were the most likely source of the disease. (BBC)
  • United States: The Pentagon released an official statement saying that women would be official incorporated into combat roles by 2016. (CSM)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US MG Osterman claimed that al-Qaeda had lost the ability to mount serious attacks, although small numbers of fighters remain entrenched in the mountains. (Reuters)
  • Japan: A government paper released by the country’s hawkish new government called for increasing military capabilities and playing a more assertive role in regional security. (AP)
  • Korea, South: Defense chief Kim urged the North to maintain its commitment to the 1953 armistice agreement as Kaesong negotiations once again broke down. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The Opposition PPP party announced that it would boycott the upcoming presidential elections in protest over a court ruling that moved the date of the election. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Italian PM Letta said after meeting with visiting NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen in Rome that defense policies are an increasingly important issue for the EU. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: Euro zone officials approved the transfer of four billion euros to the country, all of which will begin disbursement on Monday. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Police in the Moscow Region seized a shipment of 95 kilos of cocaine stashed in a truck carrying boxes of bananas. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: The head of a Syrian Kurdish group with links to domestic militant movements flew to Istanbul to discuss the surge in fighting near the border. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Obama administration expanded its list of basic medical supplies authorized for export or re-export to Iran. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: UN Secretary General Ban pushed Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to “act courageously” in their attempts to settle the long conflict. (Itar-Tass)
  • Syria: Pro-government militiamen are gaining ground near the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, which has been held by the opposition since last year. (AP)
  • Syria: A Paris-based American-French photographer who had been held in the country since April was freed and returned home. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Privacy: The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have begun negotiating new safeguards and privacy restrictions on government surveillance programs. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes:
    • Tropical Storm Dorian
      • Location: 1550 mi E of Northern Leeward Islands
      • Winds: 50 mph
      • Movement: NW at 20 mph
      • Map
      • Tropical Storm Flossie
        • Location: 1355 mi SW of Southern Baja California
        • Winds: 45 mph
        • Movement: W at 17 mph
        • Map
  • Earthquake: NE of Luganville, Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 84.2 mi
    • Map
  • 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 (27JUL)

  • Asia: Russia and China will begin “Peace Mission 2013,” a military exercise in the area of Chebarkul Lake in Russia (to 15AUG).
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of final Korean armistice agreement signed, end of Korean War – 1953.
  • Kuwait: Parliamentary elections.
  • Syria: Ahmed al-Jarba, the head of the main Syrian opposition alliance, will travel to Washington.
  • Ukraine: President Viktor Yanukovych will discuss current issues of cooperation and interaction during bilateral meetings with the presidents of Russia, Serbia and Moldova.
  • United States: Black Hat security conference will begin in Las Vegas (to 01AUG).
  • United States: Anniversary of bomb explosion at Atlanta Olympics – 1996.

 

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