ONS: 26 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The AU’s special representative in charge of counter terrorism said Libya is becoming an important transit hub for terrorists.
  • AMERICAS: The US Army is reducing the number of active duty combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the country.
  • ASIA: In Australia, Kevin Rudd ousted PM Gillard as head of the Labor Party in a leadership ballot
  • EUROPE: Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse some 2,000 protesters in Ankara and made 16 arrests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two US intelligence officials said that members of virtually every terrorist group, including core al Qaeda, are attempting to change how they communicate.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Council on Foreign Relations reported that US oil and natural gas operations are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: NGO reports 100,000 killed in Syria since beginning of uprising
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the toll was now 100,191 people, with at least 36,661 civilians killed, along with 25,000 regime troops and 18,072 rebel fighters.
    • Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned that allowing Syria to fracture along sectarian lines “will have devastating consequences”.
    • The Syrian information minister said Saudi Arabia is responsible for the conflict in providing weapons and money to “terrorists.”
    • At least 20 Syrians were injured in a stabbing attack when their vehicle was targeted by a group of unknown attackers in eastern Beirut.
    • US ambassador Susan Rice criticized the UNSC’s failure to act over the worsening Syria conflict as a “moral and strategic disgrace.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Troops were deployed to secure the Media Production City near Cairo ahead of the planned 30JUN anti-president protests. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The AU’s special representative in charge of counter terrorism said Libya is becoming an important transit hub for terrorists. (AFP)
  • Mali: UN officials called on the international community to contribute resources to the deployment of a new UN mission in Mali. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Militant group Boko Haram is increasingly targeting civilians. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Authorities detained four suspects in the killing of a US DEA agent. (AP)
  • Mexico: Social media is rising in importance in tracking and reporting on drug trafficking and drug related violence in the country. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Gunmen kidnapped and killed three police officers in Michoacan. (AFP)
  • United States: The US Army is reducing the number of active duty combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the country. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he would consider an asylum request from Snowden if the country receives one. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US President Obama and Afghan President Karzai expressed support for the idea of holding talks with the Taliban in the group’s Qatar office. (AFP)
  • Australia: Kevin Rudd ousted PM Gillard as head of the Labor Party in a leadership ballot. (WSJ)
  • China: Riots left 27 people dead in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Hackers said they leaked personal details of tens of thousands of US troops to websites in the wake of cyber attacks on the Korean government. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A remote-controlled bomb in Karachi killed eight people and injured a senior judge. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: The country’s election commission said with 97 of the votes counted the Socialists’ coalition won around 53 percent. (AP)
  • Russia: A top Russian lawmaker said the US is applying “ill-considered” pressure on Russia and China to expel fugitive US intelligence leaker Snowden. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse some 2,000 protesters in Ankara and made 16 arrests. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Finance minister Osborne is to confirm plans to further reduce state spending. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Two US intelligence officials said that members of virtually every terrorist group, including core al Qaeda are attempting to change how they communicate. (AP)
  • Iran: Authorities burned at least 100 tons of illicit drugs as part of its efforts to fight drug smuggling. (AP)
  • Israel: The IDF reopened the two crossings into the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: HRW reported that police are torturing vulnerable people being held in custody. (AFP)
  • Qatar: Al Jazeera reported that Minister of State for Interior Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, will be the country’s new prime minister. (Al Jazeera)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Council on Foreign Relations reported that US oil and natural gas operations are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Cosme
    • Location: 430 miles SW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Pavlof Volcano, Alaska
    • Ash and cinder plumes of increasing intensity; some flight disruptions. (Reuters)
  • 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 (27JUN)

  • Global: IAEA International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century will begin in St. Petersburg (29JUN).
  • Europe: EU summit will begin in Brussels, the countries will decide whether to launch talks on Serbia’s accession and negotiate an association deal with Kosovo (to 29JUN).
  • Middle East: US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Jordan as well as Israel to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders (to 29JUN).
  • Djibouti: Independence Day – 1977.
  • Kazakhstan: Romanian PM Victor Ponta to make official state visit to discuss bilateral relations, trade, and economic cooperation.
  • Moldova: Joint exercise of American and Moldovan special task forces in Moldova within the framework of the Partnership for Peace program will end.
  • Philippines: The Philippines and the US will begin Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training (CARAT), a joint naval exercise (to 02JUL).
  • Portugal: General strike to begin after left-wing parties increased criticism of the government’s austerity policies.
  • Russia: Moroccan FM Saad Al-Osmani will make a working visit to Moscow (to 29JUN).
  • Russia: President Putin will meet with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to discuss civilian nuclear power (to 29JUN).
  • Tajikistan: National Unity Day.

 

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