ONS: 27 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 27, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  In Libya, protesters attacked the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Benghazi after demonstrations against a string of assassinations turned violent.
  • AMERICAS: Nearly 300 Brazilians ransacked five banks in Sao Paulo after taking to the streets to show support for demonstrations against the governor in Rio de Janeiro.
  • ASIA: Cambodian opposition leader Rainsy claimed that the outcome of the parliamentary elections would be rigged by the NEC in favor of the ruling party of PM Hun.
  • EUROPE: Ignoring a court-ordered ban, members of Ukraine’s far-right Sboboda party organized a rally in Kiev against the visit of Putin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kuwaiti voters are set to go to the polls for the country’s second parliamentary election in eight months in which opposition parties will not be participating.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Two journalism professors suggested amending journalism education to better prepare them for the growing role Big Data is playing in the field.

 

TOP STORIES

  • Afghanistan: A number of bombs exploded across the country targeting several government officials.
    • A roadside bomb targeted the convoy of the provincial governor of Samangan, injuring five including the governor.
    • Yet another roadside bomb targeted the convoy of Baghlan province’s police chief, killing one and injuring another although the chief was unhurt.
    • These attacks coincided with an ISAF air raid on Taliban targets in Helmand province, which killed 45 militants.
    • Despite the increase in violence, government officials announced the expansion of voter registration to insecure rural areas.
    • Coverage: Xinhua-1, Xinhua-2, AFP
  • Egypt: MB spokesman Gehad al-Haddad claimed that at least 70 people had been killed in attacks by security forces on a pro-Morsi sit-in.
    • Accounts on the number of dead differ, with doctors at field hospitals set up near the clashes saying that at least 16 had been killed.
    • Field Marshall al-Sisi called for a “popular mandate” to deal with the violence that has gripped the country since Morsi’s 03JUL ouster.
    • The military began patrolling the Suez Canal to ensure that unrest did not disrupt the shipping route that is vital to the country’s economy.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, Reuters-2, Reuters-3

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Protesters attacked the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Benghazi after demonstrations against a string of assassinations turned violent. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A car bomb exploded in Mogadishu leaving at least one dead and five wounded. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: A car bomb exploded in the capital leaving no casualties, hours ahead of the funeral for the recently assassinated politician. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: A demonstrator was killed in the central town of Gafsa as police used tear gas to disperse the march protesting the assassination of Mohammad Brahmi. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Nearly 300 protesters ransacked five banks in Sao Paulo after taking to the streets to show support for demonstrations against the governor in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Police announced that they had arrested the leader of Los Rastrojos, the leader of one of the country’s leading drug trafficking and criminal gangs. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: One soldier was killed and four others wounded when a bomb exploded as they patrolled a rural area in a southern province. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: Opposition leader Rainsy claimed that the outcome of the parliamentary elections would be rigged by the NEC in favor of the ruling party of PM Hun. (Xinhua)
  • China: Military personnel and armaments were sent to Russia where they will participate in 20 days of joint anti-terrorism drills. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The country staged its largest ever military parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended hostilities during the Korean War. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The army claimed that Indian troops shot and killed one soldier and injured another along the country’s disputed border with Kashmir. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Venezuelan President Maduro ordered the country’s ambassadors to Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy to return to their posts after having been recalled in protest of the blockade that forced the Bolivian president’s plane to make an emergency landing. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: Ignoring a court-ordered ban, members of the country’s far-right Sboboda party organized a rally in Kiev against the visit of Putin. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Authorities claimed that a bomb blast injured at least three security personnel in a series of anti-government attacks. (AP)
  • Kuwait: Voters are set to go to the polls for the country’s second parliamentary election in eight months in which opposition parties will not be participating. (AFP)
  • Syria: Regime forces supported by Hezbollah have made significant gains in the central city of Homs, the latest gain in the four-week offensive. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UN announced that it had finally reached an agreement with the government on an inquiry into the use of chemical weapons. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Journalism: Two professors suggested amending journalism education to better prepare them for the growing role Big Data is playing in the field. (Nieman Lab)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm 06E (Flossie)
      • Location: 1532.8 mi E of Pearl Harbor, HI
      • Movement: NW at 18 mph
      • Winds: 57 mph
      • Map
      • Tropical Storm Dorian
        • Location: 985 mi E of the Northern Leeward Islands
        • Movement: W at 22 mph
        • Winds: 40 mph
        • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: 126 mi NE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 6.2 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch, Kamchatka, Russia
    • Erupted spewing ash up to a height of over 6 miles. (Itar-Tass)
  • 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 (28JUL)

  • Global: WHO World Hepatitis Day.
  • Asia: US will ship second batch of MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft to US Marine air station in Iwakuni (to 30JUL).
  • Cambodia: General elections.
  • Egypt: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Egypt.
  • Mali: Presidential elections.
  • Northern Cyprus: Parliamentary elections.
  • Peru: Independence Day – 1824.

 

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