ONS: 27 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 27, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Morsi called for an independent commission composed of all political parties to amend the constitution ahead of planned protests.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities seized 6.5 tons of drugs, including six tons of marijuana and half a ton of cocaine.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Park Gyen-Hye arrived in Beijing to begin a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • EUROPE: European finance ministers agreed on a draft deal on bank rescues with burden falling on bank owners, creditors and large depositors.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu said Israel would withdraw from most of the West Bank if his security demands were satisfied by the Palestinians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US researchers from Symantec Corp attributed cyber attacks on South Korea four years ago to a single group called the “Dark Seoul Gang.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US starts arming Syrian rebels
    • The CIA started sending weapons to Jordan using a secret network, and will start arming Syrian rebels within a month.
    • German Chancellor Merkel warned providing weapons would create “incalculable” risks.
    • Russian FM Lavrov discussed the upcoming peace conference on Syria with Turkish FM Davutoglu by phone.
    • The head of  a UN investigation team will meet Turkish FM Davutoglu to talk about Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons.
    • Coverage: WSJ, AP, AP, ITAR-TASS

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The EU announced it will co-host the new round of the Somalia international conference with the Somali government. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: President Morsi called for an independent commission composed of all political parties to amend the constitution ahead of planned protests. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Three car bombs exploded within a half hour in Sebha, killing at least one person. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Authorities charged three Lebanese nationals suspected of links with Hezbollah with terrorism offences. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Riot police in Santiago fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters demanding education reforms. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Authorities seized 6.5 tons of drugs, including six tons of marijuana and half a ton of cocaine. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: The government issued a “safe pass” to US fugitive Edward Snowden, allowing him to travel to the country to seek political asylum. (AFP)
  • United States: Officials announced the largest-ever “takedown” of a global synthetic drugs ring, resulting in thousands of pounds of drugs and the arrest of 225 people in five countries. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Park Gyen-Hye arrived in Beijing to begin a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: Eight political parties started their campaigns in preparation for the 28JUL election. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The government called on North Korea to refrain from threatening comments about the South’s disclosure of a 2007 summit transcript. (Yonhap)
  • Mongolia: Incumbent President Elbegdorj won the election with 50 percent of the vote, coming ahead of two main opponents. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European finance ministers agreed on a draft deal on bank rescues with the burden falling on bank owners, creditors and large depositors. (AFP)
  • Bulgaria: The country’s biggest political party, GERB, boycotted parliamentary sittings amid continuing protests over a controversial political nomination. (AFP)
  • Croatia: FM Pusic said Croatia will support its Balkan neighbors’ ambitions for joining the EU in July. (Xinhua)
  • Czech Republic: The Foreign Ministry convened a meeting to check the authenticity of a video showing the two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in March. (AFP)
  • Russia: The Justice Ministry announced it has shut down the top independent election monitoring group Golos for failing to register as a “foreign agent”. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President-elect Rouhani announced that expansion of relations with China will be a main priority of his administration. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu said Israel would withdraw from most of the West Bank if his security demands were satisfied by the Palestinians. (UPI)
  • Kuwait: The cabinet decided to delay the parliamentary elections, originally planned for 25JUL, by two days. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Tribesmen launched an attack on a key pipeline, stopping the flow of oil. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US researchers from Symantec Corp attributed cyber attacks on South Korea four years ago to a single group called the “Dark Seoul Gang.” (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Cosme
    • Location: 545 miles WSW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 07JUN: 132 (China 131, Taiwan 1)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 10JUN: 37 (China)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
      • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26JUN: 77(Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26JUN: 40 (Saudi Arabia, France)
        • Sourcing: WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28JUN)

  • China: Special representatives will meet with an Indian delegation to discuss border issues (to 29JUN).
  • Egypt: A coalition of Islamist parties will hold “open-ended” demonstrations in support of President Morsi.
  • Serbia: The European Union will decide on opening negotiations on Serbia’s bid to join the union.
  • South Africa: President Obama to begin official visit to South Africa.
  • Ukraine: IMF mission will visit Ukraine to discuss financial assistance.

 

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