ONS: 28 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian Islamist parties agreed to hold rallies in support of President Morsi, two days before planned citizens’ protests against him.
  • AMERICAS: The Ecuadorian government said it would renounce tariff preferences with the US to resist pressure over the Snowden affair.
  • ASIA: The Japanese government said it will soon lift an order for the Self-Defense Forces to shoot down North Korean ballistic missiles.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders agreed on the bloc’s 2014-2020 budget after overcoming a last-minute hurdle set by Britain concerning rebates.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi police said that at least 12 were killed and 56 wounded in separate bomb attacks against cafes in the city of Baquba.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Retired US General James Cartwright is being investigated for allegedly leaking classified information about a covert cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Iran, Russia and China prop up the country’s economy as violence continues.
    • Russia accused Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states of funding “international terrorists and extremists.”
    • Activists from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government shelling killed eight women and girls in Daraa province.
    • Iran, Russia and China are helping lessen impact of Western sanctions with $500 million a month in oil and vast credit lines.
    • Iraqi Shiite Muslims are fighting alongside the troops of President Assad.
    • Sourcing: AFP, AFP-1, AP, UPI

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Army forces killed seven militants attempting to enter the country from Libya. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Islamist parties agreed to hold rallies in support of President Morsi, two days before planned citizens’ protests against him. (AFP)
  • Mali: China said it would send peacekeepers to Mali in the country’s first ever dispatch of security forces for a peacekeeping mission. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen raided three villages in central Nigeria, killing at least 28 in revenge attacks linked to cattle theft. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A student protester died in the city of Belo Horizonte, raising the death toll in the protests to five. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: The government said it would renounce tariff preferences with the US to resist pressure over the Snowden affair. (DPA)
  • Mexico: At least 11 people were killed and seven wounded in a shootout between army troops and gunmen in the state of Tamaulipas. (EFE)
  • United States: President Obama said there won’t be any “wheeling, dealing and trading” in order to extradite Edward Snowden to the US. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesia and Vietnam agreed to cooperate in energy and mineral resources. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: The US is expected to suspend trade benefits for Bangladesh amid concerns about worker safety. (Kyodo)
  • China: The government called riots in Xinjiang “a violent terrorist attack” as the death toll from the clashes rose to 35. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government said it will soon lift an order for the Self-Defense Forces to shoot down North Korean ballistic missiles. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU leaders agreed on the bloc’s 2014-20 budget after overcoming a last-minute hurdle set by Britain concerning rebates. (DPA)
  • Italy: Police arrested 55 alleged members of the Camorra mafia, based in Naples. (UPI)
  • Kosovo: Parliament ratified the EU-brokered normalization agreement. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: Former PM Yulia Tymoshenko said she will not ask President Yanukovych to pardon her. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Police said that at least 12 were killed and 56 wounded in separate bomb attacks against cafes in the city of Baquba. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: Public opinion in the kingdom is not favorable towards U.S. weapons and troops being deployed there. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Two bombs hit a Hezbollah convoy in the Bekaa valley in eastern Lebanon, causing only limited damage and no fatalities. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Retired US General James Cartwright is being investigated for allegedly leaking classified information about a covert cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program. (BBC)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • 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 (29JUN)

  • Zimbabwe: Current Parliament will expire, elections planned to be held by this date, but regional leaders have encouraged delaying the polls.

 

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