ONS: 29 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Tunisian Islamist-led government called an emergency meeting as protesters rallied outside parliament for a second night.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities said gunmen ambushed and killed a high-ranking navy official and the officer escorting him near the town of Churintzio.
  • ASIA: Taiwanese DM Kao Hua-chu resigned after the death of a corporal allegedly abused by the military, to appease public indignation.
  • EUROPE:  A bus full of pilgrims plunged off a motorway flyover in the Italian city of Santiago de Compostela, killing at least 38 people.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Car bombs in mostly Shiite-majority areas killed at least 40 people throughout Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Australian government launched a national plan for a more collaborative effort to tackle cybercrime.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Morsi supporters called for new protests.

o    Muslim Brotherhood supporters marched on the military intelligence headquarters, despite the army’s warnings

o    Two leaders of the Islamist Wasat party, supportive of ousted President Morsi, were arrested for inciting violence

o    EU diplomat Catherine Ashton was in Cairo for talks to end the violence

o    Coverage: AFP, AP, UPI, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Officials said at least one person was killed in clashes in Benghazi. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The candidate for the Rally for Mali (RPM) in the presidential elections, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, known as  “IBK,” vowed to respect the outcome, regardless of the results. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The Islamist-led government called an emergency meeting as protesters rallied outside parliament for yet another night. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe’s political rivals complained they did not yet receive a copy of the electoral roll, with only two days left until elections. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff said she is not considering more spending cuts or a cabinet reshuffle. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Peace talks between FARC and the government resumed amid mutual accusations of wrongdoing. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities said gunmen ambushed and killed a high-ranking navy official and the officer escorting him near the town of Churintzio. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan’s Vice FM Saiko visited Beijing to ease tensions over the Senkaku islands territorial disputes. (DPA)
  • Hong Kong, China: Authorities arrested two women for possession of over a dozen kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at the airport. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the US drone strike in North Waziristan, which claimed at least six lives. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: DM Kao Hua-chu resigned after the death of a corporal allegedly abused by the military, to appease public indignation. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: A Leftist Republican Turkish Party won the general election in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. (Xinhua)
  • Italy: A bus full of pilgrims plunged off a motorway flyover in the city of Santiago de Compostela, killing at least 38 people. (AFP)
  • Russia: Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II said Russian Patriarch Kirill promised to reconsider the return of refugees to Abkhazia and Tskhinvali. (Itar-Tass)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych said his country would strive to implement the modernization programs of both Ukraine’s Navy and Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The National Assembly approved toughening laws against terrorist crimes. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Car bombs in mostly Shiite-majority areas killed at least 40 people throughout Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: The government resigned, in line with the constitution, a day after the parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Syria: State television reported government troops fully captured a former rebel stronghold region in the city of Homs. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybercrime: The Australian government launched a national plan for a more collaborative effort to tackle cybercrime. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 06E (Flossie)

o    Location: 251 miles E from Hilo

o    Movement: WSW at 22 mph

o    Winds: 52 mph

o    Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

o    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 (30JUL)

  • China and US: United States and China will hold an annual dialogue on human rights in Kunming (to 31JUL).
  • Italy: Verdict on former President Berlusconi’s appeal against a conviction for tax fraud will be announced.
  • Ivory Coast and Nigeria: Nigeria-Cote d’Ivoire Bi-National Commission (BNC) will meet (to 30JUL).
  • Japan: 12 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft will arrive at the U.S. military’s Iwakuni base in western Japan.
  • Pakistan: Presidential election.

 

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