ONS: 29 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 29, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian president-elect Morsi will address a rally in Tahrir square before being sworn in at the Constitutional Court.
  • AMERICAS: Mercosur members plan to recommend Paraguay be removed from the trade block.
  • ASIA: Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth.
  • EUROPE: Spain and Italy lifted their objection to the EU growth pact.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebel forces attacked targets across the country, including in Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The National Weather Service will start sending severe weather warnings to US smartphone owners.

TOP STORY

  • Eurozone: European leaders agree to a closer fiscal union.
    • The deal will funnel additional money directly to struggling banks, with a long-term aim to form a tighter banking union in the Eurozone.
    • European Council President Herman Van Rompuy called it a “breakthrough that banks can be recapitalized directly.”
    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel will return for the second time in two days to oversee the German Bundestag’s vote on the agreement.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President-elect Morsi will address a rally in Tahrir square before being sworn in at the Constitutional Court. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: New national security advisor Sambo Dasuki called for a dialogue to end the Islamist insurgency in the north. (AFP)
  • Mali: Tuareg forces withdrew from Timbuktu following a two-hour ultimatum from the Islamist group Ansar Dine. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: ANC leaders privately formulated their five year land-reform agenda, an effort to transfer more land to black farmers. (WSJ)
  • Tanzania: Doctors escalated their strike for better pay at public hospitals in a sign of solidarity with Steven Ulimboka, who claims he was abducted and tortured last week. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • El Salvador: The ruling Farabundo National Liberation Front tapped Salvador Sanchez as its candidate for the 2014 presidential race. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Two corrupt cops escaped after killing three policemen in an airport shootout. (AFP)
  • Paraguay: Mercosur members plan to recommend Paraguay be removed from the trade block.  President Lugo added “democracy is no longer in full force.” (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and Japan will postpone signing a mutual military agreement. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Twenty Taliban insurgents were killed in eastern Nuristan province. (Xinhua)
  • China: A plane crew thwarted a hijack attempt by six people over Xinjiang. (AFP)
  • China: Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth following the successful landing of the Shenzhou-9’s return capsule. (CNN)
  • India: Twenty-seven were killed and one million displaced after monsoon rains flooded 2,084 villages across the Assam state. (AP)
  • Thailand: Authorities burned more than USD225 million of seized drugs — including 21 million amphetamine tablets — as the kingdom ramps up efforts to stem the flow of narcotics in the country. (AFP)
  • Uzbekistan: The country suspended its participation in the Collective Security Treaty Organization. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Spain and Italy lifted their objection to the EU growth pact after eurozone leaders agreed on a special lending arrangement for the two countries. (AFP)
  • Bosnia: Judges at The Hague denied former Bosnian wartime leader Radovan Karadzic’s appeal to have his war crimes trial halted. (NYT)
  • Georgia: Russian FM spokesman Alexander Lukashevich stated Georgia’s excessive ambitions were interfering with considerations for border security between Georgia and Abkhazia. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The Israel Defense Forces announced they are boosting defense systems along Israel’s border with Syria in preparation for possible militant attacks and waves of Syria refugees. (Xinhua)
  • Oman: The government will create a sharia-compliant regulatory fiscal framework. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israel finished evacuating the Ulpana settlement in the West Bank. (AP)
  • Syria: A general in the Free Syria Army said Syrian government forces amassed around 170 tanks north of the city Aleppo, near the Turkish border, but there was no independent confirmation of the report. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Rebels attacked targets across the country, including Damascus; however, the attacks are considered to have inflicted little long-term damage. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphone Applications: The National Weather Service will soon start sending severe weather warnings to millions of smartphone owners in the US. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07W (Doksuri) Warning #11
    • Location: Near 19.7N, 116.9E
    • Movement: 275 Degrees WNW at 20 KTs
    • Winds: Max Sustained – 45 KTs; Gusts – 55 KTs
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 225 miles W of Bermuda
    • Movement: ENE at 20/25 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 1200 miles E of Leeward Islands
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30 JUN)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the capture of an American soldier in Paktika – 2009.
  • Egypt: Deadline for military rulers to relinquish power.
  • Mexico: Anniversary of the launch of the Merida Initiative – 2008.
  • Philippines: President Aquino becomes the 15th President – 2010.

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