ONS: 29 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South African President Zuma met with US President Obama in Pretoria to discuss trade, business, and regional security in Africa.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican government applauded the immigration bill passed in the US and called for a shared vision of regulatory reforms going forward.
  • ASIA: Chinese state media said a “counterstrike” against the Philippines was inevitable if the latter does not cease provocations in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Turkish forces killed one and wounded seven protesting against construction of a gendarmerie outpost in Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government troops launched new air raids on rebel-held areas of Homs city
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Defense Department restricted military access to information leaked to the media by Edward Snowden, to protect classified documents.

 

TOP STORY

  • Middle East: US Secretary of State Kerry extended for a third day shuttle diplomacy between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
    • Secretary Kerry met with Palestinian President Abbas for the second time in two days.
    • President Abbas told Secretary Kerry that the Israeli goodwill gestures were insufficient for a new round of peace talks.
    • Gaza’s Hamas PM Haniya called on Abbas not to begin talks with Israel.
    • Israeli media said Secretary Kerry is expected to announce a four-sided peace summit to take place as soon as this week.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AP, Xinhua, Xinhua-1

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The US said non-emergency diplomatic staff could leave the country, following the death of an American during protests there. (AFP)
  • Mali: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it would help refugees in neighboring countries vote in Mali’s upcoming presidential elections. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: An hours-long gun battle near Maiduguri claimed the lives of 20 Islamic extremists and two police officers. (AP)
  • South Africa: President Zuma met with US President Obama in Pretoria to discuss trade, business, and regional security in Africa. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Counter-narcotics experts said the proportion of land planted with coca decreased by 25% from 2011 to 2012, marking a “historic low.” (BBC)
  • Mexico: The government applauded the immigration bill passed in the US and called for a shared vision of regulatory reforms going forward. (EFE)
  • Peru: Congress ratified the Framework Agreement of the Pacific Alliance. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The Supreme Court ordered the National Electoral Council to submit its audit results of the April presidential election won by President Maduro. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China and India said they will resolve border disputes through peaceful talks. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of NATO-led coalition troops and killed two civilians. (AP)
  • Cambodia: Officials denied US allegations that the country banned foreign radio broadcasts ahead of next month’s election. (AFP)
  • China: State media said a “counterstrike” against the Philippines was inevitable if the latter does not cease provocations in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: Police stopped a planned launch of anti-Pyongyang leaflets to prevent a threatened retaliation by the North. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A roadside bomb killed eight soldiers in the country’s restive south, one of the deadliest single attacks by rebels. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: PM Samaras said Azerbaijan’s decision to transfer gas to Europe through the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) was “a vote of confidence to Greece.” (Xinhua)
  • Serbia: PM Dacic hailed the European Council’s decision to open accession talks with Serbia as “historic”. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Security forces killed one and wounded seven protesting against construction of a gendarmerie outpost in Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Slovakia said it was talking with Iran over the arrest of a group of Slovakian paragliders accused of spying. (AFP)
  • Iran: President-elect Rowhani said he will implement a policy of “constructive interaction” to focus on trust and lessening tensions over nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: UN Humanitarian chief Amos said she will visit the country to assess the impact of the Syria crisis on the Syrian refugees hosted by Lebanon. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Government troops launched new air raids on rebel-held areas of Homs city. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Classified information: The US Defense Department restricted military access to information leaked to the media by Edward Snowden, to protect classified documents. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Rumbia
    • 265 miles ESE from Manila
    • Winds: 46 mp
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (30JUN)

  • Global: Major General Michael Finn of Ireland will take over as head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).
  • Africa: Haile Menkerios will replace Zachary Muburi-Muita as UN representative to the African Union.
  • Asia: US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Brunei for meetings with Asian leaders including the annual ASEAN-US talks, the ASEAN Regional Forum and a foreign ministers meeting of the East Asia Summit (to 02JUL).
  • Europe, Middle East: EU envoy to Middle East, Andreas Reinicke, will end his term.
  • Colombia: Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe’s party will announce its candidate for the 2014 elections.
  • Egypt: “Tamarod” campaign against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is planning to hold a mass protest to mark Morsi’s first year in power.
  • Egypt: The US Embassy in Cairo will close in anticipation of popular unrest on the anniversary of Morsi’s innauguration.
  • Kazakhstan: British PM David Cameron will visit Kazakhstan in the first visit of the British head of government to the country.
  • Syria, Israel: UNDOF mandate in the Golan Heights region ends.
  • Tunisia: Choucha transit camp, a refugee camp for those who fled the Libya conflict in 2011, will close.

 

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