ONS: 30 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 30, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ivory Coast President Ouattara stated West African leaders will again request the UNSC approve military intervention in Mali.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s FARC rebels released two helicopter pilots taken as hostages earlier this month.
  • ASIA: An ISAF statement rebuked a Pakistani allegation that coalition forces had failed to act against incursions by Taliban militants from Afghanistan into Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: Romanian President Basescu survived a controversial impeachment vote
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq bombings killed six and wounded 21 across the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft confirmed both its “Surface” tablet and Windows 8 operating system would be released on 26 October.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Intense fighting in Aleppo continued
    • Syrian forces reported ousting rebels from several neighborhoods, but rebels claimed to still be in control of some areas of the city.
    • The UN estimated at least 200,000 residents have been displaced by the fighting.
    • French FM Fabius stated the country would seek a UNSC meeting on Syria in a bid for stronger measures against the Assad regime.
    • Iran warned Arab states that insisting on the ouster of President Assad would destabilize the region.
    • Coverage: WSJ, AP, Reuters, Al Jazeera, CNN, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Region: Ivory Coast President Ouattara stated West African leaders will again request the UNSC approve military intervention in Mali. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Abdel-Basit Haroun, a Benghazi militia commander, said GEN Khalifa Hifter was unhurt after his convoy came under attack by unknown assailants. Haroun said there has been a surge in assassination attempts against former military and security officials, with 13 killed over the past month. (AP)
  • Mali: Interim President Traore announced a number of new government positions in a shake-up of his transition team. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants killed five in Kano. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: The WHO reported an outbreak of the ebola virus killed 13 in Kibale. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels released two helicopter pilots taken as hostages earlier this month. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Authorities seized 18,800 kg of drug precursor chemicals shipped from China. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Gunmen attacked the office of the El Norte newspaper in Monterrey for the third time this month. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: An ISAF statement rebuked a Pakistani allegation that coalition forces had failed to act against incursions by Taliban militants from Afghanistan into Pakistan on numerous occasions. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: The US government agency in charge of oversight on reconstruction projects for the country criticized their implementation in a report released today. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: Police killed 17 Taliban militants and wounded five in seven operations in Nangarhar, Kandahar, Logar, Khost and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours. (Xinhua)
  • India: Police concluded members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards carried out an attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi in February. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed four in northwestern Waziristan. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Parties in the country’s coalition government resumed talks on a new austerity package. (AP)
  • Romania: President Basescu survived a controversial impeachment vote. (Guardian)
  • Spain: The country’s recession deepened in the second quarter, fueling speculation that the ECB might take stronger action to address the country’s fiscal crisis. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Two soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded in a clash with members of the PKK in southeastern Hakkari province. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Salehi stated his country expected additional rounds of negotiations on its nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Six were killed and 21 wounded in bomb attacks across the country. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A US government audit found USD200 million had been essentially wasted on a program by the State Department to train Iraqi police forces. (AP)
  • Yemen: Authorities vowed to find an Italian embassy official kidnapped by gunmen. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Operating Systems & Tablet Computing: Microsoft confirmed both its “Surface” tablet and Windows 8 operating system would be released on 26OCT. (CNet)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Damrey
    • Location: 200 NM ENE of Iwo-To, Japan
    • Movement: SW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Saola
    • Location: 355 NM SSE of Taipei
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 750 miles SW of the Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 35.5 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30JUL)

  • Global: Anniversary of the signing of the START Treaty between the USSR and the US – 1991.
  • Iran: Anniversary of three US hikers detained – 2009.
  • Mali: ECOWAS deadline for interim PM Cheick Modibo Diarra to form a unity government.
  • Mexico: Anniversary of renewed diplomatic relations with Honduras – 2010.

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