ONS: 30 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 30, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, a series of explosions in the city of Kano killed at least 12 in a neighborhood previously targeted by Boko Haram Islamists.
  • AMERICAS: Panamanian authorities arrested six suspects and seized over two tons of cocaine during two separate operations.
  • ASIA: China, the Republic of Korea and Japan launched the second round of trilateral talks on a free trade agreement.
  • EUROPE: The Azerbaijani defense ministry reported Armenian forces killed an Azerbaijani soldier in the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct peace talks for the first time in three years under US mediation.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The “hacktivist” group Anonymous crashed New Zealand PM John Key’s website to protest surveillance plans by the government’s intelligence agency.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Taliban insurgents stormed a prison freeing more than 240 prisoners; Mamnoon Hussain elected Pakistani president.
    • Among the escapees from the Dera Ismail Khan jail were 15 high-profile militants
    • At least 13 were killed, including guards and prisoners
    • Police chief Muhammad Nawaz said the prison was back under the control of the authorities after hours of fighting
    • Meanwhile, lawmakers elected businessman Mamnoon Hussain, from the ruling PML-N party, as the 12th president of Pakistan
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, Telegraph, AFP-1

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton met with ousted President Morsi at an undisclosed location and reported he is “well” and has access to news. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Amnesty International said lawmakers must reject amendments to a police reform package drawn up after the post-election violence in 2007, ahead of a parliamentary debate on the proposed changes. (AFP)
  • Mali: The head of the electoral observer mission for ECOWAS, John Kufuor, announced there was no serious fraud in the first round of elections. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: A series of explosions in the city of Kano killed at least 12 in a neighborhood previously targeted by Boko Haram Islamists. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan President Maduro met with his Ecuadorian counterpart Correa signaling the restart of regular quarterly meetings between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The Army said that the country’s largest oil pipeline was bombed allegedly by leftist guerillas, causing a significant oil spill. (AFP)
  • Panama: Authorities arrested six suspects and seized over two tons of cocaine during two separate operations. (EFE)
  • US: The Senate confirmed former Deputy Attorney General James Comey to take on the post of FBI director.(Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China, the Republic of Korea and Japan launched the second round of trilateral talks on a free trade agreement. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: One policeman was killed and five security members injured when a bomb they were defusing blew up in the province of Helmand. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Prosecutors said they will charge former military ruler Pervez Musharraf with criminal conspiracy and murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: Dozens of pro-independence activists protesting a service sector trade agreement with China clashed with police. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Defense Ministry in Baku reported Armenian forces killed an Azerbaijani soldier in the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: Two policemen were injured when protesters threw stones at a EU vehicle in Serb-populated northern Kosovo. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: Two trains collided in the city of Granges-pres-Marnand, killing one driver and injuring 35 passengers. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The IMF warned the country’s economy should be monitored more closely. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct peace talks for the first time in three years under US mediation. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Security forces arrested nine Shiites after a gun battle with no casualties, one of them wanted over inciting protests in the community. (AFP)
  • Syria: Turkish soldiers shot warning shots and tear gas to disperse about 1,000 Syrian fuel smugglers trying to cross into Turkey. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A tribal source said a US drone strike killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the province of Shabwa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Hackers: The “hacktivist” group Anonymous crashed New Zealand PM John Key’s website to protest surveillance plans of the government’s intelligence agency. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 06E (Flossie)
    • Location: 33 miles NE from Camp H M Smith, Hawaii
    • Movement: WNW at 22 mph
    • Winds: 34 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 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 (31JUL)

  • Zimbabwe: General elections held.

 

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