ONS: 30 June 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 30, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali security forces arrested a commander of the rebel group Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuadorian President Correa said US VP Biden asked him to reject an asylum request from Edward Snowden.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a car bomb targeting police killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 20 in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of Turkish citizens protested in Taksim Square, demanding justice for a protester killed by police during earlier demonstrations.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Media reported that Jerusalem is set to approve incentives for buyers of new homes in east Jerusalem even as US is calling for peace talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Online snooping and wiretapping can be solved through better encryption.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Protests seek to unseat President Morsi, violence feared.
    • Protesters gathered in Tahrir Square and outside the presidency in Cairo in preparation for mass anti-Morsi demonstrations.
    • US President Obama said the US is working to ensure its embassy and diplomats in Egypt are safe during upcoming hours.
    • The UAE Foreign Ministry advised its citizens to avoid traveling to Egypt in light of the political situation there.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, AFP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: The National Human Rights Commission said security forces are killing and torturing civilians in trying to repel an Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria. (AP)
  • Somalia: Security forces arrested a commander of the rebel group Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Former leader al-Mahdi told thousands of followers that President al-Bashir’s regime has to go. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Lawmakers postponed the vote on a bill banning from office past members of the country’s former dictatorship. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A poll said President Rousseff’s popularity plunged since Brazil’s protests from 57 to 30 percent since the beginning of June. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: President Correa said US VP Biden asked him to reject an asylum request from Edward Snowden. (AFP)
  • Grenada: Legislators approved a bill criminalizing offensive online activity on websites such as Facebook and Twitter. (AP)
  • Mexico: Rosalia Palma, a candidate of the governing PRI party for the Oaxaca state assembly, was critically wounded after an attack on her vehicle. (BBC)
  • United States: German weekly Der Spiegel accused the US government of bugging EU offices in Brussels and the US. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The foreign ministers of Japan, China, S. Korea met at the ASEAN-plus-three talks, meeting for the first time since taking office in their countries. (Kyodo)
  • Region: The foreign ministers of Japan and East Timor agreed to deepen cooperation in building basic infrastructure in East Timor. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: A car bomb targeting Pakistani police killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 20 in the northwestern city of Peshawar. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Foreign Secretary Del Rosario said Chinese “massive” military buildup in the South China Sea was a threat to peace. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: About 700 people gathered in Sofia to call for the resignation of the Bulgarian leader Plamen Oresharski. (Itar-Tass)
  • Croatia: PM Milanovic said in a special parliamentary session that EU accession will create new prospects for the country. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Two policemen were killed and 17 wounded in an altercation with a militant gang in Chechnya. (Interfax)
  • Turkey: Thousands protested in Taksim Square, demanding justice for a protester killed by police during earlier demonstrations. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries called for the EU’s support to halt Hezbollah’s increasing ” interference” in Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Media reported that Jerusalem is set to approve incentives for buyers of new homes in east Jerusalem even as US is calling for peace talks. (AFP)
  • Syria: German aid group Gruenhelme said three of its members, missing for over six weeks, were kidnapped in the northwest of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Surveillance: Online snooping and wiretapping can be solved through better encryption. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Four-E
    • 275 miles SW from Acapulco, Mexico
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: N at 10 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (1JUL)

  • Global: IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts will begin in Vienna (to 05JUL).
  • Global: Second summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) will be held in Moscow (to 02JUL).
  • Global: The US will take over as president of the UNSC.
  • Global: International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals is scheduled to take over prosecution of alleged war criminals in the former Yugoslavia and the Rwandan genocide.
  • Asia: ASEAN Regional Forum will be held in Brunei; US Secretary of State John Kerry, South Korean FM Yun Byung-Se and Japanese FM Fumio Kishida will meet (to 02JUL).
  • Europe: Lithuania will assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union.
  • Afghanistan: Dutch military trainers will withdraw from Afghanistan.
  • Brazil: Widespread strike set to begin.
  • China: Anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party – 1921.
  • Colombia: Peace talks between the Farc rebels and government negotiators will resume.
  • Croatia: Will become European Union’s 28th member.
  • Egypt: Supreme Administrative Court hearing on the appeal of former President Mubarak against his $77 million fine will begin.
  • Korea, North: UN World Food Program (WFP)’s newest two -year operation including USD200 million in food aid for North Korea will begin.
  • Lebanon: UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos to look at impact of Syrian crisis on refugees and host communities (to 02JUL).
  • Mali: UN peacekeeping force in Mali is supposed to take over from French and African troops.
  • Myanmar: Union parliament session of Myanmar’s two houses will begin.
  • Russia, Belarus: Venezuelan President Maduro will visit Russia and Belarus (to 02JUL).
  • Singapore: From this date, it will be a criminal offense in Singapore to handle proceeds from tax evasion.
  • South Sudan: UN to extend peacekeeping mission to South Sudan.
  • Taiwan: Will launch a fourth cyberwar unit in response to what it claims is a growing security threat from Chinese hackers.
  • Tajikistan: The withdrawal of France’s military contingent in Tajikistan will be completed by this date.
  • Ukraine: Simplified procedure for issuing visas will come into force.

 

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