ONS: 31 July 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 31, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The M23 rebel group in the Congo threatened to attack UN peacekeepers, after the UN announced plans to disarm persons illegally in possession of arms.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government said it would charge 13 right-wing paramilitary chiefs and three leftist rebel chiefs with crimes against humanity.
  • ASIA: Pakistani Taliban said they smuggled over two dozen militants they broke out of prison in northwest Pakistan to strongholds in South Waziristan.
  • EUROPE: Turkish FM Davutoglu planned to meet with Kurdish leaders in northern Syria and Iraq to discuss dealing with the ongoing violence in the region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The World Food Program said it might run out of food for the three million Syrians it planned to help in July.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Syrian President Assad’s office used Instagram to post photographs of him greeting supporters, and of his wife visiting hospitals.

 

TOP STORIES

  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: Israelis and Palestinians agreed to meet again within two weeks.
    • Negotiators said they would strive for a final peace deal within nine months
    • The Hamas group stated that peace negotiations undermine the Palestinian cause
    • A lawmaker of PM Netanyahu’s Likud-Beiteinu alliance said there was no majority in the bloc to support the establishment of a Palestinian state
    • Coverage: AFP, DPA, DPA-1

 

AFRICA

  • Congo: The M23 rebel group threatened to attack the UN peace enforcement brigade, after the UN announced plans to disarm persons illegally in possession of arms. (WSJ)
  • Libya: A bomb wounded a former police sergeant and critically injured his three-year-old son in Benghazi, in the latest attack on security personnel. (AFP)
  • Morocco: King Mohammed VI released 48 Spanish citizens imprisoned in Morocco in response to the request by Spain’s King Juan Carlos. (EFE)
  • Zimbabwe: The polls opened for crucial presidential, parliamentary, and local elections. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The justice department opened an investigation into charges that economic officials illegally diverted USD$1.4 billion to pay off fuel bills in Venezuela. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades at a small group of extremists vandalizing banks, shops, and car dealerships in Sao Paolo. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The government said it would charge 13 right-wing paramilitary chiefs and three leftist rebel chiefs with crimes against humanity. (AFP)
  • Honduras: The government declared a state of emergency after a dengue fever outbreak killed 16 and sickened 12,000. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The UN reported civilian deaths and injuries increased by 23 per cent in the first six months of this year. (DPA)
  • Myanmar: Officials said nearly 25,000 people were evacuated to makeshift camps after floods raged through the eastern parts of the country. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Taliban commanders said they smuggled over two dozen militants they broke out of prison in northwest Pakistan to strongholds in South Waziristan. (AP)
  • Philippines: Government forces killed seven communist rebels during clashes in Tarlac province. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: The EU and Azerbaijan signed an initial agreement on simplifying the visa system and readmission. (Xinhua)
  • Portugal: The coalition government won a confidence motion, attempting to boost public confidence in the heavily indebted country. (Xinhua)
  • Romania: The IMF, the EU and the government agreed on a new, two-year deal that will give the country access to a four billion euro credit line. (AFP)
  • Turkey: FM Davutoglu planned to meet with Kurdish leaders in northern Syria and Iraq to discuss dealing with the ongoing violence in the region. (UPI)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran agreed to supply Damascus with USD$3.6 billion in oil in exchange for the right to invest in the country. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Police said a bomb explosion killed six and injured 18 at a Shiite mosque in Baghdad. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Activists said government troops launched an assault to regain control of a northern village where an alleged chemical attack took place earlier this year. (AP)
  • Syria: The World Food Program said it might run out of food for the three million Syrians it planned to help in July. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Syrian President Assad’s office used Instagram to post photographs of him greeting supporters, and of his wife visiting hospitals. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 09W (Jebi)
    • Location: 497 miles S from Hong Kong
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Gil
    • Location: 890 miles SW from Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (01AUG)

  • Global: Argentina will take over as president of the UNSC.
  • Americas and Europe: Association Agreement between Central America and the EU is scheduled to take effect.
  • Ivory Coast and Nigeria: Nigeria-Cote d’Ivoire Bi-National Commission (BNC) will meet.
  • Nigeria: 2006 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) is expected to come into force.
  • Philippines: Parliament session will reconvene.
  • Russia: Tajik President Emomali Rahmon visits.
  • Syria: European Union arms embargo on Syria will expire.
  • United States: President Obama will welcome Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi for talks that could touch on the fate of dozens of Yemenis held at Guantanamo.

 

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