ONS: 01 November 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Kenyan defense ministry said warplanes destroyed a Shebab camp in Somalia, where gunmen involved in the Nairobi shopping mall siege were trained.
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian authorities apprehended four suspects for trying to smuggle three tons of coca leaves into Bolivia.
  • ASIA: Australian media reported two kilograms of the drug ephedrine worth USD170,550 were found in packets of rice and noodles at Sydney Airport.
  • EUROPE: A German opposition politician met with Edward Snowden in Moscow to discuss his testimony on alleged US surveillance on Chancellor Merkel.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hamas confirmed an Israeli air strike killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Activist group Anonymous hacked the website of Singapore paper Straits Times to protest internet censorship.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: An Israeli air strike hit a shipment of missiles in the province of Latakia.
    • Government forces captured a town in the north near a site alleged to have housed some of the country’s chemical weapons program.
    • Rebels, including some with links to al Qaeda, are gaining ground in suburbs of Damascus.
    • UN-Arab League envoy Brahimi called for renewed peace talks, but only if the Syrian opposition agrees to take part.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, WSJ, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: African countries decided to put forward a UNSC resolution to get a suspension of ICC charges against Kenyan leaders. (AFP)
  • Mali: National Education Minister Nana said the government was set on reforming the country’s education sector. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: The defense ministry said warplanes destroyed a Shebab camp in Somalia, where gunmen involved in the Nairobi shopping mall siege were trained. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Political party chiefs are due to meet to agree on a prime minister whose task would be to end the deep political crisis. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The defense minister cautioned against reducing troop numbers or cutting the security budget if a peace agreement is signed with the FARC. (Reuters)
  • Peru: Authorities apprehended four suspects for trying to smuggle three tons of coca leaves into Bolivia. (Xinhua)
  • US: Secretary of State Kerry acknowledged US surveillance sometimes “reached too far.” (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Local media reported two kilograms of the drug ephedrine worth USD170,550 were found in packets of rice and noodles at Sydney Airport. (Xinhua)
  • China: A security official blamed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement as a supporter of this week’s attack on Tiananmen Square. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Policymakers announced they were considering lifting the 24MAY sanctions against North Korea. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban denied having any contact with the government, despite official announcements of a restart of peace talks. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The lower house of parliament passed a disputed political amnesty bill, causing mass anti-government protests. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: The Supreme Court ruled that former PM Petr Necas did not have immunity and could be charged over a spy and bribery scandal. (AFP)
  • Portugal: Metro workers in Lisbon walked off their jobs for 24 hours to protest against austerity measures. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: A German opposition politician met with Edward Snowden in Moscow to discuss his testimony on alleged US surveillance on Chancellor Merkel. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Hamas confirmed an Israeli air strike killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. (Reuters)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu and President Peres declared they were ready to respond to a nuclear Iran. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas energy authorities said a shortage of fuel halted the production of electricity in the Gaza Strip. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security: Activist group Anonymous hacked the website of Singapore paper Straits Times to protest internet censorship. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 29W (Krosa)
    • Location: 335 miles SE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 18E (Eighteen)
    • Location: 262 miles SE of Socorro Island
    • Movement: N at 8 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 61km SSW of Hualian, Taiwan
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth:12km
    • Map
  • 40 mi SW of Coquimbo, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 29km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch, Russia
    • Spewed ash up to 4km above sea level
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 31OCT: 149 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 31OCT: 63 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02NOV)

  • Colombia: FARC designated as “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” by US President Bush – 2001
  • El Salvador: All Soul’s Day
  • Japan: Russia and Japan will hold a round of “two-plus-two” security talks in Tokyo
  • Mexico: Dia de los Muertos
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of Boko Haram gunmen killing Mamma Shuwa – 2012

 

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