ONS – 01 October 2013

by admin on October 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malian President Keita cut short a visit to France amid renewed fighting between insurgents and the military.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro said he was expelling three US diplomats for alleged involvement in acts of sabotage to destabilize the country.
  • ASIA: Burmese President Thein Sein began his first visit to western Rakhine state since sectarian violence broke out there more than a year ago.
  • EUROPE: The Vatican bank published its accounts for the first time in a new drive for transparency.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq a suicide bomber killed five police in Tikrit.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google’s antitrust troubles in Europe moved closer to settlement after the EU’s top competition official accepted the company’s latest offer.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Government shutdown begins as Congress fails to pass spending bill.
    • White House budget director Burwell ordered federal agencies to begin closing down after Congress failed to pass a budget.
    • President Obama told US troops in a televised message that they will remain on “normal duty status” but warned civilian Defense Department employees of possible furloughs.
    • Defense Secretary Hagel warned that the shutdown raised a “dark cloud of uncertainty” over overseas military missions.
    • The shutdown could cost the economy about one billion USD a week.
    • British PM Cameron said the shutdown could endanger the fragile world economy.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, CNN, Reuters, Reuters-2, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: A new UN report said the number of refugees fleeing the war increased by more than 350,000 people in the past few months, pushing the number of displaced to three million. (AP)
  • Mali: President Keita cut short a visit to France amid renewed fighting between insurgents and the military. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least 30 people were killed in a fresh ethnic violence in Benue. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The ELN reiterated its willingness to initiate peace talks with the government. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Police displayed a large war arsenal seized from the FARC in Meta. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced it would donate 400,000 USD to the Mexican Red Cross to support reconstruction in states affected by Tropical Storms Ingrid and Manuel. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he was expelling three US diplomats for alleged involvement in acts of sabotage. (CNN)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The commandant of the US Marine Corps fired two generals after a military investigation found that in 2012 they had failed to take sufficient action to safeguard Camp Bastion from a possible assault by insurgents. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: A senior opposition leader was sentenced to death for crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. (DPA)
  • Burma: President Thein Sein began his first visit to western Rakhine state since sectarian violence broke out there more than a year ago. (AP)
  • Korea, South: The country staged its largest military display in a decade. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: The country’s domestic intelligence agency arrested a Parisian woman suspected of links to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. (AFP)
  • Norway: The Conservative Party announced it is forming a right-wing minority government with the anti-immigration Progress Party. (AP)
  • Vatican City: The Vatican bank published its accounts for the first time in a new drive for transparency. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif accused Israeli PM Netanyahu of lying in his rejection of Tehran’s overtures to the West as a cosmetic “charm offensive.” (AFP)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber killed five police in Tikrit. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: The IMF urged the government to contain public spending and to speed up structural reforms. (AFP)
  • Syria: Opposition figures called the resolution ordering the elimination of the country’s chemical arms “a disgrace for the United Nations” arguing it made President Assad “legitimate” again. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google’s antitrust troubles in Europe moved closer to conclusion after the EU’s top competition official accepted the company’s latest offer to settle. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Fitow)
    • Location: 492 NM NNW of Koror, Palau
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 20W (Wutip)
    • Location: 175 NM NW of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Movement: W at 18 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 21W (Sepat)
    • Location: 319 NM SSE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: N at 13 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Jerry
    • Location: 1310 miles E of Bermuda
    • Movement: Stationary
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 120 miles E of Nicaragua – Honduras border
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Sea of Okhotsk
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 578.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 20SEP: 132 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 20SEP: 58 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02OCT)

  • Guinea: Independence Day – 1958.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of US admitting no WMDs found in Iraq – 2003.
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of gunmen killing 26 people in student housing area in Mubi – 2012.
  • Syria: Anniversary of creation of Syrian National Council – 2011.

 

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