ONS: 01 September 2013

by admin on September 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt foiled a terrorist attack on a container ship passing through the Suez Canal
  • AMERICAS: Peru authorities extended a state of emergency to nine additional regions due to heavy snowfall
  • ASIA: North Korea revoked an invitation for a US envoy that hoped to free detainee Kenneth Bae
  • EUROPE: Russian search and rescue services will join tactical exercises with NATO in Poland in 2014
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi security forces allegedly attacked an Iranian opposition camp in Diyala province, killing at least 19
  • TECHNOLOGY: Marketing tech firm Axciom will launch a free site through which users can learn what info the company has collected about them.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: President Obama seeks Congressional approval for strike
    • Secretary of State Kerry assured opposition leader al-Jarba that President Obama still plans to hold Damascus responsible for chemical attacks.
    • Syria’s ‘disappointed’ opposition believes that Congress will endorse military action.
    • France will also await a decision from Congress.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, WaPo

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: A former bodyguard of President Compaore was killed in a gunfight while trying to forcibly enter barracks that house the presidential palace. (AP)
  • Egypt: The country foiled a terrorist attack on a container ship passing through the Suez Canal. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: At least 44 people were killed in a Boko Haram attack in Borno State. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Peru: Authorities extended a state of emergency to nine additional regions due to heavy snowfall. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb blast in Parwarn province killed at least eight people. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: A joint Australian-US Navy dive team recovered bombs dropped by US forces on the Great Barrier Reef. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: North Korea revoked an invitation for a US envoy that hoped to free detainee Kenneth Bae, citing “provocations” from US-South Korea military drills. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian search and rescue services will join tactical exercises with NATO in Poland in 2014. (Itar-Tass)
  • Spain: Police busted a Dutch marijuana-growing operation in Malaga province, seizing 3,400 marijuana plants. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Egyptian authorities destroyed 10 tunnels beneath the country’s southern border with Gaza. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The country’s security forces allegedly attacked an Iranian opposition camp in Diyala province, killing at least 44. (AP, AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Unknown assailants tried to burn down a religious police center west of Riyadh. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Marketing technology firm Axciom plans to launch a free public website through which users can learn what info the company has collected about them. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Veniaminof, Alaksa
    • Scientists continue to monitor increased activity. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 30AUG: 104 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 30AUG: 49 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01SEP)

  • Global: UN Deputy SG Jan Eliasson will deliver a keynote address at the World Water Week in Stockholm.
  • Bangladesh: The country’s war crimes tribunal will rule on a contempt order against New York-based Human Rights Watch over a report criticizing a verdict against an Islamist leader.
  • China: Chinese and Pakistani air forces will take part in a joint drill, named “Shaheen-2,” in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (to 22SEP).
  • Japan: Nuclear regulation chief Shunichi Tanaka to hold press conference.
  • Japan: Anniversary of signing unconditional surrender, bringing an end to World War II – 1945.
  • Thailand: Former British PM Tony Blair will join a government-initiated forum in an effort to reconcile Thailand’s bitterly divided political factions.
  • United States: Labor Day.
  • Uzbekistan: Independence Day – 1991.
  • Vietnam: Government to free 15,000 convicts to commemorate Independence Day.

 

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