ONS: 02 October 2013

by admin on October 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somalia’s al Shebab threatened to step up militant attacks against Kenya after it refused to pull its troops out of the country.
  • AMERICAS: The State Department said it was expelling three Venezuelan diplomats.
  • ASIA: The South Korean government and the US signed a strategic pact and agreed to review a planned switch of US wartime command over South Korean troops.
  • EUROPE: Russian investigators formally charged five of 30 Greenpeace campaigners detained for two months over an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling with piracy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, international disarmament experts are to begin cataloging the country’s arsenal of chemical weapons.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook expanded its search capabilities to “status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments” from both user’s own timelines and those of their friends.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Congress fails to make progress on shutdown.
    • Democrats in the House of Representatives rejected a Republican measure to fund the Veterans Administration (VA) while much of the rest of the government remains closed.
    • Democrats argued that Republicans should instead approve a bill passed by the Senate to fund the VA and other federal agencies through November 15.
    • President Obama canceled a visit to Malaysia and the Philippines due to the shutdown.
    • At least 12 House Republicans said they would vote in favor of a “clean” spending bill.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, The Guardian, LAT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Somalia’s al Shebab threatened to step up militant attacks against Kenya after it refused to pull its troops out of the country. (AFP)
  • Guinea: The electoral commission said legislative election results could take days longer than expected to publish. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Several bodies were recovered from the Westgate mall wreckage as searches continued for clues and more victims. (AFP)
  • Mali: The government postponed the handover of prisoners of the separatist Tuareg group MNLA to the UN mission and the Red Cross agency. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police in Rio de Janeiro used tear gas to disperse protesting teachers. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos presented a bill to Congress calling for a referendum on any eventual peace deal with the FARC. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The Jacksonville International Airport was evacuated after police found that two suspicious packages, one of which had a “destructive” component. (AP)
  • United States: The State Department said it was expelling three Venezuelan diplomats. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India and Pakistan fired at each other’s positions on the Line of Control in Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The government said a planned deal to let US forces stay in the country beyond 2014 to fight al-Qaeda remnants is under threat. (AFP)
  • Burma: Authorities tightened security measures following unrest in Rakhine state. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The government and the US signed a strategic pact and agreed to review a planned switch of US wartime command over South Korean troops. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb killed two soldiers and wounded three others working to help earthquake survivors. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The minority government survived a no-confidence motion in parliament. (AFP)
  • Italy: Center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi said he has yet to decide whether he will support PM Letta’s government in a parliamentary confidence vote. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Investigators formally charged five of 30 Greenpeace campaigners detained for two months over an open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling with piracy. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The government defended its decision to acquire its first long-range anti-missile system from China. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The parliament strongly endorsed President Rouhani’s diplomatic bid to break down mistrust at the UN. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Militants downed a military helicopter north of Baghdad, killing its five-member crew. (AP)
  • Kuwait: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon called on the country to host a second donors’ conference to raise aid for Syrian refugees. (AFP)
  • Syria: International disarmament experts are to begin cataloguing the country’s arsenal of chemical weapons. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Facebook expanded its search capabilities to “status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments” from both user’s own timelines and those of their friends. (Bits)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Fitow)
    • Location: 501 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 21W (Sepat)
    • Location: 130 NM SE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 15
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Jerry
    • Location: 1275 miles E of Bermuda
    • Movement: W at 1 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: NW Caribbean Sea
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (04OCT)

  • Germany: German Unity Day – 1990.
  • Iraq: Independence Day – 1932.
  • Japan and United States: Japan and the United States will hold a meeting of their foreign and defense chiefs in Tokyo.
  • Moldova: Next round of negotiations on the settlement of the Transdiniestrian conflict in the 5+2 format will be held in Brussels.

 

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