ONS: 03 August 2013

by admin on August 3, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A senior Libyan police official in Benghazi was seriously wounded when a bomb planted in his vehicle exploded.
  • AMERICAS: Panamanian authorities discovered live munitions caches aboard a vessel traveling from Cuba to North Korea which Cuba claimed was carrying obsolete planes and missiles.
  • ASIA: In Cambodia, the National Election Commission, the ruling CPP and opposition party agreed to establish an independent tribunal to investigate election irregularities.
  • EUROPE: A Russian police officer was killed and three others wounded when they exchanged fire with militants in the restive Dagestan region.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Iranian President-elect Rowhani is set to meet with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to be endorsed as the country’s seventh president.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI may be attempting to mimick the NSA’s monitoring program by forcing telecom companies to install “eavesdropping technology.” b

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: The government issued a worldwide travel alert and closed over a dozen embassies throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
    • These actions were responding to growing intelligence indicating that al-Qaeda was planning a number of attacks on several western targets.
    • Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said the threats were very specific as to time and that they would indeed be carried out.
    • Germany closed its embassy in Yemen due to the same threats.
    • Coverage: BBC, Fox, CNN, Reuters, CSM

 

AFRICA

  • Guinea-Bissau: Government officials announced that the country had decided to adopt a manual voter registration process ahead of general elections on 24NOV. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: A senior police official in Benghazi was seriously wounded when a bomb planted in his vehicle exploded. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: The opposition Movement for Democratic Change said may take to the streets to challenge President Mugabe’s victory in the contested elections. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez is set to chair a UN Security Council meeting on the council’s relationship with regional organizations and global peace efforts. (AP)
  • Colombia: FM Holguin and Venezuelan FM Jaua held the first joint meeting since the 22JUL agreement to normalize bilateral ties. (Xinhua)
  • Panama: Authorities discovered live munitions caches aboard a vessel traveling from Cuba to North Korea which Cuba claimed was carrying obsolete planes and missiles. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Suicide bombers detonated a car bomb near the Indian consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing at least nine civilians. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: The National Election Commission, the ruling CPP and opposition party agreed to establish an independent tribunal to investigate election irregularities. (Xinhua)
  • India: Maoist insurgents in the state of Bihar blew up a railway track near Bodh Gaya, Buddhism’s holiest spot. (AFP)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra feared that violence could again erupt as anti-government protests are planned to call for the adopting of legislation giving amnesty to many political prisoners. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: A police officer was killed and three others wounded when they exchanged fire with militants in the restive Dagestan region. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: DM Shoigu said that the ministry and Germany’s military leaders were interested in developing bilateral ties. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President-elect Rowhani is set to meet with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to be endorsed as the country’s seventh president. (AFP)
  • Israel: Lead negotiator Tzipi Livni announced that the next round of peace negotiations with the Palestinians would take place in the second week of August. (AFP)
  • Syria: A watchdog group reported that rebel forces had seized an arms and munitions depot near Damascus including anti-tank weapons and rockets. (AFP)
  • Syria: Opposition leaders urged the release of a Catholic priest who disappeared while visiting a rebel-held city in the north east. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The FBI may be attempting to mimick the NSA’s monitoring program by forcing telecom companies to install “eavesdropping technology.” (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm 09W (Jebi)
      • Location: 148 mi E of Hanoi, Vietnam
      • Movement: NE at 12 mph
      • Winds: 57 mph
      • Map
      • Tropical Storm 07E (Gil)
        • Location: 1689 E of Hilo, HI
        • Movement: W at 11.5 mph
        • Winds: 63 mph
        • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 01AUG: 94 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 01AUG: 46 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-1

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04AUG)

  • Global: International Friendship Day.

 

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