ONS: 03 October 2013

by admin on October 3, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malian President Keita dissolved a military committee representing combatants involved in the military coup of last year.
  • AMERICAS: US intelligence officials repored the shutdown resulted in intelligence agencies furloughing 70 percent of their workforce.
  • ASIA: Pakistani media reported a Taliban suicide bomber ran a vehicle full of explosives into the headquarters of a rival militant organization, killing 15.
  • EUROPE: Italian officials said at least 82 asylum-seekers drowned and hundreds were missing when their boat caught fire and capsized near Lampedusa.
  • MIDDLE EAST: With regards to Iran, US Secretary of State Kerry set conditions for nuclear negotiations with Tehran to be based on proof, not trust.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A report by Freedom House found internent freedom declined worldwide within the past year.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Regime forces block food supplies from reaching the town of Moadhamiya.  
    • UN SG Ban Ki- moon welcomed an earlier Security Council statement urging humanitarian access in the country.
    • Human Rights Watch said the government is unlawfully holding and torturing tens of thousands of political prisoners.
    • Six rebel factions issued a joint statement telling an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group to leave the northern town of Azaz.
    • Coverage: WSJ, Xinhua, AP, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Gambia: The government announced it withdrew from the Commonwealth of Nations, citing as a reason the organization’s neo-colonialism. (Reuters)
  • Madagascar: Security officials said a mob killed two Europeans suspected of murdering a young boy in the Nosy Be island resort. (AFP)
  • Mali: President Keita dissolved a military committee representing combatants involved in the military coup of last year. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Military troops started bombarding Boko Haram camps in the northeast states of Yobe and Borno. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: A court imposed a record fine of USD373 thousand on a man convicted of trying to smuggle narwhal tusks into the US. (UPI)
  • Colombia: The government announced it is ready to reintegrate thousands of rebels into society, as peace talks with the FARC continue. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Police and protesters clashed in Mexico City at a demonstration commemorating the 45th anniversary of a student massacre at Tlatelolco Square. (BBC)
  • US: Intelligence officials repored the shutdown resulted in intelligence agencies furloughing 70 percent of their workforce. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • India: Police said at least eight of their men were wounded during a gunfight with a militant in Indian-controlled Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Anti-corruption investigators apprehended the constitutional court’s top judge, charging him with accepting a USD250 thousand bribe. (AFP)
  • Japan: TEPCO reported another leak of radioactive water was found at the Fukushima nuclear plant. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Local media reported a Taliban suicide bomber ran a vehicle full of explosives into the headquarters of a rival militant organization, killing 15. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: The government accused its neighbor Armenia of resettling Syrian refugees in the disputed territory of Nagorny Karabakh. (AFP)
  • Greece: State media reported the leader of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was placed in pre-trial detention early. (AFP)
  • Italy: Officials said at least 82 asylum-seekers drowned and hundreds were missing when their boat caught fire and capsized near Lampedusa. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US Secretary of State Kerry set conditions for nuclear negotiations with Tehran to be based on proof, not trust. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter, killing four security forces members, as at least 14 people died in other violence (AFP)
  • Yemen: The Defence Ministry announced the recapture of a military base in the city of Mukalla from al-Qaida attackers. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: A report by Freedom House found internet freedom declined worldwide within the past year. (RFE/RL)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Fitow)
    • Location: 421 miles SSE of Kadena AB
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Jerry
    • Location: 985 miles W of the Azores
    • Movement: NE at 9 mph
    • Winds: 35 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)

  • Russia: Anniversary of Sputnik satellite launched in space – 1957.
  • Somalia: US forces killed in Somali gun battle – 1993.

 

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