ONS: 04 August 2013

by admin on August 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan Deputy PM, Awad al-Barasi, resigned citing “dysfunctional government” preventing him from carrying out his duties.
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama’s national security team met to discuss a terrorist threat led to the closing of 21 diplomatic buildings worldwide.
  • ASIA: A South Korean ministry spokesman warned the North it was “reaching the limit” of its patience over stalled talks over the Kaesong joint industrial complex.
  • EUROPE: Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water at hundreds of anti-government protesters in Istanbul’s busiest pedestrian Istiklal street.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hassan Rouhani became the seventh president of Iran after receiving the endorsement of the supreme leader at a formal ceremony in Tehran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US publication Newsweek is being sold to the all-digital news publisher IBT Media, at yet unknown terms.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Hassan Rouhani officially became the country’s seventh president.
    • Seventy-six US senators urged President Obama to toughen sanctions against Iran’s economy as the new leader takes office
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu lashed out at the new president, claiming he shared his predecessor’s goal of destroying the Jewish state
    • Syrian President Assad wrote to Rouhani about the importance of strong relations in order to “face the American and Western schemes” in the region
    • Coverage: LAT, AFP, AP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Foreign and defense ministers from contributing countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia met to discuss better cooperation in operations in Somalia. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Army chief al-Sisi met with Islamist leaders to try and find a solution to the political crisis in the country. (AFP)
  • Libya: Deputy PM, Awad al-Barasi, resigned citing “dysfunctional government” preventing him from carrying out his duties. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Security forces killed one “terror” suspect and apprehended four others in a raid on a house south of Tunis. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: An official announced the country will close its mission in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Sunday, due to global security concerns. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Peña Nieto left the hospital post-surgery to remove a thyroid nodule, and said he was ready to resume work. (EFE)
  • US: President Obama’s national security team met to discuss a terrorist threat led to the closing of 21 diplomatic buildings worldwide. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A lawyer who prosecuted Taliban militants was seriously wounded by a roadside bomb in Jalalabad and 16 more were wounded. (Reuters)
  • Australia: PM Rudd announced 07SEP would be the date of the next election. (AFP)
  • Japan: The coast guard said three Chinese coast guard ships remained near disputed waters around the Senkaku Islands. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: A ministry spokesman warned the North it was “reaching the limit” of its patience over stalled talks over the Kaesong joint industrial complex. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Police said three village officials were killed in an ambush in what may be an attack motivated by political rivalries. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: PM Medvedev declared he was optimistic about Russian-Georgian relations. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Riot police fired tear gas and water at hundreds of anti-government protesters in Istanbul’s busiest pedestrian Istiklal street. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovich is under pressure from European leaders to let jailed Tymoshenko get medical treatment in Germany in exchange for trade deals. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The chief Palestinian negotiator said Israel would release the first of four groups of long-held Palestinian prisoners, about 26 people, next week. (AP)
  • Kuwait: PM al-Sabah formed and announced a  new 16-member cabinet, following the recent 27JUL parliamentary polls. (AFP)
  • Syria: PM Wael al- Halqi said the West is not serious about finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis, while his government is committed to the goal. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mergers and acquisitions: The US publication Newsweek is being sold to the all-digital news publisher IBT Media, at yet unknown terms. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:  
    • Tropical Depression Eight-E
      • Location: 1245 miles WSW from Baja California, Mexico
      • Movement: W at 9 mph
      • Winds: 35 mph
      • Map
      • Tropical Storm 07E (Gil)
        • Location: 1360 miles ESE from Hilo, HI
        • Movement: WSW at 9 mph
        • Winds: 40 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 (05AUG)

  • Panama: UN sanctions experts will travel to Panama to inspect a flagged shipment from Cuba to North Korea.

 

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