ONS: 04 October 2013

by admin on October 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian security officials said armed men killed a Niger soldier and wounded three in the country’s northeast.
  • AMERICAS: In the United States, a woman who led police on a car chase near the White House and Capitol Hill was shot and killed by police.
  • ASIA: Afghan officials said militants killed four people, two of whom were policemen, at a security check-post in Laghman province.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian border officials said a man with a fake passport blew himself up on the border with Russia, injuring several guards.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu said if Iran gets nuclear weapons, it would turn into an “immortal regime,” similar to North Korea.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Software company Adobe reported hackers stole the data and credit card information of 2.9 million customers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Experts hope to start initial chemical weapons disabling next week.
    • The international inspection team reported “encouraging” progress after meeting with Syrian regime officials.
    • PM al-Halki said the country would participate in the Geneva-2 conference without preconditions.
    • Assad warned Turkey it would “pay dearly” for supporting rebels fighting against his government.
    • Coverage: AFPAFP-1AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Authorities seized a container they suspected contained ivory at the port of Mombasa. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Security officials said armed men killed a Niger soldier and wounded three in the country’s north-east. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: The army said US-imposed sanctions for the use of child soldiers were baseless. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Mediators announced negotiations between the ruling Islamist party and the opposition to resolve the country’s political crisis would start Saturday. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Coast Guard said it returned 63 Cubans intercepted at sea to the port of Cabañas near Havana. (Miami Herald)
  • Region: The Ecuadorean military said one of its helicopters was allegedly fired at from the Colombian side of the border. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The electoral court decided the main rival party of President Rousseff did not gather enough signatures to register in time. (Reuters)
  • United States: A woman who led police on a car chase near the White House and Capitol Hill was shot and killed by police. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US President Obama canceled his trip to the APEC summit in Bali in order to deal with the government shutdown. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Government officials said militants killed four people, two of whom were policemen, at a security check-post in Laghman province. (Xinhua)
  • India: Two federal ministers resigned concurrently with protests against the government’s creation of a new state. (DPA)
  • Japan: The UN atomic agency said a team of experts would visit the Fukushima nuclear plant from 14OCT-21OCT to review clean-up operations. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Activists launched about 200,000 anti-North Korean leaflets across the border. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel was scheduled to hold talks with the main opposition party on building a coalition government. (Reuters)
  • Ireland: Voting started in a referendum to decide if the country should get rid of its Upper House, the Senate. (DPA)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said he would run for the presidency next year if his party offered him the nomination. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Border officials said a man with a fake passport blew himself up on the border with Russia, injuring several guards. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Sources said a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle at an army checkpoint near Baghdad, killing three soldiers. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu said if Iran gets nuclear weapons, it would turn into an “immortal regime,” similar to North Korea. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Security officials said unidentified gunmen killed an officer in the city of Aden. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Hacking: Software company Adobe reported hackers stole the data and credit card information of 2.9 million customers. (DPA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Fitow)
    • Location: 288 miles SSE of Kadena AB
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Winds: 98 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression 23W (Twentythree)
    • Location: 191 miles NNE of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: WNWat 11 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karen
    • Location: 295 miles S of the mouth of the Mississippi River
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 60 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 (05OCT)

  • Indonesia: APEC CEO Summit will begin in Indonesia (to 07OCT)
  • Portugal: Portuguese Republican Day – 1910.
  • Hinduism: Navatari (to 14OCT).

 

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