ONS: 04 September 2013

by admin on September 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon chief warned that Somalia could slide back into being a failed state and wants countries to provide attack helicopters and armored troop carriers to take the fight to Al-Shabab militants.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro ordered the deployment of army troops to reinforce public security following a large-scale blackout across half the country.
  • ASIA: Economist Raghuram Rajan is to take over as head of India’s central bank amid the country’s worst financial storm in years.
  • EUROPE: European Commission President Barroso called for further integration to implement reform.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, militants bombed adjacent houses belonging to two Shiite brothers south of Baghdad killing 18.
  • TECHNOLOGY: McAfee said that Syria’s civil war and political strife in Egypt have driven a significant surge in cyber attacks in the Middle East.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US gains increased congressional support as Russia warns against strike.
    • The US Senate drafted a bipartisan measure that imposed a 90-day deadline for US military intervention in Syria and barred the use of US troops on the ground.
    • Russian President Putin warned the use of force without UN approval would be an “aggression”.
    • A German aid worker held for almost four months escaped his kidnappers in Syria.
    • Syria’s parliament speaker urged France “not to hasten” to act against the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, BBC, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Police moved to secure territory recently reclaimed from the M23 rebels as the country postponed a “national dialogue.” (AFP)
  • Egypt: Interim President Mansour vowed his government will stick to a timetable for elections next year and hoped to lift a state of emergency in mid-September. (AFP)
  • Mali: UNICEF announced it will scale up efforts to help half a million children forced to drop out of school in the north of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon chief warned that the country could slide back into being a failed state and wants countries to provide attack helicopters and armored troop carriers to take the fight to Al-Shabab militants. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A top US anti-narcotics official said Latin American cartels are trafficking growing amounts of cocaine and methamphetamines to increasingly wealthy East Asian countries. (AFP)
  • Honduras: The Navy seized at least 500 kg of cocaine and arrested two people suspected of shipping the drug by boat through Caribbean waters. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The Senate approved legislation that will require educators to undergo mandatory performance evaluations amid protests by teachers. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro ordered the deployment of army troops to reinforce public security following a large-scale blackout across half the country. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security forces arrested eight policemen for accidentally killing six children when firing a rocket into a river to catch fish. (AFP)
  • India: Economist Raghuram Rajan is to take over as head of the country’s central bank amid the country’s worst financial storm in years. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Lawmakers approved the arrest of a leftist lawmaker of the minor progressive party suspected of plotting a rebellion against the state. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A senior navy officer was shot dead and his Swedish wife wounded in the port city of Karachi on Wednesday, police said. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Thousands of protesting rubber farmers blocked the main entrance to an airport in the south of the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission President Barroso called for further integration to implement reform. (Xinhua)
  • Czech Republic: The Statistical Office said the economy recession in the country has ended in the second quarter. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: President Putin said Russia will not extradite former intelligence employee Snowden back to the US. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: The country’s ambassador is due to return to Egypt after he was recalled last month over the crackdown on supporters of the country’s ousted islamist president. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Militants bombed adjacent houses belonging to two Shiite brothers south of Baghdad killing 18. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Three roadside bombs north of Baghdad killed five soldiers. (AFP)
  • Israel: Palestinian officials called for the government to provide Palestinians living in the occupied territories with gas masks. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A top aide to President Abbas said peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are proving pointless. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: McAfee said that Syria’s civil war and political strife in Egypt have driven a significant surge in cyber attacks in the Middle East. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 15W (Toraji)
    • Location: 114 NM S of Iwakuni, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 25 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquake: 111 mi SW of Bella Bella, Canada
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 1.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: 221 mi SW of Hachijo-jima, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 407.9 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: 48 mi SW of Atka, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 39.9 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: 55 mi SSW of Atka, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 32.8
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 04SEP: 108 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 04SEP: 50 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, AFP

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05SEP)

  • Global: US President Barack Obama will attend the G20 summit in St. Petersburg (to 06SEP).
  • Global: UN Deputy SG Jan Eliasson will return to New York after visiting Sweden.
  • Chile: Anniversary of the Seguro Obrero massacre – 1938.
  • Japan: Bilateral summit planned between Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama on the fringes of the G20 Summit.

 

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