ONS: 05 August 2013

by admin on August 5, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South African President Zuma due to appear before a public inquiry into a multi-billion dollar arms deal that embroiled him in a graft scandal.
  • AMERICAS: The US extended the closure of 19 of its diplomatic posts in the Mideast and Africa through August 10, over terrorist-related security fears.
  • ASIA: Pakistani local media reported a bomb exploded inside a train in the Toba Tek Singh district, causing at least one casualty and over 20 injured people.
  • EUROPE: A Turkish court will deliver a verdict in the trial of 275 people, including a top former army chief, accused of plotting to overthrow the government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Human Rights Watch said ballistic missiles used by Syrian government forces are killing many civilians, including children.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security researchers found malicious software that circumvents Firefox security and identifies users, possibly the work of an agency like the FBI.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Foreign mediators met with the second top official in the Muslim Brotherhood.  
    • A source reported Morsi’s allies were planning a deal where the ousted leader would agree to admit defeat in order to leave jail and go into exile
    • US Senators Graham and McCain were expected to arrive in Cairo to hold talks with the government and opposition.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Congo: The M23 rebel group warned it may retake the city of Goma if there is no progress on negotiations with the government. (AP)
  • Kenya: The government has formed an inter-agency elite unit to fight rampant poaching to be unveiled on Thursday. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: President Zuma was due to appear before a public inquiry into a multi-billion dollar arms deal that embroiled him in a graft scandal. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said there would be no forgiveness for FARC members who committed crimes against humanity, if a peace agreement is achieved. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Media reported the leader of the drug cartel La Familia Michoacana was killed by government security forces. (DPA)
  • US: The State Department extended the closure of 19 diplomatic posts in the Mideast and Africa through August 10, over terrorist-related security fears. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • China: FM Yi said the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea requires a lot of work and cannot be rushed. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Police reported a US helicopter crash-landed in Okinawa, with no immediate reports of casualties or injuries. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Local media reported a bomb exploded inside a train in the Toba Tek Singh district, causing at least one casualty and over 20 injured people. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: A bomb exploded at the centre of the city of Cotabato, killing at least five people, with no group claiming the attack so far. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Justice Minister Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger asked the country’s foreign intelligence service for a full explanation about data transfer to the US NSA. (Xinhua)
  • Malta: The home affairs ministry said it refused entry to its territorial waters to a tanker carrying 102 African migrants. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A verdict will be delivered in the trial of 275 people, including a top former army chief, accused of plotting to overthrow the government. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US and European officials said the country could start producing weapons-grade plutonium by next summer, using different nuclear technology. (WSJ)
  • Kuwait: The newly-appointed cabinet of PM Al-Sabah was sworn in before the Emir. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Human Rights Watch said ballistic missiles used by government forces are killing many civilians, including children. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Hacking: Security researchers found malicious software that circumvents Firefox security and identifies users, possibly the work of an agency like the FBI. (Threat Level)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes:
  • Tropical Storm 08E (Henriette)
    • Location: 1926 miles WSW from Socorro Island
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression 07E (Gil)
    • Location: 1268 miles ESE from Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WSW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch, Russia
    • Ash is spewing
  • 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 (06AUG).

  • Italy and Russia: “Two plus two” format talks between Italy’s and Russia’s foreign and defense ministers will begin in Rome.
  • Kuwait: New parliament will hold its inaugural meeting.
  • Pakistan: Former President and retired General Pervez Musharraf will be indicted in the murder case of former PM Benazir Bhutto.

 

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