ONS: 05 October 2013

by admin on October 5, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan state media reported gunmen attacked an army outpost near the town of Bani Walid and killed at least 15 soldiers.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuadorian agents seized at least three tons of cocaine during an operation in the province of Santa Elena.
  • ASIA: Afghan officials said at least five civilians, including some children, were killed during a NATO airstrike.
  • EUROPE: Top Belgian politicians were placed under extra security after the extradition to the US of convicted terrorist Nizar Trabelsi.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN said Damascus gave the international nuclear watchdog agency additional data about its chemical weapons program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US jury indicted 13 members of Anonymous, charging them with worldwide cyber-attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Second round of trade talks with the EU cancelled due to the shutdown.  
    • Talks on a trans-Pacific trade pact continue despite President Obama’s inability to participate.
    • Secretary of State Kerry assured at the APEC summit in Indonesia that the US remained committed to its partnerships in Asia
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Police and security forces patrolled Mombasa in response to deadly riots the day before. (AFP)
  • Libya: State media reported gunmen attacked an army outpost near the town of Bani Walid and killed at least 15 soldiers. (DPA)
  • Mali: The UN envoy to the country asked Tuareg and Arab rebels to resume stalled peace talks with the government. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Shebab militants said foreign special forces staged an unsuccessful attack on one of their bases in the port of Barawe. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: Agents seized at least three tons of cocaine during an operation in the province of Santa Elena. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Police arrested a Guatemalan drug lord allegedly responsible for organizing the murder of eight policemen in June. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Authorities confirmed cholera cases went up to 77 in the country, but did not yet labeled the situation an epidemic. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Indian army said it killed seven suspected rebels near the line of control in Kashmir. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A senior anti-government political leader switched sides and registered to run as an independent in the upcoming presidential election. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Officials said at least five civilians, including some children, were killed during a NATO airstrike. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The ruling Workers’ Party said joint naval exercise to be held by South Korea, the US and Japan are a plot to start a nuclear war. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: Top politicians were placed under extra security after the extradition to the US of convicted terrorist Nizar Trabelsi. (DPA)
  • Estonia: FM Paet said his country is against third countries’ interference in agreement signings between Ukraine and the EU. (Interfax)
  • Russia: Chief Sanitary Doctor Gennady Onishchenko announced that starting 07OCT supplies of all dairy from Lithuania would be limited. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran:  Supreme Leader Khamenei said some of his country’s diplomatic efforts at the UN were “not fitting”. (Reuters)
  • Israel: A local newspaper poll reported a majority of Israelis would support unilateral military action against Iran. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UN said Damascus gave the international nuclear watchdog agency additional data about its chemical weapons program. (RFE/RL)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A US jury indicted 13 members of Anonymous, charging them with worldwide cyber-attacks. (CBS)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Fitow)
    • Location: 140 miles SSW of Kadena AB
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 103 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Storm 23W (Danas)
    • Location: 985 miles ESE of Kadena AB
    • Movement: WNWat 18 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karen
    • Location: 180 miles S of Morgan City, Louisiana
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 04OCT: 136 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 04OCT: 58 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06OCT)

  • Afghanistan: Nomination process for upcoming presidential election will end.
  • Egypt: Egyptian Armed Forces Day – 1973.
  • Egypt: Anniversary of the assassination of President Sadat – 1981.

 

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