ONS: 05 September 2013

by admin on September 5, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian security officials said a car bombing targeted the convoy of Interior Minister Ibrahim in Cairo’s Nasr City district.
  • AMERICAS: A Brazilian senior official said President Rousseff may cancel a planned White House visit and downgrade commercial ties unless she receives a public apology for NSA spying.
  • ASIA: The Philippines recalled its ambassador to China for consultations amid fresh tensions in a maritime territorial row.
  • EUROPE: Defense Ministers of the EU are gathering in Lithuania for a conference on European security and consolidation of military rapport with NATO.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rowhani criticized the country’s conservative clerics, urging them to change their “narrow-minded” approach to society.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Analytics company Topsy said it had indexed all public Twitter posts dating back to the first ‘tweet’ and is making the compendium of tweets available to marketers and businesses.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community increases push for peace talks.
    • UN humanitarian chief Amos arrived in Damascus for talks with government officials.
    • The UN reported that UN-Arab League envoy on Syria Brahimi is heading to Russia to help UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s efforts at the G20 to organize a peace conference.
    • Anti-regime activists reported that government troops and al-Qaeda-linked rebels are fighting over a regime-held Christian village Maaloula.
    • German chancellor Merkel said she would pursue efforts for a settlement at the G20 summit.
    • Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei said the US was using chemical weapons allegations as a pretext for intervention.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, DPA

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Presidents from the Great Lakes region gathered in Uganda for a fresh bid to broker a deal to end fighting in eastern DR Congo. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Security officials said a car bombing targeted the convoy of Interior Minister Ibrahim in Cairo’s Nasr City district. (AP)
  • Kenya: Lawmakers are to debate pulling out of the ICC ahead of next week’s trial of the country’s vice-president. (AFP)
  • Somalia: UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for the country Lazzarini said the number of people in crisis in the country has fallen to the lowest level since famine was declared in 2011. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The secular opposition threatened to launch more mass protests to force the islamist-led government to step down. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Journalists rallied against a bill that would allow President Morales’ government broad rights not to disclose news considered too sensitive for the public. (AFP)
  • Brazil: A senior official said President Rousseff may cancel a planned White House visit and downgrade commercial ties unless she receives a public apology for NSA spying. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: National Police killed six members of drug trafficking gang Los Urabenos on the outskirts of Cucuta. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The government announced the creation of a security unit to defend the country’s electrical system. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The National Security Directorate said that its agents shot dead two Pakistanis who opened fire on Afghan worshippers at a Shiite mosque in Kabul. (AFP)
  • China: The government proposed holding an informal meeting on 18SEP with senior officials from six countries involved in negotiations on the DPRK’s nuclear program. (Yonhap)
  • Korea, South: The US Army will deploy an air cavalry squadron comprised of approximately 380 soldiers and 30 helicopters to the country on 01OCT. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The government recalled its ambassador to China for consultations amid fresh tensions in a maritime territorial row. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Defense Ministers of the EU are gathering in Lithuania for a conference on European security and consolidation of military rapport with NATO. (Itar-Tass)
  • Czech Republic: NATO exercise Ramstein Rover formally began and it will continue until 21SEP. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: Head of the Eurogroup of Eurozone Finance Ministers Dijsselbloem said the country will “very likely” need more financial aid beyond its current rescue loan program. (AP)
  • Russia: Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President Putin ahead of the G20 summit. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rowhani criticized the country’s conservative clerics, urging them to change their “narrow-minded” approach to society. (DPA)
  • Iran: Commander of the Quds Force of the IRGC MAJ GEN Soleimani said Iran will support Syria to the end. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Italian media reported that two Italian warships are sailing closer toward offshore Lebanon to protect Italian soldiers participating in a UN peacekeeping mission. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: President Suleiman warned against any Lebanese involvement in the Syrian crisis. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Analytics company Topsy said it had indexed all public Twitter posts dating back to the first ‘tweet’ and is making the compendium of tweets available to marketers and businesses. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 12E
    • Location: 132 NM SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Gabrielle
    • Location: 40 miles SSW of Ponce, Puerto Rico
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 1378km NNE of Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Ubinas Volcano, Moquegua, Peru
    • Ash plumes, prompting emergency response team deployment by the government. (Xinhua)
  • 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 (06SEP)

  • China and United States: Joint China-US naval exercises will begin in Pearl Harbor.
  • East Timor and Indonesia: Anniversary of Indonesia’s imposition of martial law in East Timor as thousands of people fled the province and pro-Indonesian militias continued a wave of terror – 1999.
  • Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: Anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union – 1991.
  • Germany: Anniversary of Israeli Olympic hostages killed in gun battle – 1972.
  • India and Pakistan: Anniversary of Indian Army’s invasion of West Pakistan – 1965.
  • Kazakhstan: Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay his first official visit to Kazakhstan (to 08SEP).
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of PM Mahmoud Abbas’ resignation after a prolonged power struggle with Palestinian President Yasir Arafat – 2003.
  • South Sudan and Sudan: Sudan’s extended deadline to cut off oil exports from South Sudan.
  • Swaziland: Anniversary of independence – 1968.
  • Ukraine: Hearing of jailed former PM and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko postponed to this date.

 

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