ONS: 06 August 2013

by admin on August 6, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A second senior Zimbabwean election official resigned, without stating why, but possibly in protest over the conduct of the vote.
  • AMERICAS: The Honduran Defense Ministry said at least 10 were killed in a clash between rival drug gangs in the La Mosquitia region.
  • ASIA: India’s army said five of its soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops in an attack near the disputed border in Kashmir; the latter denied involvement.
  • EUROPE: A Turkish court sentenced former army chief Ilker Basbug to life in prison for plotting overthrow the government of PM Erdogan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Yemeni government announced a reward offer of USD25000 for information leading to the arrest of the 25 most wanted al-Qaida members.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Amazon Inc founder Jeff Bezos to buy the Washington Post Co’s newspaper assets, including its flagship daily, for USD250 million.

 

TOP STORY

  • Terror alert: Intercepted communications between al Qaeda in Pakistan and Yemen prompted embassy closures.
    • Norway closed 15 diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa, through the end of the week
    • The US government ordered non-essential embassy staff in Yemen evacuated and urged US citizens to leave the country immediately
    • Coverage: WSJ, Itar-Tass, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A committee of the African Union embarked on establishing a demilitarized zone between Sudan and South Sudan. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Congress swore in new defense minister Abdullah al-Thani, despite continued attacks on security forces. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The prosecutor of the ICC said the attacks of the Islamist group Boko Haram are likely crimes against humanity. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: A second senior election official resigned, without stating why, but possibly in protest over the conduct of the recent presidential vote. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Foreign ministers from the South American trading bloc Mercosur expressed concern over alleged US spying activities on them. (Xinhua)
  • Bolivia: The UN reported land under coca cultivation in the country dropped seven percent from 2011-2012 levels, down for the second year in a row. (AP)
  • Honduras: The Defense Ministry said at least 10 were killed in a clash between rival drug gangs in La Mosquitia region. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India’s army said five soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops in an attack near the disputed border in Kashmir; the latter denied involvement. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban leader Mullah Omar said elections in the country planned for next year would be “a waste of time.” (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Unidentified armed militants killed 13 people they kidnapped from buses at a fake checkpoint in the province of Balochistan. (CNN)
  • Philippines: President Aquino announced a plan to intensify sea patrols in the South China Sea, where his country has territorial disputes with China. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US Secretary of State Kerry named James Warlick the new envoy to mediate the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: The air staff union called off a 24-hour strike initially scheduled for 09AUG-12AUG and 15AUG-18AUG, to give negotiations with the government a chance. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: The White House announced President Obama is still planning to attend the G20 summit in St. Petersburg in September. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: A court sentenced former army chief Ilker Basbug to life in prison for plotting to overthrow the government of PM Erdogan. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Official statistics revealed the Israeli population in the controversial West Bank settlements grew twice as much as in Israel itself in the first half of 2013. (AFP)
  • Syria: Anti-government fighters, led by a group affiliated with al-Qaeda, overtook a key military airport in the province of Aleppo. (WaPo)
  • Yemen: A tribal source said a US drone strike killed four suspected Al-Qaeda militants. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The government announced a reward offer of USD25000 for information leading to the arrest of the 25 most wanted al-Qaida members. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mergers and acquisitions: Amazon Inc founder Jeff Bezos to buy the Washington Post Co’s newspaper assets, including its flagship daily, for USD250 million. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
  • Tropical Depression 10W (Ten)
    • Location: 198 miles ESE from Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Movement: WNW at 22 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes:
  • Hurricane 08E (Henriette)
    • Location:1630 miles ESE from the Hawaiian Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression 07E (Gil)
    • Location: 1035 miles ESE from Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: W at 9 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 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 (07AUG)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of 10 workers from Christian Charity killed in Kabul – 2010.
  • Colombia: Battle of Boyaca, public holiday commemorating battle in which Colombia acquired its definitive independence from the Spanish monarchy – 1819.
  • Czech Republic: Parliament will hold confidence vote in new cabinet.
  • Georgia: Anniversary of ground and air-based military attack on South Ossetia’s capital Tskhinvili by Georgian trtoops against Russian troop movements – 2008.
  • Ivory Coast: Independence Day – 1960.
  • Kenya and Tanzania: Anniversary of the bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam by al-Qaeda – 1998.
  • South Sudan: South Sudan oil pipeline will be shut down (to 22AUG).
  • Thailand: Parliament will consider amnesty bill which will drop charges for those involved in protests over the past 7 years.
  • Islam: Ramadan ends at sundown.

 

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