ONS: 06 October 2013

by admin on October 6, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tuareg and Arab rebels agreed to restart peace talks with the Malian government.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, a small plane on a US counter-narcotics reconnaissance flight crashed in the jungle, killing three Americans and a Panamanian on board.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, Germany handed over the Kunduz military bases to local forces in line with the gradual pullout from the country.
  • EUROPE: Tens of thousands Spaniards protested in Bilbao against a crackdown on the pro-Basque separatist group ETA.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, sources announced international inspectors began destroying chemical weapons and production facilities in the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter suspended the account of the al-Shabab militant group for the second time this year.

 

TOP STORY

  • Africa: US military forces raided terrorist targets in Libya and Somalia.
    • Officials said Navy SEALs carried out an unsuccessful operation in Somalia looking for an al-Qaida suspect connected to the shopping mall attack.
    • The raid in Libya succeeded in capturing a suspected leader of al-Qaeda, Abu Anas ed-Liby.
    • Secretary of State Kerry said the US would “never stop” hunting down terrorists.
    • Coverage: CNN, AP, NBC, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • DRC: A member of the UN Security Council delegation in the country said the M23 rebels can only be defeated by political means and not militarily. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Authorities increased security in and around Cairo in preparation for fresh pro- and anti-government demonstrations. (DPA)
  • Mali: Tuareg and Arab rebels agreed to restart peace talks with the government. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez was ordered by doctors to rest for a month after a hematoma was found in her brain. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A small plane on a US counter-narcotics reconnaissance flight crashed in the jungle, killing three Americans and a Panamanian on board. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The National Assembly formed a commission to investigate the 1.3 tons of cocaine seized aboard a Paris-bound Air France plane. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China said it was prepared to welcome a Taiwanese envoy to discuss political settlements to long-standing divisions. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Germany handed over the Kunduz military bases to local forces in line with the gradual pullout from the country. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Coalition forces reported that four NATO soldiers were killed during an operation. (BBC)
  • Myanmar: Media reported police arrested 44 people in connection with deadly anti-Muslim violence. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Ukrainian President Yanukovych’s press service announced he will visit Poland on 07OCT to discuss EU integration. (Interfax)
  • Ireland: A referendum on a government proposal to eliminate the upper house of parliament in order to save money was narrowly rejected. (AFP)
  • Spain: Tens of thousands protested in Bilbao against a crackdown on the pro-Basque separatist group ETA. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: German intelligence revealed Syrian fighter jets stationed on Iranian territory for protection. (AFP)
  • Iran: Media reported at least four were apprehended for trying to sabotage a nuclear site. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The mayor of a northern town said car bombs exploded near an elementary school and a police station killing at least 10, many of whom children. (AP)
  • Israel: Israeli PM Netanyahu condemned an alleged Palestinian shooting attack on a 9-year-old girl in the West Bank. (Jerusalem Post)
  • Syria: Sources announced international inspectors began destroying chemical weapons and production facilities in the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Twitter suspended the account of the al-Shabab militant group for the second time this year. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Fitow)
    • Location: 117 miles ENE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Typhoon 23W (Danas)
    • Location: 549 miles ESE of Kadena AB
    • Movement: NW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 98 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Karen
    • Location: 100 miles SSW of Morgan City, Louisiana
    • Movement: NE at 2 mph
    • Winds: 30 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 (07OCT)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of start of the ongoing war in Afghanistan – 2001.
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Sinai resort bombings – 2004.
  • Luxembourg: Parliament will dissolve ahead of upcoming elections.
  • USA: Department of Homeland Security announced – 2001.

 

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