ONS: 06 September 2013

by admin on September 6, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Foreign and defense ministers from Africa’s Great Lakes region met in Uganda to discuss the crisis in DR Congo
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama promised his Brazilian and Mexican counterparts that the US would cooperate with their governments to “address concerns” over alleged US spying on the Latin American leaders.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Abe called for a “reset” in Sino-Japanese ties during a brief meeting with Chinese President Xi
  • EUROPE: The outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) chief commander said that they have stopped retreating from the Turkish territory to northern Iraq, blaming Ankara of not taking the “agreed” steps.
  • MIDDLE EAST: One of the EU’s top courts annulled an EU asset freeze imposed on seven Iranian banks and other companies for their alleged involvement in the country’s contested nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA and the British government have been working to disable encryption technology that billions of netizens use to protect data.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Pentagon to expand targets in Syria, may conduct airstrikes with France
    • Iran ordered militants in Iraq to attack the US embassy in Baghdad in retaliation for a strike on Syria.
    • Russia dispatched a landing ship for the Syrian coast.
    • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said strikes could worsen sectarian violence.
    • NYT obtained video that depicted Syrian rebels executing soldiers.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, UPI, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Foreign and defense ministers from Africa’s Great Lakes region met in Uganda to discuss the crisis in DR Congo. (Xinhua)
  • Algeria: Soldiers killed two Islamist insurgents in an operation east of Algiers. (AFP)
  • Libya: The daughter of Libya’s ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi, who was reportedly abducted this week, was actually taken by special security forces for her own protection. (AFP)
  • Mali: President Keita named Oumar Tatam Ly, a former senior official in West Africa’s regional central bank, as his first prime minister. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: An attack in Borno state by suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 15 people. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Former Argentinean judge Otilio Romano was extradited from Chile to Argentina, where he will face human rights abuse charges. (BBC)
  • Region: US President Obama promised his Brazilian and Mexican counterparts that the US would cooperate with their governments to “address concerns” over alleged US spying on the Latin American leaders. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos appointed five new ministers in an effort to form a “peace and unity” cabinet. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: A senior official said that FARC rebels will not be granted impunity through peace negotiations. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese PM Abe called for a “reset” in Sino-Japanese ties during a brief meeting with Chinese President Xi. (AFP)
  • Japan: US Marine Corps’ Osprey training flights will take place in western Shiga and Kochi prefectures, so as to lighten the burden on Okinawa. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea and South Korea restored a military hotline along their west coast in order to help re-open the Kaesong industrial complex. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike in North Waziristan killed at least six militants, including a senior Haqqani commander. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The attempts made by Georgia to use the format of the Geneva debate to get Russia to assume obligations not to use force against Georgia are absurd and cynical, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said. (Interfax)
  • Region: The OSCE Representative on the Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, will organize the South East Europe Media Conference (SEEMC) in Tirana on September 18-20. (Xinhua)
  • Italy: The parliament will begin hearings on Monday on whether to expel Silvio Berlusconi from the Senate. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) chief commander said that they have stopped retreating from the Turkish territory to northern Iraq, blaming Ankara of not taking the “agreed” steps. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Egypt is considering establishing a one-km-deep buffer zone along the eastern border with Gaza in a move to heighten security. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: One of the EU’s top courts annulled an EU asset freeze imposed on seven Iranian banks and other companies for their alleged involvement in the country’s contested nuclear program. (AP)
  • Iraq: The government announced a traffic restriction will be imposed on the streets of Baghdad in an apparent move to combat the increasing car bombings. (Xinhua)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The NSA and the British government have been working to disable encryption technology that billions of netizens use to protect data. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12E (Lorena)
    • Location: 155 NM SE of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 12 kts
    • Winds: 35 kts
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle
    • Location: Off the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic.
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph.
    • Winds: 40 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 50% chance of a tropical storm formation
    • Location: Less than 100 miles east of Tampico, Mexico
    • Movement: Westward
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of a tropical storm formation
    • Location: Puerto Rico
    • Movement: NW at 10 to 15 mph.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 0% chance of a tropical storm formation
    • Location: 600 miles west of the Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: WNW at 10 miles per hour
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Sardinal, Costa RIca
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 18 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • 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 (07 SEP)

  • Australia: Federal election.
  • Brazil: Independence Day.
  • Cambodia: Mass nonviolent opposition protest planned to demand the establishment of an independent committee to look into alleged poll irregularities.
  • Japan: US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will visit Japan where he will meet with senior Japanese officials (to 09SEP).
  • Maldives: Presidential election.
  • Vietnam: South Korean President Park Geun-hye will begin an official visit to Vietnam (to 11SEP).

 

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