ONS: 07 August 2013

by admin on August 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US Justice Department filed criminal charges against the leader of a militia in connection with the attack in Benghazi that claimed four American lives.
  • AMERICAS: US Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted a boat with marijuana valued at over USD4 million and apprehended two Mexican men.
  • ASIA: The UN announced the army of Myanmar, known for its conscription of child soldiers, freed 68 children and youth from military service.
  • EUROPE: Italy agreed to take in 102 African migrants stranded on a tanker in the Mediterranean after Malta refused to accept them on its territory.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rowhani called for “serious” negotiations on its nuclear program with the major powers “without wasting time.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Israel’s Foreign Ministry will chat with Arab members of the Gulf Cooperation Council via Twitter to promote dialogue.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Fierce fighting between rebels and government forces in Aleppo.
    • Opposition activists reported regime troops killed over 60 rebels in an ambush near Damascus
    • The CIA’s second-in-command said the presence of al-Qaeda extremism and civil war in the country is the greatest threat to US national security
    • The UN announced it is finalizing the legal and logistical details of a mission to investigate claims of chemical weapons use
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, WSJ, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Mansour said foreign mediation talks to peacefully end a standoff with Islamists failed. (UPI)
  • Kenya: A fire destroyed the arrivals hall in the country’s main international airport, causing the rerouting of all arriving flights. (AP)
  • Libya: The US Justice Department filed criminal charges against the leader of a militia in connection with the attack in Benghazi that claimed four American lives. (NYT)
  • Sudan: The US government joined the UNHCR in urging the country to reinstate the work permits for 20 UNHCR staff in Darfur. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Tens of thousands protested in Tunis to demand the government’s resignation. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Kirchner pushed her country’s claim over the British-ruled Falkland Islands at the UN Security Council. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The government and the UN launched an urgent appeal for USD100 million for humanitarian aid for 2013. (AFP)
  • US: Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted a boat with marijuana valued at over USD4 million and apprehended two Mexican men. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Capriles said he intended to go “before international bodies” to contest the April presidential vote he lost to Maduro. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Two Pakistani soldiers were wounded in an exchange of fire with Indian troops in the Kashmir region. (Reuters)
  • Hong Kong, China: Customs officials said they seized a shipment of illegal ivory, rhino horns and leopard skins worth USD 5.3 million in the city’s port. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The UN announced the country’s army, known for its conscription of child soldiers, freed 68 children and youth from military service.  (AFP)
  • Taiwan: Yen Ming, a career military man, was named the country’s new defense minister, less than a day after the resignation of his civilian predecessor. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian PM Medvedev said Russia stands for settling the problem of Georgian and South Ossetian refugees through direct talks. (Itar-Tass)
  • Region: British PM Cameron spoke with his Spanish counterpart Rajoy over his “serious concerns” about tensions at the border with Gibraltar. (Reuters)
  • Italy: The government agreed to take in 102 African migrants stranded on a tanker in the Mediterranean after Malta refused to accept them on its territory. (Reuters)
  • Latvia: The government agreed to extradite a programmer to the US accused of participating in a global cyber theft ring. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The UN criticized the government’s proposal of an anti-terrorism law that revokes citizenship for convicts and bars protests in the capital. (UPI)
  • Iran: President Rowhani called for “serious” negotiations on its nuclear program with the major powers “without wasting time”. (AFP)
  • Israel: Four soldiers were wounded in an explosion, possibly caused by a mine, along the Lebanese border. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: The king replaced his deputy defense minister only four months into his post. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Israel’s Foreign Ministry will chat with Arab members of the Gulf Cooperation Council via Twitter to promote dialogue. (UPI)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Mangkhut)
    • Location: 175 miles SE from Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 46  mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane 08E (Henriette)
    • Location: 1425 miles E from Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 85  mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Karymsky, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
  • 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 (08AUG)

  • Asia: ASEAN Day.
  • Chile: 2013 Latin American Cities Conference, “Chile: Leading through Trade” begins in Santiago.
  • Ethiopia: Anti-government Muslims in Ethiopia are calling for mass demonstrations.
  • Libya: The NTC transfers power to the GNC in a symbolic move marking the first peaceful transition in Libya’s modern history.
  • Islam: Eid al-fitr

 

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