ONS: 07 October 2013

by admin on October 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, clashes during a national holiday honoring the military claimed at least 51 lives across the country.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian media reported that Canadian intelligence spied on communications at the Brazilian Mining and Energy Ministry.
  • ASIA: A bomb in the Pakistani city of Peshawar killed at least five including three policemen and injured six.
  • EUROPE: In Italy, 200 asylum-seekers rescued at sea arrived in Sicily in the midst of a debate in the country on dealing with illegal immigration.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Bahrain court sentenced nine Shiite Muslims to life for making bombs for “terrorist” purposes and for their alledged involvement in a 2011 attack.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Pakistan banned Skype, Whatsapp and Viber in Sindh province for the next three months citing security reasons.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: The captured el-Liby is interrogated on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea.
    • US Secretary of State Kerry defended the capture of the Al-Qaeda operative in Libya as  “appropriate and legal”.
    • Kerry also admitted Libya was not informed of the operation in advance.
    • Analysts see the raids in Libya and Somalia as a shift away from drone strikes.
    • Coverage: UPI, CBS, Xinhua, LAT

 

AFRICA

  • CAR: UN officials in the country called attention to the threat posed by two militant groups – the FDLR and the ADF. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Clashes during a national holiday honoring the military claimed at least 51 lives across the country. (AP)
  • Egypt: Security officials said gunmen killed five soldiers from an army patrol by the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Witnesses reported renewed anti-government demonstrations in Sinnar town, even as a judge dismissed 19 protesters detained in September. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Local media reported that Canadian intelligence spied on communications at the Brazilian Mining and Energy Ministry. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Hundreds of security officers, including armored vehicles and helicopters, occupied 12 favelas in Rio de Janeiro in search of drug gangs. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Thousands protested against President Nieto’s plans to fund the state-owned oil industry with foreign capital. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry reported six Taliban militants were killed and 11 arrested in security operations within 24 hours. (Xinhua)
  • India: Sources said the country successfully carried out a test of its home-made, nuclear-capable Prithvi II missile. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A bomb that exploded near a polio-vaccination team in Peshawar killed at least five including three policemen and injured six. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The EU delegation to the country said it is providing EUR300,000 to assist thousands affected by conflict in the of Zamboanga. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding praised Croatia’s amendment of a controversial extradition and arrest law. (AFP)
  • Greece: The minister for public order vowed to rid its police force of any links with the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn political party. (AFP)
  • Italy: About 200 asylum-seekers rescued at sea arrived in Sicily in the midst of a debate in the country on dealing with illegal immigration. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A court sentenced nine Shiite Muslims to life for making bombs for “terrorist” purposes and for their alleged involvement in a 2011 attack. (AFP)
  • Iran: US Secretary of State Kerry urged Tehran to provide new nuclear proposals. (AFP)
  • Iraq: An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group claimed the 29SEP attack on security forces in the Kurdish region. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The German Foreign Ministry confirmed the killing of an embassy security guard, but denied there was an attempt to kidnap its ambassador. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Pakistan banned Skype, Whatsapp and Viber in Sindh province for the next three months citing security reasons. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Fitow)
    • Location: 175 miles NNW of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Typhoon 23W (Danas)
    • Location: 56 miles E of Kadena AB
    • Movement: NW at 19 mph
    • Winds: 144 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm 14E (Narda)
    • Location: 667 miles S of Socorro Island
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Mariana Islands region
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 104 km
    • Map
  • 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 (08OCT)

  • Brunei: 23rd ASEAN Summit to begin in Bandar Seri Begawan City (to 10OCT)
  • Luxembourg: Parliament ends session in preparation for upcoming elections
  • North Korea: Anniversary of 1st underground nuclear test – 2006
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of 7.6 earthquake which killed more than 1,000 people – 2005
  • United States: 11th Annual International Counter Terrorism Officers Association Conference and Training Session (to 10OCT)

 

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