ONS: 07 September 2013

by admin on September 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian Military launched an attack on Islamic militants in villages in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian protesters released 23 police officers taken hostage during a farmers strike.
  • ASIA: Polls opened in Australia’s general parliamentary election, with the opposition Liberal-National coalition set to make gains against the Labor party.
  • EUROPE: Italian coast guards intercepted a fishing boat with 300 Syrian and Afghan asylum seekers.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US evacuated non-essential staff from its Beirut embassy and urged Americans not to travel to Lebanon, Pakistan or southern Turkey.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI strengthened its warning to businesses that a hacking group loyal to the government of Syria might intensify its internet attacks against the US.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community debates action as violence continues in country.
    • US President Obama said that inaction is not an option for the US in Syria.
    • European foreign ministers meeting with US Secretary Kerry are expected to urge the US to hold off any military action until UN inspectors report.
    • The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that government shelling killed 16 people near Damascus.
    • French FM Fabius will meet with US Secretary Kerry for talks on the Middle East.
    • Syria’s Deputy FM Mekdad said that the “main and only” reason behind a possible US military action against Syria is the “victory of Israel.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, WaPo, WSJ, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UNSG’s Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Menkerios welcomed a summit between President Bashir of Sudan and President Kiir of South Sudan. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The military launched an attack on Islamic militants in villages in the northern Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Mali: The US said it will resume development aid to the country. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Fifteen people were killed and at least two dozen wounded in two militant bomb attacks in Mogadishu. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government urged a US appeals court to reconsider an order for the country to pay in full holders of $1.47 billion in defaulted debt. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Protesters released 23 police officers taken hostage during a farmers strike. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Two groups of cartel-linked gunmen clashed in a city near Acapulco leaving eight dead. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India and Pakistan fired on each other’s position on the line-of-control in Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Demonstrators tried to storm the Iranian consulate in Herat. (AFP)
  • Australia:  Polls opened in a general parliamentary election, with the opposition Liberal-National coalition set to make gains against the Labor party. (BBC)
  • Maldives: Voting began in the presidential election. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: The government announced the release of seven senior Afghan Taliban figures to help the peace process. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: PM designate Rama and Kosovo PM Thaci discussed promoting bilateral relations. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: Four thousand police were deployed in Thessaloniki as unions prepared to protest PM Samaras. (DPA)
  • Italy: Coast guards intercepted a fishing boat with 300 Syrian and Afghan asylum seekers. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The US State Department expressed concern at a move by the government to require government permission for meetings between foreign diplomats and political groups. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The US evacuated non-essential staff from its Beirut embassy and urged Americans not to travel to Lebanon, Pakistan or southern Turkey. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The government tightened security measures around foreign diplomatic missions in Beirut. (DPA)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The FBI strengthened its warning to businesses that a hacking group loyal to the government of Syria might intensify its internet attacks against the US. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Lorena
    • Location: 110 mi W of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Eight
    • Location: 105 mi WSW of Tampico, Mexico
    • Movement: WSW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 43km ESE of Uyugan, Philippines
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 178.1 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 6km SW of Pajapita, Guatemala
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 67.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 06SEP: 110 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 06SEP: 52 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08SEP)

  • Cambodia: Final official tally for recent general election will be announced.
  • Dagestan and Ingushetia: North Caucasian republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia will hold elections of their heads.
  • Iran: Anniversary of Black Friday, when Shah forces fired into the crowd of demonstrators at Jaleh Square in Tehran, killing hundreds of Iranian students – 1978.
  • Macedonia: Independence Day.
  • Northern Ireland: Anniversary of Irish Republican Army’s announcement of its ceasefire – 1998.
  • Pakistan: President Asif Ali Zardari’s last day in office.
  • Pakistan: Navy Day, commemorates the Indo-Pakistan War – 1965.
  • Russia: Single Voting Day, elections, including the Moscow mayoral elections and election of the head of Dagestan.
  • Uzbekistan: Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit at the invitation of Uzbek President Islam Karimov (to 10SEP).
  • Christianity: Birth of the Virgin Mary celebrated by Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.

 

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