ONS: 08 August 2013

by admin on August 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Supporters of ousted President Mursi began marching to demand his restoration.
  • AMERICAS: UN experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea will visit Panama from 13AUG to 15AUG to investigate the undeclared arms shipment from Cuba.
  • ASIA: India directly accused the Pakistan army of involvement in an ambush in which five Indian soldiers were killed.
  • EUROPE: Greek PM Samaras is to meet US President Obama and Secretary Kerry for talks on US support for Greece’s restructuring of its economy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jane’s Intelligence Review reported that Iran constructed a rocket-launching site that could be used for testing ballistic missiles.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter is upgrading its two-factor authentication option.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Regime denies attack on Assad as international community discusses violence.
    • Information Minister Omran Zoabi denied rebel that claims they attacked President Assad’s convoy.
    • US President Obama and Turkish PM Erdogan discussed ongoing unrest in Syria and Egypt.
    • The UN proposed wide-ranging actions to protect civilians, deliver aid, and alleviate the spillover into neighboring countries.
    • Six soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded by an explosion in Damascus.
    • Russian FM Lavrov will meet UNSG Ban Ki-moon on the conflict in Syria and discuss efforts to convene a peace conference in Geneva.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AP-3, BBC, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Supporters of ousted President Mursi began marching to demand his restoration. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: International flight service was restored at Nairobi airport. (AFP)
  • Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon voiced support over Sudan’s delay in the closure of an economically vital pipeline. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Attackers threw acid into the faces of two tourists in the first such assault against foreigners in the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities found 124 kilos of cocaine on a ship that began its journey in Chile and made a stop in Colombia before arriving in the western port of Manzanillo. (EFE)
  • Panama: UN experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea will visit Panama from 13AUG to 15AUG to investigate the undeclared arms shipment from Cuba. (AP)
  • United States: A US Airways flight from Ireland made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport over an alleged bomb threat. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The opposition reported that authorities ordered the arrest of a close adviser to opposition leader Henrique Capriles. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India directly accused the Pakistan army of involvement in an ambush in which five Indian soldiers were killed. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The World Bank provided a grant of USD50 million to the Afghan government to help strengthen reforms. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The Institute for Science and International Security reported that the DPRK appears to have doubled the size of the area used to enrich uranium at its Yongbyon reactor complex. (NYT)
  • Philippines: Government troops clashed with Abu Sayyaf militants and disrupted a fresh bombing plot. (AP)
  • Thailand: Rebels have threatened to quit peace talks with the government. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: The new Czech cabinet formed by allies of leftist President Zeman lost a confidence vote making it likely the country will hold an early election. (Reuters)
  • Greece: PM Samaras is to meet US President Obama and Secretary Kerry for talks on US support for Greece’s restructuring of its economy. (AP)
  • Hungary: The Central Bank fully repaid a 2009 loan from the IMF ahead of schedule, and that it had no further obligations to the lender. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government said Russia is “disappointed” by US President Obama’s decision to cancel a planned visit to Moscow. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Jane’s Intelligence Review reported that Iran constructed a rocket-launching site that could be used for testing ballistic missiles. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The Kurdish governor of Kirkuk province continued efforts to dig a controversial trench around Kirkuk amid increased territorial tensions. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Police questioned two Syrians accused of trying to smuggle antitank missiles, surface-to-air missiles and assault rifles into Jordan. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah announced a further donation of USD100 million to set up a UN center for fighting terrorism. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications:  Twitter is upgrading its two-factor authentication option. (USA Today)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 10W (Mangkut)
    • Location: 77 NM SSW of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Movement: WNW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Henriette
    • Location: Far to the east of the Hawaiian Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (09AUG)

  • Global: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.
  • Czech Republic: Leader of the cabinet, Jiri Rusnok, will face a confidence vote.
  • Japan: Anniversary of US dropping atomic bomb on Nagasaki – 1945.
  • Russia: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet their Russian counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu in Washington.
  • Singapore: National Day – 1965.
  • United States: Bangladeshi man who admitted to trying to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank in New York’s financial district on behalf of al-Qaeda will be sentenced.
  • United States: Anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation from office – 1974.

 

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