ONS: 08 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The presidents of Rwanda and Uganda told a UN SC envoy they refused to take responsibility for bringing peace to their neighbor, the DRC.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Rousseff said “everything indicates” that the US shared information from spying on the country with other governments and private companies.
  • ASIA: Myanmar released 56 political prisoners as negotiations with rebels started in the northern Kachin state.
  • EUROPE: Italian prosecutors said the captain of the 03OCT shipwreck near Lampedusa could be charged with manslaughter as fatalities reach 231.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Qatar, an international labor federation delegation arrived to investigate recent claims of migrant worker exploitation.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US court announced Amazon Web Services won over IBM in the battle to build a cloud infrastructure for the CIA.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN SG Ban Ki-moon said 100 specialists were needed to carry out disarmament.
    • Russian President Putin said the Syrian government was “very actively” cooperating with the international team of inspectors.
    • The Chinese government recommended 10 experts to join the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to help in the destruction of chemical weapons.
    • Regime forces launched air strikes against rebels in Idlib province to defend two military bases there.
    • Coverage: NYT, AFP, AFP-1, Xinhua

 

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The presidents of Rwanda and Uganda told a UN SC envoy they refused to take responsibility for bringing peace to their neighbor, the DRC. (Reuters)
  • Algeria: Media reported the government was set to formally toughen legal procedures in counter-terrorism efforts. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Militants called for the kidnapping of Americans in Tripoli and for attacks on gas pipelines, ships and planes as revenge for the capture of an al-Qaeda leader by the US. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The military announced that at least 30 Boko Haram militants were killed by government forces in Borno State. (Xinhua)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Guatemalan President Perez said the US gave his country six helicopters to fight drug trafficking, as part of a USD40 million donation. (AFP)
  • Bolivia: The head of the coca control and industrialization agency was arrested for allegedly selling seized coca, among other crimes. (BBC)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff said “everything indicates” that the US shared information from spying on the country with other governments and private companies. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Anarchist groups turned a peaceful teachers’ demonstration in Rio de Janeiro violent and destructive. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The 21st Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum concluded with agreements on trade issues and a joint declaration. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Japan asked the World Trade Organization to look into South Korea’s decision to ban imports of fish from the waters near the Fukushima nuclear plant. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A bomb attack killed three civilians in the province of Wardak. (Xinhua)
  • India: The military ended a two-week search for suspected rebels near disputed areas with Pakistan. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The government released 56 political prisoners as negotiations with rebels started in the northern Kachin state. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian President Putin demanded an apology from the Netherlands for the detention and questioning in The Hague of a Russian diplomat. (AFP)
  • Region: The premiers of Serbia and Kosovo said they averted a breakdown in negotiations taking place in Brussels. (DPA)
  • Italy: Prosecutors said the captain of the 03OCT shipwreck near Lampedusa could be charged with manslaughter as fatalities reach 231. (DPA)
  • Portugal: A strike against austerity measures shut down Lisbon’s metro, causing traffic jams throughout the city. (AP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli lawmakers visited the West Bank to meet with Palestinian President Abbas and give impetus to the stalled peace talks. (AP)
  • Region: A World Bank report found Israel’s control of parts of the West Bank costs the Palestinian economy USD3.4 billion a year, equal to 35% of its GDP. (Guardian)
  • Qatar: An international labor federation delegation arrived in the country to investigate recent claims of migrant worker exploitation. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cloud computing: A US court announced Amazon Web Services won over IBM in the battle to build a cloud infrastructure for the CIA. (TechCrunch)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 23W (Danas)
    • Location: 112 miles W of Sasebo, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 17 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm 14E (Narda)
    • Location: 950 miles WSW of Socorro Island
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (09OCT)

  • Azerbaijan: General election.
  • Brunei: 23rd ASEAN Summit, Vietnamese PM Nyuyen Tan Dung will lead delegation (to 10OCT)
  • Bolivia: Anniversary of Che Guevara shooting – 1967
  • Nigeria: Court decision on seven Russian sea-men.
  • North Korea: Anniversary of nuclear test – 2006.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of the shooting of Malala Yousafzai – 2012.
  • Turkey: Working visit of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

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