ONS: 08 September 2013

by admin on September 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Tunis, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched to demand the resignation of the current government.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian police arrested alleged drug lord Claudio Baez in Barranquilla.
  • ASIA: Hundreds of Indian troops were deployed to break up deadly clashes between Hindu and Muslim protesters in Uttar Pradesh.
  • EUROPE: Germany’s intelligence services collaborated with the CIA to compile a database of suspected Jihadists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian PM Zarif traveled to Baghdad to discuss regional and bilateral issues, including Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA is able to access user data on all major smartphone types, according to a report by Der Spiegel.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Pentagon plans for three days of strikes on Syria
    • US President Obama continued to seek support for action.
    • US Secretary of State Kerry said there is a growing coalition willing to strike Syria.
    • Russia sent a plane to Syria to evacuate its citizens that are willing to leave.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AFP, AP, BBC, RIA Novosti, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Tunisian security forces busted a smuggling syndicate that deported young Tunisians to terrorist training sites in Libya. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: President Kabila began two weeks of national dialogue with opposition figures and civic groups. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Tunis to demand the resignation of the current government. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police arrested alleged drug lord Claudio Baez in Barranquilla. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro accused the USA of working to “collapse” his government by sabotaging food and fuel supplies. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials claimed that at least nine civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Four security Afghan soldiers and six suicide attackers were killed and at least 150 people were injured in a Taliban attack in eastern Wardak province. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: The country’s election committee confirmed the ruling Cambodian People’s Party as the winner of July elections. (Kyodo)
  • India: Hundreds of troops were deployed to break up deadly clashes between Hindu and Muslim protesters in Uttar Pradesh. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea and the USA have developed an operational plan to deter and respond to North Korea’s nuclear threat. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Thousands demonstrated in Berlin against Internet surveillance by the NSA. (AFP)
  • Germany: The country’s intelligence services collaborated with the CIA to compile a database of suspected Jihadists. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Police arrested over 160 people in an attempt to disperse rival anti-Islamist rallies in London. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian PM Zarif traveled to Baghdad to discuss regional and bilateral issues, including Syria. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Three people have died after contracting the MERS coronavirus, bringing the country’s total fatalities of the virus to 47. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebel forces seized the Christian town of Maalula. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The NSA is able to access user data on all major smartphone types, according to a report by Der Spiegel. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 12E
    • Location: 144 NM WNW of Cabo San Lucas
    • Movement: NW at 3.45 mph
    • Winds: 28.7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes:  Nothing to report.
  • 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 (09 SEP)

  • Global: 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council will begin (to 27SEP).
  • Global: Roberto Azevedo, the new head of the WTO, is set to present his official program in Geneva to the WTO General Council.
  • Africa: African Union Day.
  • China: Anniversary of the death of Chairman Mao Zedong – 1976.
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of: Negotiations with M23 rebels will begin in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Korea, North: Independence Day – 1948.
  • Norway: Parliamentary elections.
  • Pakistan: Mamnoon Hussain will be sworn in as the 12th president of Pakistan for a five-year term; Pakistani government will convene a grand conference of mainstream political parties next week to evolve consensus on a national security policy to deal with terrorism and to discuss proposal for talks with the Taliban insurgents.
  • Philippines: The Philippine panel preparing homicide charges against the country’s coastguards over the death of a Taiwanese fisherman has formally asked his fellow crewmen to appear before it on this date.
  • Russia: Syrian FM Walid al-Mu’allim will arrive in Moscow for talks with Sergei Lavrov to discuss the situation in Syria.
  • Tajikistan: National Day, anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union – 1991.
  • Thailand: US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield to visit Bangkok to discuss law enforcement cooperation and wildlife trafficking.
  • United States: End of Congress’ summer recess; the House of Representatives will debate President Obama’s proposal to deliver a military strike at Syria during this week.
  • United Kingdom: Secretary Kerry will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London to discuss direct talks between Palestinians and Israelis.

 

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