ONS: 09 August 2013

by admin on August 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Ethiopian military cargo plane crash-landed and burst into flames at Mogadishu airport killing four of its six crew members.
  • AMERICAS: Russian and American defense and foreign ministers are to meet in Washington.
  • ASIA: Indian authorities used tear gas and pellet guns to quell thousands of anti-India protesters in the Indian portion of Kashmir.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan said parliament could cut its summer recess short to vote on reforms aimed at increasing Kurdish rights.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russian media reported that Russia has not delivered advanced S-300 missile systems ordered by Syria although several have been built and Damascus has paid a multi-million dollar deposit.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Intelligence officials reported that the NSA is searching the contents of Americans’ email and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: US pulls non-essential staff out of Lahore amid ongoing violence.
    • The US pulled staff from its consulate in Lahore, citing terrorist threats that also led the State Department to advise Americans against traveling to Pakistan.
    • A US embassy spokesperson said it was unclear when the consulate would reopen and that the closure was due to a specific threat to Lahore.
    • Gunmen in Pakistan fired on the vehicle of a politician driving past worshippers leaving a mosque in Quetta killing nine people and injuring 27.
    • Police captured eight militants responsible for the attack but did not indicate their affiliation.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: An Interpol-backed security operation arrested at least 38 suspects of human trafficking in Ethiopia and 15 suspects in Uganda. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Supporters of deposed leader Morsi called for new rallies on Friday as the interim premier suggested a crackdown on their protest camps was imminent. (AFP)
  • Guinea Bissau: Former PM Carlos Gomes Junior said he planned to return to the country and run for president in November polls. (AFP)
  • Somalia: An Ethiopian military cargo plane crash-landed and burst into flames at Mogadishu airport killing four of its six crew members. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry will travel to Colombia and Brazil for talks on 12AUG and 13AUG on increasing cooperation with their governments. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Santos said FARC rebel leaders negotiating peace with the government must end their days on the battlefield or in prison if talks collapse. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Santos said he is seeking clarification from Washington on whether its intelligence-gathering in his country exceeded joint operations against drug traffickers and illegal armed groups. (AP)
  • United States: Russian and American defense and foreign ministers are to meet in Washington. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: The government deployed armored personnel carriers and soldiers in Phnom Penh to prevent violence if mass demonstrations following hotly disputed polls go ahead. (AFP)
  • India: Authorities used tear gas and pellet guns to quell thousands of anti-India protesters in the Indian portion of Kashmir. (AP)
  • Philippines: Three members of the NPA were killed and a Philippine government soldier was wounded in a firefight in Dona Remidious Trinidad. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Denmark: PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced a cabinet reshuffle to change seven ministries including those for defense, trade and investment. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Minister of Industry and Trade Manturov said Russia has successfully carried out its obligations to eliminate chemical stockpiles. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said parliament could cut its summer recess short to vote on reforms aimed at increasing Kurdish rights. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will resume talks on 14AUG in Jerusalem. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government said it will not sign any agreement with the EU which is inapplicable on the lands it occupied in the 1967 war. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Gunmen kidnapped two pilots working for Turkish Airlines on Beirut’s airport road. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russian media reported that Russia has not delivered advanced S-300 missile systems ordered by Syria although several have been built and Damascus has paid a multi-million dollar deposit. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Intelligence officials reported that the NSA is searching the contents of Americans’ email and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 11W (Eleven)
    • Location: 362 NM N of Koror
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Henriette
    • Location: 1011 NM ESE of Pearl Harbor
    • Movement: WSW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 75 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 (10AUG)

  • Myanmar: The government will begin talks with the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, an exiled armed student group, in Yangon.
  • South Sudan: President Slava Kiir will appoint a new cabinet by this date.
  • United States: Some US embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa will remain closed through this date.

 

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