ONS: 09 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: International observers of Guinea’s first parliamentary elections in over a decade said they found irregularities in the process.
  • AMERICAS:  Dominican Republic authorities seized over a ton of cocaine stored in a boat south of Santo Domingo and arrested three suspects.
  • ASIA: Vietnamese authorities seized two tons of elephant tusks valued at USD1.49 million in a China-bound shipping container.
  • EUROPE: A Turkish appeals court upheld the convictions of high-ranking military officers for plotting to overthrow PM Erdogan’s government a decade ago.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Officials said the Iranian government is preparing a proposal plan on halting the production of highly enriched nuclear fuel in preparation for negations.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The head of British domestic intelligence said the presence of thousands of Islamist extremists in the country warranted use of surveillance technologies.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: The chemical weapons watchdog agency set to give public briefing on the disarmament process.
    • Witnesses said two mortar rounds hit the central bank in Damascus, with no immediate reports of injuries.
    • EU internal market commissioner Michel Barnier warned the bloc to prepare for a possible “massive” influx of Syrian refugees.
    • Chemical weapons watchdog says will deploy second team to Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The US government denied reports that it was considering stopping aid to the country. (USA-T)
  • Egypt: The Ministry of Social Solidarity announced it would dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a non-governmental organization. (Xinhua)
  • Guinea: International observers of the country’s first parliamentary elections in over a decade said they found irregularities in the process. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: An official said the government was holding talks with key members of the Boko Haram group on ending attacks in the north of the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos urged FARC rebels to move faster on peace negotiations. (AFP)
  • Dominican Republic: Authorities seized over a ton of cocaine stored in a boat south of Santo Domingo and arrested three suspects. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: The government approved a request to apply for USD80 million loans from the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank to use towards modernizing its agricultural sector. (Xinhua)
  • US: President Obama is set to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to head the central bank, making her the first woman on that post. (WaPo)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Afghan Taliban said Pakistan has not released their former deputy leader despite the announcement to the contrary. (AP)
  • China: A court agreed to hear an appeal by former party member Bo Xilai on his bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power conviction. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Prosecutors formally charged Muslim rebels with rebellion and violation of international humanitarian law for the siege of Zamboanga. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Seven were killed and 22 injured by bombs planted mostly near ATM machines across the country’s south. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: Authorities seized two tons of elephant tusks valued at USD1.49 million in a China-bound shipping container. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Greenpeace director Kumi Naidoo requested a meeting with Russian President Putin following the arrest of activists protesting Arctic oil drilling.(AFP)
  • Azerbaijan: Voting in the presidential election started with the expectation that incumbent President Aliyev will win his third term. (AFP)
  • Greece: Officials detained dozens of illegal immigrants trying to enter into Europe, mostly from Turkey. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The appeals court upheld the convictions of high-ranking military officers for plotting to overthrow PM Erdogan’s government a decade ago. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Officials said the government is preparing a proposal plan on halting the production of highly enriched nuclear fuel in preparation for negations. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: Police said a roadside bomb killed eight workers and wounded seven traveling in a truck south of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • UAE: Thirty Emiratis and Egyptians charged with organizing an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are to go on trial in November. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Surveillance: The head of British domestic intelligence said the presence of thousands of Islamist extremists in the country warranted use of surveillance technologies. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02B (Two)
    • Location: 618 miles S of Chittagong, Bangladesh
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression 24W (Twentyfour)
    • Location: 562 miles E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 14E (Narda)
    • Location: 1138 miles W of Socorro Island
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 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 (10OCT)

  • Georgia: Participants in a literary festival aimed at improving cultural cooperation between Georgia and Russia will meet with university students in Batumi.
  • Korea, North: Anniversary of founding of the Worker’s Party of Korea – 1945
  • Kyrgyzstan: The opposition to President Atambayev has planned protests in the administrative center of the Talas region.
  • Malaysia: 50th anniversary of Parliament
  • Syria: Chemical weapons recommendations to be discussed by UNSC.
  • Taiwan: National Day
  • Ukraine: Delegation will travel to Washington, DC to continue talks with IMF
  • Zambia: Trial of more than 70 separatists on treason charges adjourned to this date.

 

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