ONS: 09 September 2013

by admin on September 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan VP Ruto departed for The Hague a day before the start of his crimes against humanity trial at the ICC.

  • AMERICAS: In Guatemala, at least 11 people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded by gunmen in San Jose Nacahuil.

  • ASIA: Filipino troops were locked in a standoff with hundreds of MNLF gunmen who killed six people and took at least 20 hostages in Zamboanga in a bid to derail peace talks.

  • EUROPE: A Russian diplomat was shot dead by an unknown assailant in the capital of the breakaway region of Abkhazia.

  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry met with Palestinian President Abbas.

  • TECHNOLOGY: A potential landmark case for US regulation of Internet traffic goes before a panel of federal judges, testing whether the FTC has authority to enforce net neutrality rules.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rhetoric escalates as violence spreads in country.

    • US Secretary Kerry said that the solution to the Syrian conflict must be political not military but that the international community could not stand by.

    • British Foreign Secretary Hague said the US has the full diplomatic support of Britain on Syria despite the fact that London will not join military action.

    • Russian FM Lavrov said military strikes risk causing an “outburst of terrorism” in the region and would spark a new wave of refugees.

    • UN HCHR Pillay said the use of chemical weapons “seems to be in little doubt,” but “a military response or the continued supply of arms risk igniting a regional conflagration.”

    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army is attacking hills overlooking a town held by the Nusra Front.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Former PM Shafiq said he will back army chief Gen al-Sisi for president in an election expected next year. (Reuters)

  • Kenya: VP Ruto departed for The Hague a day before the start of his crimes against humanity trial at the ICC. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Clashes in the northeast killed five Boko Haram militants and 13 fighters from a vigilante group. (AFP)

  • Sudan: The government said it will lift subsidies on petroleum products. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Globo television reported that the NSA spied on Petrobras, the country’s giant national oil company. (NYT)

  • Guatemala: At least 11 people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded by gunmen in San Jose Nacahuil. (EFE)

  • United States: Der Spiegel reported that Germany’s intelligence services cooperated with the US CIA for years on a database of suspected Jihadists and their supporters in the country. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two soldiers were killed in an explosion in Helmand province. (Xinhua)

  • India: Hundreds of troops were deployed to Uttar Pradesh after at least 23 people were killed in a weekend of communal violence. (AFP)

  • Indonesia: A multinational anti-terrorism exercise officially began in the country with 872 soldiers from 18 countries taking part . (AP)

  • Japan: Authorities scrambled fighter jets after an unidentified drone flew near islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with China. (AFP)

  • Philippines: Troops were locked in a standoff with hundreds of MNLF gunmen who killed six people and took at least 20 hostages in Zamboanga in a bid to derail peace talks. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: A Russian diplomat was shot dead by an unknown assailant in the capital of the breakaway region of Abkhazia. (AFP)

  • Norway: Polls opened in legislative elections likely to lead to a center-right victory and a government of Conservatives. (AFP)

  • Russia: Moscow’s pro-Kremlin mayor was set to win tight elections ahead of protest leader Alexei Navalny who denounced the results as falsified. (AFP)

  • Turkey: Kurdish rebels halted withdrawing their fighters from Turkish territory and accused the government of not abiding by the deal’s terms. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: US Secretary Kerry met with Palestinian President Abbas. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Security authorities captured three al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Aden. (Xinhua)

  • Yemen: A Saudi diplomat kidnapped in the country by al-Qaeda has urged his relatives to stage protests to push Riyadh to answer the demands of his abductors. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A potential landmark case for US regulation of Internet traffic goes before a panel of federal judges, testing whether the FTC has authority to enforce net neutrality rules. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes:

    • Tropical Storm Humberto

      • Location: 145 mi SE of the Cape Verde Islands

      • Movement: W at 12 mph

      • Winds: 40 mph

      • Map

    •     20% Chance of Tropical Storm
      • Location: 500 mi SW of Bermuda
      • Movement: NE
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)

      • Cases:Global Number of Cases as of 07SEP: 114 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 07SEP: 54 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10SEP)

  • Global: Opening of UN General Assembly.

  • Asia: World Travel and Tourism Council Asia Summit begins in Seoul (to 11SEP).

  • Asia: UN releases study on violence against women in Asia.

  • Europe: Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi expected to travel to several European countries.

  • Brunei: US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will visit Brunei to attend meetings with his counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (to 11SEP).

  • Gibraltar: National Day, anniversary of vote to reject Spanish sovereignty – 1967.

  • Guinea-Bissau: Independence Day – 1974.

  • Kenya: Deputy President William Ruto will go on trial for crimes against humanity.

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will hold the second meeting of the joint committee on Sept. 10 to discuss reopening of the Kaesong industrial complex.

  • Myanmar: International telecoms executives to gather in Naypyidaw for conference on challenges facing Myanmar (to 11SEP).

  • Pakistan: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf ordered to appear in court in connection with the death of Baluch rebel leader Nawaz Akbar Bugti in 2006.

  • Russia: FM Sergei Lavrov will meet with Libyan FM Mohamed Abdelaziz in Moscow to discuss the situation in Syria and Egypt, and the case of Russian citizens detained in Libya.

  • United States: President Obama will address Americans in a live television address.

 

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