ONS: 10 August 2013

by admin on August 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Zimbabwe’s Deputy Mining Minister Gift Chimanikire claimed the country signed a secret deal to supply Iran with the raw materials needed to develop a nuclear weapon.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian FARC rebels urged the army to refrain from any attempt to rescue US hostage Kevin Scott Sutay.
  • ASIA: India accused Pakistan of violating the ceasefire at the Line-of-Control, resulting in heavy exchange of fire between the two sides.
  • EUROPE: Estonian security police said a former official was remanded into custody for high treason after he confessed to spying for Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes by the military killed at least 20 people in the northwestern Latakia province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Obama said he would pursue reforms to open the legal proceedings surrounding government surveillance programs to greater scrutiny.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: US to reopen majority of embassies closed for terror threat.
    • The State Department said 18 of the 19 US embassies and consulates that were closed in the Middle East and Africa will reopen Sunday.
    • The US Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, will remain closed because of concerns about a “threat stream” emanating from AQAP.
    • The US Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, which was closed Thursday because of what officials say was a separate credible threat, also was not scheduled to reopen.
    • At least 12 suspected AQAP militants were killed in three separate drone strikes in Yemen on 08AUG.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, LAT, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: UNSG Ban Ki-moon appealed to Egyptians to favor dialogue amid heightening tensions between supporters of deposed president Morsi and the interim government. (AFP)
  • Mali: Rival Tuareg rebel and Arab militant factions reached a reconciliation agreement following talks in Mauritania. (AP)
  • Rwanda: The Democratic Green Party won official recognition, becoming the country’s third legal party ahead of next month’s legislative elections. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Deputy Mining Minister Gift Chimanikire claimed the country signed a secret deal to supply Iran with the raw materials needed to develop a nuclear weapon. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela and Colombia agreed to enhance border cooperation with the opening of an upgraded customs office located in Venezuela’s Apure state. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: FARC rebels urged the army to refrain from any attempt to rescue US hostage Kevin Scott Sutay. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: President Correa ordered armed forces to repel any attacks from the FARC in the wake of a border skirmish that killed one soldier. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India accused Pakistan of violating the ceasefire at the Line-of-Control, resulting in a heavy exchange of fire between the two sides. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Chinese government ships entered disputed waters in the East Asia Sea at the center of a territorial row with Japan. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: China’s embassy reported that three Chinese citizens were found murdered in Kabul and another two are missing. (Reuters)
  • India: PM Singh announced that the country’s first home-built nuclear submarine is ready for sea trials in open waters. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The Military said it has launched an offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Estonia: Security police said a former official was remanded into custody for high treason after he confessed to spying for Russia. (AFP)
  • France: Authorities arrested and deported a Tunisian islamist suspected of wanting to harm two reporters. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Dozens of police were injured in Belfast after clashes broke out during protests against a rally marking the introduction of imprisonment without trial in Northern Ireland. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: President Obama said that al-Qaeda’s regional units still posed a threat but that the network was weaker overall. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes by the military killed at least 20 people in the northwestern Latakia province. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The UN said that funding “remains low for critical humanitarian projects in Yemen,” with less than half of the required money received so far this year. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: President Obama said he would pursue reforms to open the legal proceedings surrounding government surveillance programs to greater scrutiny. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Utor)
    • Location: 479 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Henriette
    • Location: 656 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WSW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Rokatenda, Palue, Indonesia
    • Ash and rock eruption, killing five. (AFP)
  • 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 (11AUG)

  • Afghanistan: Tenth anniversary of NATO taking over command of peacekeeping in Afghanistan – 2003.
  • Burma: UN special investigator on the human rights situation in Burma will visit the country at the invitation of the government (to 21AUG).
  • Chad: Independence Day – 1960.
  • Colombia, Venezuela: The two countries restore diplomatic relations – 2010.
  • Colombia: President Santos hosts US Secretary Kerry during a one-day visit that begins the night of 11AUG.
  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: German FM Guido Westerwelle will travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories in a bid to lend backing to revived peace talks.
  • Mali: Runoff presidential election to be held.
  • Russia: Anniversary of Russian Air Force – 1912.
  • Syria: Philippine Foreign Secretary recommended Philippine peacekeepers to remain in Golan Heights through this date.

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