ONS: 10 September 2013

by admin on September 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan VP Ruto’s crimes against humanity trial began at the ICC.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Rousseff accused the US of spying on Petrobras for its own “economic and strategic” reasons rather than national security.
  • ASIA: Filipino MNLF militants traded gunfire with troops for a second day and used almost 200 villagers as human shields.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, one person was killed in fresh protests over a 14-year-old left in a coma during anti-government demonstrations in June.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rowhani said the county “will not give up one iota” of its nuclear rights in a speech to clerics.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Yahoo and Facebook each filed suits in the FISA Court to ask the government for permission to reveal information about the number and types of national security requests for user data that the companies receive.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: France to promote Syria UN resolution as Russia pushes arms plan.
    • French FM Fabius said the country will put a resolution to the UNSC to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control so they can be destroyed.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said that Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly.
    • HRW said government forces were most likely to blame for the deadly chemical weapons attack.
    • US President Obama said the Russian plan for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons was “potentially positive” and pledged to take it seriously.
    • China’s Foreign Ministry expressed support for the Russian plan.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, BBC, NYT, WSJ

 

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Uganda said that South Sudan is likely to be admitted into the East African Community regional trading bloc in April 2014. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: The UN called for maximum restraint among parties to the ongoing conflict in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: A series of attacks in the Sinai Peninsula killed at least four people. (AFP)
  • Kenya: VP Ruto’s crimes against humanity trial began at the ICC. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A multinational naval drill, codenamed Unitas Naval Operation, began in the Colombian Caribbean. (Xinhua)
  • Region: President Santos criticized Nicaragua’s “expansionist” ambitions and called an ICC ruling that gave territory to Nicaragua inapplicable. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff accused the US of spying on Petrobras for its own “economic and strategic” reasons rather than national security. (AFP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb in Ghazni province killed seven civilians and wounded more than a dozen others. (AFP)
  • India: Violence eased in Uttar Pradesh after ongoing clashes that left at least 31 dead. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea held a second round of talks on reopening the Kaesong joint industrial zone. (AFP)
  • Philippines: MNLF militants traded gunfire with troops for a second day and used almost 200 villagers as human shields. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A twin bomb blast struck a school in the south of the country killing two soldiers. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: The new parliament opened its first session. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: A Defense Ministry serviceman was killed in an attack on a checkpoint in Buinaksk, Dagestan. (Interfax)
  • Turkey: One person was killed in fresh protests over a 14-year-old left in a coma during anti-government demonstrations in June. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron said the country would “never agree to any transfer of sovereignty” of Gibraltar without the consent of its residents. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The country’s largest pro-government society demanded the resignation of the health minister. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: President Rowhani said the county “will not give up one iota” of its nuclear rights in a speech to clerics. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Two car bombs north of Baghdad killed five people. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Unknown gunmen in Abyan killed two pro-government militiamen in an attack on a pro-government tribal leader. (Xinhua)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Yahoo and Facebook each filed suits in the FISA Court to ask the government for permission to reveal information about the number and types of national security requests for user data that the companies receive. (Bits)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Humberto
    • Location: 150 mi W of the Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Gabrielle
    • Location: 185 mi S of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 14 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: Over the NW Caribbean Sea
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • 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 (11SEP)

 

  • Global: World Economic Forum meeting begins in Dalian (to 13SEP).
  • Asia: One-year anniversary of Japan’s effective nationalization of disputed Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands – 2012.
  • Chile: Anniversary of coup overthrowing democratically elected President Salvador Allende – 1973.
  • Japan: Mongolian PM Norov Altankhuyag will visit (to 14SEP); Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will visit (to 13SEP).
  • Korean Peninsula: US Special Representative for policy on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Glyn Davies hold meetings in Beijing with Chinese government officials including Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei.
  • Libya: First anniversary of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi; the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed – 2012.
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of last Israeli troops leaving Gaza – 2005.
  • Spain: Catalonia’s National Day.
  • United States: Anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks – 2001.
  • United States: Terry Jones plans to burn 2,753 Korans.
  • Rastafarianism: Ethiopian New Year.

 

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