ONS: 11 August 2013

by admin on August 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Voting began in Mali’s run-off presidential election.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and FARC have begun building agreements on the political participation of guerrillas, should peace talks succeed.
  • ASIA: Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts on Kashmir border, wounding a border guard amid mutual claims of cross border firings.
  • EUROPE: Greek police in Athens hunted for migrant escapees after a detention camp riot left 10 officers injured.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Five Yemeni soldiers were killed in an attack by “al-Qaeda elements” near the Balhaf gas terminal located in the country’s southeast.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Guardian reported that the NSA has a secret back door into its databases under a legal authority, enabling it to search for US citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Widespread violence throughout country.
    • 16 car bombs and a series of shootings and other blasts killed at least 61 people and wounded 300 across the country.
    • The US condemned the perpetrators of the attacks as “enemies of Islam and a shared enemy of the US, Iraq, and the international community.”
    • The US State Department reiterated the $10 million USD award offered for al-Qaeda in Iraq’s purported leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is believed to be sheltered in Syria.
    • More than 800 people died in attacks around the country during the month of Ramadan.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Supporters of ousted president Morsi called for more rallies to demand his reinstatement. (AFP)
  • Mali: Voting began in the run-off presidential election. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Members of the al Shebab Islamist group stole $750,000 USD worth of British government-funded humanitarian materials and supplies. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Fighting between the rival Rezeigat and Maaliya tribes killed 100 people in Darfur. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Washington Post reported that Iran is stepping up efforts to build ties with Latin America. (WaPo)
  • Colombia: The Colombian government and FARC have begun building agreements on the political participation of guerrillas, should peace talks succeed. (AP)
  • Panama: Authorities found more explosives aboard a North Korean-flagged ship detained in the Panama Canal for carrying undeclared arms from Cuba. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts on the Kashmir border, wounding a border guard amid mutual claims of cross border firings. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: Police lifted a curfew in Colombo imposed after a Buddhist-led mob attack on a mosque raised religious tensions. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: President Ma Ying-jeou departed for a tour of Paraguay and the Caribbean, with a brief stopover in New York. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Suspected separatists blew up an 8-ton liquefied petroleum gas tank. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: A police hunt for migrant escapees continued in Athens after a detention camp riot left 10 officers injured. (AFP)
  • Russia: A clash between police and militants in Dagestan’s Kizilyurt district left one militant dead. (Itar-Tass)
  • Spain: The government defended a proposed 50 euro toll to enter or leave Gibraltar amid resistance from the UK. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The government complained to US Secretary of State John Kerry about statements by the Palestinians, which it said undermined peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. (BBC)
  • Yemen:  Five Yemeni soldiers were killed in an attack by “al-Qaeda elements” near the Balhaf gas terminal located in the country’s southeast. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Up to five al-Qaeda militants were killed in a US drone strike in Lahj province. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Guardian reported that the NSA has a secret back door into its databases under a legal authority, enabling it to search for US citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant. (The Guardian)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Utor)
    • Location: 222 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 132 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08E (Henriette)
    • Location: 380 NM SSE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: W at 20 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Rokatenda, Palue, Indonesia
    • Continued dangerous ash and rock discharges, significant evacuations. (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 (12AUG)

  • Afghanistan: Italian PM Enrico Letta will visit Italian troops.
  • Brazil, Colombia: US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Colombia and Brazil for talks on increasing cooperation (to 13AUG).
  • Central African Republic: Independence Day – 1960.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of car bomb near a major radio station north of Bogota – 2010.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of the death of prominent Colombian journalist Jaime Garzon – 1999.
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro’s birthday – 1926.
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Morsi canceling the military’s declaration that gave them lawmaking powers in the absence of parliament. He also retired the head of the military council and the army’s chief of staff after unidentified militants attack soldiers in North Sinai, killing 16 – 2012.
  • Germany: 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s construction.
  • Guatemala: The trial of former strongman Gen. Efrain Rios Montt and one of his closest collaborators for genocide and crimes against humanity will begin.
  • India, China: Senior Indian diplomat will hold first bilateral dialogue with Chinese counterpart on Central Asia from 12AUG to 13AUG.
  • Laos: Pao Issara (Day of the Free Laos).
  • Macedonia: Anniversary of Macedonia’s peace deal to stop ethnic conflict in the country – 2001.
  • Pakistan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon will visit Pakistan (to 14AUG).
  • Russia: Anniversary of the Russian Kursk submarine sinking – 2000.

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