ONS: 11 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan PM Zeidan accused a “political party” with organizing his brief abduction.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities seized 1.5 tons of explosives belonging to the FARC.
  • ASIA: Australian police seized USD190 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in the tires of a truck shipped from China.
  • EUROPE: The US said it was “disturbed” that elections in Azerbaijan failed to meet international norms.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The administration of Iranian President Rouhani cancelled an anti-Israeli conference as part of his outreach to the West.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter is experimenting with directly sharing tweets about news events to its users with its new @eventparrot account.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels accused of executing civilians as OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize.
    • The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) charged with overseeing destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
    • HRW reported that rebel forces killed as many as 190 civilians and seized more than 200 hostages during a military offensive in August.
    • Government and rebel forces stepped up clashes aimed at controlling an area around two of the main chemical weapons research and production facilities.
    • Clashes broke out between Syrian Sunni rebels and foreign militias near a main Shi’ite shrine on the southern edge of Damascus.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen said that he does not anticipate “any further role” for the military alliance in the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, BBC-2, LAT, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: An AU official strongly criticized the ICC to African foreign ministers meeting in Ethiopia. (AP)
  • Gambia: The US refuted what it said were “baseless accusations” that it was plotting against the government. (AFP)
  • Libya: PM Zeidan accused a “political party” with organizing his brief abduction. (AFP)
  • Libya: A car bomb went off near the Swedish consulate in Benghazi, causing structural damage. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Authorities seized 1.5 tons of explosives belonging to the FARC. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: Authorities rescued 42 people from a criminal human trafficking and labor group. (EFE)
  • Honduras: The armed forces destroyed at least 10 landing strips used by drug traffickers in the La Mosquitia region. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Defense Secretary Hagel said Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will resign on 04DEC. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The UNSC extended the mission of ISAF. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Police seized USD190 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in the tires of a truck shipped from China. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government slammed a three-nation naval drill involving US, ROK and Japanese warships and threatened to “bury in the sea” a US aircraft carrier. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: US Secretary Kerry praised the country as a modern, innovative and multi-faith model for the world on the final day of a curtailed Asian tour. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: The US said it was “disturbed” that elections in the country failed to meet international norms. (AFP)
  • Italy: Over 500 migrants were rescued near the coast, a week after a shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa claimed hundreds of lives. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Police launched an anti- drug operation across the country, seizing 346 kg of heroin. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The administration of President Rouhani cancelled an anti-Israeli conference as part of its outreach to the West. (AP)
  • Iran: A semi-official government news agency reported an armed group killed five members of the Revolutionary Guards in a Kurdish area near the Iraqi border. (AP)
  • Israel: A retired military colonel was beaten to death at his home in the Jordan Valley. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter is experimenting with directly sharing tweets about news events to its users with its new @eventparrot account. (Fast Company)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 02B (Phailin)
    • Location: 390 NM S of Kolkata, India
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 155 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 24W (Nari)
    • Location: 153 Nm ENE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 10
    • Winds: 115 mph
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  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 25W (Wipha)
    • Location: 636 NM S of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: WNW at 8
    • Winds: 57 mph
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  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 14E (Narda)
    • Location: 1033 Nm W of Socorro Island
    • Movement: W at 3 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: several hundred miles WSW of the Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
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  • Hurricanes: 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: several hundred miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Klyuchevskoy Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
  • 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 (12OCT)

  • Equatorial Guinea: Anniversary of independence – 1968.
  • Indonesia: Anniversary of Bali resort bombing – 2002.
  • Laos: Day of Liberation; commemorates the end of war and Pathet Lao victory – 1975.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of military coup – 1999.
  • Yemen: Anniversary of USS Cole bombing – 2000.

 

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