ONS: 11 September 2013

by admin on September 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A powerful explosion in Libya caused serious damage to the Foreign Ministry building in Benghazi.
  • AMERICAS: Chilean protesters marking the 40th anniversary of the country’s military coup clashed with police
  • ASIA: In the Philippines, MNLF rebels holding hostages in Zamboanga demanded international mediation as clashes continued for a third day.
  • EUROPE: European Commission President Barroso urged swift progress in the creation of the bloc’s planned banking union.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rouhani said that time for solving the country’s nuclear issue was not “unlimited.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology, the federal agency charged with recommending cybersecurity standards, said it would reopen the public vetting process for an encryption standard.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Nations debate Russian option as crisis in country intensifies.
    • A group of UN investigators listed a wide range of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the country.
    • European Commission President Barroso urged Damascus “without delay” to show readiness to destroy its chemical weapons.
    • A French official said negotiations had begun on a proposed UN resolution that would put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.
    • President Obama vowed to keep the US Navy off the Syrian coast to keep up the pressure while the diplomatic track is allowed to develop.
    • France said it would remain poised to launch military action despite ongoing attempts to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: President of Interpol Ballestrazzi said combined control operations on borders between African countries to counter narcotic trafficking will soon be launched. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: At least five soldiers were killed by a car bomb at an intelligence facility in the Sinai. (AFP)
  • Libya: A powerful explosion caused serious damage to the Foreign Ministry building in Benghazi. (AP)
  • South Africa: Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters who took to the streets in Johannesburg over the lack of government services. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Protesters marking the 40th anniversary of the country’s military coup clashed with police. (AP)
  • United States: The White House pledged to continue to jail those who traffic in marijuana in two US states where its recreational use is now legal. (AFP)
  • United States: Intelligence officials declassified documents that showed the NSA violated privacy rules. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The country withdrew from the Organization of American States’ (OAS) human-rights bodies. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US special representative for North Korea policy Davies arrived in Beijing late on the second leg of his three-country trip of South Korea, China and Japan. (UPI)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea agreed to reopen the Kaesong joint industrial park on September 16. (AFP)
  • Philippines: MNLF rebels holding hostages in Zamboanga demanded international mediation as clashes continued for a third day. (AP)
  • Taiwan: The disciplinary panel of the ruling KMT party suspended the speaker of the legislature. (AP)
  • Thailand: Suspected insurgents killed five plainclothes officers in the south of the country. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission President Barroso urged swift progress in the creation of the bloc’s planned banking union. (AP)
  • Russia: President Putin is to offer to supply Iran S-300 air defence missile systems as well as build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant. (AFP)
  • Russia: Police disrupted a channel for trafficking drugs from Afghanistan into the Moscow region and seized 32 kilogrammes of heroin. (Itar-Tass)
  • Spain: Foreign Minister Garcia-Margallo said British PM Cameron’s refusal to hold direct talks on the sovereignty over Gibraltar “clearly contravenes” the relevant UN resolutions. (EFE)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani said that time for solving the country’s nuclear issue was not “unlimited.” (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A series of targeted bombings and shooting around the country killed six. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government agreed to pay more than one million USD to the family of an alleged Mossad spy who hanged himself in prison in 2010. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebels remained in a Christian town near Damascus a day after they announced they were ready to withdraw. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The National Institute of Standards and Technology, the federal agency charged with recommending cybersecurity standards, said it would reopen the public vetting process for an encryption standard. (Bits)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Humberto
    • Location: 310 mi WNW of Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Gabrielle
    • Location: 55 mi WNW of Bermuda
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula
    • Movement: nearly stationary
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 88km SW of Atka, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 32.8km
    • Map
  • 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 (12SEP)

  • Global: International Energy Agency will release its monthly report.
  • Azerbaijan: Special working group on the Caspian legal status will meet in Baku on the level of deputy FMs (to 13SEP).
  • Cuba: 15th anniversary of the arrest of four Cuban intelligence agents by the US, Cuba’s Communist government is urging a display of yellow ribbons in an appeal to the US to release them – 1998
  • Indonesia: US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will visit Jakarta for discussions with senior Indonesian government officials on a range of bilateral and regional matters.
  • Japan and Russia: First round of bilateral consultations on cyber security will begin in Moscow (to 13SEP).
  • Korean Peninsula: US Special Representative for policy on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Glyn Davies will visit Japan for meetings with Japanese government officials including Director-General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Junichi Ihara (to 13SEP).
  • United States: Anniversary of US declaration of War on Terror – 2001.

 

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