ONS: 12 August 2013

by admin on August 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian security forces held off from launching operations to disperse Islamist supporters of deposed President Morsi that officials had said would start at dawn.
  • AMERICAS: The Panamanian government “will grant territorial asylum for humanitarian reasons” to 19 Cubans detained in The Bahamas.
  • ASIA: The Philippines announced the country would proceed instantly to negotiations with the US on terms for increased rotational presence of American forces in the country.
  • EUROPE: French police arrested a soldier on suspicion of planning to fire shots at a mosque near the eastern city of Lyon.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The head of Syria’s rebel FSA visited the coastal province of Latakia as opposition fighters battled regime forces.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Researchers reported that new social media bots are being designed with greater sophistication and the intent to sway elections, influence the stock market, and attack governments.

 

TOP STORY

  • India: Tensions with Pakistan increases as unrest in Kashmir continues.
    • Pakistan accused India of killing a civilian with “unprovoked firing” in Kashmir in the latest in a series of recent clashes in the disputed region.
    • Indian Defence Minister A. K. Antony hinted at stronger military action along the LoC.
    • The curfew in Kishtwar district in Indian-controlled Kashmir entered a fourth day.
    • The PM of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, led a protest march to the UN observer mission in Muzaffarabad to demand action to restore peace.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Benin: President Yayi named a new government three days after dismissing his entire cabinet. (AP)
  • Egypt: Security forces held off from launching operations to disperse Islamist supporters of deposed President Morsi that officials had said would start at dawn. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Former Kenyan Defense Minister Yusuf Haji said that Kenyan troops from the AMISOM peacekeeping mission were not involved in recent clashes in Kismayu. (UPI)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Midterm primary election results indicated that opponents of President Fernandez gained ground. (Xinhua)
  • Panama: The government “will grant territorial asylum for humanitarian reasons” to 19 Cubans detained in The Bahamas. (EFE)
  • United States: Two customs inspectors at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport fell ill after handling a parcel in a mail center which was initially suspected to contain VX gas. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: The cabinet gave approval to a new anti-human trafficking law incorporating a provision for much harsher penalties on traffickers. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party rejected the initial official election results. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Police arrested the alleged fundraiser of a failed plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta in May. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government announced the country would proceed instantly to negotiations with the US on terms for increased rotational presence of American forces in the country. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Police arrested a soldier on suspicion of planning to fire shots at a mosque near the eastern city of Lyon. (AFP)
  • Russia: Prosecutors accused protest leader Alexei Navalny of breaking the law by receiving donations from abroad for his campaign as Moscow mayor. (AFP)
  • Russia: The father of Edward Snowden received a Russian visa amid an ongoing decline in US-Russian diplomatic relations. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The parliament began debating the 18-member cabinet proposed by President Rowhani ahead of a vote of confidence later in the week. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed a wave of attacks that killed 74 people and injured hundreds during Eid al-Fitr. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government approved the release of 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners ahead of renewed peace talks. (AFP)
  • Syria: The head of Syria’s rebel FSA visited the coastal province of Latakia as opposition fighters battled regime forces. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, vowed that imprisoned members of the terror network would be freed soon. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Researchers reported that new social media bots are being designed with greater sophistication and the intent to sway elections, influence the stock market, and attack governments. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Utor)
    • Location: 182 NM NW of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 18 mph
    • Winds: 97 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Henriette
    • Location: 397 NM SSW of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: W at 26 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 112km NW of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 325 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 189km WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 92 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Rokatenda, Palue, Indonesia
    • Hot ash, lava. (AP)
  • 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 (13AUG)

  • Global: World Youth Day
  • Guatemala: Trial of former strongman Gen. Efrain Rios Montt and one of his closest collaborators for genocide and crimes against humanity will begin.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Iraq’s Yezidi bombings that killed at least 175 Iraqis – 2007.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of more than 400 killed in northern Iraqi province of Nineveh – 2007.
  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: 26 Palestinian prisoners will be freed in the first round of releases.
  • Korea, North and Panama: UN experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea will visit Panama to investigate an undeclared arms shipment from Cuba (to 15AUG).
  • Lebanon and Israel: Fifth anniversary of end of Israel-Hezbollah War – 2007.
  • Pakistan: Independence Day – 1947.
  • Philippines and Vietnam: Filipino and Vietnamese Foreign Ministers will begin negotiations at ASEAN meeting on a biding code of conduct aimed at reducing conflicts in South China Sea.

 

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