ONS: 12 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The AU opened a summit focused on urging the ICC to suspend cases pending against Kenyan and Sudanese leaders while they are in office.

  • AMERICAS: US DNI Clapper said the FISA Court extended the government’s authority to collect US telephone records.

  • ASIA: In India, a total of 440,000 peoplewere evacuated from two states ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Phailin.

  • EUROPE: Approximately 50 migrants died and 150 were rescued when their boat sank between Malta and Sicily.

  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, thousands of separatists demanding secession for the south of the country rallied in Aden.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Google updated its TOS to allow an adult user’s profile name and photo to appear in reviews and advertising starting 11NOV.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: US reports progress in negotations on status of US troops past 2014.

    • US Secretary Kerry arrived on an unannounced visit on Friday and met with President Karzai until late evening.

    • Talks were extended into Saturday on the security deal to allow US troops to remain in the country after the NATO-led military mission ends next year.

    • Talks are expected to continue after Secretary Kerry’s visit, with the US pushing to conclude discussions by the end of October.

    • Five people were killed and seven injured in a suicide car bombing in Jalalabad.

    • Coverage: AP, NYT, WP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The AU opened a summit focused on urging the ICC to suspend cases pending against Kenyan and Sudanese leaders while they are in office. (AFP)

  • DR Congo: The UN reported that M23 rebels fired on a UN helicopter. (AFP)

  • Egypt: Al-Qaeda leader Zawahri urged islamists in the country in an audio-recording to rid the country of military rule. (AP)

  • Sudan: The UNSC expressed alarm at the imminent threat of the spread of polio through South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A state prosecutors report indicated that the PCC prison gang runs a nationwide criminal business worth $60 million USD a year with operations extending into Bolivia and Paraguay. (AFP)

  • Panama: Russia’s deputy consul was attacked and stabbed. (RIA Novosti)

  • United States: DNI Clapper said the FISA Court extended the government’s authority to collect US telephone records. (AFP)

  • United States: The Air Force fired MAJ GEN Carey, the general in charge of all land-based nuclear missiles, for allegations of personal misconduct. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • India: A total of 440,000 people were evacuated from two states ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Phailin. (AFP)

  • Korea, North: The government issued a fresh warning of an “all-out war”, urging the US to stop military drills and what it described as “nuclear blackmail”. (AFP)

  • Maldives: President Waheed withdrew his candidature for fresh elections ordered by the Supreme Court. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Army Chief GEN Kayani said the military supports government efforts to negotiate with militants but will keep open the option of launching operations against them. (AP)

  • Philippines: Typhoon Nari hit the north of the country killing five people and leaving more than two million people without electricity. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Approximately 50 migrants died and 150 were rescued when their boat sank between Malta and Sicily. (AFP)

  • Luxembourg: Officials began looking into whether Skype secretly passed data to the US NSA. (UPI)

  • Spain: A judge investigating a ruling party corruption scandal ruled out summoning PM Rajoy as a witness. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: The Free Syrian Army said the government executed 130 rebels and civilians in al-Ziyabiya. (DPA)

  • Syria: The UNSC formally approved the first joint mission with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to destroy the country’s chemical weapons. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Thousands of separatists demanding secession for the south of the country rallied in Aden. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google updated its TOS to allow an adult user’s profile name and photo to appear in reviews and advertising starting 11NOV. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:

    • Tropical Cyclone 02B (Phailin)

      • Location: 312 NM SSW of Kolkata, India

      • Movement: NW at 10 mph

      • Winds: 150 mph

      • Map

    • Typhoon 24W (Nari)

      • Location: 605 NM E of Hue, Vietnam

      • Movement: W at 14 mph

      • Winds: 92 mph

      • Map

    • Tropical Storm 25W (Wipha)

      • Location: 849 NM SE of Kadena AB, Japan

      • Movement: NNW at 8 mph

      • Winds: 69 mph

      • Map

    • 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation

      • Location: midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles

      • Movement: W at 10 mph

      • Map

    • 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation

      • Location: a few hundred miles SW of Manzanillo, Mexico

      • Movement: WNW at to mph

      • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report

  • Earthquakes:

    • 33km N of Gueiria, Venezuela

      • Magnitude: 6.1

      • Depth: 79.4 km

      • Map

    • 87km NNE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

      • Magnitude: 6.3

      • Depth: 146.5 km

      • Map

  • Volcanoes:

    • White Island Volcano, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

      • Steam and ash eruption. (NZN)

    • Veniaminof Volcano, Alaska, US

      • Ash eruptions. (AP)

  • 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 (13OCT)

  • Libya: Resumption of trial of two politicians facing death penalty for using ‘offensive’ election posters

  • Vietnam: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Vietnam

  • Yemen: Anniversary of bombing of British embassy in Sanaa – 2000

 

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