ONS: 12 September 2013

by admin on September 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, US Islamic extremist Omar Hamami was killed in a shootout with al-Qaeda linked Shebab militants.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of Mexican teachers demonstrated and clashed with police in Mexico City.
  • ASIA: The Philippines said it is now open to using force to resolve the four-day MNLF hostage crisis in Zamboanga as rebels began to attack additional cities.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas in a bid to break up fresh anti-government protests across the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei appointed hardline former top nuclear negotiator Jalili to the country’s top security council for three years.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Guardian reported that the NSA routinely turned over raw intelligence data on US citizens to Israel.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels reject Russian arms proposal as US and Russia meet.
    • The military wing of the Syrian National Coalition rejected Russia’s proposal for the regime to hand over its chemical weapons to international control.
    • US Secretary Kerry and Russian FM Lavrov will meet in Geneva to discuss Syria’s chemical arsenal.
    • Russia handed the US a plan for the Syrian regime to hand over its chemical weapons in four stages, starting with Damascus becoming a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
    • French FM Fabius said a report by UN inspectors probing the alleged chemical weapons attack will “probably” be published on Monday.
    • Russian President Putin published an op-ed article arguing against military intervention in Syria in The New York Times.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, CNN, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters

 

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Al-Jazeera launched legal action against the government, saying that its journalists have been detained without charge and attacked. (AFP)
  • Libya: The Muslim Brotherhood threatened to quit the cabinet of PM Zeidan. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least 10 Boko Haram fighters were killed in two air strikes by troops in Borno. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: US Islamic extremist Omar Hamami was killed in a shootout with al-Qaeda linked Shebab militants. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: The UN reported that at least 25,000 Burundian refugees living in the country were forcibly repatriated over the past month. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The energy ministers of Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago signed a deal to develop three gas fields that span the countries’ maritime border. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: US National Security Adviser Rice said allegations of US spying on President Rousseff raise “legitimate questions.” (AFP)
  • Mexico: Thousands of teachers demonstrated and clashed with police in Mexico City. (AP)
  • Mexico: Two local lawmakers from the main leftist party were killed in separate incidents in the south and west of the country. (AFP)

 

 

ASIA

  • India: Authorities imposed a curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir to try to quell violent protests. (AP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe vowed to beef up the country’s defense capability amid an ongoing row with China. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government said it is now open to using force to resolve the four-day MNLF hostage crisis in Zamboanga as rebels began to attack additional cities. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Three soldiers were killed and one was wounded in an attack by insurgents in the south of the country. (AP)
  • Vietnam: A gunman attacked a provincial government office killing one official and wounding three others. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: International aid agency Oxfam said that continued austerity measures could push up to 25 million more Europeans into poverty by 2025. (AFP)
  • Albania: PM Rama presented an outline of the government program for the 2013-2017 term. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: Mobile phone operator Vodafone Germany said a hacker had stolen the personal data of two million customers. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police used water cannons and tear gas in a bid to break up fresh anti-government protests across the country. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei appointed hardline former top nuclear negotiator Jalili to the country’s top security council for three years. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The remaining 42 residents of Iranian dissident camp Ashraf left the compound to relocate to another camp near the Baghdad airport. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The IMF urged Israel to ease financial restrictions on Palestinians. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian protesters, wounding four. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Guardian reported that the NSA routinely turned over raw intelligence data on US citizens to Israel. (The Guardian)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Humberto
    • Location: 440 miles NW of the Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: N at 14 mph
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Gabrielle
    • Location: 190 miles WNW of Bermuda
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 550 miles E of the Leeward Islands
    • Movement: W
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: West Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula
    • Movement: WNW
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Gulf of Tehuantepec
    • Movement: N
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (13SEP)

  • China: US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will visit Beijing to meet with senior Chinese officials (to 14SEP).
  • Guinea: Opposition will call for protests and boycott elections if the elections commission fails to publish voter lists.
  • Iran: Russia’s Vladimir Putin to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
  • Kuwait: Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, will visit President Barack Obama to talk about Middle Eastern issues.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit will begin in Bishkek.
  • Judaism: Yom Kippur begins at sundown (to 14SEP).

 

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