ONS: 13 August 2013

by admin on August 13, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, suspected Islamist extremists stormed a mosque in Konduga and shot dead 44 worshippers as well as 12 other people in a nearby village.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro said he will ask for decree powers last used by his predecessor Hugo Chavez to ramp up a fight against corruption.
  • ASIA: Pakistani PM Sharif called for a “new beginning” in relations with India amid high tension over the disputed region of Kashmir.
  • EUROPE: A German cabinet minister said Germany and the US are discussing an unprecedented anti-spying agreement.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military intercepted and destroyed a militant group’s rocket fired from Egyptian territory at the Red Sea town of Eilat.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security firm FireEye said hackers who penetrated the computer network of The New York Times last year have resurfaced with an attack on “an organization involved in shaping economic policy.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Presence of militants in country expands as clashes between rebels and army intensify.
    • A rebranded version of Iraq’s al-Qaeda affiliate is stepping up its presence in Syria, expanding into territory seized by other rebel groups and carving out sanctuaries.
    • In deals that have not been publicly acknowledged, Western officials and Syrian rebels say, Sudan’s government sold Sudanese- and Chinese-made arms to Qatar, which arranged delivery through Turkey to rebels.
    • Clashes erupted in Deir al-Zour amid ongoing conflicts between the army and rebels on several other fronts in the country.
    • Syrian rebels are expected to launch an attack on an airport in Aleppo.
    • UN chemical weapons experts delayed their departure to Syria because of differences with Damascus over how they will investigate alleged attacks.
    • Coverage: AFP, NYT, UPI, WaPo, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: North Korea is stepping up efforts to strengthen diplomatic ties with African countries in a bid to escape international isolation. (Yonhap)
  • Egypt: The US urged the country’s new leaders to halt all “politically motivated arrests and detentions.” (AFP)
  • Libya: The interior minister said 14,000 prisoners who escaped from detention centers after the 2011 uprising are still missing. (AFP)
  • Mali: Former Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse conceded defeat against former PM Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in the presidential election. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Islamist extremists stormed a mosque in Konduga and shot dead 44 worshippers as well as 12 other people in a nearby village. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: US Secretary of State Kerry promised strong US backing for peace talks aimed at ending Colombia’s half-century of conflict, calling the country a success story in a world where many states have failed or are failing. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: US authorities confiscated 963 kilos of cocaine aboard a Costa Rican-flagged boat intercepted near Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. (EFE)
  • Mexico: President Nieto proposed sweeping reforms to the country’s oil sector that would allow foreign energy firms back into the industry. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he will ask for decree powers last used by his predecessor Hugo Chavez to ramp up a fight against corruption. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two people, including a local leader, were killed and three others wounded in bombing in Kandahar. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: The largest Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami is enforcing a 48-hour general strike across the country to denounce a court decision that its registration with the Election Commission is invalid. (AP)
  • India: The army accused Pakistan of firing across the Line of Control in Kashmir. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif called for a “new beginning” in relations with India amid high tension over the disputed region of Kashmir. (AFP)
  • Thailand: One policeman was killed and nine others injured in a bombing attack. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: A cabinet minister said Germany and the US are discussing an unprecedented anti-spying agreement. (DPA)
  • Russia: The defense ministry will launch the construction of another radar station to warn of missile attacks in the city of Orsk in the Orenburg Region. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: Protest leader Alexei Navalny made his first appearance in a televised election debate in his campaign for Moscow mayor amid ongoing government probes. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Analysts reported that the country is moving closer to agreeing to a key first step towards joining the EU. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Democracy activists, inspired by the success of street protests in Egypt, plan to demonstrate near the US embassy on 14AUG in defiance of a government ban. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Attacks around the country killed five people amid ongoing operations targeting militants. (AFP)
  • Israel: The military intercepted and destroyed a militant group’s rocket fired from Egyptian territory at the Red Sea town of Eilat. (AFP)
  • Israel: Jerusalem’s municipality approved 942 new settlement units for occupied east Jerusalem. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: US Secretary Kerry urged Palestinians “not to react adversely” to Israel’s announcement of new settlements. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security firm FireEye said hackers who penetrated the computer network of The New York Times last year have resurfaced with an attack on “an organization involved in shaping economic policy.” (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Utor)
    • Location: 204 NM S of Hong Kong, China
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 94km WSW of Paita, Peru
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Rokatenda, Palue, Indonesia
    • Continued emissions of ash and 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 (14AUG)

  • Global: World Youth Day.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of Taliban suicide bomber killing seven and wounding 90 outside of the NATO headquarters in Kabul – 2009.
  • Bahrain: Independence from the UK – 1971.
  • Bahrain: Opposition calls for major nation-wide protest.
  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: Next round of talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders are set to begin in Jerusalem.
  • Korean Peninsula: Seventh round of talks on the shuttered joint industrial park in Kaesong will begin.
  • Pakistan: Independence Day – 1947.
  • Palestinian Territories: President Mahmud Abbas will decide how to reform the government of caretaker prime minister Rami Hamdallah as the caretaker period ends on this date.
  • Republic of Congo: Independence Day – 1960.
  • Turkey: Anniversary of PKK in Turkey starting an armed campaign against Turkish military – 1984.

 

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