ONS: 13 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 13, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Zambian military observer in Sudan was killed by unidentified assailants in North Darfur state.

  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities arrested the state governor of La Guajira on three charges of murder and conspiracy to commit crime.

  • ASIA: The Afghan government and the US agreed on a draft deal that would keep some US forces in the country past next year.

  • EUROPE: Irish PM Kenny said the country is on track to exit its 85 billion euro international bailout program by December.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian government said it will not ship enriched uranium stockpiles out of the country.

  • TECHNOLOGY: An increasing number of criminals in Mexico are using the internet as a tool to execute extortion and ‘virtual’ kidnappings.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Oppostion group rejects Geneva talks as clashes continue throughout country.

    • The Syrian National Council, the largest bloc in the National Coalition, said it would not attend proposed peace talks in Geneva, and would quit the Coalition if it particiapted

    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that shelling by regime forces killed at least 11 people in Daraa.

    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that nearly 50 fighters were killed in three days of clashes between jihadists and mainstream rebels in Aleppo.

    • Iraqi Kurdistan’s President Barzani said the region is prepared to strike militants anywhere, including in neighboring Syria, but must avoid being drawn into its civil war.

    • Coverage AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Government forces clashed with the the ‘anti-balaka’ vigilante group, killing six of its members. (AFP)

  • Mali: Twenty people died and 23 others were missing after a boat capsized on the Niger river near Mopti. (AFP)

  • Sudan: A Zambian military observer was killed by unidentified assailants in North Darfur state. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Authorities arrested the state governor of La Guajira on three charges of murder and conspiracy to commit crime. (AFP)

  • Colombia: The FARC launched a new website, Farianas, run by and focused on its female members. (BBC)

  • United States: The Senate will hold a rare Sunday session. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The government and the US agreed on a draft deal that would keep some US forces in the country past next year. (WP)

  • Australia: The Labor Party elected Bill Shorten to lead it in opposition after suffering its worst election defeat in a century. (AFP)

  • India: At least 60 pilgrims died and 100 more were injured after a stampede near a temple in Madhya Pradesh. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Interior Minister Khan said that Musharraf could not leave the country. (Xinhua)

  • Philippines: Government and MILF negotiators ended the 41st round of formal exploratory talks without signing any of the two remaining annexes of the framework agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: Thousands of protestors gathered in Baku to protest the re-election of President Aliyev. (AFP)

  • Ireland: PM Kenny said the country is on track to exit its 85 billion euro international bailout program by December. (BBC)

  • Poland: Warsaw heads to the polls in a referendum on whether to dismiss the mayor in a key test for PM Tusk’s government. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government said it will not ship enriched uranium stockpiles out of the country. (Reuters)

  • Iraq: At least eight people were killed and 27 wounded in bombing attacks across the country. (AP)

  • Israel: The military discovered an underground tunnel dug from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into Israel. (AP)

  • Saudi Arabia: Pilgrims began the annual hajj amid concerns of the MERS virus. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: An increasing number of criminals in Mexico are using the internet as a tool to execute extortion and ‘virtual’ kidnappings. (EFE)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:

    • Tropical Cyclone 02B (Phailin)

      • Location: 266 NM SW of Calcutta, India

      • Movement: NNW at 11 mph

      • Winds: 115 mph

      • Map

    • Typhoon 24W (Nari)

      • Location: 343 NM E of Hue, Vietnam

      • Movement: W at 13 mph

      • Winds: 98 mph

      • Map

    • Typhoon 25W (Wipha)

      • Location: 414 NM SW of Iwo To, Japan

      • Movement: NNW at 9

      • Winds: 115 mph

      • Map

  • Hurricanes:

    • 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation

      • Location: 1000 miles E of the Lesser Antilles

      • Movement: W at 10 mph

      • Map

    • Tropical Storm Octave

      • Location: 405 miles S of Baja California

      • Movement: NW at 13 mph

      • Winds: 45 mph

      • Map

    • 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation

      • Location: 850 miles SW of Baja California

      • MovementL N at 5 mph

      • Map

  • Earthquake: 19 mi W of Platanos, Greece

    • Magnitude: 6.4

    • Depth: 36.2

    • Map

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • 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 (14OCT)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egyptian President Mubarak coming to power – 1981

  • Germany: Coalition talks to continue between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and its main opponent, the Social Democratic Party (SPD)

  • Japan: UN atomic agency to review the clean-up in the areas near the Fukushima nuclear plant (to 21OCT)

  • Libya: Anniversary of PM Zeidan election after Mustafa Abu Shagur fails to form cabinet – 2012,

  • North Korea: Anniversary of UNSC imposing sanctions on Pyongyang – 2006

  • Norway: The country’s newly elected center-right government to assume power.

  • South Africa: French President Hollande to visit in effort to boost bilateral ties (to 15OCT)

  • United States: Columbus Day

 

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