ONS: 13 September 2013

by admin on September 13, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian military helicopters carried out air strikes on Islamist militant positions in Sinai.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian police seized 950 kilograms of cocaine in a drug processing laboratory allegedly run by FARC rebels.
  • ASIA: Afghan militants unleashed car bombs at the US Consulate in Herat, with two Afghans dying in an ensuing firefight.
  • EUROPE: Members of the European Parliament gave support to the single EU bank supervision system.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli authorities closed off the Palestinian territories for 48 hours ahead of Yom Kippur.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Syrian state news agency SANA said it and other government websites in the country have come under attack by hackers, complicating access to their sites.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US-Russian negotiations continue as regime shuffles chemical stockpiles.
    • US Secretary Kerry had a three-way meeting in Geneva with Russian FM Lavrov and UN-AL envoy Brahimi on the Syria issue.
    • The Wall Street Journal reported Syria has scattered its stockpile of chemical weapons to as many as 50 sites in a bid to complicate US efforts to track them.
    • US Secretary Kerry said he would meet again with FM Lavrov in New York later this month to try to set a date for a peace conference for Syria.
    • HRW said regime forces executed at least 248 people in the villages of Bayda and Banias earlier this year.
    • The opposition National Coalition said it was “deeply skeptical” about the government’s decision to join a chemical weapons ban and urged a tough UN resolution to enforce the measure.
    • Coverage: AFPAFP-2AFP-3AFP-4LaTNYTReutersWSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: UN peacekeeping chief Ladsous said government and UN troops pushed back the M23 rebel group and it no longer poses a threat to Goma. (AP)
  • DR Congo: The UNSC called for the implementation of the framework adopted to consolidate peace in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Military helicopters carried out air strikes on Islamist militant positions in Sinai. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Amnesty International said the forced eviction of thousands from makeshift camps amid rebuilding efforts in Mogadishu has led to “large scale” rights abuses. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police seized 950 kilograms of cocaine in a drug processing laboratory allegedly run by FARC rebels. (AFP)
  • Peru: Authorities eradicated 17,000 hectares of coca crop since January, 77 percent of the official target for 2013. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The FBI will reduce the bureau’s spending by shutting down its headquarters and offices across the country for ten weekdays over the next year. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The 13th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) opened in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Militants unleashed car bombs at the US Consulate in Herat, with two Afghans dying in an ensuing firefight. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The Pentagon is set to ramp up its withdrawal of military equipment in a logistics effort expected to cost up to USD7 billion. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Aquino visited Zamboanga as the standoff with MNLF rebels entered a fourth day. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: HRW urged Commonwealth leaders to boycott an upcoming summit in the country to protest against the country’s failure to investigate abuses by its military. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Members of the European Parliament gave support to the single EU bank supervision system. (Xinhua)
  • France: EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Rehn said France must push ahead with economic reforms to restore its competitive position. (AFP)
  • Slovenia: Finance Minister Cufer said the country will not require bailout assistance. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovich said the country was interested in cooperation with both the EU and the Customs Union created by Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: UN Humanitarian Chief Amos begins her first official visit to the country. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The UN strongly condemned a suicide bomb attack against a mosque in the northern area of Baghdad. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Authorities closed off the Palestinian territories for 48 hours ahead of Yom Kippur. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Syrian state news agency SANA said it and other government websites in the country have come under attack by hackers, complicating access to their sites. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 16W (Man-yi)
    • Location: 157 NM S of Iwo To
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Humberto
    • Location: 705 mi NW of the Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: NNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Gabrielle
    • Location: 360 mi SSE of Nantucket, MA
    • Movement: NNE at 17 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Ten
    • Location: 115 mi ENE of Veracruz, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 3 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 400 miles E of the Leeward Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: SW of Acapulco
    • Movement: NW
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Ubinas Volcano, Peru
    • State of emergency in nearby districts after multiple ash and gas eruptions. (AFP)
  • 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: WHOWHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14SEP)

  • Asia: Special meeting of senior officials from ASEAN and China to begin formal talks on the Code of Conduct will begin in Suzhou, date tentative (to 15SEP).
  • Australia: Presidential elections.
  • Hungary: NATO’s Military Committee will hold talks in Budapest on the crisis in Syria, and the missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo (to 17SEP).
  • Russia: The Expert Council of the Opposition and a number of civil and political activists will hold a rally in Moscow “For Mayor Re-election.”
  • Christianity: The Triumph of the Cross, during which Catholics and Orthodox Christians reflect on the salvation they believe inherent in the symbol of the cross.

 

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