ONS: 14 August 2013

by admin on August 14, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Two Boko Haram commanders were killed in Nigeria in an operation launched by a combined special security force in Mubi area of Adamawa State.
  • AMERICAS: The Brazilian government demanded answers from the US about NSA spying in the country.
  • ASIA: A diesel-powered Indian submarine exploded and sank in a Mumbai dock leaving 18 sailors missing.
  • EUROPE: The UK said it would lodge a formal complaint with Spain after drivers were subjected to five-hour-long queues to cross into Gibraltar.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli air force targeted rocket launch sites in Gaza hours before the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Leaker Edward Snowden accused the NSA of targeting reporters who wrote critically about the government after 9/11.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Security forces disband protest camp with conflicting casualty reports.
    • Security forces cleared two sit-in camps of supporters of ousted President Morsi, using tear gas on protesters with reports of gunfire.
    • The state news agency reported two members of the security forces were shot dead as they tried to disperse protesters.
    • An journalist working for the AFP reported at least 43 people were killed as security forces cleared the protest camps.
    • A spokesman for Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party, which backs Morsi, said 500 people had been killed and 9,000 in the raids.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, Reuters, Telegraph, WaPo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: An army colonel deserted government forces with at least 30 of his men to join the M23 rebels. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: Police dismissed claims by former rebels Renamo that they had killed 36 soldiers and police. (AFP)
  • Niger: President Issoufou included opposition members in a new cabinet following a shake-up he says was prompted by terrorist attacks earlier this year. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Two Boko Haram commanders were killed in an operation launched by a combined special security force in Mubi area of Adamawa State. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Supporters and opponents of the Islamist-led government held rival rallies. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Riot police used tear gas on several hundred protesters gathered in front of the governor’s palace in Rio de Janeiro. (AP)
  • Brazil: The government demanded answers from the US about NSA spying in the country. (AP)
  • Mexico: The attorney general said the government would appeal the court ruling that set free drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. (AFP)
  • United States: An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the US land-based nuclear missiles failed a safety and security inspection. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South-East Asian foreign ministers agreed to a code of conduct for the South China Sea. (DPA)
  • Afghanistan: An unknown gang kidnapped a female Afghan member of parliament. (AFP)
  • India: A diesel-powered Indian submarine exploded and sank in a Mumbai dock leaving 18 sailors missing. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea reached a five point agreement on talks at re-opening the joint industrial zone in Kaesong. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Pm Sharif pledged to respond to rising tensions in Kashmir with “restraint and responsibility” as officials accused India of killing another civilian. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: The country has emerged from a shallow recession. (AFP)
  • Russia: The president’s aide Yuri Ushakov said that there is no pause in Russian-American relations. (Itar-Tass)
  • United Kingdom: The government said it would lodge a formal complaint with Spain after drivers were subjected to five-hour-long queues to cross into Gibraltar. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Security forces deployed as Shiite-led opposition activists called for a mass rally against the state’s Sunni rulers near the US embassy. (AFP)
  • Israel: The housing minister said Israel will build “thousands” of new homes in settlements in the West Bank ahead of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. (AFP)
  • Israel: The air force targeted rocket launch sites in Gaza hours before the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians. (AFP)
  • Syria: A call by Syria’s opposition chief Ahmed Jarba to restructure rebel forces into a National Army stirred criticism within the movement. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaida militants killed three Yemeni soldiers in Lahj province. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Leaker Edward Snowden accused the NSA of targeting reporters who wrote critically about the government after 9/11. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Utor)
    • Location: 137 NM WSW of Hong Kong, China
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 90km WSW of Mutis, Colombia
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (15AUG)

  • China and Russia: Active phase of Peace Mission 2013 will begin.
  • India: Independence Day – 1947.
  • Japan: Japan surrenders in WWII after U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – 1945, visit planned by some Japanese political leaders to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine.
  • Korean Peninsula: Korean Liberation Day; both Koreas celebrate liberation from Japanese rule – 1945.
  • Laos and Thailand: Talks will resume on border issues after suspension for six years.
  • Myanmar: Anniversary of Burmese Anti-Government Protests to remove fuel subsidies – 2007.
  • Paraguay: Horacio Cartes will take office as president.
  • Paraguay: Reinstatement to Mercosur.
  • Peru: Anniversary of 8.0 earthquake of the coast, killing 519 people and injuring over 1000 – 2007.
  • Republic of Congo: Independence Day – 1960.
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of Venezuelans overwhelmingly voting “no” in referendum asking if Chavez should leave office immediately – 2004.
  • Christianity: Assumption of Mary.

 

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