ONS: 14 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 14, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French President Hollande arrived in South Africa for a two-day state visit.
  • AMERICAS: A US-operated oil exploration ship seized by the Venezuelan navy in Caribbean waters disputed with Guyana arrived at Venezuela’s Margarita Island.
  • ASIA: Taliban leader Mullah Omar said an agreement between the US and Afghanistan on maintaining a US military presence after 2014 would have “serious consequences”.
  • EUROPE: Moscow police arrested more than 380 people during a riot sparked by ethnic tensions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The International Committee of the Red Cross said it would continue work in Syria in the wake of the kidnapping of staff members.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook acquired Israeli mobile analytics company Onavo.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Country officially joins UN Chemical Weapons Convention.
    • The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported that Syria officially joined the UN convention banning chemical weapons.
    • A car bomb killed at least 20 people in Idlib.
    • A malfunction at a power station caused electrical outages in several provinces across the country.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon named Sigrid Kaag to lead the UN’s joint mission with the OPCW.
    • Russian FM Lavrov urged the US to bring the opposition to peace talks.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, DPA, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: French FM Fabius said France will boost its troop presence in the country by the end of the year. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Government forces destroyed explosives abandoned by fighters of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) in Bentia. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: French President Hollande arrived in the country for a two-day state visit. (AFP)
  • Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon condemned an attack in Darfur that killed three Senegalese peacekeepers. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A US-operated oil exploration ship seized by the Venezuelan navy in Caribbean waters disputed with Guyana arrived at Venezuela’s Margarita Island. (AP)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff announced that her government was creating a secure email system to try and shield official communications from spying by the US and other countries. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The FARC blew up a railway line and destroyed three electricity pylons in La Guajira. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US and India agreed to increase cooperation to prevent the financing of violent extremist movements linked to Pakistan. (AFP)
  • Afhganistan: Taliban leader Mullah Omar said an agreement between the US and Kabul on maintaining a US military presence after 2014 would have “serious consequences”. (AFP)
  • Japan: Local media reported that the government neglected carrying out safety checks on at least 40 percent of nuclear reactor parts exported over a decade. (AFP)
  • Philippines: More than 1.5 million people converged in Manila for an Iglesia ni Cristo event that shut down large parts of the city. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: The government planned a large-scale deployment of forces in the Mediterranean to manage the influx of asylum seekers (AFP)
  • Russia: Moscow police arrested more than 380 people during a riot sparked by ethnic tensions. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: British police arrested four men on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. (Guardian)
  • United Kingdom: The government said it will make it easier for Chinese citizens to obtain visas. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif said a new ministerial meeting with the P5+1 countries was “necessary” following Geneva talks. (AFP)
  • Iraq: At least 23 people were killed and 148 others wounded in separate attacks across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The International Committee of the Red Cross said it would continue work in the country in the wake of the kidnapping of staff members. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook acquired Israeli mobile analytics company Onavo. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 24W (Nari)
    • Location: 176 NM ESE of Hue, Vietnam
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 25W (Wipha)
    • Location: 779 NM SSW of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 120 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: several hundred miles E of the Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Octave
    • Location: 245 mi SSW of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Priscilla
    • Location: 705 mi SW of Baja California
    • Movement: NNE at 12 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (15OCT)

  • El Salvador: Anniversary of government Junta ousting President Carlos Humberto Romero – 1979
  • Iran: New round of P5+1 talks in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Iraq: Anniversary of endorsed new constitution setting out federal framework – 2005
  • Japan: FM Fumio Kishida and new Australian FM Julie Bishop will hold talks
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of Nigerian troops killing 24 Boko Haram members in a shootout – 2012
  • Russia: Anniversary of Nikita Khruschev retiring as head of USSR – 1964
  • Slovenia: FM Karl Erjavec to visit Russia (to 17OCT)
  • Turkey: Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan to make a statement

 

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