ONS: 15 August 2013

by admin on August 15, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UNSC said that turmoil in the Central African Republic poses a “serious threat” to the region and urged new measures to restore stability.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian Communications Minister Bernardo said that US Secretary Kerry’s explanations on the surveillance programs carried out by intelligence agencies in Brazil are insufficient
  • ASIA: Indian PM Singh warned Pakistan against using its soil for “anti-India activity” following a fresh escalation of tensions
  • EUROPE: Russian Deputy Defense Minister Antonov said talks between Russia and NATO over the European missile defense system are at a stalemate.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, bombings mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad killed at least 23 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: German Chancellor Merkel’s cabinet agreed to initial plans to boost European technology companies and make them a more favorable alternative to US peers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: International community responds to violent crackdown on protesters.
    • At least 525 people were killed in nationwide violence sparked by a crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of ousted President Morsi.
    • Turkish PM Erdogan called for an urgent UNSC meeting over the crackdown.
    • The Muslim Brotherhood called on followers to march in protest in Cairo.
    • Authorities closed the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip “indefinitely” for security reasons.
    • The UAE and Bahrain separately voiced support for the clearing of protesters, saying it was the state’s duty to restore order.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UNSC said that turmoil in the country poses a “serious threat” to the region and urged new measures to restore stability. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Federal Executive Council ratified a bilateral agreement on defense with Niger and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defense with the UK. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: The UN said it will provide 6 million USD to aid Jonglei state. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The chairman the ruling islamist party rejected opposition demands for a non-party government. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Communications Minister Bernardo said that US Secretary Kerry’s explanations on the surveillance programs carried out by intelligence agencies in Brazil are insufficient. (Xinhua)
  • Jamaica: A team from the IMF arrived for the first quarterly performance review under a four-year Extended Fund Facility deal. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: A judge ordered the arrest of notorious drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, freed last week on a technicality, after receiving a US extradition request. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The UNODC released a new report on organized transnational crime in east Asia and the Pacific. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Former NATO supreme commander ADM Stavridis said the US and its allies should immediately announce how many troops will stay on in the country after 2014. (AFP)
  • China: China summoned Japan’s ambassador to lodge a strong complaint after two Japanese cabinet ministers publicly paid their respects at a controversial Tokyo shrine. (AP)
  • India: PM Singh warned Pakistan against using its soil for “anti-India activity” following a fresh escalation of tensions. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea proposed a reunion next month for families still separated after the Korean War. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: Deputy Defense Minister Antonov said talks between Russia and NATO over the European missile defense system are at a stalemate. (UPI)
  • Spain: The government “firmly and severely” rejected a British protest over security controls causing long queues of vehicles at the border with Gibraltar. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: The government reported that it is bolstering efforts to improve trade relations with Russia. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Bombings mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad killed at least 23 people. (AFP)
  • Jordan: The government asked the US for manned surveillance aircraft to help it prevent the Syrian conflict spilling across the border. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UN announced that UN experts will depart imminently for Syria to investigate alleged chemical weapons use. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: German Chancellor Merkel’s cabinet agreed to initial plans to boost European technology companies and make them a more favorable alternative to US peers. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Utor)
    • Location: 157 NM W of Hong Kong, China
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Five
    • Location: 45 miles SW of Brava, Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Veniaminof Volcano, Alaska
    • Low level lava flow, ash plume. (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 (16AUG)

  • Asia and Americas: All TPP countries except Japan are required to put 75 percent of their respective tariff lines on the negotiation table by this date.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of string of bombings and shootings across the country, killing at least 93 – 2012.
  • South America: PANAMAX 2013 begins.

 

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