ONS: 15 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 15, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Amnesty International said it had evidence that hundreds of people had died in Nigerian detention facilities during a crackdown on islamists.
  • AMERICAS: SapuraKencana Petroleum said Venezuela released a US-operated oil exploration ship and all 36 crew members.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, the governor of Logar Province was killed in a bomb blast while delivering a speech at a local mosque.
  • EUROPE: The OECD said Switzerland will break the seal on its banking secrecy by signing an international agreement on fighting tax evasion.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  A bomb blast in Iraq hit a Sunni mosque in Kirkuk, killing 12 and wounding 24.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Washington Post reported that the NSA collects hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world, including many from Americans.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Nuclear talks open in Geneva.
    • Iranian FM Zarif met EU foreign policy chief Ashton, who led a delegation of diplomats from the five permanent UNSC member countries and Germany.
    • The spokesman of EU foreign policy chief Ashton said Iran started the talks by presenting a new plan on how to resolve the stand-off.
    • Israel urged the world to avoid a partial deal with Iran which could see a relaxing of sanctions.
    • US lawmakers urged President Obama to keep to a hard line on sanction.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, LAT, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Security forces shut down key public squares that have seen mass protests, including Tahrir Square, for Eid. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Amnesty International said it had evidence that hundreds of people had died in detention facilities during a crackdown on islamists. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Japan extended the dispatch of Ground Self-Defense Force troops to the country for UN peacekeeping operations by one year. (Kyodo)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: SapuraKencana Petroleum said Venezuela released a US-operated oil exploration ship and all 36 crew members. (AFP)
  • Brazil: The Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters said anti-press violence rose nearly 300% in the country in 2013. (AFP)
  • Honduras: The new militarized police force began operations in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. (EFE)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region:  The International Maritime Bureau said a Thai-flagged oil tanker that went missing for two days after being hijacked by pirates was released with its cargo missing. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The governor of Logar Province was killed in a bomb blast while delivering a speech at a local mosque. (WP)
  • Burma: An explosion struck a hotel in Yangon, wounding one American. (AP)
  • Japan: Typhoon Wipha continued closing in on the country on a path that will take it towards the Fukushima nuclear power plant. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The ROK claimed that North Korea staged thousands of cyber-attacks against the South in recent years causing financial losses of around USD805 million. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU finance ministers are set to approve the Single Supervisory Mechanism today. (AFP)
  • Netherlands: Police arrested several airport workers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol who allegedly picked up cocaine packages aboard planes arriving from Latin America. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: The OECD said the country will break the seal on its banking secrecy by signing an international agreement on fighting tax evasion. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said he was surprised by resignation of several senior navy commanders in protest of a ruling by an appeals court that upheld the convictions of plotting a coup by some military officers. (Xinhua)
  • Vatican City: Pietro Parolin replaced Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as Secretary of State. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A bomb blast hit a Sunni mosque in Kirkuk, killing 12 and wounding 24. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Right said regime warplanes bombed the suburbs of Damascus while rebels fired mortar shells. (AP)
  • Syria: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said fighting is preventing access to sites through some rebel-held areas. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda militants killed two security guards and wounded four others in a drive-by shooting in Lahj. (AP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Washington Post reported that the NSA collects hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world, including many from Americans. (WP)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 24W (Nari)
    • Location: 8 NM S of Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 25W (Wipha)
    • Location: 481 NM SSW of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 20 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Octave
    • Location: 50 mi NNE of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico
    • Movement: NNE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Priscilla
    • Location: 565 mi SW of Baja California
    • Movement: N at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 1 mi S of Carmen, Philippines
    • Magnitude: 7.2
    • Depth: 20.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 14OCT: 138 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 14OCT: 60 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16OCT)

  • Azerbaijan: Presidential elections.
  • North Korea: Anniversary of the United States announcing that N. Korea admitted to having a clandestine program to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons – 2002.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of 1st PM Liaqat Ali Khan’s assassination – 2001.
  • Pakistan: The country will celebrate Eid al-Adha.

 

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