ONS: 15 September 2013

by admin on September 15, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian judge ordered a media blackout for the next stage of the retrial of former President Mubarak.

  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s navy seized 1.4 tons of cocaine from a ship at a port on the Caribbean island of San Andres.

  • ASIA: Cambodia’s opposition began a massive protest in Phnom Penh against the ruling party’s allegedly rigged 28JUL election victory.

  • EUROPE: Kosovo lifted a ban on imports from Macedonia, alleviating a trade dispute between the two countries.

  • MIDDLE EAST: AQAP confirmed that senior member Qaeed al-Dhahab was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen in August.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers infiltrated the Facebook page of Iran’s foreign minister and posted comments referring to the 2009 election.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Opposition requests ban on Assad government’s use of air power

    • Turkey’s foreign ministry warned that Syria could exploit the US-Russia agreement.

    • Baghdad denied claims that some of Assad’s chemical weapons were being hidden in Iraq.

    • The National Coalition named moderate Islamist Ahmad Toameh as its interim premier.

    • AFP, Al Jazeera, CNN, NYT, NYT-2, Xinhua, Xinhua-2, WaPo

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan said it would not work with the new US envoy to Sudan and South Sudan unless he builds on agreements reached by Khartoum and Juba. (Xinhua)

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Unidentified gunmen killed three security officers in the administrative capital of Yamoussoukro. (AFP)

  • Egypt: A judge ordered a media blackout for the next stage of the retrial of former President Mubarak. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Top advisors to President Rousseff are pushing for the cancellation of next month’s state visit to the US . (Reuters)

  • Colombia: The country’s navy seized 1.4 tons of cocaine from a ship at a port on the Caribbean island of San Andres. (Xinhua)

  • Venezuela: A radio station in the southern state of Amazonas was shut down for allegedly calling for rebellion against the government. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Xi inked a deal to construct a gas pipeline through Tajikistan. (AFP)

  • Cambodia: The country’s opposition began a massive protest in Phnom Penh against the ruling party’s allegedly rigged 28JUL election victory. (Xinhua)

  • India: The country successfully tested an ested an intercontinental nuclear-capable ballistic missile. (Reuters)

  • Japan: The country’s last remaining atomic power plant will be shut down for inspections, again leaving Japan without any nuclear power generation. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Kosovo lifted a ban on imports from Macedonia, alleviating a trade dispute between the two countries. (AFP)

  • Italy: EU Commission President Barroso warned Italy against further political crisis, suggesting that it could harm its chance for economic recovery. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The head of Baghdad’s provincial council escaped an assassination attempt after a car bomb hit his convoy. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Saboteurs again blew up an oil pipeline in Marib province, this time halting the flow of crude to the Red Sea coast. (AFP)

  • Yemen: AQAP confirmed that senior member Qaeed al-Dhahab was killed in a US drone strike in August. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Iran: Hackers infiltrated the Facebook page of the country’s foreign minister and posted comments referring to the 2009 election. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 16W (Man-yi)

    • Location: 400 NM SW of Yokosuka, Japan

    • Movement: NW at 17.2 mph

    • Winds: 63.2 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Ingrid

    • Location: 160 miles E of Tampico, Mexico

    • Movement: NW at 7 mph

    • Winds: 85 mph

    • Map

  • Tropical Storm 13E (Manuel)

    • Location: 40 miles W of Manzanillo, Mexico

    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph

    • Winds: 70 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report

  • Volcanoes: Karo district, Sumatra

    • Eruption has caused thousands of local villagers to flee. (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: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16SEP)

  • Global: IAEA General Conference begins in Vienna (to 20SEP).

  • Africa: Namibia will hold the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11), a United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) initiative that has 195 members who meet every two years (to 27SEP).

  • Afghanistan: Candidate nominations open for 2014 presidential election (to 06OCT).

  • Bangladesh: Court expected to hear corruption charges against opposition leader and ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia.

  • Korea, North: The Kaesong industrial park will resume operations after a trial period.

  • Lebanon: Anniversary of the Beirut massacre – 1982.

  • Mexico: Independence Day – 1810.

  • Malaysia: Malaysia Day, commemorates the day when Sabah and Sarawak joined the peninsula to make up Malaysia – 1963.

  • Russia: FM Lavrov and Egyptian FM Fahmy will meet in Moscow to discuss the situation in Egypt and in the Middle East, focusing on Syria.

  • Rwanda: Parliamentary elections.

  • Turkey: Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif will visit turkey for talks on bilateral relations (to 18SEP)

 

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