ONS: 16 August 2013

by admin on August 16, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Algerian official said at least six were killed and 30 injured in tribal clashes in Adrar province.

  • AMERICAS: The Colombian military seized 1.6 tons of cocaine, valued at USD38 million, believed to belong to the FARC.

  • ASIA: Indian naval divers recovered three burned bodies from the submarine that exploded and sank in Mumbai along with 18 crew members.

  • EUROPE:  Czech President Zeman announced the country will hold a snap election on 25-26OCT if a parliament vote next week results in dissolution

  • MIDDLE EAST:  In Lebanon, a car bomb blast killed at least 18 in a densely populated Beirut bastion of Hezbollah.

  • TECHNOLOGY: An internal audit revealed the NSA breached privacy rules or acted outside its authority thousands of times since acquiring new powers five years ago.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood calls for a “Day of Rage” to protest crackdown.

    • The UN Security Council condemned the violence and called for “maximum restraint” by all parties

    • EU officials decided to hold a crisis meeting next week to consider a response to the crackdown on protesters

    • French President Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel plan to discuss the crisis by phone today

    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AP, AFP, UPI

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: An official said at least six were killed and 30 injured in tribal clashes in Adrar province. (Xinhua)

  • Libya: PM Zeidan accused striking oil terminal guards of trying to make shipments for personal profit and threatened military action against unauthorised vessels. (AFP)

  • Somalia: The UN said insecurity in the country was hampering aid workers from containing a dangerous polio outbreak. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The military seized 1.6 tons of cocaine, valued at USD38 million, believed to belong to the FARC. (SPA)

  • Panama: The Canal authority said a fine of USD1 million could be imposed on the North Korean freighter caught with an illegal cargo of Cuban weapons. (AFP)

  • Paraguay: Businessman Horacio Cartes was sworn in as president of the country. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thailand and Laos made significant progress in negotiations on border demarcations, to be implemented by 2017. (Xinhua)

  • Afghanistan: Five soldiers and three civilians were wounded when a suicide bombing took place in the southern province of Kandahar. (Xinhua)

  • India: Naval divers recovered three burned bodies from the submarine that exploded and sank in Mumbai along with 18 crew members. (NYT)

  • Pakistan: Local media reported at least two were killed and 23 injured by an unknown gunmen who opened fire at a passenger train in the province of Balochistan. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: President Zeman announced the country will hold a snap election on 25-26OCT if a parliament vote next week results in dissolution. (Reuters)

  • Georgia: FM Pandzhikidz invited international organizations to take part in election monitoring of the October 27 presidential vote. (Interfax)

  • Russia: Moscow denied Ukrainian claims that it was waging a trade war with the country in order to prevent it from forming closer ties to the EU. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians to avoid mis-steps in the new round of peace talks on a visit to Jerusalem. (DPA)

  • Bahrain: Protesters against the country’s ruling Sunni monarchy clashed with police in several Shiite villages, with no reported casualties. (AFP)

  • Iran: President Rohani appointed FM Salehi as the new chief of the country’s nuclear program. (Reuters)

  • Lebanon: A car bomb blast killed at least 18 in a densely populated Beirut bastion of Hezbollah. (AFP)

  • Syria: Mortar fire by government forces in Damascus killed at least 14 civilians, including four children. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Surveillance: An internal audit revealed the NSA breached privacy rules or acted outside its authority thousands of times since acquiring new powers five years ago. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Erin

    • Location: 430 miles W from Cape Verde Islands

    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph

    • Winds: 40 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Blenheim, New Zealand

    • Magnitude: 6.5

    • Depth: 10 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 (17AUG)

  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of Bangladeshi terrorists bombings – 2005.

  • Egypt: Re-trial of former President Hosni Mubarak will commence

  • Gabon: Independence Day – 1960.

  • Indonesia: Independence Day

  • Israel: Anniversary of attempt to take hostages at Turkish Embassy in Israel – 2010.

  • Kazakhstan: Chinese FM Wang Yi will visit Astana to hold a series of bilateral meetings, including talks with Kazakh FM Yerlan Idrisov (to 20AUG).

  • Korean Peninsula: UN commission charged with investigating human rights in North Korea will visit South Korea as part of its mission (to 27AUG).

  • Turkey: Anniversary of 7.4 quake that killed over 17,000 people – 1999.

 

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Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

16 August 2013

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Algerian official said at least six were killed and 30 injured in tribal clashes in Adrar province.

  • AMERICAS: The Colombian military seized 1.6 tons of cocaine, valued at USD38 million, believed to belong to the FARC.

  • ASIA: Indian naval divers recovered three burned bodies from the submarine that exploded and sank in Mumbai along with 18 crew members.

  • EUROPE:  Czech President Zeman announced the country will hold a snap election on 25-26OCT if a parliament vote next week results in dissolution

  • MIDDLE EAST:  In Lebanon, a car bomb blast killed at least 18 in a densely populated Beirut bastion of Hezbollah.

  • TECHNOLOGY: An internal audit revealed the NSA breached privacy rules or acted outside its authority thousands of times since acquiring new powers five years ago.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood calls for a “Day of Rage” to protest crackdown.

    • The UN Security Council condemned the violence and called for “maximum restraint” by all parties

    • EU officials decided to hold a crisis meeting next week to consider a response to the crackdown on protesters

    • French President Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel plan to discuss the crisis by phone today

    • Coverage: Al Jazeera,AP, AFP, UPI

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: An official said at least six were killed and 30 injured in tribal clashes in Adrar province. (Xinhua)

  • Libya: PM Zeidan accused striking oil terminal guards of trying to make shipments for personal profit and threatened military action against unauthorised vessels. (AFP)

  • Somalia: The UN said insecurity in the country was hampering aid workers from containing a dangerous polio outbreak. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The military seized 1.6 tons of cocaine, valued at USD38 million, believed to belong to the FARC. (SPA)

  • Panama: The Canal authority said a fine of USD1 million could be imposed on the North Korean freighter caught with an illegal cargo of Cuban weapons. (AFP)

  • Paraguay: Businessman Horacio Cartes was sworn in as president of the country. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thailand and Laos made significant progress in negotiations on border demarcations, to be implemented by 2017. (Xinhua)

  • Afghanistan: Five soldiers and three civilians were wounded when a suicide bombing took place in the southern province of Kandahar. (Xinhua)

  • India: Naval divers recovered three burned bodies from the submarine that exploded and sank in Mumbai along with 18 crew members. (NYT)

  • Pakistan: Local media reported at least two were killed and 23 injured by an unknown gunmen who opened fire at a passenger train in the province of Balochistan. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: President Zeman announced the country will hold a snap election on 25-26OCT if a parliament vote next week results in dissolution. (Reuters)

  • Georgia: FM Pandzhikidz invited international organizations to take part in election monitoring of the October 27 presidential vote. (Interfax)

  • Russia: Moscow denied Ukrainian claims that it was waging a trade war with the country in order to prevent it from forming closer ties to the EU. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians to avoid mis-steps in the new round of peace talks on a visit to Jerusalem. (DPA)

  • Bahrain: Protesters against the country’s ruling Sunni monarchy clashed with police in several Shiite villages, with no reported casualties. (AFP)

  • Iran: President Rohani appointed FM Salehi as the new chief of the country’s nuclear program. (Reuters)

  • Lebanon: A car bomb blast killed at least 18 in a densely populated Beirut bastion of Hezbollah. (AFP)

  • Syria: Mortar fire by government forces in Damascus killed at least 14 civilians, including four children. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Surveillance: An internal audit revealed the NSA breached privacy rules or acted outside its authority thousands of times since acquiring new powers five years ago. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Erin

    • Location: 430 miles W from Cape Verde Islands

    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph

    • Winds: 40 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Blenheim, New Zealand

    • Magnitude: 6.5

    • Depth: 10 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 (17AUG)

  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of Bangladeshi terrorists bombings – 2005.

  • Egypt: Re-trial of former President Hosni Mubarak will commence

  • Gabon: Independence Day – 1960.

  • Indonesia: Independence Day

  • Israel: Anniversary of attempt to take hostages at Turkish Embassy in Israel – 2010.

  • Kazakhstan: Chinese FM Wang Yi will visit Astana to hold a series of bilateral meetings, including talks with Kazakh FM Yerlan Idrisov (to 20AUG).

  • Korean Peninsula: UN commission charged with investigating human rights in North Korea will visit South Korea as part of its mission (to 27AUG).

  • Turkey: Anniversary of 7.4 quake that killed over 17,000 people – 1999.

 

END

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