ONS: 16 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 16, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian military reported it killed 40 Boko Haram militants in northeastern Borno state.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican FM Meade said his government wants a “clear and precise” answer from the US on allegations of spying on President Nieto.
  • ASIA: The death toll from the powerful earthquake that rocked the central part of the Philippines reached 144.
  • EUROPE: A Russian court upheld the embezzlement conviction of protest leader Alexei Navalny but suspended the five-year sentence it carried.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a bomb went off near a pickup truck and killed 21 people, including four children, in the province of Daraa.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The International New York Times was launched to replace the International Herald Tribune and increase the paper’s global reporting capabilities.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Second day of nuclear negotiations in Geneva.
    • Iran is considering implementing an “additional protocol,” which would involve allowing snap in-country inspections, as part of its nuclear plan.
    • Diplomatic sources said FM Zarif’s plan includes a ceiling on the number of uranium-enriching centrifuges.
    • Israel officials said they follow negotiations with both hope and concern.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AFP, AFP-1

 

AFRICA

  • DRC: Government troops fought with M23 rebels in North Kivu province, amid stalled peace negotiations. (WSJ)
  • Libya: The suspected terrorist known as Anas al-Libi, apprehended during a US Special Operations mission last week, pleaded not guilty in a New York courtroom. (NYT)
  • Nigeria: The military reported it killed 40 Boko Haram militants in northeastern Borno state. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The US called for an investigation into the killings of three UN peacekeepers ambushed in the volatile Darfur region. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican FM Meade said his government wants a “clear and precise” answer from the US on allegations of spying on President Nieto. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: Protesters clashed with police in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo during a teachers’ demonstration. (AFP)
  • Mexico: At least four were killed and three injured by an explosion at a natural gas storage plant in Puebla state. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thai FM Tovichakchaikul announced the ICJ would deliver its ruling on the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia on 11NOV. (Xinhua)
  • Region: An Indian army spokesman said a trooper was killed on the line-of-control in Kashmir by “unprovoked firing” by Pakistani troops. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Eight crew members were rescued after a cargo ship with one Vietnamese and 18 Chinese nationals on board sank near Korea. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: Authorities apprehended six suspects in connection with a wave of bombings that claimed two lives. (RFA)
  • Philippines: The death toll from the powerful earthquake that rocked the central part of the country reached 144. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: The Green party pulled out of talks with Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives on forming a coalition. (AFP)
  • Greece: The parliament was set to vote on lifting the legal immunity of several MPs from the Golden Dawn party, in order to investigate them for neo-Nazi activities. (AFP)
  • Russia: A senior Dutch diplomat working at the embassy in Moscow was beaten up by unknown assailants who showed up at his home. (AFP)
  • Russia: A court upheld the embezzlement conviction of protest leader Alexei Navalny but suspended the five-year sentence it carried. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The British-based Iraq Body Count organization published a report that found nearly half a million people perished from war-related causes in the country since the US-led invasion in 2003. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a bomb went off near a pickup truck and killed 21 people, including four children, in the province of Daraa. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the UN reported they were reinforced with additional inspectors and staff, bringing the total to 60. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Media: The International New York Times was launched to replace the International Herald Tribune and increase the paper’s global reporting capabilities. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 26W (Twentysix)
    • Location: 95 miles SSW of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: WSW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 25W (Wipha)
    • Location: 185 miles SSW of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 34 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 15E (Octave)
    • Location: 263 miles N of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: NE at 16 mph
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 16E (Priscilla)
    • Location: 482 miles W of Socorro Island
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 67km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 33km
    • 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 (17OCT)

  • Global: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • Moldova: Parliament will consider taking action against the opposition Party of Communists for anti-government actions
  • North Korea: Anniversary of foundation of Worker’s Party of Korea – 1926
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of Western oil embargo on nations that supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War – 1973
  • South Korea: Australian FM Julie Bishop will address the Seoul Cyberspace Conference
  • South Korea: Philippine President Aquino III to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on defense with South Korea
  • Ukraine: An IMF mission will visit the country to assess the economy and the government’s finances (to 29OCT)
  • Yemen: Anniversary of Al-Qaeda suicide attack on USS Cole destroyer – 2000

 

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