ONS: 16 September 2013

by admin on September 16, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Rwanda, polls opened for the parliamentary elections predicted to be won by incumbent President Kagame’s party.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, storms killed at least 21 people as the country also braced for the impact from Hurricane Ingrid.
  • ASIA: South Korean troops shot and killed a man who tried to swim into North Korea through a border river.
  • EUROPE: In Russia’s Chechnya region, a suicide bomber killed three police officers as he attempted to drive a car full of explosives into a police station.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli officials said that due to a recent ruling, Palestinians will be permitted to farm the land of a former West Bank settlement.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Pakistan’s IT minister is due to appear in court this month to present plans for a selective, instead of a blanket ban, on YouTube.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN chemical-weapons inspectors submitted their report to UNSG Ban.
    • Britain, France and the US called for a “strong and binding” UN resolution on the transfer of Syria’s chemical weapons to international control.
    • Clashes continued across the country and mortar shells launched by rebels fell on Damascus.
    • A group of 50 doctors said medics are forced to flee the country, putting hospitals at a “breaking point.”
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AFP, LAT, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Security officials said a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula wounded nine police conscripts who were in a passing bus. (AP)
  • Mali: The new government started peace talks with the separatist Tuareg rebels in the country’s north. (DPA)
  • Rwanda: Polls opened for the parliamentary elections predicted to be won by incumbent President Kagame’s party. (AFP)
  • Uganda: A government spokesman said 24 of its army officers, part of a UN force fighting rebels in Somalia, were suspended over corruption allegations. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Storms killed at least 21 people as the country braced for the impact from Hurricane Ingrid. (AP)
  • United States: Officials said more than 500 people are missing in the state of Colorado due to continuing massive flooding. (AFP)
  • United States: Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers dropped out of the race for the Federal Reserve chairmanship. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials reported that the top female police officer in Helmand province died after being shot the previous day by unidentified gunmen. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: PM Hun met with opposition leader Rainsy for crisis talks amid violent mass protests that already claimed one life. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Troops shot and killed a man who tried to swim into North Korea through a border river. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Media reported at least two were injured when 20 NATO containers were destroyed by militants in the province of Balochistan. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The military launched an airstrike at the MNLF rebels’ positions in Zamboanga City. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Russian Foreign Ministry said Deputy FM Karasin will discuss improvement of Russian-Georgian relations with a Georgian envoy on 19SEP. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: A suicide bomber killed three police officers in Chechnya as he attempted to drive a car full of explosives into a police station. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police used tear gas and water cannon against renewed anti-government protesters in several cities. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A senior Kuwaiti official reported that the Gulf Cooperation Council states reached “a full agreement” on anti-terrorist measures. (Gulf News)
  • Iraq: A wave of violent attacks across the country killed at least 44 people and wounded 133. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Officials said that due to a recent ruling, Palestinians will be permitted to farm the land of a former West Bank settlement. (UPI)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Censorship: Pakistan’s IT minister is due to appear in court this month to present plans for a selective, instead of a blanket, ban on YouTube. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 16W (Man-yi)
    • Location: 400 NM S of Misawa, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 38 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Ingrid
    • Location: 50 miles ESE from La Pesca, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression 13E (Manuel)
    • Location: 13 miles S of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (17SEP)

  • Global: 68th Session of UN General Assembly will begin (to 04OCT).
  • Middle East: Anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords – 1978.
  • Jordan: Anniversary of the outbreak of civil war – 1970.
  • Malaysia: Court hears government’s appeal against acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charge (to 18SEP).
  • Ukraine: International Presidency Conference “Eastern Partnership Law Enforcement Cooperation: Way Forward” will begin in Vilnius (to 19SEP).
  • Yemen: Anniversary of US embassy attack in Sana’a.

 

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