ONS: 17 August 2013

by admin on August 17, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the DRC, the UN announced more than 80 children were rescued from an armed group in the province of Katanga.

  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro said he would request that the National Assembly pass an “enabling law” to give him special powers for fighting corruption.

  • ASIA: Indian police arrested one of the country’s most wanted terrorists, a member of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was wanted in at least 40 terrorism cases.

  • EUROPE: A Ukrainian court postponed again the trial against jailed former PM and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, until 06SEP.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Foreign Ministry accused the US administration of unwillingness to find a political solution to the crisis in the country.

  • TECHNOLOGY: New revelations the NSA overstepped its authority are resulting in concern in Congress about the NSA’s spying activities.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: The cabinet called the Muslim Brotherhood “terrorists and outlaws”.

    • A mosque in central Cairo became the site of a standoff between security forces and over 700 hundred pro-Morsi supporters inside.

    • Amnesty International urged a comprehensive and impartial investigation into the violent crackdowns.

    • Police arrested 1004 Muslim Brotherhood supporters and over 80 people died throughout the country.

    • Coverage: Xinhua, DPA, AFP, AFP-1

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: The UN announced more than 80 children were rescued from an armed group in the province of Katanga. (AFP)

  • Mali: The UN Security Council said the peaceful presidential election was “a major step” to order and recovery for the country. (Xinhua)

  • Nigeria: A spokesman of the Thai Foreign Ministry said four of its nationals who were kidnapped in Rivers State were released unharmed. (AFP)

  • Somalia: The UN sounded the alarm that sexual violence against women and children continues to be pervasive in the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Paraguayan President Cartes said Argentina and Brazil committed to working on a way for his country to rejoin the Mercosur bloc. (Xinhua)

  • Mexico: An indigenous community on the country’s Pacific coast said it faced threat from organized crime, as the army disarmed a local self-defense group. (EFE)

  • US: The Pentagon said it would host China’s Defense Minister Monday for talks on continuing the “positive momentum” of military relations between the countries. (AFP)

  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he would request that the National Assembly pass an “enabling law” to give him special powers for fighting corruption. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least 17 civilians were killed in separate attacks perpetrated by the Taliban. (AFP)

  • India: Police arrested one of the country’s most wanted terrorists, a member of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was wanted in at least 40 terrorism cases.  (Xinhua)

  • Korea, North: A three-member UN panel said it would launch next week hearings to investigate alleged human rights abuses by the DPRK. (UPI)

  • Philippines: The coast guard confirmed at least 28 dead and 215 missing after a collision between a ferry and a cargo vessel. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Authorities said close to 300 migrants were rescued near Sicily in two separate operations. (DPA)

  • Turkey: PM Erdogan accused the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party of not withdrawing its fighters back to Iraq, as agreed upon during the peace process. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: A court postponed again the trial against jailed former PM and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, until 06SEP. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Gulf Cooperation Council condemned the car bombing in a stronghold of Lebanon’s Hezbollah in Beirut that claimed at least 22 lives. (AFP)

  • Iraq: The Foreign Minister said his country determined that Iran reduced its arms supplies to Syria, but it cannot prevent Iranian shipment flights. (AFP)

  • Syria: The Foreign Ministry accused the US administration of unwillingness to find a political solution to the crisis in the country. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: Al-Qaeda loyalists attacked a mainly Kurdish town and 17 people perished in the ensuing fighting. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Surveillance: New revelations the NSA overstepped its authority are resulting in concern in Congress about the NSA’s spying activities. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:

    • Tropical Depression 12W (Twelve)

      • Location: 439 miles SSW from Kadena Air Base

      • Movement: SE at 11 mph

      • Winds: 34 mph

      • Map

    • Tropical Depression 13W (Thirteen)

      • Location: 94 miles ENE from Kadena Air Base

      • Movement: W at 10 mph

      • Winds: 29 mph

      • Map

    • Tropical Storm 01C (Pewa)

      • Location: 602 miles SW from Johnston Island

      • Movement: WNW at 13 mph

      • Winds: 75 mph

      • Map

    • Tropical Storm Erin

      • Location: 790 miles WNW from Cape Verde Islands

      • Movement: WNW at 15 mph

      • Winds: 40 mph

      • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • 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 (18AUG)

  • Pakistan: Anniversary of former Pakistani President Musharraf resigning – 2008.

  • Syria: A UN mission to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons is set to arrive in the country.

  • Thailand: National Revolution Front rebel officials will try to curb all armed attacks and bombings through this date to ensure a violence-free Ramadan.

  • Zoroastrianism: Jameshedi Nooruz.

 

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