ONS: 17 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 17, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The World Food Program coordinator for the DRC said the program is struggling to fund its operations there past November.
  • AMERICAS: Paraguyan President Cartes replaced 22 commanders of the military, including its army chief, without providing an explanation of the move.
  • ASIA: New Zealand Police and Customs seized methamphetamines worth USD1.68 million, allegedly from Hong Kong, hidden in LED lighting panels.
  • EUROPE: Hundreds of teenagers barricaded schools in Paris in protest of the deportation of a 15-year old Kosovar girl seized during a school trip.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian Deputy PM Jamil said peace negotiations would  take place in Geneva on 23-24NOV.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration said the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the first case it received on widespread NSA surveillance.

 

TOP STORY

  • US: Obama signs last-minute Congress deal on shutdown and debt ceiling.
    • The legislation permits the Treasury to borrow normally through 07FEB and fund the government through 15JAN.
    • The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, welcomed the end of the shutdown but warned about an uncertain fiscal policy going forward.
    • Stock markets diverged in skepticisim over the deal, falling in Europe, while mostly rising in Asia.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AP,  AFP, AFP-1

 

AFRICA

  • DRC: The World Food Program coordinator for the contry’s eastern region said the program is struggling to fund its operations there past November. (AFP)
  • Egypt: FM Fahmy said relations between his country and the US are “delicate”. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Shell said it repaired and reopened the Trans Niger Pipeline shut down last week due to leaks. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Canada and the EU are close to forming a free trade agreement, following a settlement of agricultural trade disputes. (WSJ)
  • Colombia: An official said the country is in advanced talks with a Chinese company on building a Pacific coast railway to export coal to Asia for cheaper. (WSJ)
  • Paraguay: President Cartes replaced 22 commanders of the military, including its army chief, without providing an explanation of the move. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Firefighers said hundreds of homes were probably destroyed by wildfires spreading across the southeastern part of the country. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Police said three bombs exploded in Shan state, killing one, in another wave of bombings. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: Police and Customs seized methamphetamines worth USD1.68 million, allegedly from Hong Kong, hidden in LED lighting panels. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A military official said two soldiers were killed in separate incidents by the Indian military firing on the disputed north-western border. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Police arrested eight Serbian men suspected of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 war. (AP)
  • France: Hundreds of teenagers barricaded schools in Paris in protest of the deportation of a 15-year old Kosovar girl seized during a school trip. (AP)
  • Malta: PM Muscat accused the EU of indifference to the plight of refugees, as the latest group of 100 saved at sea was to land in his country. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The army announced it shelled positions held by jihadist fighters in Syria in retaliation for a mortar round fired inside Turkey. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Local sources said a suicide bomber killed 15 people in a village near Mosul. (AFP)
  • Israel: NGO Peace Now reported new settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem rose by 70 percent in 2013 as compared with last year. (AFP)
  • Syria: Deputy PM Jamil said peace negotiations to take place in Geneva are scheduled for 23-24NOV. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The chemical weapons watchdog agency said almost half of the inspections of the country’s stockpiles were completed. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber surveillance: The Obama administration said the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the first case it received on widespread NSA surveillance. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 26W (Francisco)
    • Location: 217 miles SW of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: NNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 16E (Priscilla)
    • Location: 628 miles W of Socorro Island
    • Movement: WNW at 7 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 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 (18OCT)

  • European Union: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas begins visits to the Vatican, Germany, Lithuania, and Belgium (to 25OCT)
  • Azerbaijan: Anniversary of independence from USSR – 1991
  • Britain: Malala Yousafzai to visit Buckingham Palace and Queen Elizabeth II
  • Germany: Anniversary of oust of Communist leader of East Germany – 1989
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of 23 killed in bomb and gun attacks by Boko Haram members – 2012
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Ms. Bhutto returning to Pakistan from exile to participate in elections – 2007

 

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