ONS: 18 August 2013

by admin on August 18, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali media reported a member of the Islamist al-Shabaab group was executed for killing a journalist.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities said leader of the Gulf Cartel, Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino was arrested near the Texas border.
  • ASIA: Thai authorities seized 980,000 illegal methamphetamine pills worth almost USD6 million in a truck in the northern part of the country.
  • EUROPE: Spanish fishermen in some 60 fishing boats protested against the erection of an artificial reef near the disputed British territory of Gibraltar.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese authorities arrested three individuals suspected of connections with the abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Washington Post was hacked last week by the Syrian Electronic Army, a group sympathetic to Syrian President al-Assad.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Police ended a standoff with Islamist protesters at a Cairo mosque.
    • Pro-Morsi supporters announced new demonstrations despite violence that killed over 750 in the last four days.
    • EU leaders Van Rompuy and Barroso, warned the government in power they would “review” ties with the country should violence continue. (AFP)
    • Coverage:  AFP, AFP-1

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Police were searching for heavily armed suspected Al-Shabaab militants responsible for the deaths of four police officers near the Somali border. (Xinhua)
  • Madagascar: The electoral commission barred the incumbent president Rajoelina, and the wife of a serious rival from contesting the next presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Niger: Seven ministers decided to suspend their participation in the new government because their party disliked the posts allotted to its members. (AP)
  • Somalia: Media reported a member of the Islamist al-Shabaab group was executed for killing a journalist. (UPI)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities said leader of the Gulf Cartel, Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino was arrested near the Texas border. (AP)
  • Mexico: Twenty-five bodies were found in Guerrero and Michoacan states, two of the states most affected by organized crime-related violence recently. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea said it accepted the South Korean proposal to facilitate reunions for families separated during the 1950-53 war. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Police raided a Taliban hideout in Kunduz province and succeeded in apprehending five militants.  (Xinhua)
  • China: Former top economic official Liu Tienan is to be investigated for taking bribes. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Authorities seized 980,000 illegal methamphetamine pills worth almost USD6 million in a truck in the northern part of the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton, urged Iran’s new FM Zarif to resume talks about the country’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Spain: Fishermen in some 60 fishing boats protested against the erection of an artificial reef near the disputed British territory of Gibraltar. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Five police officers were wounded during clashes with opposition protesters in a Shiite village. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Officials said two bomb attacks in mostly Sunni neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at least four civilians. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Authorities arrested three individuals suspected of connections with the abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots. (AFP)
  • Syria: The opposition and some diplomats from the region said US weapons and ammunition have yet to reach the rebels as promised. (LAT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Washington Post was hacked last week by the Syrian Electronic Army, a group sympathetic to Syrian President al-Assad. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm 12W (Trami)
      • Location: 421 miles S from Kadena Air Base
      • Movement: E at 6 mph
      • Winds: 40 mph
      • Map
      • Tropical Depression 13W (Thirteen)
        • Location: 125 miles NW from Kadena Air Base
        • Movement: WNW at 18 mph
        • Winds: 29 mph
        • Map
      • Tropical Storm 01C (Pewa)
        • Location: 1017 miles ESE from Wake Island
        • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
        • Winds: 63 mph
        • Map
      • Tropical Depression Erin
        • Location: 1000 miles WNW from Cape Verde Islands
        • Movement: W at 9 mph
        • Winds: 35 mph
        • Map

 

  • Earthquakes: 799 miles SW from Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 6.2 miles
    • 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 (19AUG)

  • Global: World Humanitarian Day.
  • Asia: Robert King, the US envoy in charge of human rights in North Korea, will meet officials in China, South Korea and Japan as well as North Koreans resettled in the South as part of his trip to Asia (to 29AUG).
  • Afghanistan: Independence Day – 1919.
  • Egypt: High level EU officials will hold an emergency crisis meeting to consider actions taken against Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
  • Georgia: Defense Minister Irakly Alasaniya will pay an official visit to the US.
  • Japan and Russia: Working-level consultation involving vice foreign ministers on territorial disputes will be held in Moscow.
  • Nigeria: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, will visit Nigeria (to 20AUG).
  • Tajikistan: Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, will visit Tajikistan (to 20 AUG).

 

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