ONS: 18 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 18, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US warned Uganda of an imminent terror attack similar to the one carried out in a Kenyan mall.
  • AMERICAS: President Obama chose to nominate top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • ASIA: Indian police arrested the entire 35-person crew of a US ship detained last week for entering the country’s waters with unauthorized weapons onboard.
  • EUROPE: Swiss customs agents intercepted one million fake Xanax pills, produced in China and destined for Egypt, at the Zurich airport.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Saudi FM announced the country declined the UNSC rotating seat it was granted, due to the organization’s inefficiency and double standards.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Belgian telecoms group Belgacom said it was looking into a new possible hacking attempt on its international arm BICS.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Military intelligence official Major General Jamaa was killed in a clash with rebels.
    • Rebels made advances in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, amid serious clashes with government forces.
    • A senior Lebanese security official was in the country to discuss a prisoner exchange deal for nine Lebanese kidnapped by rebels in 2012.
    • Austria offered five chemical weapons experts to aid the UN mission in destroying the country’s arsenal.
  • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: Human Rights Watch accused the government of torturing political activists in prison. (BBC)
  • Kenya: Media reported a Norwegian citizen of Somali origin was identified as a suspect in the Nairobi shopping mall siege of last month. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Security forces killed “several terrorists” of an armed group suspected of an earlier attack which killed two policemen. (AFP)
  • Uganda: The US warned the country of an imminent terror attack similar to the one carried out in a Kenyan mall. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Panama: FM Fabrega said it would soon send back to North Korea the crew and ship it detained in Panama with Cuban weapons onboard three months ago. (Reuters)
  • Peru: The Joint Armed Forces Command said one civilian was killed and four were wounded during an anti-terrorist operation in a main coca-growing valley. (EFE)
  • US: President Obama chose to nominate top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • China: The FM said it summoned the Japanese ambassador over visits by a Japanese cabinet minister and parliamentarians to Yasukuni war shrine. (AFP)
  • India: Police arrested the entire 35-person crew of a US ship detained last week for entering the country’s waters with unauthorized weapons onboard. (BBC)
  • Maldives: An official source said presidential elections scheduled for less than 24 hours away are likely to be postponed again. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The cabinet is considering extending the Internal Security Act in Bangkok amid continuing anti-government demonstrations. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The coastguard arrested 78 migrants, most likely Syrians, on Rhodes island in the Aegean Sea. (AFP)
  • Romania: Officials said the US is finalizing a deal with the country to use an air base on its Black Sea coast for American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Russia: Officials reported at least one person was killed by a bomb that exploded near a village mosque in the Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: Customs agents intercepted one million fake Xanax pills, produced in China and destined for Egypt, at the Zurich airport. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: German Chancellor Merkel told Palestinian President Abbas Berlin would continue providing aid to his country. (DPA)
  • Saudi Arabia: The FM announced the country declined the UNSC rotating seat it was granted, due to the organization’s inefficiency and double standards. (Reuters)
  • Yemen:  A suicide car bomber attacked a military compound in Abyan province, killing 12 soldiers and wounding six. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaida militants killed at least eight soldiers and wounded dozens when they attacked a security camp in al-Bayda province. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Hacking: Belgian telecoms group Belgacom said it was looking into a new possible hacking attempt on its international arm BICS. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 26W (Francisco)
    • Location: 198 miles W of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 144 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 30km W of Platanos, Greece
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 36.2km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
    • Spewing ash up to 7.5km
  • 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 (19OCT)

  • Kosovo and Serbia: Anniversary of first meeting between Serbian and Kosovo prime ministers as part of US sponsored dialogue – 2012
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of high-profile Boko Haram arrest in home of Nigerian senator in Maiduguri – 2012
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto being sworn in for a second term – 1993

 

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