ONS – 18 September 2013

by admin on September 18, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Defense Secretary Hagel spoke with Egyptian General Al-Sisi about security in the country and urged for steps to “advance the political roadmap”.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Rousseff canceled a planned visit to Washington over reports of US cyber-spying.
  • ASIA: New Australian PM Tony Abbott was sworn into office and proceeded to sack three top civil servants.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine approved a draft Association Agreement with the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahraini officials said prominent opposition figure Khalil al-Marzooq was detained over allegations of inciting anti-government violence.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US computer security company Symantec said it discovered a group of Chinese hackers linked to high-profile espionage attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: The 60th UN General Assembly opened with a briefing on the gas attack
    • Chief UN weapons inspector Ake Sellstrom said finding and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons was “doable”
    • Russian Deputy FM Ryabkov said he received new evidence from the Syrian regime showing the rebels were responsible for the chemical attack
    • Bulgaria launched an appeal to the EU for financial support to care for the thousands of Syrian refugees crossing its border
    • AP, BBC, AFP, AFP-1

 

AFRICA

  • Botswana: The country opened its first fully state-owned diamond trading company. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: US Defense Secretary Hagel spoke with General Al-Sisi about security in the country and urged for steps to “advance the political roadmap”. (AFP)
  • Libya: Medical sources said a police officer was killed by a car bomb in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A fight broke out amongst Lower House MPs that were infuriated by the presence of a dissident faction of the ruling party. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Paraguayan President Cartes met with Chile’s congressional leaders while visiting the country to boost trade. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff canceled a planned visit to Washington over reports of US cyber-spying. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The army said it airlifted over 2,000 tourists from the resort town of Acapulco, to escape flooding caused by tropical storm Manuel. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines and the US launched war games at a naval base near the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack that killed an election commission head in Kunduz province. (AP)
  • Australia: New PM Tony Abbott was sworn into office and proceeded to sack three top civil servants who worked on climate change. (ABC)
  • Korea, North: The country’s top envoy for multilateral talks on the nuclear weapons program said he would not accept preconditions. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Local media reported five killed and 20 injured in cross-border firing by Afghan forces in the border region of Zhob. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Croatia: Thousands of hospital workers held a strike to protest cuts to benefits caused by the economic crisis. (AFP)
  • Greece: Civil servants began a two-day nationwide strike to protest cuts necessitated by the country’s international bailout terms. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The government approved a draft Association Agreement with the EU. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Officials said prominent opposition figure Khalil al-Marzooq was detained over allegations of inciting anti-government violence. (AP)
  • Iraq: Officials reported car bombings in northern and central cities killed two civilians and injured over 30. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Police said clashes in the country’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, located near the city of Sidon, left at least two wounded. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Government forces arrested 15 members of the pro-secession Southern Movement in the city of Aden. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber espionage: US computer security company Symantec said it tracked a group of Chinese hackers linked to high-profile espionage attacks. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 17W (Usagi)
    • Location: 650 miles SSE from Kadena Airbase
    • Movement: W at 4 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression 13E (Manuel)
    • Location: 84 miles W from Mazatlan, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression 18W (Eighteen)
    • Location: 143 miles ENE from Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Humberto
    • Location: 1050 miles WSW from the Azores
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 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 (19SEP)

  • Chile: Fiestas Patrias, second day; Day of the Glories of the (Chilean) Army.
  • Czech Republic: Russian Deputy FM Karasin will meet with Georgian special envoy Abashidze in Prague to discuss Russian-Georgian relations.
  • Egypt: Mohammed El Baradei will face trial over his resignation as vice president after a deadly crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood..
  • Korean Peninsula: Chuseok, national harvest festival; North Korea will allow contacts between families separated by the Korean War.
  • Libya: Abdullah Senussi, Muammar Gaddafi’s brother-in-law, is due to stand trial along with other key figures from the former regime.
  • Mexico: Anniversary of 8.1 Mexico City earthquake that killed more than 10,000 – 1985.
  • Sudan: Amira Osman Hamed will stand trial for leaving her hair uncovered in defiance of what she calls a “Taliban”-like law.
  • United States: Secretary Kerry will meet with Chinese FM Wang to discuss bilateral issues including North Korea and Syria.
  • Vietnam: Mid-autumn festival.

 

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