ONS: 19 August 2013

by admin on August 19, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the Central African Republic, former rebel leader Michel Djotodia was sworn in as interim president.
  • AMERICAS: US authorities in the state of Idaho evacuated over 2,200 homes over the weekend and firefighters fought fires that destroyed 70,000 hectares of forest so far.
  • ASIA: In India, over 35 were killed and at least 40 injured when a train plunged into a crowd of people in the state of Bihar.
  • EUROPE: The German daily Bild, citing intelligence sources, reported Al-Qaeda planned attacks on Europe’s high-speed rail network.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN inspectors arrived in Syria to investigate alleged chemical weapons use, but said they would not speak with media during the probe.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A French blog leaked alleged photos of Apple iPhone 5S, showing a fingerprint scanner is part of the new phone.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Military leader Sisi promised a “forceful” response to violence.
    • A diplomatic source revealed the EU is planning an embargo on arms, police equipment and dual-use technology to the country.
    • At least 36 imprisoned members of the Muslim Brotherhood died in Cairo when the convoy transporting them to a jail was attacked by armed men.
    • The Rafah border crossing in Sinai was closed after 24 policemen were killed by unidentified militants.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, Itar-Tass, EFE

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Former rebel leader Michel Djotodia was sworn in as interim president. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: The country signed a deal for USD800 million with China’s ZTE to expand mobile phone infrastructure and implement 3-G and 4-G service. (Reuters)
  • Liberia: President Sirleaf attended a prayer service to celebrate a decade of peace since the country’s 14-year civil war. (AP)
  • Sudan: A local leader said Janjaweed militia kidnapped at least 20 members of a tribe in Darfur, who were fleeing violence. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff’s fall in popularity from protests could lead to former President Lula to come back to run as the Workers’ Party candidate. (WaPo)
  • Paraguay: Police said leftist guerrillas killed five guards after kidnapping them from a cattle ranch near Asuncion. (AFP)
  • US: Idaho state authorities evacuated over 2,200 homes over the weekend and firefighters fought fires that destroyed 70,000 hectares of forest so far. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Brunei: The 45th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEMM) opened, with discussions of improving regional competitiveness topping the agenda. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: The WHO reported a nine-year-old boy became the 10th person who died from bird flu, and warned the disease outbreak could continue. (AFP)
  • India: Over 35 were killed and at least 40 injured when a train plunged into a crowd of people in the state of Bihar. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: The government transferred 29 Indian prisoners back to India according to the terms of an agreement between the two countries. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A British warship docked in Gibraltar for a pre-scheduled naval exercise, during a time of high tension with Spain over the Strait. (AFP)
  • Azerbaijan: Thousands of supporters of the opposition rallied for free-and-fair presidential elections in October. (AFP)
  • Germany: The daily Bild, citing intelligence sources, reported Al-Qaeda planned attacks on Europe’s high-speed rail network. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The feminist movement Femen said three of its activists were beaten by special forces. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Amnesty International signaled that British authorities detained for nine hours the partner of a journalist who published NSA revelations. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen killed six people in the city of Mosul, a predominantly Sunni city. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: An anonymous source reported five unidentified rockets hit the town of Hermel, a Hezbollah stronghold, claiming no casualties. (AFP)
  • Syria: The army recaptured rebel-held positions in the province of Latakia. (AFP)
  • Syria: UN inspectors arrived to investigate allegations of chemical weapons use, but said they would not speak with media during the probe. (UPI)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A French blog leaked alleged photos of Apple iPhone 5S, showing a fingerprint scanner is part of the new phone. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W (Trami)
    • Location: 455 miles S from Kadena Air Base
    • Movement: NNE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
    • Typhoon 01C (Pewa)
      • Location: 836 miles SE from Wake Island
      • Movement: NW at 9 mph
      • Winds: 75 mph
      • Map
      • Tropical Storm 02C (Unala)
        • Location: 920 miles E from Wake Island
        • Movement: W at 19 mph
        • Winds: 40 mph
        • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sakurajima, Japan
    • Eruption of lava, rocks, and volcanic ash (UPI)
  • 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 (20AUG)

  • Czech Republic: Czech lawmakers will vote on dissolving parliament.
  • Hungary: National Day.
  • Iran and Iraq: Anniversary of the end of the Iran-Iraq war – 1988.
  • Korea, South: Three-member UN panel will begin hearings to investigate human rights abuses by North Korea.
  • Pakistan: Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, will visit Pakistan (to 21 AUG).
  • Serbia: PM Ivica Dacic will present new minister line-up for parliamentary approval.
  • Sudan: Sudan and South Sudan will hold a joint security committee meeting in Khartoum.

 

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