ONS: 19 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 19, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: ICC judges said Kenyan President Kenyatta’s “continuous presence” was not required at his trial for crimes against humanity.
  • AMERICAS: A fire at the Brazilian port of Santos destroyed 180,000 tonnes of raw sugar, leading to an international sugar price spike.
  • ASIA: Presidential elections in the Maldives were postponed by police who said the vote would be illegal
  • EUROPE: An Italian appeals court sentenced former PM Berlusconi to a two-year parliament ban as part of his tax fraud conviction.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Police said 11 were killed and 18 injured in a bomb explosion in Baghdad’s Qahira neighborhood.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google advertising service DoubleClick said it would now be featured on Facebook, marking a new partnership for Google and the social media website.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: A blast in Damascus killed 16 soldiers.
    • The US urged President Assad to give aid convoys safe passage to civilians.
    • Nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims, who were kidnapped in the country, were released as part of a deal.
    • The Russian Foreign Ministry said US Secretary of State Kerry’s proposal to remove chemical weapons by ship was premature.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: Officials said 55 soldiers from the Republic of Congo, captured earlier this week, were released. (AFP)
  • DRC: Rebels announced they expect “major breakthroughs” with the government in peace negotiations in Uganda. (AFP)
  • Guinea: The electoral commission reported President Conde’s RPG ruling party won 53 seats out of 114 in last month’s election, thus falling short of majority. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: ICC judges said Kenyan President Kenyatta’s “continuous presence” was not required at his trial for crimes against humanity. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The 23rd Ibero-American summit opened in Panama, but many leaders from Latin America did not attend. (AFP)
  • Brazil: A fire at the Brazilian port of Santos destroyed 180,000 tonnes of raw sugar, leading to an international sugar price spike. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Media reported one of the country’s best-known drug lords, Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, was killed by unknown attackers. (DPA)
  • Venezuela: Authorities detained four more suspects that allegedly tried to smuggle 1.3 tons of cocaine into Paris aboard an Air France plane. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Local media reported a split among the Taliban and the formation of a new extremist faction. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Officials said a national meeting to discuss the future US security deal is set for the third week of November. (AP)
  • Maldives: Presidential elections were postponed by police who said the vote would be illegal. (AP)
  • Japan: TEPCO reported that groundwater radiation at the Fukushima nuclear plant spiked again to a record high. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: President Aliyev was sworn in for his third term after winning a criticized election earlier this month. (AFP)
  • Belarus: Journalists reported about a dozen of their colleagues were detained as they were trying to report on an opposition figure. (DPA)
  • Italy: An appeals court sentenced former PM Berlusconi to a two-year parliament ban as part of his tax fraud conviction. (AP)
  • Turkey: A parliament report accused several European countries of illegally removing Turkish children from their homes and sending them into foster care. (UPI)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Police said 11 were killed and 18 injured in a bomb explosion in Baghdad’s Qahira neighborhood. (EFE)
  • Lebanon: Turkish FM Davutoglu said negotiations to free two Turkish Airlines pilots kidnapped in Beirut in August are near completion. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A security official said suspected al-Qaida militants shot and killed a security officer and his driver in the city of Sayoun. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Google advertising service DoubleClick said it would now be featured on Facebook, marking a new partnership for Google and the social media website. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 26W (Francisco)
    • Location: 568 miles S of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 161 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression 27W (Twentyseven)
    • Location: 716 miles ESE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 450 miles SSE of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 18OCT: 139 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 18OCT: 60 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20OCT)

  • Libya: Anniversary of death of Gaddafi – 2011
  • Luxembourg: Parliamentary elections
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of US and Pakistan announcing diplomatic relations
  • United States: Secretary Kerry meets with Pakistani PM Sharif.

 

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