ONS – 19 September 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 19, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: MENA news agency reported that experts defused two bombs placed on the Cairo metro.
  • AMERICAS: The Brazilian Socialist Party said they are leaving the ruling coalition of President Rousseff.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Abe ordered the decommissioning of the two remaining reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
  • EUROPE: Gunmen in Kosovo attacked a EULEX convoy in the Zvecan region, killing an EU police officer.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rouhani said that his administration will never seek to develop nuclear weapons.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US appeals court ruled that use of the Facebook “like” feature to support political candidates needs free speech protection.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Assad vowed to destroy his chemical weapons within a year.
    • The world’s chemical weapons watchdog announced a Friday meeting to consider a Russia-US plan on the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen said it is crucial to keep the military option open in dealing with the crisis.
    • Turkey closed one of its borders with Syria after clashes between different factions of Syrian rebels in the town of Azaz.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AFP, Reuters, Reuters-1

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: MENA news agency reported that experts defused two bombs placed on the Cairo metro. (Reuters)
  • Liberia: The UN Security Council extended the UN peacekeeping mission in the country by a year. (AP)
  • Libya: The son of former leader Gaddafi and 37 ex-government officials are to stand trial for crimes they committed during the 2011 uprising. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The new government announced the first parliamentary elections since the military coup will be held on 24NOV. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s Socialist Party said they are leaving the ruling coalition of President Rousseff. (AFP)
  • Chile: President Pinera said he did not plan on running for office in 2017. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Police detained 16 drug dealers from a criminal ring that uses convenience stores to distribute drugs across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: President Martelly privately met with his predecessor, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a week before planned anti-government protests. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: Hospital officials confirmed two new human cases of avian influenza, one of whom died. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: PM Abe ordered the decommissioning of the two remaining reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Aquino warned rebel groups that they would be dealt with by the full force of the state. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO SG Rasmussen was set to urge Europe to strengthen its defense industry and commit to purchasing aircraft and drones to fill gaps. (Reuters)
  • Kosovo: Gunmen attacked a EULEX convoy in the Zvecan region, killing an EU police officer. (BBC)
  • Spain: Over 200 African migrants in Morocco tried to break through a border fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Officials confirmed they held a meeting with EU officials to discuss the situation of former PM Yulia Timoshenko. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani stated in an interview that his administration will never seek to develop nuclear weapons. (NBC)
  • Iraq: Officials said the bodies of 10 young men shot in the head or chest were found near an abandoned factory in Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Two people died after being infected with the MERS coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the virus to 49. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: A US appeals court ruled that use of the Facebook “like” feature to support political candidates needs free speech protection. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 17W (Usagi)
    • Location: 508 miles ENE from Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 138 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane 13E (Manuel)
    • Location: 154 miles NW from Mazatlan, Mexico
    • Movement: N at 3 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression Humberto
    • Location: 1030 miles WSW from the Azores
    • Movement: N at 8 mph
    • Winds: 35 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 (20SEP)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of Taliban suicide bomber assassinating Karzai’s peace envoy – 2011.
  • Americas and Asia: Trans-Pacific Partnership to conclude bilateral negotiations over tariff elimination; all TPP countries except Japan are required to put 95 percent of their respective tariff lines on the negotiation table by this date.
  • Belarus: Russian paratroopers will join troops from other CSTO member-nations in military exercises in the Mogilev region (to 26SEP).
  • Jamaica: IMF team reviewing Jamaica’s quantitative targets and reform agenda will sign off on its first performance review.
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of a truck bomb outside US embassy annex, killing 24 people – 1984.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of a truck bomb killing 60 people outside Marriott hotel in Islamabad, killing Czech ambassador – 2008.
  • Russia: 23rd session of the Council of the SCO Regional Antiterrorist Center will be held in Yaroslavl, Russia.
  • Swaziland: Final round of parliamentary elections.

 

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