ONS: 20 August 2013

by admin on August 20, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian army announced that Abubakar Shekau, the most wanted leader of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, may be dead after a clash with soldiers.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian workers from various industries held one of the biggest labor protests in years, presenting a big challenge for President Santos.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a court charged former President Pervez Musharraf with the 2007 murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
  • EUROPE: Spanish FM Margallo requested Britain remove a concrete “reef” in the waters off Gibraltar as a as a precondition for dialogue.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese security sources said a Lebanese and two Palestinians were arrested on suspicion of planning a massive car bombing.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Guardian reported that British agents destroyed several of the paper’s hard drives to prevent the publishing of Edward Snowden’s leaks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Media line up behind the government against Islamists.
    • The Muslim Brotherhood named an interim leader to head the group after Moahamed Badie was arrested by security forces
    • Qatar sent a second shipment of free liquefied gas to the country, despite Doha’s disapproval of the violent crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood protesters
    • The Foreign Ministry summoned the Argentine charge d’affaires to protest Buenos Aires’s statement at the UN Security Council
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: South Korea announced it would dispatch envoys to the DRC, Algeria, Morocco, Togo and Benin in order to strengthen ties. (Yonhap)
  • Algeria: A person was killed in renewed tribal clashes in the province of Adrar, bringing the total death toll over the past few days to nine. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: The army announced that Abubakar Shekau, the most wanted leader of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, may be dead after a clash with soldiers.
  • (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The African Union said it sent a special envoy to help the country amid the complicated security situation there. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales launched the Caravan for Transparency, an anti-corruption campaign. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Workers from various industries held one of the biggest labor protests in years, presenting a big challenge for President Santos. (WSJ)
  • Mexico: About 70,000 teachers stayed home on the first day of school to protest a reform aimed at establishing job performance appraisals. (AFP)
  • Paraguay: Government troops were sent to a northern area where members of the left-wing Paraguayan People’s Army killed five people. (AP)
  • US: An Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber crashed in the state of Montana, with no casualties. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai appointed a new high-profile negotiating team for security talks with the US, signaling that stalled negotiations may restart. (Guardian)
  • Pakistan: A court charged former President Pervez Musharraf with the 2007 murder of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Police said dozens of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar escaped from a Thai immigration center. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: The coast guard said over 600 migrants, traveling from multiple countries on three boats, landed on the shore of Agrigento. (DPA)
  • Russia: The country officially requested France to extradite former Finance Minister of the Moscow region Alexei Kuznetsov. (Itar-Tass)
  • Spain: FM Margallo requested Britain remove a concrete “reef” in the waters off Gibraltar as a as a precondition for dialogue.(AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Gulf Cooperation Council criticized Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief Nasrallah for saying he would send more fighters to Syria. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Security sources said a Lebanese and two Palestinians were arrested on suspicion of planning a massive car bombing. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Officials said Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian man and wounded three others in the West Bank city of Jenin. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights alleged that Kurdish militias and al-Qaida-linked rebels are battling in the northeastern Hassakeh province. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Media:  The Guardian reported that British agents destroyed several of the paper’s hard drives to prevent the publishing of Edward Snowden’s leaks. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W (Trami)
    • Location: 230 miles S from Kadena Air Base
    • Movement: NW at 18 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
    • Tropical Storm 01C (Pewa)
      • Location: 582 miles ESE from Wake Island
      • Movement: NW at 13 mph
      • Winds: 52 mph
      • Map
      • Tropical Depression 03C (Three)
        • Location: 1050 miles E from Wake Island
        • Movement: W at 17 mph
        • Winds: 34 mph
        • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (21AUG)

  • Egypt: EU foreign ministers hold emergency talks to review EU relations with Egypt.
  • Haiti: Anniversary of the beginning the Haitian Revolution – 1791.
  • Korea, South: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will visit South Korea while on home leave.
  • Philippines: Anniversary of the assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino as he stepped from a plane in Manila after three years of self-imposed exile in United States – 1983.
  • United States: Anniversary of former slave Nat Turner leading of a violent insurrection in Virginia – 1831.

 

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