ONS: 20 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 20, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Angola denied that its soldiers crossed into the Republic of Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said that talks with the FARC were going well despite delays.
  • ASIA: Indian PM Singh began a five-day visit to Russia and China.
  • EUROPE: Turkey rejected an EU rebuke of Ankara’s violent crackdown on dissent and criticized “some member states” for blocking membership talks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, eight suicide bombers attacked security forces and a local government building northwest of Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding 15.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Qatari authorities restored several government websites attacked by hackers from the Syrian Electronic Army

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Date set for peace conference.
    • Arab League chief Arabi said AL/UN envoy Brahimi informed him that the peace conference for Syria will convene in Geneva on 23NOV.
    • Brahimi said the peace conference could not be convened in the absence of “credible” opposition representation.
    • A suicide bomber blew up a truck laden with explosives at an army checkpoint in Hama, killing at least 31 people.
    • Coverage: AFPAFP-2AFP-3BBCCNNReuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: UN envoy Christopher Ross held talks on the status of Western Sahara in Laayoune. (AFP)
  • Angola: The government denied that its soldiers crossed into the Republic of Congo. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Bashir is to visit South Sudan on Tuesday to discuss the Abyei region with President Kiir. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Leaders attending the 23rd Ibero-American Summit discussed improving the efficiency of the forum. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: President Santos said that talks with the FARC were going well despite delays. (DPA)
  • Colombia: Government troops captured six rebels including a member of the security team of the leader of the FARC. (AFP)
  • Honduras: President Lobo called for innovative policies for tackling international organized crime. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and Malaysia signed a currency swap agreement worth $4.7 billion USD. (AFP)
  • Region: Indian PM Singh began a five-day visit to Russia and China. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Twenty-two militants were killed in ANSF and ISAF operations around the country. (Xinhua)
  • Maldives: The Elections Commission planned to hold dialogue with the government and political parties to finalize the date of the postponed presidential election. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Luxembourg: The country opened general elections. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy claimed the country was “emerging from its crisis with a healthier and stronger economy.” (EFE)
  • Turkey: The government rejected an EU rebuke of Ankara’s violent crackdown on dissent and criticized “some member states”      for blocking membership talks. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that Russia’s Air Force Commander in Chief Lieutenant General Bondarev arrived in the country for talks on expanding cooperation in missile systems. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Eight suicide bombers attacked security forces and a local government building northwest of Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding 15. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Two senior security officers were killed in separate attacks in Hadramout. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Qatari authorities restored several government websites attacked by hackers from the Syrian Electronic Army. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 26W (Francisco)
    • Location: 716 NM SE of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 161 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 27W (Twentyseven)
    • Location: 257 NM ESE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 23 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Raymond
    • Location: 185 mi SSW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 74 km SW of Etchoropo, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 8.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 (21OCT)

  • European Union: Meeting of EU foreign ministers will be held and will discuss signing the Association Agreement with Ukraine
  • Austria: IAEA International Conference on Topical Issues of Nuclear Installation Safety (to 24OCT)
  • Haiti: Anniversary of first cholera case – 2010
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of six soldiers killed in bomb attack in Potiskum – 2012
  • North Korea: Anniversary of “Agreed Framework” between N.Korea and United States – 1994
  • Philippines: Indian External Affairs Salman Khurshid to attend the 2nd Meeting of the Philippines-India Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (to 22OCT).
  • Ukraine: EU Foreign Affairs Council to consider issue of Ukraine’s fulfillment of conditions necessary to sign Association Agreement.
  • Zambia: Corruption trial of ex-president Rupiah Banda will resume

 

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