ONS: 20 September 2013

by admin on September 20, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Government officials in Nigeria reported an attack by Boko Haram Islamists killed at least 87 in Borno state.
  • AMERICAS: The National Anti-Drug Secretariat of Paraguay seized 42 tons of marijuana and eradicated 24 hectares of cannabis in Concepcion.
  • ASIA: India’s new central bank governor raised rates in a surpise move, causing sharp falls on the stock market.
  • EUROPE: In Greece, thousands protested against far-right extremism in Athens, following clashes after the murder of an anti-fascist singer.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni officials reported three car bombings at a military site in Shabwa province killed at least 65 and injured 38.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US computer security company warned customers using software developed by the NSA that they are vulnerable to hacking.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: The regime said it would call for ceasefire if Geneva talks take place.
    • Iranian President Rowhani offered to mediate talks between the Syrian government and the opposition.
    • Free Syrian Army rebels and jihadists who captured the town of Azaz agreed a truce.
    • French President Hollande said France would support sending weapons to the Free Syrian Army “in a controlled environment”.
    • Coverage: WaPo, AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The government returned a USD2 billion bank deposit, part of an aid package, to Qatar amid heigthened tensions between the countries. (AP)
  • Kenya: Diplomats announced that African leaders would meet next month to discuss the ICC cases against the country’s leaders. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Government officials reported that an attack by Boko Haram Islamists killed at least 143 in Borno state. (AP)
  • Sudan: President Bashir defended the removal of fuel subsidies and other measures meant to stave off a deeper economic crisis.  (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Media reported that a federal police helicopter disappeared during rescue operations in the village of La Pintada. (AFP)
  • Paraguay: The National Anti-Drug Secretariat seized 42 tons of marijuana and eradicated 24 hectares of cannabis in Concepcion.  (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro accused the US of hampering its diplomatic efforts when his plane was allegedly denied passage over Puerto Rico. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Authorities reported that Typhoon Usagi killed three and left 13 missing in Vietnam, on its path towards the Philippines and Taiwan. (DPA)
  • Cambodia: A prince who is the cousin of King Sihamoni went on hunger strike to protest PM Hun Sen’s election victory. (AFP)
  • India: The new central bank governor raised rates in a surpise move, causing sharp falls on the stock market. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The government and the Taliban reached an agreement to hold indirect talks on the insurgency in the country’s tribal areas. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: German newspaper Der Spiegel reported that British intelligence services hacked telecommunications giant Belgacom. (DPA)
  • Greece: Thousands protested against far-right extremism in Athens, following clashes after the murder of an anti-fascist singer. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Putin said he may run for reelection in 2018. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Putin vowed continued support from his government for South Ossetia. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: PM Netanyahu warned the world against getting “duped” by the benevolent remarks of Iran’s president. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Canadian FM John Baird said his government would provide USD4.85 million for the economic development of the Palestinian people. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Officials reported three car bombings at a military site in Shabwa province  killed at least 65 and injured 38. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security: A US computer security company warned customers using software developed by the NSA that they are vulnerable to hacking. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 17W (Usagi)
    • Location: 413 miles SSE from Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 155 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Depression 13E (Manuel)
    • Location: 196 miles N from Mazatlan, Mexico
    • Movement: NE at 11 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 19SEP: 132 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 19SEP: 58 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21SEP)

  • Global: International Day of Peace.
  • Armenia: Independence Day – 1991.
  • Belize: Independence Day – 1981.
  • Iraq: Parliamentary and provincial elections will be held.
  • Malta: Independence Day – 1964.
  • Pakistan: Mohammad on Yaum-e-Ishq Rasool; public holiday.
  • Sri Lanka: Former war zone (Northern Provincial Council) will open regional polls for the first time.

 

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