ONS: 21 August 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 21, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN mission in South Sudan began daily patrols in Pibor County to increase security and aid access to food.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuadorian police seized 4.4 tons of cocaine, worth USD260 million, in the port of Guayaquil.
  • ASIA: Japan’s nuclear watchdog upgraded its evaluation of the radioactive leak at Fukushima to level three, indicating a “serious incident”.
  • EUROPE: The EU’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party is demanding an  independent investigation into the PRISM spying scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US State Department said the American embassy in Yemen had reopened and resumed providing limited public services.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook launched Internet.org – an initiative to lower internet costs on mobile devices in developing countries, together with other major tech companies.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Activists said a nerve gas attack by regime forces killed over 650 people.
    • The opposition Syrian National Coalition requested a UN Security Council meeting over the “massacre”.
    • The government denied any use of chemical weapons.
    • The Arab League called on UN inspectors currently in the country to immediately investigate the allegations.
    • Rebels seized large weapons caches during past few weeks, including heavy arms, potentially offsetting gains by government forces.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP, AFP-1, WaPo

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Ugandan military called for increased international pressure on the Central African Republic to cooperate in the hunt for the LRA rebel group. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Police detained two prominent Muslim Brotherhood members, the latest arrests in a crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters. (DPA)
  • Sierra Leone: The army arrested nine soldiers for planning to protest against President Koroma during a visit to his hometown. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: The UN Mission began daily patrols in Pibor County to increase security aid access to food. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: Opposition leader Tsvangirai said he would boycott President Mugabe’s inauguration Thursday, in protest of fraudulent vote results. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said he would a seek reelection in 2014. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: Police seized 4.4 tons of cocaine, worth USD260 million, in the port of Guayaquil. (DPA)
  • Haiti: UNSG Ban Ki-moon recommended a 15 percent reduction of UN troops and a reevaluation of the peacekeeping mission in the country. (AP)
  • Mexico: The government’s human rights commission requested authorities to probe the killing of journalists. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Japan: The country’s nuclear watchdog upgraded its evaluation of the radioactive leak at Fukushima to level three, indicating a “serious incident”. (Reuters)
  • New Zealand: Legislation passed allowing the country’s intelligence agency to spy domestically, despite widespread opposition. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The military said an officer was killed by unprovoked Indian shooting across the Kashmir border. (Reuters)
  • Vietnam: A Thai drug smuggler was sentenced to death, the second such case in a week. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party is demanding an  independent investigation into the PRISM spying scandal. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: ECB Executive Board member Asmussen was on a visit to the country to check on progress in its debt obligations, amid talk of a new bailout. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The country’s temporary public television network had its first live broadcast, two months after the closing of state broadcaster ERT. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli media reported that chief negotiator Tzipi Livni secretly met with her Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat in Jerusalem. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Officials said a wave of car bombings in three different cities killed at least 10 and wounded dozens more. (AP)
  • Yemen: The US State Department said the American embassy was reopened and had resumed providing limited public services. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: An official said that a senior military intelligence officer was killed by unknown gunmen who fired on his car in the city of Aden. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: Facebook, together with other major tech companies, launched Internet.org – an initiative to lower internet costs on mobile devices in developing countries. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 12W (Trami)
    • Location: 97 miles ENE from Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
    • Tropical Storm 01C (Pewa)
      • Location: 299 miles E from Wake Island
      • Movement: NW at 11 mph
      • Winds: 40 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: White Island, New Zealand
    • Shot steam up to 1.24 miles high (AFP)
  • 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 (22AUG)

  • China: Politician Bo Xilai to stand trial for bribery, graft, and abuse of power.
  • Hungary and Ukraine: Japanese FM Kishida plans to visit Ukraine and Hungary (to 27AUG).
  • Iran: National Day of the Defense Industry, new indigenous submarine will be launched.
  • Japan: Maj. Gen. Jun Nagashima of the Air Self-Defense Force will assume duties as an aide on security and crisis-management issues to PM Shinzo Abe.
  • Korea, South: The third-round of negotiations between the government and the US on the cost-sharing agreement for US troops stationed there to begin in Seoul (to 23AUG).
  • Turkmenistan: Anniversary of declaration of state sovereignty – 1990.
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe will be sworn in for another five-year term following a disputed election.

 

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