ONS: 21 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 21, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The government of the DR Congo and M23 rebels both announced that peace talks were suspended.
  • AMERICAS: Eight Bolivian soldiers were captured by suspected coca growers after a firefight that left two security officers dead and 17 wounded.
  • ASIA: Explosions targeting a passenger train in Pakistan killed at least seven passengers and wounded 16 others.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin is to meet with Indian PM Singh.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A coordinated attack in Iraq involving two suicide bombers and several gunmen killed five policemen in Fallujah.
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU lawmakers are set to hold a first vote on sweeping new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy and outlaw most data transfers to other countries’ authorities to prevent spying.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: New NSA spying allegations raise tensions.
    • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called in the US ambassador to protest at allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the US NSA.
    • French Interior Minister Valls said Le Monde’s revelations that 70.3 million pieces of French telephone data were recorded by the NSA between Dec 10, 2012 and Jan 8, 2013 were “shocking.”
    • US Secretary Kerry is in Paris for diplomatic talks about a peace process for Israel and Palestinian authorities.
    • Mexico’s government said it “categorically condemns” email spying after Der Spiegel reported that the US gained access to the email system of former President Calderon.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The government and M23 rebels both announced that peace talks were suspended. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Interim PM Beblawi condemned an attack outside a Cairo Coptic church that killed at least three people. (AP)
  • Libya: PM Zeidan accused two congressmen for plotting his abduction earlier this month. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan, South: At least 49 people were killed and more than 50 wounded by rebels in Jonglei state. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Eight soldiers were captured by suspected coca growers after a firefight that left two security officers dead and 17 wounded. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The FARC freed a police officer who was captured ten days ago. (AFP)
  • Jamaica: Police seized 360 pounds of compressed marijuana and 271 pounds of loose marijuana in a rural district. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Clashes between India and Pakistan on the Line of Control continued with exchanges of heavy fire and mortars at 25 different locations. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Four civilians were killed in two separate targeted attacks. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Explosions targeting a passenger train killed at least seven passengers and wounded 16 others. (CNN)
  • Philippines: Eight soldiers were killed and five others wounded in two landmine attacks in North Cotabato. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Luxembourg: The centre-right Christian Democrat party of PM Juncker won snap elections but lost three seats. (BBC)
  • Russia: President Putin is to meet with Indian PM Singh. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: European parliament envoys are set to arrive in Kiev in the hope of securing a last-minute deal for jailed opposition leader Tymoshenko to go abroad. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A coordinated attack involving two suicide bombers and several gunmen killed five policemen in Fallujah. (AP)
  • Israel: Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip claimed responsibility for a tunnel that Israel said was found beneath the Israel-Gaza frontier. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Amnesty International said the government has failed to act on UN recommendations and “ratcheted up the repression” since 2009. (AFP)
  • Syria: The main opposition National Coalition postponed internal meetings to early November. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: EU lawmakers are set to hold a first vote on sweeping new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy and outlaw most data transfers to other countries’ authorities to prevent spying. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 26W (Francisco)
    • Location: 577 NM SE of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 109 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 28W (Lekima)
    • Location: 875 NM E of Saipan, CNMI
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 600 mi SE of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Raymond
    • Location: 125 mi SSW of Zihuatanejo, Mexico
    • Movement: Stationary
    • Winds: 120 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (22OCT)

  • Cuba: Anniversary of JFK’s claim that the USSR was deploying missiles in Cuba – 1962
  • United States: Cyber Security Summit in Minneapolis (to 23OCT)

 

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