ONS: 21 September 2013

by admin on September 21, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian government forces fought what they said was a gun battle with Islamist insurgents in Abuja.

  • AMERICAS: Panama signed a free trade agreement with Colombia.

  • ASIA: The Pakistani government released its most senior Afghan Taliban detainee, Abdul Ghani Baradar.

  • EUROPE: A Turkish police headquarters building in Ankara was attacked with rockets.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi Kurds in the autonomous region begin to vote in parliamentary elections.

  • TECHNOLOGY: New Mac malware found in the wild has been linked to the Syrian Electronic Army.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government delivers preliminary report on arsenal as internal instability continues.

    • The government submitted an “initial disclosure” of its chemical weapons to experts at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

    • The opposition National Coalition rejected an Iranian offer to broker talks with the regime, saying the bid was “not serious” and calling Tehran “part of the problem.”

    • Syrian troops backed by pro-regime militia killed at least 15 people in a Sunni village in Hama.

    • US Secretary Kerry said he and Russian FM Lavrov spoke about a “strong” UNSC resolution.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, CNN, LaT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The US moved to ensure it does not lose more than $500 million USD in potential aid as it weighs suspending assistance. (AP)

  • Ivory Coast: The government said it would not transfer former first lady Gbagbo to the ICC, but would try her in the country instead. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Government forces fought what they said was a gun battle with islamist insurgents in Abuja. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Ecuadoran President Correa met with Cuban President Castro and Fidel Castro. (AFP)

  • Region: Panama signed a free trade agreement with Colombia. (Xinhua)

  • Colombia: Former President Uribe said President Santos is offering impunity to FARC rebels. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A bomb in Charbolak district of the Balkh province injured at least eight civilians. (Xinhua)

  • Korea, North: The government said it was postponing indefinitely a series of reunions for families separated during the Korean War that had been scheduled to start next week. (Reuters)

  • Pakistan: The government released its most senior Afghan Taliban detainee, Abdul Ghani Baradar. (AFP)

  • Philippines: The government urged its citizens to send more aid for 100,000 people who had fled fighting between troops and rebels in the country’s south. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: The legislature on approved a bill drafted by the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia coalition on cutting the power of future prime ministers. (Xinhua)

  • Spain: A member of ETA wanted by courts in Spain and France was arrested in Venezuela. (EFE)

  • Turkey: A police headquarters building in Ankara was attacked with rockets. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Four suicide bombers stormed a police headquarters north of Baghdad killing six SWAT officers.(Reuters)

  • Iraq: Kurds in the autonomous region begin to vote in parliamentary elections. (AFP)

  • Lebanon: Three people were arrested in the Western Bekaa region for possessing weapons and explosives. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: New Mac malware found in the wild has been linked to the Syrian Electronic Army. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Pabuk)

    • Location: 339 NM SE of Iwo To

    • Movement: NW at 9 mph

    • Winds: 46 mph

    • Map

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 17E (Usagi)

    • Location: 261 NM S of Taipei, Taiwan

    • Movement: W at 11 mph

    • Winds: 138 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation

    • Location: 400 miles SSE of Bermuda

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation

    • Location: 50 miles S of Brownsville, Texas

    • Movement: N at 10 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)

      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 20SEP: 132 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 20SEP: 58 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22SEP)

  • Global: September Equinox; first day of autumn in northern hemisphere and first day of spring in southern hemisphere.

  • Bulgaria: Independence Day – 1908.

  • China: Verdict due in the case against politician Bo Xilai.

  • Germany: General elections.

  • Guinea: Campaigning ends for 24SEP elections.

  • Iran and Iraq: Anniversary of the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War – 1980.

  • Switzerland: Citizens will vote on three federal referendums.

  • Sri Lanka: First local council elections in former war zone in northeast.

 

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