ONS: 22 August 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 22, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian Federal Executive Council ratified a total of three UN conventions on arms trading, hostage taking and terrorism.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, media reported the FARC proposed conditions in negotiations with the government, to ensure its political participation.
  • ASIA: The Philippine government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front resumed peace talks in Malaysia.
  • EUROPE: Russian FM Lavrov received the chief Palestinian negotiator with Israel, Saeb Erakat, to discuss the restarted peace talks
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, the government apologized to southern secessionists for the 1994 civil war, hoping for renewed peace talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Declassified documents revealed that the US government spied on domestic communications until the practice was ruled illegal in 2011.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: President Assad’s forces bombarded the place of alleged gas attacks in Damascus.
    • French FM Fabius said a response with “force”, though not with troops on the ground, is needed if the chemical weapons assault is confirmed.
    • The UN chemical weapons inspectors said they were in talks with the government to negotiate access to location of alleged gas attacks.
    • Turkish FM Davutoglu said “all red lines” were crossed and lambasted the international community for its inaction.
    • Coverage: DPA, Reuters, Reuters-1, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Police in Cairo arrested Ahmed Aaref, the spokesperson of the Muslim Brotherhood. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: President Kenyatta signed a USD5 billion infrastructure deal with China. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Federal Executive Council ratified a total of three UN conventions on arms trading, hostage taking and terrorism. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Islamist group Boko Haram attacked a police station in the northeast of the country, resulting in the death of two officers and seven militants. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: A court issued an international arrest warrant for Seifallah Ben Hassin, leader of the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Media reported the FARC proposed conditions in negotiations with the government, to ensure its political participation. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Gunmen, some of whom posing as police, stole USD3 million in gold and platinum from a warehouse, where they were stored prior to shipment to the US. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: The government opened an international demining training center in the Chiltepe Peninsula, established with Russian support. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: Local media said over 10 were arrested when protesting coffee producers clashed with police. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea agreed to hold talks on Friday aimed at restarting reunions of families separated by the war between the two. (AP)
  • Australia: The UN Human Rights committee said the government broke global human rights rules when it denied refugees to contest their detention on security grounds. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front resumed peace talks in Malaysia. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: A court sentenced two Iranian men to 15 years and life for their involvement in a failed bomb plot last year in Bangkok. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU Justice Commissioner Reding said she was concerned about press freedom after the partner of a  Guardian journalist was detained recently. (AFP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov received the chief Palestinian negotiator with Israel, Saeb Erakat, to discuss the restarted peace talks. (AFP)
  • UK: The country’s broadcasting regulator fined an Islamic television channel £85,000 (USD133 million) for inciting violence. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Officials said gunmen killed five people, including two soldiers, the latest attack in a wave of violence in the country. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Security officials said unknown gunmen shot and killed a Hezbollah supporter and two others in Tripoli. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The government apologized to southern secessionists for the 1994 civil war, hoping for renewed peace talks. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Surveillance: Declassified documents revealed that the US government spied on domestic communications until the practice was ruled illegal in 2011. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 12W (Trami)
    • Location: 123 miles WNW from Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: W at 17 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
    • Tropical Storm 01C (Pewa)
      • Location: 322 miles NE from Wake Island
      • Movement: NNW at 13 mph
      • Winds: 40 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquake: San Marcos, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 12.4 miles
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (23AUG)

  • Croatia: EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has asked Zagreb to say when it will scrap the contested law obstructing the extradition of suspected Communist-era assassins, or face sanctions.
  • Egypt: Pro-Morsi supporters called for a “Friday of Martyrs” rally against the army
  • Jamaica: IMF team reviewing Jamaica’s quantitative targets and reform agenda will brief the press.
  • Madagascar: Presidential elections.
  • Zoroastrianism: Khordad Sal, the birthday of Zoraster, celebrated on this date in the Shenshai calendar.

 

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