ONS: 22 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 22, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mozambican ex-rebel group Renamo staged a pre-dawn attack on a police station in Maringue hours after it declared the end of a peace deal signed 21 years ago.
  • AMERICAS: Local media in Uruguay reported that the government said the country plans to sell legal marijuana for 1 USD per gram to combat drug-trafficking.
  • ASIA: Amnesty International and HRW published separate reports on drones on the eve of talks between US President Obama and Pakistani PM Sharif.
  • EUROPE: The EU agreed to restart membership talks with Turkey on 05NOV after a three-year break.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli troops killed an Islamic Jihad militant said to be behind the 2012 bombing of a Tel Aviv bus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The IAEA reported that malicious software infected some agency computers in recent months but no data in its network is believed to have been compromised.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Regime and rebel forces continue to increase barriers to peace talks.
    • President Assad said the time is not ripe for peace talks in an interview with Al-Mayadeen.
    • US Secretary Kerry said that any attempt by President Assad to be re-elected would extend the country’s civil war.
    • A senior State Department official said the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria affiliated with al Qaeda has undermined the chances of negotiating an end to the conflict.
    • The “Friends of Syria” group of Western and Arab foreign ministers meets in London, hoping to persuade opposition leaders to attend the Geneva peace conference.
    • The US has given ten armored vehicles to the UN to help support efforts to verify and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Security forces arrested ten members of a suspected terrorist cell in Benghazi. (Xinhua)
  • Mozambique: Ex-rebel group Renamo staged a pre-dawn attack on a police station in Maringue hours after it declared the end of a peace deal signed 21 years ago. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Gunmen seriously wounded a television journalist in Mogadishu. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Bashir arrived in South Sudan for negotiations with President Kiir. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald claimed that the US has spied on all Latin American countries. (AFP)
  • Puerto Rico: US ICE agents seized 215 kilograms of cocaine in Guayanilla. (EFE)
  • United States: Army Chief of Staff GEN Odierno warned that budget cuts and misguided military planning could potentially cripple the US Army if reductions in troop levels are taken too far. (AFP)
  • Uruguay: Local media reported that the government said the country plans to sell legal marijuana for 1 USD per gram to combat drug-trafficking. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The government said it has not yet come to an agreement with the US on several issues in a bilateral security pact. (Retuers)
  • China: The government is set to defend its human rights record before a UN panel in Geneva. (BBC)
  • Maldives: The Elections Commission announced that a new poll would be held on 09NOV. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Amnesty International and HRW published separate reports on drones on the eve of talks between US President Obama and PM Sharif. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: US President Obama spoke with President Hollande about claims the NSA eavesdropped on millions of phone calls of French citizens. (AFP)
  • Germany: The Parliament is to meet for the first time since last month’s general election. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The EU agreed to restart membership talks with the country on 05NOV after a three-year break. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The PKK said rebels are ready to re-enter Turkey from northern Iraq unless Ankara resuscitates the peace process soon. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) submitted a proposal to unify visas for Gulf countries to GCC Interior Ministers. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Troops killed an Islamic Jihad militant said to be behind the 2012 bombing of a Tel Aviv bus. (AFP)
  • Israel: Polls opened in municipal elections amid expectations of low voter turn out. (AFP)
  • Yemen: HRW said US missile strikes, including armed drone attacks, have killed dozens of civilians in the country. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The IAEA reported that malicious software infected some agency computers in recent months but no data in its network is believed to have been compromised. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 26W (Francisco)
    • Location: 391 NM ESE of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 28W (Lekima)
    • Location: 706 NM ENE of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: NW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 121 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lorenzo
    • Location: 725 mi ESE of Bermuda
    • Movement: ENE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Raymond
    • Location: 85 mi SSW of Zihuatanejo, Mexico
    • Movement: Stationary
    • Winds: 115 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 (23OCT)

  • Global: Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, held in Hobart, Australia (to 01NOV)
  • Cambodia: Opposition calls for 3-day protest for UN intervention in disputed parliamentary elections (to 26OCT)
  • Hungary: Anniversary of Hungarian Rebellion – 1956
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of Beirut bombing that killed US and French troops -1983
  • Libya: Anniversary of the former rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) declaring Libya’s “total liberation” – 2011
  • Northern Ireland: Anniversary of IRA decommissioning weapons – 2001
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif Nawaz will raise issue of drone attacks with US President Barack Obama
  • Tunisia: Anniversary of Islamist party Ennahda winning first free elections – 2011

 

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