ONS: 22 September 2013

by admin on September 22, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said Guinea legislative elections were postponed until 28SEP for “final adjustments.”
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos announced the capture of a suspected leader and 17 other members of the criminal gang Los Rastrojos.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, suicide bombers attacked outside a church in Peshawar, killing at least 40 people and wounding 70.
  • EUROPE: French police have seized 1.3 tons of pure cocaine found on board an Air France cargo plane.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Damascus, a mortar shell hit the Russian embassy causing slight injuries to two people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Professional network LinkedIn Corp. was sued by customers alleging it appropriated their identities for marketing the site to nonmembers without their consent by hacking into their external email accounts and downloading contacts’ addresses.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: Casualties in attack on mall increase to 59.
    • Interior Minister Lenku said at least 59 people were killed and 175 wounded by 10 to 15 gunmen from al Shabaab.
    • The government said it has gained control of the closed-circuit television used to monitor the mall and has begun communicating with the gunmen.
    • President Kenyatta confirmed that ‘very close family members’ had been killed in the attack.
    • The al Shabaab militant group appeared to claim responsibility for the attack through Twitter and claimed it was in response to Kenya’s involvement in the AU force in Somalia.
    • Canada said two of its citizens were killed and the US said that the wife of a foreign service national working for USAID was killed.
    • Coverage: AFP, CNN, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The government regained control of four towns that had been held by Rwandan FDLR rebels. (AFP)
  • Guinea: The UN said the country’s legislative elections were postponed until 28SEP for “final adjustments.” (AFP)
  • Morocco: Transparency International said the country urgently needs to pass legislation guaranteeing access to information. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba and the US agreed to a preliminary Operational Procedure for Aeronautical and Marine Search and Rescue between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: President Santos announced the capture of a suspected leader and 17 other members of the criminal gang Los Rastrojos. (EFE)
  • Peru: Government officials said they plan to restart several large mining projects stalled by mass protests. (LAT)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of garment workers during a second day of protests over wages. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Suicide bombers attacked outside a church in Peshawar killing at least 40 people and wounding 70. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Four soldiers were killed and three wounded in a NPA ambush in Balingasag. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Police announced today that they seized 1.3 tons of pure cocaine found on board an Air France cargo plane on 11SEP. (AFP)
  • Germany: Polls opened in a general election with the Christian Democratic Union set to continue leading a governing coalition. (AP)
  • Switzerland: Polls opened for a referendum on ending the country’s military draft. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The government’s chief EU negotiator said the country will probably never join the EU because of prejudicial attitudes by the bloc’s existing members. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iranian Atomic Energy Agency chief Salehi said the country will take control of a Russian-built nuclear power station at Bushehr on Monday. (AFP)
  • Syria: The president of the opposition Syrian Coalition Jarba said the group would attend a proposed Geneva conference if it aims to establish a transitional government with full powers. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A mortar shell hit the Russian embassy in Damascus causing slight injuries to two people. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Professional network LinkedIn Corp. was sued by customers alleging it appropriated their identities for marketing the site to nonmembers without their consent by hacking into their external email accounts and downloading contacts’ addresses. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Pabuk)
    • Location: 174 NM SSE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 17W (Usagi)
    • Location: 144 NM E of Hong Kong, China
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 109 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 225 miles SE of Bermuda
    • 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

  • Global: 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council (to 27SEP).
  • Global: International Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking.
  • Cambodia: Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni will convene the first National Assembly session.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: African heads of state will meet to discuss the DR Congo in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly leaders’ summit.
  • Libya: Anniversary of Libyan authorities dissolving all militias and armed groups not under state authority – 2012.
  • Moldova: New PM Iurie Leanca and leader of republic of Transniestria, Yevgeny Shevchuk, will hold first meeting.
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of suicide bomb near church in the city of Bauchi, killing two and injuring dozens. Authorities announce a round-the-clock curfew – 2012.
  • Pakistan: PM Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will address UN General Assembly.
  • Russia: Russian and NATO forces will begin joint counterterrorism exercises across a number of geographical regions.
  • Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia National Day – 1932.

 

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