ONS: 23 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 23, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The presidents of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) appointed Cameroonian Army GEN Tchumental as the commander of the African-led International Support Mission for the Central African Republic (MISCA).
  • AMERICAS: White House national security official Jofi Joseph was dismissed after being identified as the source of anonymous tweets insulting the administration.
  • ASIA: NATO Defense Ministers rejected recent criticism by Afghan President Karzai of the impact of ISAF in the country.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan defended a controversial decision to enter talks with China to buy the country’s first long-range anti-missile system, but said no deal had yet been finalized.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, gunmen and suicide bombers driving explosives-rigged vehicles launched a wave of coordinated attacks in Anbar province killing 25 police and three civilians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: British Defense Secretary Hammond said the government may recruit convicted computer hackers to a new military unit, the Joint Cyber Reserve unit, dedicated to combatting cyber-attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • India: Government signs border defense agreement with China as tensions with Pakistan escalate.
    • Indian PM Singh witnessed the signing of the agreement on border defense cooperation alongside Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
    • In April India accused Chinese troops of intruding 20 kilometers into Indian-held territory sparking a three-week standoff.
    • India accused Pakistani troops of firing guns and mortars on at least 50 Indian border posts overnight in disputed Kashmir, with one guard killed and six injured at the Arnia post.
    • Border Security Force spokesman Vinod Yadav called the latest skirmishes the most serious in a decade.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CSM, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The presidents of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) appointed Cameroonian Army GEN Tchumental as the commander of the African-led International Support Mission for the Central African Republic (MISCA). (Xinhua)
  • Niger: Save the Children reported that the country has made the most progress worldwide on reducing child mortality since 1990. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Islamic police in Kano arrested and publicly displayed several alleged Islamic law transgressors. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos called for greater progress in talks with the FARC. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: Police used tear gas on protesters demonstrating against the arrest of an opposition lawyer who accused the president’s wife and son of corruption. (AFP)
  • Mexico: FM Meade announced he will summon the US ambassador following NSA spying allegations. (CNN)
  • United States: White House national security official Jofi Joseph was dismissed after being identified as the source of anonymous tweets insulting the administration. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO Defense Ministers rejected recent criticism by President Karzai of the impact of ISAF in the country. (AFP)
  • Burma: The government and the rebel Kayinni National Progressive Party reaffirmed commitment to push ahead with a nationwide ceasefire accord. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: Thousands of opposition supporters staged a demonstration amid high security over disputed elections. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Four members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were killed and four others were injured when two MILF groups fought each other in Maguindanao. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: Local media reported that the military will strengthen its efforts to stop spying by China despite eased tensions, and will reinstate an anti-espionage unit abolished 12 years ago. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: President Aliyev replaced Defense Minister Abiyev in a surprise move and replaced him with Interior Troop Commander Gasanov. (AFP)
  • France: US DNI Clapper said French newspaper reports about US espionage activities abroad contained inaccurate and misleading information. (AFP)
  • Luxembourg: Head of State Grand Duke Henri appointed an “informer” to help in the formation of a new government unlikely to include PM Juncker. (DPA)
  • Russia: The government said it will boycott maritime court hearings sought by the Netherlands over 30 crew members of a Greenpeace ship. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan defended a controversial decision to enter talks with China to buy the country’s first long-range anti-missile system, but said no deal had yet been finalized.  (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen and suicide bombers driving explosives-rigged vehicles launched a wave of coordinated attacks in Anbar province killing 25 police and three civilians. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The US said relations with the country remain strong, amid reports that the country was seeking to distance itself from the US amid differences over Syria. (AFP)
  • Syria: Authorities released 14 women detainees as part of a weekend hostage exchange. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: British Defense Secretary Hammond said the government may recruit convicted computer hackers to a new military unit, the Joint Cyber Reserve unit, dedicated to combatting cyber-attacks. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 26W (Francisco)
    • Location: 197 NM SE of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 28W (Lekima)
    • Location: 469 NM NE of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 161 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lorenzo
    • Location: 940 mi E of Bermuda
    • Movement: E at 8 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Raymond
    • Location: 120 mi S of Zihuatanejo, Mexico
    • Movement: Stationary
    • Winds: 75 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 (24OCT)

  • Global: Anniversary of the start of United Nations – 1945
  • Global: United Nations Day
  • China and Mali: Anniversary of establishment of Mali-China bilateral ties – 1960
  • Europe: European Union summit to begin in Brussels (to 25OCT)
  • North Korea: Anniversary of US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meeting with Kim Jong-Il – 2000

 

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