ONS: 23 September 2013

by admin on September 23, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian FM Fahmy assured US Secretary Kerry that civilians arrested during recent protests would not face military trials.
  • AMERICAS: The OAS said it is preparing to send a mission to Haiti to help supervise elections.
  • ASIA: The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University reported that new satellite images suggest North Korea tested a long-range rocket engine last month.
  • EUROPE: Two Russian policemen were killed and at least 12 people were injured by a suicide car bomb near a police precinct in Dagestan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian pro-regime media reported that FM Muallem will head the country’s delegation to the annual UN General Assembly.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Gawker Media is set to announce updates to its Kinja content platform

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: Crisis escaltes as Shabab militants threaten hostages.
    • A spokesman for the al Shabab terror group, Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, said the hostages would be killed if security forces attack.
    • Kenyan authorities reported that sixty-eight people had died in the attack and 175 were injured.
    • The ICC excused Deputy President Ruto from his trial for crimes against humanity at the Hague for one week.
    • Security forces reported that they had “rescued more hostages” and suggested that the operation was in its final stages.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, LaT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: FM Fahmy assured US Secretary Kerry that civilians arrested during recent protests would not face military trials. (AFP)
  • Mali: President Keita promised to better equip the national army in a bid to prevent a repeat of the 2012 mutiny over the lack of resources to fight rebels in the north. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Bashir said that his government would reduce subsidies as part of reform measures to revive the economy. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: The OAS said it is preparing to send a mission to the country to help supervise elections. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Three members of the country’s security forces were arrested in connection with 1.3 tonnes of cocaine found by French police on 11SEP at CDG. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on improving bilateral relations. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A government intelligence official was killed by Taliban militants in Kunduz province. (DPA)
  • Korea, North: The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University reported that new satellite images suggest North Korea tested a long-range rocket engine last month. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb targeting police killed at least five people and wounded five others in Baluchistan province. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: Two policemen were killed and at least 12 people were injured by a suicide car bomb near a police precinct in Dagestan. (RIA Novosti)
  • Russia: The Vigilant Skies-2013 exercises of Russia and NATO to fight air terrorism began. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: President Gul said that extremists from Syria are slipping into the country despite heightened security precautions. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Troops continued to hunt for a suspected Palestinian gunman who killed a soldier in Hebron. (AFP)
  • Syria: Pro-regime media reported that FM Muallem will head the country’s delegation to the annual UN General Assembly. (AFP)
  • Syria: A local leader of al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was killed in clashes with other rebels in Idlib. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Gawker Media is set to announce updates to its Kinja content platform. (Bits)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Pabuk)
    • Location: 23 NM WSW of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (24SEP)

  • Global: UN Leaders’ Summit begins.
  • Cambodia: Constitution Day.
  • Guinea: Legislative elections.
  • Guinea: Independence Day – 1973.
  • Madagascar: Campaigning will begin for the first round of presidential elections (to 23OCT).
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of soldiers killing 35 Boko Haram Islamists in crackdown in NE city of Damaturu – 2012.
  • Nigeria: Upstream and Downstream Oil & Gas Expo 2013 in Abuja.

 

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