ONS: 24 August 2013

by admin on August 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Fresh shelling in the DRC killed two people in Goma, a day after a newly-formed UN force for the first time took on M23 rebels.
  • AMERICAS: The FARC said it will resume peace talks with the government on 26AUG after a “pause” to analyze President Santos’s proposal that any eventual accord be submitted to a referendum.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Karzai confirmed that the country and the US restored talks over the proposed Bilateral Security Agreement.
  • EUROPE: The Belgian prosecutors office said a three-nation investigation led to the seizures of synthetic drug precursors with a street value of $1.7 billion in 30 raids in Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian FM Malki said Palestinians have “serious doubts” about Israel’s commitment to recently resumed peace talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook announced a feed algorithm change for Pages that gives more visibility to timely, relevant, sharable content from trusted sources and punishes Pages that ask people Like their posts.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US and regional powers assess options
    • US Defence Secretary Hagel strongly suggested the Pentagon was moving forces into place ahead of possible military action against Syria.
    • Military commanders from Western and Muslim countries are to meet in Jordan to discuss the impact of the conflict.
    • President Rowhani of Iran pointed to the use of chemical weapons in Syria for the first time.
    • UN Under Secretary General Kane arrived in Damascus for talks aimed at establishing the terms of an inquiry into alleged chemical weapons attacks.
    • The government said that rebel fighters used chemical weapons in a northeastern district of the capital.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, BBC, CNN, LaT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Shelling killed two people in Goma, a day after a newly-formed UN force for the first time took on M23 rebels. (AFP)
  • Ghana: The government stepped up security measures throughout the country ahead of a ruling by the Supreme Court in the landmark election petition case on 29AUG. (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: The army warned the neighbouring DRC in response to crossborder shelling that it will not stand by “indefinitely.” (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The UNSC voiced its “grave concern” over the rising cases of conflict and violence in the country. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: President Mayardit appointed Parliament Speaker James Wani Igga as Vice President. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC said it will resume peace talks with the government on 26AUG after a “pause” to analyze President Santos’s proposal that any eventual accord be submitted to a referendum. (EFE)
  • Paraguay: Police arrested five people, seized 1.8 tons of cocaine and dismantled a drug-trafficking ring with connections in Bolivia and Peru. (EFE)
  • United States: The NSA acknowledged that “very rare instances of willful violations of NSA’s authorities have been found”. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai called for next year’s election to be a US-style head-to-head contest between two candidates, and named three possible runners in the race. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai confirmed that the country and the US restored talks over the proposed Bilateral Security Agreement.. (Xinhua)
  • India: PM Singh appealed to the media, increasingly critical of his scandal-hit government, not to launch a “witch hunt” while investigating corruption. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s Red Cross announced a list of 500 potential candidates for reunions next month with their North Korean relatives. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Belgian prosecutors office said a three-nation investigation led to the seizures of synthetic drug precursors with a street value of $1.7 billion in 30 raids in Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland. (AP)
  • Czech Republic: President Zeman confirmed that the upcoming elections will be held on 25OCt to 26OCT. (Xinhua)
  • Georgia: Georgian officials criticized South Ossetian President Tibilov’s remark to the effect that the territory would never be part of Georgia. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bomb killed at least 25 and wounded at least 36 people in Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The US condemned two car bombings outside Sunni mosques in Tripoli that killed 42 people and injured hundreds. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: FM Malki said Palestinians have “serious doubts” about Israel’s commitment to recently resumed peace talks. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Facebook announced a feed algorithm change for Pages that gives more visibility to timely, relevant, sharable content from trusted sources and punishes Pages that ask people Like their posts. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 01C (Pewa)
    • Location: 525 NM NNE of Wake Island
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Ivo
    • Location: 180 miles W of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (25AUG)

  • Global: Indonesian FM Marty Natalegawa will meet with USNC President to discuss a peaceful solution for the Egypt crisis.
  • Egypt: Trial date for Muslim Brotherhood chief, his two deputies and three other group members for their alleged involvement in protesters’ deaths.
  • Egypt: Trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will resume.
  • Madagascar: Presidential elections.
  • Sri Lanka: UN rights chief Navi Pillay will begin a five-day visit in connection with allegations that Sri Lankan troops killed up to 40,000 civilians in the final stages of an ethnic war with Tamil rebels in 2009 (to 29AUG).
  • Ukraine: If the Ukrainian parliament adopts a law on repeat elections of members of the Verkhovna Rada in the troubled constituencies, elections will take place.
  • Uruguay: Independence Day – 1825.

 

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