ONS: 24 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US special envoy for the Great Lakes region Feingold said peace talks between the DR Congo and M23 rebels in Kampala have not collapsed.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s Constitutional Court struck down an expansion of the military justice system.
  • ASIA: The DPRK said it will return six unidentified South Koreans across the two countries’ heavily-militarized land border.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel will discuss covert US surveillance in Europe with French President Hollande.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian authorities continued to gradually restore power after a rebel attack on a gas pipeline caused widespread outages.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said the first-ever non-Latin language website address domains have been approved.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: PM Sharif wraps up US visit amid increased focus on US drone program.
    • The Washington Post reported that top officials in Pakistan’s government have for years secretly endorsed the US drone program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts.
    • Markings on CIA documents indicate that many of them were prepared by the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center specifically to be shared with Pakistan’s government.
    • PM Sharif called on US President Barack Obama to end drone strikes.
    • US President Obama did not comment on the drone program when addressing reporters.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The US special envoy for the Great Lakes region Feingold said peace talks between the government and M23 rebels in Kampala have not collapsed. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: Local media reported that Police Inspector General Kimaiyo threatened journalists with arrest after they reported on looting and disarray among security forces during the massacre in Westgate shopping mall. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called on the government and the former Renamo rebels to stop violence and engage in dialogue amid an escalation in violence. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Violence and street protests postponed talks intended to end a political standoff preventing the completion of a new constitution. (NYT)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Police in recent days arrested 15 people allegedly linked to the ambush in La Paz in which three anti-drug agents and a doctor died (EFE)
  • Colombia: The country’s Constitutional Court struck down an expansion of the military justice system. (AP)
  • Colombia: A rights activist was killed in Antioquia. (EFE)
  • United States: A lawyer for a September 11 terror suspect reported that medical records show he sustained a head injury while interrogated by the CIA that triggered lasting health problems. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The government said it will massively boost its food and basic supplies imports in the next two months to counter shortages and high inflation. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Paramilitary soldiers were deployed in Chittagong ahead of planned opposition rallies amid a ban on demonstrations. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: Police seized 133 kilos of heroin in the country’s biggest seizure of the drug this year. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: Thousands of opposition supporters continued their protest against the disputed July’s election by marching to the embassies of the US, the UK, and France in order to submit petition. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The government began preparing for a 01NOV to 18NOV military exercise focused on the ability to protect its remote islands amid a territorial tensions with China. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government said it will return six unidentified South Koreans across the two countries’ heavily-militarized land border. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel will discuss covert US surveillance in Europe with French President Hollande. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government dismissed the head of the consumer protection agency. (AFP)
  • Turkey: US Ambassador Ricciardone said the US is talking to the government about its concern over Ankara’s decision to co-produce a long-range air and missile defense system with a Chinese firm under US sanctions. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes broke out in Syria between Kurdish fighters and jihadists near the Iraqi border. (AFP)
  • Israel: International Affairs Minister Steinitz said there were “small differences” with the US over the Iranian nuclear issue. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Security officials said at least six people were killed and 50 wounded in fighting in Tripoli over the past four days. (AP)
  • Syria: Authorities continued to gradually restore power after a rebel attack on a gas pipeline caused widespread outages. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said the first-ever non-Latin language website address domains have been approved. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 26W (Francisco)
    • Location: 114 NM ESE of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: N at 8 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 28W (Lekima)
    • Location: 352 NM SE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 150 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Lorenzo
    • Location: 1020 mi E of Bermuda
    • Movement: ENE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Raymond
    • Location: 305 mi SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, North Sumatra, Indonesia
    • Ash plume (AP)
  • 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 (25OCT)

  • Bangladesh: The Bangladesh National Party (BNP) has called for supporters to stage protests to force PM Hasina to resign.
  • Belarus: Minsk will host summit of presidents of CIS member-states
  • Czech Republic: Parliamentary Elections
  • Grenada: Anniversary of US invasion – 1963
  • Iraq: Anniversary of twin suicide bombs killing 155 and wounding more than 720 in Baghdad – 2009
  • Japan and United States: Joint military exercise in Kochi prefecture
  • Madagascar: First round of presidential elections
  • Zambia: Anniversary of independence from Britain – 1964

 

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