ONS: 24 September 2013

by admin on September 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Shell’s subsidiary in Nigeria said it defered exports of 150,000 barrels of oil per day because of sabotage to its pipeline.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian President Morales said the US was meddling in his country’s national affairs through its aid agency.
  • ASIA: Police in Afghanistan announced the arrest in Kabul of a Taliban key commander named Mahzullah in a recent raid.
  • EUROPE: The Russian government opened a piracy probe over a Greenpeace protest against  Gazprom’s Arctic exploration and prepared to prosecute the activists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Spanish newspaper El Periodico said its special correspondent in Syria Marc Marginedas was kidnapped by rebels there.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s first free trade zone will allow access to banned websites  such as Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Times.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: Militants said they were still holding hostages at the Westgate mall.
    • Police forces said they were defusing explosives in the shopping center
    • Al Shabaab’s media office denied rumors that Americans and a Briton were among the attackers
    • ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda offered Tuesday to help prosecute the militants responsible for the siege
    • Coverage: Reuters, Reuters-1, AFP, AFP-1

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Countries neighboring Congo vowed not to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries as part of commitments to implement a peace agreement. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Shell’s subsidiary in the country said it defered exports of 150,000 barrels of oil per day because of sabotage to its pipeline. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The government urged regional cooperation and a common approach in dealing with terrorism. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales said the US was meddling in his country’s national affairs through its aid agency. (Xinhua)
  • El Salvador: The electoral tribunal announced that presidential elections will take place on 2FEB14. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The country’s ambassador to the UN asked the organization to guarantee respect for President Maduro by the US at the General Assembly.  (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and China held their first joint forum on public diplomacy, in efforts to strengthen non-government-level cooperation. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: Police announced the arrest in Kabul of a Taliban key commander named Mahzullah in a recent raid. (Xinhua)
  • China: The Commerce Ministry published a list of items and technologies banned from export to North Korea, due to their possible use in nuclear weapons. (AP)
  • Japan: A local fisheries body reported that fishing off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture is set to resume this week. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU was “not satisfied” with the US response on allegations that it spied on bank transfers, jeopardizing a new data sharing agreement. (DPA)
  • Greece: Civil servants launched a second 48-hour strike in two weeks, to protest job cuts in the government necessitated by international bailout terms. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government opened a piracy probe over a Greenpeace protest against  Gazprom’s Arctic exploration and prepared to prosecute the activists. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Media reported the government freed an Iranian-Canadian who was imprisioned for five years on charges of espionage, after being initially sentenced to death. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A bomb killed 15 during a Sunni funeral in Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Spanish newspaper El Periodico said its special correspondent in Syria Marc Marginedas was kidnapped by rebels there. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The defense ministry reported that an air force officer was killed in Sanaa, the second case in two days. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Censorship: China’s first free trade zone will allow access to banned websites  such as Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Times. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 19W (Pabuk)
    • Location: 635 miles S from Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 75 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 (25SEP)

  • Africa: Pan-African Women’s Day.
  • Japan: Anniversary of 8.0 earthquake offshore of Hokkaido – 2003.
  • Korean Peninsula: Reunions of relatives separated by Korean War will be held at North Korea’s Mount Kumgang resort (to 30SEP).
  • South America: Anniversary of Bank of the South, billed as alternative to International Monetary Fund – 2009.
  • Judaism: Hoshanah Rabbah; end of Sukkot.

 

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