ONS: 25 August 2013

by admin on August 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The trial of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood chief Badie and his two deputies on charges of inciting the murder of protesters was adjourned to 29OCT.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of Colombian anti-riot police were deployed across the country as protests by agricultural workers spread further.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan paramilitary forces seized 500 kilograms of bomb-making material in a raid in the tribal area near the Afghan border.
  • EUROPE: Macedonian PM Gruevski  threatened to call a snap election unless the main opposition party did more to resolve a political deadlock that is damaging its EU membership prospects.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An explosive device hit a bus carrying Yemeni air force personnel to their Sanaa base, killing at least one person and wounding 25.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google expanded word search results to include synonyms, sample sentences, and some description of the word’s etymology.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Tensions escalate throughout region as US considers options
    • US Defense Secretary Hagel said the US military was ready to take action against the Syrian regime if ordered, but stressed that Washington was still evaluating claims.
    • The al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front vowed revenge strikes against Alawite villages over claims President Assad’s forces used chemical weapons.
    • Four hundred tonnes of arms have been sent into Syria from Turkey to boost insurgent capabilities in the past 24 hours.
    • Iranian Armed Forces Deputy Chief of Staff Jazayeri warned that the US will face “harsh consequences” if it intervenes in Syria.
    • Israeli President Peres called for an international effort to “take out” chemical weapons in the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The trial of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood chief Badie and his two deputies on charges of inciting the murder of protesters was adjourned to 29OCT. (AFP)
  • Libya: PM Zeidan said clashes between members of a western tribal group and people in the town of Zawiya left four dead. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: President Mayardit is to visit Sudan on 30AUG to hold talks with Sudanese President Bashir. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Thousands of anti-riot police were deployed across the country as protests by agricultural workers spread further. (BBC)
  • Colombia: FARC guerrillas killed 13 soldiers in an attack on an army patrol shortly after officials announced talks would resume Monday. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro accused opponents of having sabotaged an oil refinery that exploded and killed 42 people in 2012. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The armies of India and Pakistan targeted each other’s positions for the fifteenth day on line-of-control in Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: A mob attacked and burned Muslim properties in the northwest of the country. (DPA)
  • Japan: Authorities scrambled fighter jets as a pair of Russian military planes flew along the nation’s northern coastline. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Paramilitary forces seized 500 kilograms of bomb-making material in a raid in the tribal area near the Afghan border. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay arrived in the country on a weeklong visit. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian Interior Ministry officials met with their South Ossetian counterparts on to discuss further cooperation. (Itar-Tass)
  • Macedonia: PM Gruevski  threatened to call a snap election unless the main opposition party did more to resolve a political deadlock that is damaging its EU membership prospects. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Rescue services picked up more than 100 African migrants from boats in the Atlantic and Mediterranean sea. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Attacks around the country killed 11 people including five soldiers. (AFP)
  • Jordan: The country is set to go to the polls for municipal elections on 27AUG, with the main opposition Muslim Brotherhood set to boycott the election. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: President Suleiman warned of sedition and called on military and security authorities “to raise their readiness to the maximum.” (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: An explosive device hit a bus carrying Yemeni air force personnel to their Sanaa base, killing at least one person and wounding 25. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google expanded word search results to include synonyms, sample sentences, and some description of the word’s etymology. (Fast Company)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 01C (Pewa)
    • Location: 552 NM N of Wake Island
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Ivo
    • Location: 160 miles W of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 35 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 (26AUG)

  • Global: Pan-Pacific and South-East Asia Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) will host an international women’s conference in Suva, Fiji (to 30AUG).
  • Colombia: FARC will resume peace talks with the Colombian government after a “pause” to analyze President Juan Manuel Santos’ proposal that any eventual accord be submitted to a referendum.
  • Indonesia: Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa will meet UN Deputy SG Jan Eliasson.
  • Pakistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will visit Pakistan (to 28AUG).
  • Russia: Ukrainian PM Nikolai Azarov will visit Moscow, the agenda includes current issues of economic relations between Russia and Ukraine.
  • United States and United Kingdom: Yosuke Isozaki , a special advisor to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will visit the United States and Britain for talks with members of their security councils to prepare for the creation of a similar institution in Japan (to 30AUG).
  • Venezuela: A cruiser from the Russian Black Sea Fleet is set to arrive in the country after leaving Nicaragua.

 

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