ONS: 25 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian MEND rebels in the Niger Delta said they are in contact with the kidnappers of two US mariners and can help ensure their safety.
  • AMERICAS: Panamanian Security Minister Mulino said two North Korean diplomats left the country after trying to settle the status of the crew of a ship seized in July.
  • ASIA: The DPRK returned six detained South Koreans at the Panmunjom truce village.
  • EUROPE: Polls opened in the Czech legislative election where voters are expected to hand power to the left-wing opposition.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Norway said it would not be able to accommodate a request from the US to help destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal on its soil.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Al Jazeera America is to expand its US distribution by millions of homes after reaching a deal to run on Time Warner Cable systems.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Backlash to NSA spying claims continues to escalate.
    • The Guardian newspaper said the US monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders according to classified documents leaked by Snowden.
    • The memo indicates that the NSA encourages senior officials in its “customer” departments to share their “Rolodexes”.
    • EU President Rompuy said France and Germany will “seek bilateral talks with the US” to reach an understanding by year’s end on the conduct of intelligence gathering among allies.
    • In a statement, 28 EU leaders “underlined the close relationship between Europe and the US and the value of that partnership.”
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Reuters

 

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Fighting resumed between the army and M23 rebels. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The ICC ruled that VP Ruto must attend his crimes against humanity trial at the ICC and can only be excused under “exceptional circumstances.” (AFP)
  • Madagascar: A district chief was killed as violence flared up during the first presidential vote after a coup four years ago. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: MEND rebels in the Niger Delta said they are in contact with the kidnappers of two US mariners and can help ensure their safety. (AP)
  • Tunisia: The brokers of talks between the ruling islamists and the opposition said they will attempt to begin the talks despite doubts over who will attend. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government said it would deploy more than 90,000 troops to safeguard the mid-term legislative elections. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested a man suspected of at least 79 killings related to drug cartel violence. (AFP)
  • Panama: Security Minister Mulino said two North Korean diplomats left the country after trying to settle the status of the crew of a ship seized in July. (AP)
  • Paraguay: President Cartes vowed to step up the presence of armed forces in the country’s northern region in the wake of an attack on police by the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) guerrilla group. (Xinhua)

 

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Fourteen Taliban rebels surrendered to authorities in Baghlan province. (Xinhua)
  • India: The government said at least 10 civilians were wounded in Pakistani cross border firing in Kashmir. (AP)
  • Japan: The cabinet approved a secrecy bill that would stiffen punishments for people who give away state secrets. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK returned six detained South Koreans at the Panmunjom truce village. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The military carried out a drill aimed at repelling foreign landings on disputed islands. (BBC)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU agreed to increase efforts to strengthen trade relations and bilateral cooperation with China. (Xinhua)
  • Czech Republic: Polls opened in a legislative election where voters are expected to hand power to the left-wing opposition. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The Minister for EU Affairs Bagis said the slow progress in membership talks is producing doubts in the country on the sincerity of the talks. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Russian President Putin said that it would be impossible for the country to join the Moscow-led Customs Union if it signed an association agreement with the EU. (Xinhua)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Director of Russia’s Drug Control Service Ivanov suggested Iran should be invited to join the Central Asian anti-drug quartet of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. (Itar-Tass)
  • Iraq: At least six people were killed and 14 others wounded in attacks around the country. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Deputy FM Elkin said the country and the EU will drift apart if they cannot compromise on new EU guidelines covering Jewish settlement on occupied land. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Norway said it would not be able to accommodate a request from the US to help destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal on its soil. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) warned it would take retributive action if authorities punish AQAP prisoners who made a failed attempt to escape jail. (Xinhua)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Al Jazeera America is to expand its US distribution by millions of homes after reaching a deal to run on Time Warner Cable systems. (NYT)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 26W (Francisco)
    • Location: 513 NM SW of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 17 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 28W (Lekima)
    • Location: 555 NM SSE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: N at 23 mph
    • Winds: 232 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% Chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1200 mi WSW of The Azores
    • Movement: NE at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Raymond
    • Location: 435 mi SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: 10 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 492 mi E of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 26.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 24OCT: 144 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 24OCT: 62 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26OCT)

  • El Salvador: Anniversary of Human Rights Commission’s Herbert Anaya’s assassination – 1987
  • Israel and Jordan: Anniversary of peace treaty between Israel and Jordan – 1994
  • Saudi Arabia: Activists have organized a protest in which women will defy the government’s ban on women driving

 

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