ONS: 25 September 2013

by admin on September 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Muslim Brotherhood’s website reported that security forces closed the headquarters of the movement’s newspaper in Cairo and confiscated material.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian Defense Ministry said nine presumed FARC rebels were killed by the army in the southern province of Caqueta.
  • ASIA: The Chinese government executed a street food vendor for fatally stabbing two security officials, provoking public outcry against the death penalty.
  • EUROPE: The Italian Coastguard said three boats carrying over 700 asylum-seekers landed on the island of Lampedusa.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu called Iranian President Rowhani’s address before the UN General Assembly “cynical” and “hypocritical.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: International media reported that the NSA spied on the Indian embassy in Washington and the Indian UN office in New York.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: Shebab said 137 hostages were killed in Nairobi mall attack.
    • Forensic experts from Britain, the US and Israel joined local investigators in analyzing the scene of the attack.
    • President Uhuru Kenyatta called for three days of national mourning for the victims.
    • Britain confirmed a British man was arrested in Kenya in connection with the siege, but did not provide further details.
    • Coverage: AFP, Xinhua, AFP, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: The country joined six UN conventions, treaties and protocols dealing with protection of citizens’ political, economic and social rights. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood’s website reported that security forces closed the headquarters of the movement’s newspaper in Cairo and confiscated material. (AFP)
  • Mali: The UN reported it received allegations of sexual abuse by its peacekeeping forces in the country. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Police said one person was killed during clashes between police and anti-government protesters rallying against removal of fuel subsidies. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Defense Ministry said nine presumed FARC rebels were killed by the army in the southern province of Caqueta. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Police seized a ton of marijuana camouflaged in a truck carrying oranges on a road near Armenia city. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: The Council of Ministers approved some “strategic” development measures, including free-market features, to modernize the country’s economic model. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian PM Singh confirmed an upcoming meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Authorities closed more than 100 garment factories amid violent mass protests by workers demanding higher wages. (AP)
  • China: The government executed a street food vendor for fatally stabbing two security officials, provoking public outcry against the death penalty. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A 7.7 earthquake hit Balochistan province, injured over 300 people, claimed 245 lives, and caused extensive material damage. (DPA)
  • Taiwan: The military announced it received the first of 12 anti-submarine aircraft it purchased from the US, as it strengthens its naval defenses. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Greek authorities raided the offices of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and arrested a police officer linked to extreme right politicians. (AFP)
  • Italy: The Coastguard said three boats carrying over 700 asylum-seekers landed on the island of Lampedusa. (AFP)
  • Russia: Greenpeace reported that 30 of its activists who protested an oil rig platform in the Arctic are held in detention centers in Murmansk. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Local media reported that 18 inmates belonging to the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party escaped from a jail in Bingol province. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A US citizen was sentenced to 10 years in jail after being charged for attempted murder during a demonstration for more rights for Shiites. (Reuters)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu called Iranian President Rowhani’s address before the UN General Assembly “cynical” and “hypocritical.” (DPA)
  • Saudi Arabia: Official media reported two National Guard soldiers died in an accidental blast during a training mission near Riyadh. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-spying: International media reported that the NSA spied on the Indian embassy in Washington and the Indian UN office in New York. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 19W (Pabuk)
    • Location: 416 miles S from Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 103 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Awaran, Pakistan
    • Magnitude: 7.7
    • Depth: 20 km
    • Map
  • 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 (26SEP)

  • Europe: International investment forum Sochi 2013 will begin (to 29SEP).
  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: A partial freeze of West Bank settlement building expired, leading to the collapse of direct talks – 2010.
  • United States: UN General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) meeting in New York City.
  • Judaism: Simchat Torah begins at sundown (to 27SEP).

 

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