ONS: 26 August 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Sudanese army recovered control of Ashambo area in Blue Nile State from the People’s Liberation Movement.
  • AMERICAS: The US Air Force removed the commander of a nuclear weapons unit at Malmstrom  AFB following a failed safety and security inspection.
  • ASIA: Japan scrambled fighter jets to head off a Chinese government plane flying towards disputed islands in the East China Sea
  • EUROPE: Greek PM Samaras called on his government to speed up the rate of austerity reforms as the country admitted that it may need a new bailout of 10 billion Euros.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were shelved after Israeli security forces shot dead three Palestinians during clashes in the West Bank.
  • TECHNOLOGY: German publication Der Spiegel reported that the NSA successfully hacked the UN by way of cracking the encryption code needed for the organisation’s internal videoconferencing calls.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UK suggests intervention without unanimous UN backing possible as UN investigations begins.
    • British Foreign Secretary Hague said it would be possible to respond to chemical weapons use in Syria without the unanimous backing of the UNSC.
    • A six-car convoy of UN inspectors left a Damascus hotel and headed to the site of what is widely believed to be a poison gas attack.
    • The US said there was “very little doubt” Syrian forces had used chemical weapons on civilians.
    • Russian FM Lavrov warned US Secretary Kerry over the “extremely dangerous consequences” of launching military action against the Syrian regime.
    • Syrian President Assad said Western claims his regime used chemical weapons were an “insult to common sense” and warned the US it faced failure if it attacked Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The US condemned rebel attacks on civilians and UN peacekeepers in the country. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The army recovered control of Ashambo area in Blue Nile State from the People’s Liberation Movement. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The ruling Islamic party Ennahdha reportedly accepted the idea of forming a government of technocrats. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos called on the country to reject violence in the midst of an ongoing nationwide strike and clashes between government troops and FARC. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The Air Force removed the commander of a nuclear weapons unit at Malmstrom  AFB following a failed safety and security inspection. (AP)
  • United States: A California wildfire burning on the northern tip of Yosemite National Park now threatens San Francisco’s water and electricity supply. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan President Karzai held talks with Pakistan’s PM Sharif. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Five Taliban insurgents and an Afghan soldier were killed in a militant attack on an Army base in the east of the country.(DPA)
  • Indonesia: US Defense Secretary Hagel held talks in the country as part of a tour to bolster US ties with Southeast Asia. (AFP)
  • Japan: Authorities scrambled fighter jets to head off a Chinese government plane flying towards disputed islands in the East China Sea. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Tens of thousands of people gathered in a central Manila park to protest against embedded corruption in the Philippine political system. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: South Ossetian President Tibilov said his country and Moldova’s breakaway republic of Transdniestria intend to step up political and economic contacts by renovating the 1994 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation. (Itar-Tass)
  • Greece: PM Samaras called on his government to speed up the rate of austerity reforms as the country admitted that it may need a new bailout of 10 billion Euros. (DPA)
  • Turkey: FM Davutoglu said the country would join an international coalition against Syria even if the UNSC failed to reach a consensus on the issue. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were shelved after Israeli security forces shot dead three Palestinians during clashes in the West Bank. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Militants in police uniforms claiming to be carrying out a security operation kidnapped and killed six men in a pre-dawn attack north of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli security forces killed three Palestinians and wounded 19 others in a clash in the West Bank’s Qalandiya refugee camp. (AFP)
  • Syria: Mortar shells hit the center of Damascus wounding three. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: German publication Der Spiegel reported that the NSA successfully hacked the UN by way of cracking the encryption code needed for the organisation’s internal videoconferencing calls. (FastCompany)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 14W (Fourteen)
    • Location: 242 NM ENE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Fernand
    • Location: 60 miles NW of Veracruz, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 45 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 (27AUG)

  • Jordan: Municipal elections.
  • Moldova: Independence Day – 1991.

 

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