ONS: 26 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for “orderly counting” following the “generally peaceful” first round of presidential elections in Madagascar.
  • AMERICAS: US authorities seized an estimated $28 million USD in the digital currency bitcoin from the alleged owner of “Silk Road.”
  • ASIA: A gunfight broke out between Afghan and foreign soldiers near Kabul, leaving at least one Afghan serviceman dead and a number of other soldiers injured.
  • EUROPE: Georgian PM Ivanishvili said he will not try to jail President Saakashvili when he steps down after Sunday’s election.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian authorities hanged 16 “rebels” following overnight clashes in which 14 border guards were killed on the frontier with Pakistan.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA’s website went down due to an “internal error” amid speculation of a cyberattack.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Regional instability continues to escalate.
    • Syrian Kurds seized the Al-Yaarubia border crossing on the Iraqi border from jihadists.
    • The UN-Arab League envoy Brahimi arrived in Tehran for talks.
    • Berlin expressed concern at the growing number of Germany-based Islamists heading to Syria, with the current count at “well over 210 people.”
    • The jihadist Al-Nusra Front said that its leader was in good health after state television had reported his death.
    • At least 40 were killed in a car bomb explosion at a mosque in Suq Wadi Barada near Damascus.
    • Coverage: AFPAFP-2AFP-3AFP-4AFP-5DPA

 

AFRICA

  • Madagascar: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for “orderly counting” following the “generally peaceful” first round of presidential elections. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan, South: Ten soldiers were imprisoned for human rights abuses perpetrated during a 2012 campaign to disarm fighters from warring communities. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Security forces arrested at least 15 people suspected of involvement in recent armed clashes south of Tunis. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Experts from a panel under the UNSC’s sanctions committee conducted investigations into the North Korean cargo ship seized in Panama in July. (Kyodo)
  • Brazil: Police and protesters demanding free public transport clashed near a bus station in Sao Paulo. (BBC)
  • Chile: Government Spokeswoman Perez denied President Pinera is connected with what is considered to be the country’s biggest financial scandal ever. (Xinhua)
  • United States: US authorities seized an estimated $28 million USD in the digital currency bitcoin from the alleged owner of “Silk Road.” (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A gunfight broke out between Afghan and foreign soldiers near Kabul, leaving at least one Afghan serviceman dead and a number of other soldiers injured. (Reuters)
  • China: A top Chinese leader has promised “unprecedented” economic and societal reforms at the Communist Party’s much anticipated plenum meeting next month. (Reuters)
  • India: Border guards shot dead three Pakistani drug smugglers with 24 kgs of heroin as they tried to sneak into Indian territory near Wagah. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe said the country was ready to be more assertive against China. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: An Air Force Major was taken into custody for allegedly leaking confidential information to China. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: PM Ivanishvili said he will not try to jail President Saakashvili when he steps down after Sunday’s election. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn will hold a demonstration against the recent indictment of several key members in a government crackdown. (AFP)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy instructed the country’s FM Margallo to summon the US Ambassador to Madrid Costos to explain reports of American spying on the country. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government denied reports the country has temporarily stopped enriching uranium to the 20 percent level. (AFP)
  • Iran: The authorities hanged 16 “rebels” following overnight clashes in which 14 border guards were killed on the frontier with Pakistan. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Three people were killed and five others injured in Tripoli as clashes continued for the sixth consecutive day between the rival neighborhoods of Bab El Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The NSA’s website went down due to an “internal error” amid speculation of a cyberattack. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 26W (Francisco)
    • Location: 322 NM SSW of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: ENE at 23 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 28W (Lekima)
    • Location: 565 NM ESE of Misawa, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 44 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Raymond
    • Location: 690 mi S of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 475km (295mi) ENE of Tokyo, Japan
    • Magnitude: 7.5
    • Depth: 10.0 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 (27OCT)

  • Argentina: Legislative elections
  • Georgia: Presidential elections
  • India: Anniversary of Indian troops arriving in Kashmir – 1947
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of army chief Mohammad Ayub Khan seizing power – 1958
  • Syria: OCPW to file initial report on chemical weapons
  • Tunisia: Tentative date for elections
  • Turkmenistan: Anniversary of independence – 1991
  • UAE: IAEA Conference on Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources (to 31OCT)

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