ONS: 26 September 2013

by admin on September 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian interim FM Fahmy said his country’s relations with the US are “unsettled” as the country tries to redefine its national interests.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan president Maduro announced he canceled his trip to the UN General Assembly after alleged threats against his life.
  • ASIA: Indian police reported militants dressed as soldiers killed 7 at a police base in the Indian part of Kashmir.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities arrested recaptured the 17 members of the Kurdish Workers’ Party who escaped from a prison a day earlier.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi police said 22 people were killed and 51 wounded in shooting and bombing attacks across the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter announced the creation of Twitter Alerts, a new feature that updates with important information during crisis.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: The Shabab leader called massacre a ‘message to Westerners’.
    • Militants attacked a security post near the border with Somalia and killed two police officers.
    • The US State Department renewed its global terrorism alert in the aftermath of the attack.
    • Coverage: AFPAPAP-1

 

AFRICA

  • CAR: Top officials from the UN, EU and France urged humanitarian action to deal with “a desperate humanitarian crisis” in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Interim FM Fahmy said his country’s relations with the US are “unsettled” as the country tries to redefine its national interests. (AP)
  • Sudan: Medics said at least 29 were killed in three days during mass demonstrations against the government’s elimination of fuel subsidies. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Protesters demonstrated in Tunis to pressure the government into accepting an agreement with the main unions on ending the political crisis. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC rejected President Santos’s UN speech on the peace process talks with the movement. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Governmental forces killed 12 FARC rebels and arrested another in a southwestern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro announced he canceled his trip to the UN General Assembly after alleged threats against his life. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials said an Afghan soldier shot at his NATO trainers, wounding several and killing one. (AFP)
  • India: Police reported militants dressed as soldiers killed 7 at a police base in the Indian part of Kashmir. (AFP)
  • Japan: Workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant discovered a hole in a barrier meant to keep radioactive particles contained. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Officials said militants fired rockets at a disaster relief helicopter flying over Balochistan province, but missed. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The intelligence service activated wiretaps on members of Golden Dawn to look for evidence of involvement in a recent murder. (AFP)
  • Portugal: About 1000 people demonstrated against austerity measures in Lisbon. (Xinhua)
  • Slovenia: Military and police authorities criticized government-approved supplementary cuts to their budgets for 2014. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Authorities arrested recaptured the 17 members of the Kurdish Workers’ Party who escaped from a prison a day earlier. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif said his government is ready for high-level talks with the US. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Police said 22 people were killed and 51 wounded in shooting and bombing attacks across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Officials announced some restrictions on the impoverished Gaza Strip and West Bank would be softened. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi vowed to eradicate terrorism in the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Twitter announced the creation of Twitter Alerts, a new feature that updates with important information during crisis. (ReadWriteWeb)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Pabuk)
    • Location: 508 miles SSE from Misawa, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 29 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 101km WSW of Puerto Madero, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10.4 km
    • Map
  • 50km S of Acari, Peru
    • Magnitude: 7.0
    • Depth: 40 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Telica, Nicaragua
    • Spewed ash 165ft into the air
  • 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 (27SEP)

  • Global: Anniversary of foundation of Google – 1998.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of fall of Kabul against opposition militia – 1996.
  • Aruba: Parliamentary elections.
  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of 90-mph cyclone, which resulted in 500 missing, 51 killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated – 1997.
  • India: PM Manmohan Singh will visit White House to discuss trade and security issues.
  • Iran: UN-Iran nuclear talks set to resume.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Joint anti-terrorist exercise of special assignment units from the Commonwealth of Independent States “Ala-Too Anti-Terror 2013” will end.
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif will address UN General Assembly.
  • United States: Annual meeting of IMF and World Bank in Washington, DC.

 

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