ONS: 27 August 2013

by admin on August 27, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunmen in Sudan’s Darfur region held two employees of the Red Cross after releasing six others.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian FM Patriota resigned after one of his diplomats acknowledged that he had helped a Bolivian senator accused of corruption cross the border into Brazil.
  • ASIA: The Afghan Taliban killed six government workers kidnapped in Herat.
  • EUROPE: In Russia, unidentified gunmen assassinated the head of Ingushetia’s Security Council Kotiev as he was being driven to work.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaeda in Yemen denied US allegations it is plotting massive attacks that prompted the closure of Western missions in the country this month.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The China Internet Network Information Centre reported that China was hit by the “largest ever” DDoS attack on its Internet structure, crashing the country’s .cn servers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US and UK expand Syria plans as Russia warns of intervention consequences.
    • British PM Cameron’s spokesman said Britain’s armed forces are drawing up contingency plans for military action in response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria.
    • The Washington Post reported that US President Obama is weighing a military strike against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration.
    • The US postponed a meeting with Russia on the Syrian crisis.
    • Russia warned a military intervention in Syria could have “catastrophic consequences” for the region and called on the international community to show “prudence” over the crisis.
    • Iran warned against foreign military intervention in Syria, saying the resulting conflict would engulf the region.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Hundreds of people fled their homes in Bangui after an attack on supporters of ousted President Bozize. (DPA)
  • DR Congo: Clashes continued between the M23 rebel group and the army in the east of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Authorities confirmed that at least 14 youth vigilantes were killed by suspected Boko Haram militants in an attack in Bama. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: More than 4,000 people were displaced in Borno State after a deadly attack by suspected Boko Haram militants last week. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Gunmen in Sudan’s Darfur region held two employees of the Red Cross after releasing six others. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: FM Patriota resigned after one of his diplomats acknowledged that he had helped a Bolivian senator accused of corruption cross the border into Brazil. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The military reported that a senior FARC leader nicknamed “Silver” was killed in an air strike. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The UN said it will approach the US government over a report by Der Spiegel that US intelligence agencies spied on video conferences by top UN officials. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The government said it arrested two foreign nationals who planned to assassinate President Maduro in a plot involving former Colombian head of state Alvaro Uribe. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Afghan Taliban killed six government workers kidnapped in Herat. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: PM Rudd said key naval assets could be relocated north to adapt to a changing security landscape and put personnel nearer to their fields of operation. (AFP)
  • India: At least four members of the Border Security Force were killed in an ambush by Maoist rebels in Orissa. (DPA)
  • Japan: The government voiced irritation over comments by UNSG Ban Ki-moon who called on Tokyo to improve ties with its neighbours. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The UN appealed for access to the country amid DPRK claims that the work of a UN inquiry was slanderous. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Croatia: The EU said the country could face legal action for failing to apply EU extradition law. (Reuters)
  • Kosovo: Amnesty International denounced the UN administration in Kosovo for failing to investigate the abduction and killings of Serbs in the aftermath of the 1998-99 war. (AP)
  • Russia: In Russia, unidentified gunmen assassinated the head of Ingushetia’s Security Council Kotiev as he was being driven to work. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in the West Bank city of Jericho. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: Polling stations opened in municipal elections. (AFP)
  • Syria: Japanese media reported that North Korea tried to export gas masks and weapons to Syria’s government. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda in Yemen denied US allegations it is plotting massive attacks that prompted the closure of Western missions in the country this month. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The China Internet Network Information Centre reported that China was hit by the “largest ever” DDoS attack on its Internet structure, crashing the country’s .cn servers. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 14W (Kong-rey)
    • Location: 325 NM NNE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Klyuchevskoi Volcano, Russia
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 27AUG: 94 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 27AUG: 47 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-1 AFP

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28AUG)

  • Asia: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines and will meet with ASEAN defense ministers (to 03SEP).
  • Bahrain: National dialogue conference between government and opposition representatives to end the kingdom’s political impasse will resume.
  • Czech Republic: President Milos Zeman will formally dissolve the lower house of parliament in advance of upcoming elections.
  • United States: 50th anniversary of the March on Washington – 1963.

 

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