ONS: 27 September 2013

by admin on September 27, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somalia’s Shebab rebels threatened more attacks against Kenya in a Twitter message.
  • AMERICAS: The Panama Canal Authority said it imposed a USD1 million fine on the North Korean cargo ship caught with Cuban weapons onboard in July.
  • ASIA: Pakistani officials reported an explosion on a bus full of government employees killed at least 17 and wounded at least 50 in Peshawar.
  • EUROPE: French police arrested six men for involvement in the theft of gold bars valued at USD21 million from an Air France plane flying to Zurich.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Abbas said at the UN that US-brokered peace talks are a “last chance” for agreement with Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Russian antivirus vendor Kaspersky said it found links between a hacker group in Asia and the cyberattack on Japan’s parliament in 2011.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN Security Council agreed on a draft resolution on Syria.
    • US and Russian assessments concluded that Syria’s stockpile of chemical agents is largely “unweaponized” and thus easier to destroy.
    • The world’s chemical watchdog agency scheduled talks on the elimination of the country’s chemicals for Friday.
    • A draft decision by the OPCW, the nuclear watchdog agency, said inspection of weapons sites must start by Tuesday.
    • Coverage: IndependentAFPAFP-1AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Somalia’s Shebab rebels threatened more attacks against Kenya in a Twitter message. (AFP)
  • Mali: Tuareg rebels suspended peace talks with the government, citing Bamako’s non-respect of the terms agreed upon in June. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Rights groups in the country said security forces deliberately shot people demonstrating against fuel subsidy cuts, claiming the dead exceed 100. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe accused the US and Britain of trying to control his nation and its resources, through “illegal and filthy sanctions.” (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Dominican Republic: The country’s highest court ruled to take away the citizenship of thousands, mostly Haitian, born to parents who entered the country illegally. (AP)
  • Panama: The Panama Canal Authority said it imposed a USD1 million fine on the North Korean cargo ship caught with Cuban weapons onboard in July. (AFP)
  • US: The Senate scheduled a vote for Friday to try and pass an emergency spending bill, in order to prevent a government shutdown. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Japan Coast Guard reported four China Coast Guard ships entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, South: The country’s trade commission recognized damage to five local firms from the free trade agreement with the European Union. (Yonhap)
  • Pakistan: Officials reported an explosion on a bus full of government employees killed at least 17 and wounded at least 50 in Peshawar. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Government forces killed another 15 MNLF fighters in continued clashes in Zamboanga City. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Police arrested six men for involvement in the theft of gold bars valued at USD21 million from an Air France plane flying to Zurich. (AFP)
  • France: The government confirmed the end of the recession in the second quarter of the year, showing growth of 0.5 percent, but with a shrinking level of investment. (AFP)
  • Greece: Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn threatened to pull its members from government in order to disrupt politics in the country. (AFP)
  • Russia: A court in Murmansk sentenced 22 of the 30 detained Greenpeace activist of to arrest for two months for piracy. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Officials reported a clash between protesters and police, ahead of a demonstration to demand the release from jail of a prominent Shiite former MP.  (AFP)
  • Iran: Senior officials and the IAEA started talks in Vienna over the country’s alleged nuclear weapons program. (DPA)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas said at the UN that US-brokered peace talks are a “last chance” for agreement with Israel. (Al Jazeera)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Hacking: Russian antivirus vendor Kaspersky said it found links between a hacker group in Asia and the cyberattack on Japan’s parliament in 2011. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 20W (Twenty) Warning #03A
    • Location: 539 miles E from Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report. 
  • 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 (28SEP)

  • Cyprus: Judicial inquiry committee investigating Cyprus is expected to prepare a report.
  • Guinea: Anniversary of Army massacre of opposition protesters – 2009.
  • Guinea: Legislative elections.
  • Kuwait: Municipal elections.
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of self-rule in West Bank – 1995.
  • Sudan: Amira Osman Hamed will stand trial for leaving her hair uncovered in act of defiance of what she calls a “Taliban” – like law.

 

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