ONS: 28 August 2013

by admin on August 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon announced the appointment of MAJ GEN Imam Edy Mulyono of Indonesia as force commander for the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).
  • AMERICAS: Colombian ELN rebels freed a Canadian geologist they had held captive for seven months, meeting one of the demands by President Santos to enable the start of peace talks.
  • ASIA: Kashmiri militants in Indian controlled Kashmir threatened an “unprecedented” surge in attacks on Indian targets.
  • EUROPE: The Parliament of the Czech Republic was officially dissolved.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, coordinated bombings targeting mostly Shiite neighborhoods in the Baghdad area during rush hour killed at least 40 people and wounded at least 140.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The New York Times, Twitter, and the Huffington Post UK were targeted in hacking attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UK to present UN resolution condemning Assad for chemical weapons use.
    • The UK is to seek backing from the UNSC for “all necessary measures to protect civilians” in Syria.
    • UN inspectors arrived at the second site suspected of being hit by a deadly chemical weapons attack.
    • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for a diplomatic solution and for inspectors to be given more time before states take action against the Assad regime.
    • Russia evacuated dozens of its citizens from the country and warned that military strikes against the Assad regime could destabilize the entire region.
    • Iranian lawmakers and commanders said any military strike on Syria would lead to a retaliatory attack on Israel fanned by “the flames of outrage.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, AP-2, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon announced the appointment of MAJ GEN Imam Edy Mulyono of Indonesia as force commander for the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: US Defense Secretary Hagel said that he opposes cutting off US military aid to Egypt but that Washington would keep pressing for “reconciliation” in the country. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The UN and its partners in Sudan are providing emergency support to hundreds of thousands of people affected by flooding since the start of this month. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Three peacekeepers were shot and wounded in the East Darfur region, in the second attack this month against UN peacekeepers in the same area. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff  chided her diplomats for helping a Bolivian dissident escape to Brazil, saying they had put his life in danger. (AFP)
  • Colombia: ELN rebels freed a Canadian geologist they had held captive for seven months, meeting one of the demands by President Santos to enable the start of peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: Police clashed with ecologists and indigenous people protesting plans to open up a huge Amazon reserve to oil drilling. (AFP)
  • Panama: A North Korean delegation is expected to visit the country to see 35 sailors who were detained there after their ship was impounded. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Five people were killed and 15 others wounded in a Taliban attack on a stopped logistic convoy in Farah. (Xinhua)
  • India: Kashmiri militants threatened an “unprecedented” surge in attacks on Indian targets. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The US is to send a senior envoy to the country to seek the release of an ailing American citizen imprisoned there since November 2012. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: National Intelligence Service officers raided the homes and offices of a minor leftist party and made three arrests on rare charges of seeking to start a rebellion in support of North Korea. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: The government is to launch what local media called its “biggest ever” crackdown on an estimated half a million illegal foreign workers. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: President Anastasiades said that Eurogroup partners “pointed a gun at our head” when they demanded an unprecedented haircut of bank deposits to recapitalize the island’s banks early this year. (Xinhua)
  • Czech Republic: Parliament was officially dissolved. (DPA)
  • Malta: Police and the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) said that a group of 115 irregular migrants was brought to the country. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Presidential aide Sergei Glazyev said Ukraine will stop being Russia’s strategic partner following the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Diplomats said that Iran and the IAEA have agreed to restart talks. (AP)
  • Iraq: Coordinated bombings targeting mostly Shiite neighbourhoods in the Baghdad area during rush hour killed at least 40 people and wounded at least 140. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Police said they are investigating the death of a man killed in a police raid on a West Bank refugee camp. (AP)
  • Yemen: FM Kurbi said the government is actively working to secure the release of an Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Sanaa in July. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The New York Times, Twitter, and the Huffington Post UK were targeted in hacking attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). (The Independent)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 14W (Kong-rey)
    • Location: 216 NM SSE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement:NNW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 288km NW of Raoul Island, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 488.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 28AUG: 94 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 28AUG: 47 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2 AFP, AFP-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29AUG)

  • Global: UN Day Against Nuclear Tests.
  • Asia: Foreign ministers’ meeting to commemorate their 10th anniversary of a strategic partnership between ASEAN and China will begin in Beijing (to 30AUG).
  • Ghana: The Supreme Court will rule on an opposition challenge to the result of December’s presidential election by this date.
  • Japan and Korea: Anniversary of Japan’s treaty to annex Korea coming into effect – 1910.
  • United States: Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting Louisiana – 2005.

 

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