ONS: 28 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UNSC holds emergency talks today regarding fighting in the eastern DRC, which killed a UN peacekeeper.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, the FARC released former US marine Kevin Scott Sutay, after keeping him hostage for four months.
  • ASIA: India said an army officer was killed near the line of control in Kashmir by Pakistani fire.
  • EUROPE: In Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili won 62% of the vote in the country’s presidential polls.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu said he would resume cooperation with the United Nations Human Rights Council, ending a year and a half boycott.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The two main press groups in Shanghai merged to establish the Shanghai Newspaper Group, now China’s largest press group.

 

TOP STORY

  • US: Internal review of NSA programs revealed spying on 35 world leaders.
    • Officials said the surveillance was stopped when the Obama administration found out about its existence.
    • Spanish media reported the NSA listened to over 60 million phone calls, according to revelations by Edward Snowden.
    • The American ambassador James Costos was summoned by Madrid to answer allegations of NSA surveillance.
    • Coverage: WSJ, NYT, DPA

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Residents of the Abyei region claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan are voting today to decide which country to be part of. (AFP)
  • DRC: The UNSC holds emergency talks today regarding fighting in the eastern part of the country, which killed a UN peacekeeper. (AFP)
  • Egypt: State media reported three policemen were killed by unidentified militants in the city of Mansoura. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The interior ministry said eight members of an armed group were arrested allegedly involved in clashes that claimed the lives of six policemen. (AFP)

 

 AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Officials said midterm elections dealt a new loss to President Kirchner’s party in the country’s biggest voting district. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The FARC released former US marine Kevin Scott Sutay, after keeping him hostage for four months. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Eleven towns were without electricity after unidentified assailants, suspected to be a drug cartel, attacked power stations in Michoacan state. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India said an army officer was killed near the line of control in Kashmir by Pakistani fire. (AFP)
  • China: State media reported three died when a jeep crashed into a crowd and burst into flames at Tiananmen Square. (AFP)
  • China: Lawyers said the trial of three anti-corruption activists was suspended. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Police said three bomb squad officers were killed during an inspection of a suspicious object in the country’s volatile south. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A severe storm disrupted flights in Britain and caused 75,000 homes to lose electricity in northern France. (AFP)
  • Georgia: Giorgi Margvelashvili won 62% of the vote in the country’s presidential polls. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Security sources said a man was killed the town of Ceylanpinar by a stray Syrian mortar shell. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Hamas sources said an Israeli F16 fighter bombed a military training post in northern Gaza city. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu said he would resume cooperation with the United Nations Human Rights Council, ending a year and a half boycott. (Xinhua)
  • Saudi Arabia: The health ministry said a woman infected with the MERS virus died, becoming the country’s 52nd fatality from the infection. (AFP)
  • Syria: State media reported government forces recaptured the Christian town of Sadad after week-long clashes with rebels there. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The two main press groups in Shanghai merged to establish the Shanghai Newspaper Group, now China’s largest press group. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01S (One)
    • Location: 633 miles NNE of La Reunion
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane 17E (Raymond)
    • Location: 444 miles WSW of Socorro Island
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 104 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (29OCT)

  • Global: 9th World Islamic Economic Forum held in London, England (to 31OCT)
  • Global: International Trade Summit to be held in Chicago, Illinois
  • Cambodia: Coronation Day
  • Egypt: Trial of Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and two deputies
  • India: Anniversary of two bomb blasts killing 66 in New Delhi markets – 2005
  • Israel: Review from the Human Rights Council to begin
  • Spain: Anniversary of the end of General Franco’s dictatorship – 1975
  • Turkey: Independence Day – 1923

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