ONS: 28 September 2013

by admin on September 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Defense Secretary Hagel and Ugandan President Museveni discussed the fight against Shebab militants in Somalia.

  • AMERICAS: The Peruvian government declared a 60-day state of emergency in various areas two days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake off the country’s southern coast.

  • ASIA: The Philippines reported that the campaign at Zamboanga against MNLF gunmen ended with close to 500 rebels killed or captured and nearly 200 hostages freed.

  • EUROPE: Greek authorities arrested the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party Nikos Michaloliakos.

  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Obama spoke by phone with Iranian President Rouhani in the first conversation between American and Iranian presidents in more than 30 years.

  • TECHNOLOGY: US officials said Iran hacked unclassified Navy computers in recent weeks in an escalation of Iranian cyberintrusions targeting the US military.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN adopts binding resolution on weapons stockpile.

    • The UNSC unanimously passed a resolution ordering the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and condemning a poison gas attack in Damascus.

    • The plan developed by the US and Russia calls for all Syrian chemical weapons to be put under international control by the middle of 2014.

    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon said a new Syria peace conference will be held in Geneva in mid-November.

    • HRW criticised the UNSC resolution as failing to deliver justice for the conflict’s victims.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Guinea: Polls opened in the first parliamentary elections in the country in more than a decade. (BBC)

  • Kenya: Local media reported that the government had been warned, including by Israel, of the high risk of an attack before the assault on Westgate mall. (AFP)

  • Sudan: Thousands of protesters demonstrated in the sixth day of protests sparked by fuel price hikes. (AFP)

  • Uganda: US Defense Secretary Hagel and President Museveni discussed the fight against Shebab militants in Somalia. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Dominican Republic: The army reported it deported 47,700 Haitian illegal immigrants since AUG12. (AFP)

  • Mexico: Police found three human heads at a monument in Los Reyes where another three heads were found a day earlier. (AP)

  • Peru: The government declared a 60-day state of emergency in various areas two days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake off the country’s southern coast. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Five civilians were killed and seven others wounded in two separate roadside bomb blasts. (AP)

  • Australia: PM Abbott is to make his debut foreign trip Monday to Indonesia amid ongoing debates on asylum-seekers. (AFP)

  • India: Police investigated a shooting near a military convoy ahead of upcoming talks between Indian and Pakistani leaders. (AP)

  • Philippines: The military reported that the campaign at Zamboanga against MNLF gunmen ended with close to 500 rebels killed or captured and nearly 200 hostages freed. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: The Social Democrats said they will begin coalition talks with Merkel’s Christian Democrats. (AFP)

  • Greece: Authorities arrested the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party Nikos Michaloliakos. (AFP)

  • Spain: The government denied Argentina’s claims that the two countries had clinched an agreement to get Britain to negotiate the future of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands and Gibraltar. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US President Obama spoke by phone with President Rouhani in the first conversation between American and Iranian presidents in more than 30 years. (AP)

  • Iraq: A series of attacks around the country killed 11 people. (AFP)

  • Lebanon: Caretaker Energy Minister Bassil called for deporting the large number of Syrian refugees in the country. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: Rebels captured a military post on the border with Jordan after four days of fighting. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US officials said Iran hacked unclassified Navy computers in recent weeks in an escalation of Iranian cyberintrusions targeting the US military. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 20W (Wutip)

    • Location: 337 NM E of Da Nang, Vietnam

    • Movement: N at 3 mph

    • Winds: 69 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation

    • Location: 800 miles ENE of the Northern Leeward Islands

    • Movement: N at 10 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: 96km NNE of Awaran, Pakistan

    • Magnitude: 6.8

    • Depth: 14.8 km

    • Map

  • 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 (29SEP)

  • Austria: Legislative elections.

  • Bahrain: Anniversary of Bahraini doctors jailed for treating activists during anti-government protests – 2011.

  • Haiti: Anniversary of Haitian coup d’etat, ousting President Jean-Bertrand Aristaide by Haitian army – 1991.

  • Christianity: Michaelmas/St. Michael, St Gabriel and St Raphael’s Day, a feast day in honor of archangel Michael.

 

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