ONS: 29 August 2013

by admin on August 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US President Obama selected outgoing ambassador to Ethiopia Donald Booth to serve as special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian constitutional court approved reforms that will enable rebels that demilitarize to take part in politics.
  • ASIA: Indian police arrested Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged co-founder of top home-grown militant group the Indian Mujahideen.
  • EUROPE: The UK sent six RAF Typhoon jets to its Akrotiri base in Cyprus in a move to protect British interests as tensions grow over Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US repeated a call for Iran to release three Americans from lengthy detentions in the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security experts reported that a US attack on Syria could result in a retaliatory cyberattack by the combined forces of both Syria and Iran.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US, UK pause to consider options as UN concludes inspections.
    • US President Obama said he has not yet decided on a plan for retaliatory action against Syria.
    • Russia blocked British efforts to seek a force resolution at the UN.
    • British PM Cameron said his country would hold off on joining any military efforts until the UN chemical weapons inspection team releases its findings.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon said a UN team of inspectors investigating an apparent poison gas attack will leave the Syria by Saturday morning.
    • Russia “over the next few days” will be sending an anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser to the Mediterranean.
    • President Assad said that his country would emerge “victorious” in any confrontation with the US and its allies.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, BBC-2, Reuters, WaPo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: US President Obama selected outgoing ambassador to Ethiopia Donald Booth to serve as special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan. (AP)
  • Central African Republic: France reiterated its backing of the International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA). (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The pro-Morsi National Alliance for Supporting Democracy called for massive protests on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: GEN Sanogo, who led a coup to depose Former President Toure, was removed as chairman of a committee tasked with reforming the defense and security sector. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: UN peacekeepers came under fire in the Darfur region in the third attack this month. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales demanded the return of an opposition senator who escaped to Brazil. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The Colombian constitutional court approved reforms that will enable rebels that demilitarize to take part in politics. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos said his government is ready to start peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN). (BBC)
  • Panama: The government said a preliminary report by UN experts determined that the seized North Korean cargo ship violated UN sanctions.(AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US Defense Secretary Hagel warned that the growing number of maritime incidents in disputed Asian waters increase the risk of a dangerous international confrontation. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban ambush in Farah province killed 15 policemen and wounded 10 others. (AP)
  • India: Police arrested Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged co-founder of top home-grown militant group the Indian Mujahideen. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK lashed out at an ongoing ROK-US army drill, warning that it could compromise a recent easing of military tensions. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino called off a planned visit to China next week at Beijing’s request amid ongoing maritime disputes. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The UK sent six RAF Typhoon jets to its Akrotiri base in Cyprus in a move to protect British interests as tensions grow over Syria. (AFP)
  • Moldova: The government said it expects the country’s citizens will be able to travel freely in Europe as early as next year. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Analysts reported that the country’s two-year recession eased in the second quarter of 2013. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Opposition leader Yatsenyuk said former PM Tymoshenko would likely be freed ahead of a landmark association agreement to be signed with the EU. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar’s new Emir, Sheikh Thani approved border and anti-crime accords with Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
  • Iran: The US repeated a call for Tehran to release three Americans from lengthy detentions in the country. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Caretaker FM Mansour said that his country would not allow the use of its airspace to carry out strikes against neighboring Syria. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security experts reported that a US attack on Syria could result in a retaliatory cyber attack by the combined forces of both Syria and Iran. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 14W (Kong-rey)
    • Location: 82 NM NE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: N at 12 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Juliette
    • Location: 50 miles ESE of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 22 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 29AUG: 102 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 29AUG: 49 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30AUG)

  • Americas and Asia: All TPP countries except Japan are required to put 90 percent of their respective tariff lines on the negotiation table by this date.
  • Europe: US President Barack Obama will meet Baltic leaders for talks ahead of the G20 summit in Russia.
  • China: Anniversary of Britain’s reestablishment of its governance of Hong Kong, ending three years and seven months of Japanese occupation – 1945.
  • Cuba, Panama and North Korea: Report of the Experts of the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council inspecting the arms cargo found by Panamanian authorities in July aboard a North Korean ship is set to be released.
  • East Timor: Anniversary of residents voting for independence from Indonesia in a UN sponsored ballot – 1999.
  • Iran: Anniversary of the assassination of Iran’s president and prime minister when a bomb exploded in government offices in Tehran – 1981.
  • Kazakhstan: Anniversary of Kazakhstan’s adopting of its constitution – 1995.
  • Pakistan: Deadline set by PM Nawaz Sharif for the finalization of the draft of the government’s counter terror policy.
  • Philippines: National Heroes’ Day.
  • Sudan: South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit will visit Sudan to hold talks with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.

 

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