ONS: 29 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, a senior militant in charge of suicide attacks for al Shebab rebels, Ibrahim Ali Abdi, was killed in a drone strike.
  • AMERICAS: Authorities in Costa RIca seized 1,276 kilos of cocaine from a speedboat in the Caribbean.
  • ASIA: The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said North Korea has undertaken major construction work at its main missile launch site.
  • EUROPE: Gazprom warned Ukraine that it owed the Russian natural gas giant nearly USD1 billion in overdue back payments.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN-AL envoy Brahimi warned Syria could become a failed state if a political settlement is not reached.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Syrian Electronic Army compromised US President Obama’s twitter feed for several hours, altering links to redirect to propaganda materials.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: IAEA talks continue amid clashes with rebels.
    • The IAEA and Iran are to continue talks for a second day, amid reports that IAEA chief Yukiya Amano might make a public statement.
    • US Secretary Kerry called on the country to show its willingness to pursue a peaceful nuclear program.
    • A high-ranking commander said the country’s forces are monitoring Jaish al-Adl “terrorists,” amid continued clashes that left four Jaish al-Adl members dead.
    • US President Obama spoke to Israeli PM Netanyahu on Iran, a day after PM Netanyahu warned Tehran could convert uranium into weapons-grade material within weeks.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, Reuters-2, Xinhua, Xinhua-2, Xinhua-3

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Militants attacked military police at an ammunition compound in Lubumbashi for several hours. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The UNSC strongly condemned the killing of a UN peacekeeper by M23 rebels. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The three judges presiding in the trial of Muslim Brotherhood chief Badie and his aides withdrew from the proceedings. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A senior militant in charge of suicide attacks for al Shebab rebels, Ibrahim Ali Abdi, was killed in a drone strike. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Authorities released all detainees arrested during protests following a fuel price hike in September. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Costa Rica: Authorities seized 1,276 kilos of cocaine from a speedboat in the Caribbean. (EFE)
  • United States: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Feinstein announced the panel will initiate “a major review” into all US intelligence programs. (Xinhua)
  • United States: A West Texas lawyer was found guilty of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars for the Milenio cartel from 2007 to 2008. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan’s Defense Minister said that China’s behavior in the dispute over islands in the East China Sea is jeopardizing peace. (AFP)
  • China: Police named two suspects from Xinjiang province after five people were killed in a car crash on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. (AFP)
  • India: The government announced that Air Marshal Arup Raha will be the country’s next Chief of Air Staff. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said the country has undertaken major construction work at its main missile launch site. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least seven people were killed and four injured when militants stormed the house of a tribal elder in Balochistan. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: International lenders began their second review of the country’s economy to decide whether the government is meeting its obligations under the bailout memorandum. (AFP)
  • Italy: The coast guard recovered 41 refugees from a vessel around 100 kilometers south of Lampedusa. (DPA)
  • Serbia: PM Dacic urged European countries to stop setting new conditions on Kosovo amid EU membership negotiations. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Gazprom warned the country that it owed the Russian natural gas giant nearly USD1 billion in overdue back payments. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: HRW urged the parliament to amend or eliminate “vague” penal code provisions used by authorities to try peaceful pro-reform protesters on terrorism-related charges. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A journalist accused of making blasphemous Tweets was freed from detention after 20 months. (AFP)
  • Syria: UN-AL envoy Brahimi warned the country could become a failed state if a political settlement is not reached. (AFP)
  • Syria: The World Health Organization said it has confirmed 10 polio cases in the country, the first confirmed outbreak in Syria in 14 years. (AP)
  • Yemen: A gun battle broke out briefly near the US embassy in Sanaa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Syrian Electronic Army compromised US President Obama’s twitter feed for several hours, altering links to redirect to propaganda materials. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 29W
    • Location: 721 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Raymond
    • Location: 590 mi SW of Baja California
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Winds: 60 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 (30OCT)

  • India: Anniversary of serial blasts killing 70 in Guwahati, Assam – 2008
  • Iran: Experts from Iran and six world powers will meet in Vienna to prepare the next round of high-level talks on the contested Iranian nuclear program (to 31OCT)
  • Spain: Anniversary of the opening of Middle East peace negotiations between Arabs and Israelis – 1991

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