ONS: 29 September 2013

by admin on September 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, Boko Haram insurgents stormed a college dormitory in Yobe, firing on students as they slept.

  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos rejected the involvement of US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson in overseeing the release of a former US Marine kidnapped by FARC.

  • ASIA: The Chinese government launched a free trade zone in Shanghai.

  • EUROPE: Polls opened in Austria’s general election.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel’s Shin Bet announced the arrest on 11SEP of an Iranian “spy” carrying photographs of the US embassy in Tel Aviv.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The UK is to set up a dedicated military unit to counter cyber attacks and develop strike capability

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Instability in Peshawar escaltes with new bombing.

    • A car bomb killed at least 33 and wounded 80 in Peshawar.

    • The attack occurs a week after a double suicide bombing that killed at least 80 people at a church in the city.

    • A US drone strike killed three militants on Sunday in the North Waziristan tribal region.

    • PM Sharif and Indian PM Singh are set to meet at the UN to discuss improving bilateral relations.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Customs officers seized 375 kilogrammes of coltan en route to Rwanda. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram insurgents stormed a college dormitory in Yobe, firing on students as they slept. (AFP)

  • Sudan: Information Minister Osman said the county would not reverse its decision to raise fuel prices. (AFP)

  • Sudan, South: Western observers voiced concern that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army have been targeting civilians. (NYT)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Iran confirmed to the government that it would cooperate to probe the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center. (AFP)

  • Colombia: President Santos rejected the involvement of US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson in overseeing the release of a former US Marine kidnapped by FARC. (Reuters)

  • United States: The second in command of the nuclear war-fighting forces for the US military, Vice ADM Giardina, was suspended amid an investigation into his possible involvement in illegal gambling. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least three people were killed by a suicide bombing in Helmand. (Xinhua)

  • Bangladesh: Garment factory owners promised to raise wages, ending a week-long violent protest. (AFP)

  • China: The government launched a free trade zone in Shanghai. (AFP)

  • Philippines: The Army continued to hunt for the remnants of MNLF in Zamboanga. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Romania called for the UN to keep the “protracted conflicts” in the Black Sea region a high priority on the UN peace and security agenda. (Xinhua)

  • Austria: Polls opened in the country’s general election. (AFP)

  • Greece: Five lawmakers of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn will face charges of belonging to a criminal organisation, (AFP)

  • Portugal: Polls opened in local elections that are expected to provoke heavy losses for PM Coelho’s conservatives. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Shin Bet announced the arrest on 11SEP of an Iranian “spy” carrying photographs of the US embassy in Tel Aviv. (AFP)

  • Jordan: Hackers attacked the official website of the PM’s office in a protest over rising prices. (AFP)

  • Syria: UN chemical weapons experts began investigating seven alleged chemical weapons attacks. (AFP)

  • Syria: UNSG Ban Ki-moon held his first meeting with the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The UK is to set up a dedicated military unit to counter cyber attacks and develop strike capability. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 20W (Wutip)

    • Location: 200 NM ENE of Da Nang, Vietnam

    • Movement: W at 8 mph

    • Winds: 103 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Eleven

    • Location: 1000 mi ENE of the Northern Leeward Islands

    • Movement: NE at 9 mph

    • Winds: 35 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation

    • Location: Central Caribbean Sea

    • Movement: N at 10 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • 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 (30SEP)

  • Cameroon: Legislative elections.

  • Central African Republic: UNICEF measles vaccination campaign set to begin.

  • Ecuador: Anniversary of state of emergency declared after President Correa accused opposition and security forces of a coup attempt – 2010.

  • United States: End of fiscal year.

  • Uzbekistan: US to provide non lethal aid.

 

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