ONS: 30 August 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 30, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: DR Congo’s M23 rebels said they would stop fighting and withdraw from frontlines immediately to allow an investigation into shelling that hit neighboring Rwanda.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian Justice Minister Cardozo said the US rejected a Brazilian proposal to negotiate guidelines for electronic surveillance.
  • ASIA: A suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province killed a district governor, one of his bodyguards and 10 civilians at a memorial service at a mosque.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Yanukovich said that the country would meet all the conditions necessary for signing an association agreement with the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A drone strike in Yemen killed an Al-Qaeda leader and two others in Bayda province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook proposed an update to its data use policy in compliance with a court-approved settlement in which Facebook also agreed to pay USD20 million over privacy violation charges.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community hardens stances on Syria as US considers options.
    • US Defense Secretary Hagel said the US will continue to seek international support for action on Syria, a day after the British Parliament withheld its support for military action.
    • French President Hollande said a military strike on Syria could come by Wednesday and that Britain’s rejection of armed intervention would not affect his government’s stand.
    • Russia said it opposed any UNSC resolution that would permit military strikes against the regime of President Assad.
    • UN inspectors investigating apparent deadly poisonous gas attacks in Syria headed to a military hospital on the last day of their probe.
    • Israel deployed its Iron Dome missile defense system in Tel Aviv.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AFP-5, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan and South Sudan concluded military talks. (Xinhua)
  • Central African Republic: The UNHCR urged authorities in the country to take “immediate action” to protect civilians from the country’s political crisis. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: M23 rebels said they would stop fighting and withdraw from frontlines immediately to allow an investigation into shelling that hit neighboring Rwanda. (Retuers)
  • DR Congo: The UNSC strongly condemned renewed fighting in the east of the country, which led to civilian casualties and the death of a Tanzanian peacekeeper. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivian President Morales said he hoped South American leaders attending the Summit of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) would denounce a potential US-led military intervention in Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: Justice Minister Cardozo said the US rejected a Brazilian proposal to negotiate guidelines for electronic surveillance. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Police used tear gas and water cannons to break up a demonstration in Bogata in solidarity with a nationwide general strike in the agricultural sector. (EFE)
  • United States: DNI Clapper said that the number of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders and national security letters authorizing spying will be published. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide attack in Kunduz province killed a district governor, one of his bodyguards and 10 civilians at a memorial service at a mosque. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The Australian Defense Force said it was investigating an incident of “potential misconduct” by its troops. (AFP)
  • Japan: The Defense Ministry said it was seeking a three percent increase in next year’s budget allocation, the biggest increase in 22 years. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: Analysts reported that Kim Jong-Un appears to have replaced army chief Kim Kyok-Sik with Ri Yong-Gi in a bid to tighten control over the military. (AFP)
  • Philippines: US Secretary of Defense Hagel said he and President Aquino discussed expanding the US military’s presence in the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The parliament expressed opposition to the use of the British military bases on the island for western attacks against targets in Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Sweden: UN Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson left New York for a visit to Sweden until 05SEP. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovich said that the country would meet all the conditions necessary for signing an association agreement with the EU. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A car bomb wounded four policemen in a Shiite village near Manama. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The Al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings across Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: At least three people were wounded in clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Assad’s regime. (DPA)
  • Yemen: A drone strike killed an Al-Qaeda leader and two others in Bayda province. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Facebook proposed an update to its data use policy in compliance with a court-approved settlement in which Facebook also agreed to pay USD20 million over privacy violation charges. (Hillicon Valley)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 14W (Kong-rey)
    • Location: 328 NM SW of Sasebo, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 16
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Juliette
    • Location: 205 miles NW of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 30AUG: 104 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 30AUG: 49 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31AUG)

  • Global: Brazilian Carvalho de Azevedo will replace Pascal Lamy as WTO Director-General.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the beginning of Operation New Dawn and the ending of Operation Iraqi Freedom – 2010.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Independence Day – 1991.
  • Malaysia: Merdeka Day, Independence Day – 1957.
  • Northern Ireland: Anniversary of Irish Republican Army declaring an open-ended cease-fire in its 24-year campaign against British rule – 1994.
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago becoming an independent nation within British Commonwealth – 1962.
  • United States: State department global travel alert is set to expire.
  • Uzbekistan: Anniversary of independence from Soviet Union – 1991.

 

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