ONS: 30 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 30, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian security forces arrested Essam el-Erian, the deputy leader of the Freedom and Justice party, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm.
  • AMERICAS: The cabinet chief for Peruvian President Humala, Juan Jimenez Mayor, said he will resign.
  • ASIA: The Thai opposition called for mass protests against an amnesty bill that critics fear will clear the way for the return of fugitive former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
  • EUROPE: Spanish PM Rajoy said the head of the country’s intelligence services will address parliament over reports of US telephone-spying in Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN-AL envoy Brahimi met with Syrian President Assad in Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Al-Jazeera America said it would expand its programming, adding staff and a new morning news show in an effort to boost viewership in the US market.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Government to step up efforts for Taliban dialogue.
    • Afghan negotiators seeking peace with the Taliban will soon travel to Pakistan for their first meeting with key militant commander Mullah Baradar.
    • President Karzai said that a deal had been reached after talks in London with Pakistani PM Sharif.
    • More than 2,900 Afghan civilians and police personnel have died in Taliban attacks across the country in the past seven months.
    • The Interior Ministry said the militants carried out 6,000 attacks and bombings during the seven month period
    • Coverage: AFP, CNN, CSM, Reuters, UPI, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Counting began in an unofficial referendum to decide if the Abyei region lies in Sudan or South Sudan. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Security forces arrested Essam el-Erian, the deputy leader of the Freedom and Justice party, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm. (AP)
  • Niger: The government accepted a one billion USD loan from the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank) to finance development projects. (AFP)
  • Niger: Four Frenchmen kidnapped by AQIM militants in the country in 2010 were released to France. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Andean Community of Nations (CAN) members launched a program aimed at reducing drug demand in the region. (Xinhua)
  • Argentina: More than 100 kilograms of cocaine were seized and 10 people arrested in Buenos Aires. (DPA)
  • Mexico: President Nieto said he will pardon an indigenous leader serving a 60 year jail term for homicide in a case that became emblematic of mistreatment of minorities. (AFP)
  • Peru: The cabinet chief for President Humala, Juan Jimenez Mayor, said he will resign. (AFP)
  • United States: Defense officials reported that the US nuclear arsenal needs a multi-billion dollar overhaul in the coming decade to ensure the weapons’ safety and effectiveness. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China said it will work with Malaysia to improve military ties. (Xinhua)
  • India: At least three people were killed and four injured by a bomb in Imphal. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The government and the US began two-day talks on how to share the cost of stationing the US Forces Korea (USFK). (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: Amnesty International and NGO Suaram accused the government of reneging on what they called an “empty promise” to improve human rights. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The opposition called for mass protests against an amnesty bill that critics fear will clear the way for the return of fugitive former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: The US said it would continue to support the country in its efforts to combat corruption and organized crime. (Xinhua)
  • Italy: PM Letta and Chinese FM Wang discussed improving bilateral relations. (Xinhua)
  • Romania: FM Corlatean called for better coordinated actions and integrated projects among countries in the Danube region. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy said the head of the country’s intelligence services will address parliament over reports of US telephone-spying in Europe. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Three suicide bombings killed 14 security force members. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government announced new construction in east Jerusalem shortly after it freed a group of Palestinian prisoners. (AP)
  • Oman: Health authorities announced the first case of MERS coronavirus in the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: UN-AL envoy Brahimi met with President Assad in Damascus. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Al-Jazeera America said it would expand its programming, adding staff and a new morning news show in an effort to boost viewership in the US market. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 29W (Krosa)
    • Location: 451 NM ENE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Raymond
    • Location: 440 mi WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: S of Southern Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 1912km SSW of Invercargill, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 29OCT: 145 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 29OCT: 62 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31OCT)

  • Global: All TPP countries except Japan due to place tariff lines up for negotiation
  • Asia: Anniversary of joint anti-drug statement signed by China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand – 2011
  • Cambodia: Former King Sihanouk’s birthday
  • Chile: Reformation Day – 2008
  • India: Anniversary of assassination of PM Gandhi – 1984
  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of Palestinian entry to UNESCO – 2011
  • Libya: Anniversary of ending of NATO operations – 2011
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of Telesur television network beginning operations – 2005
  • Zimbabwe: Elections to be held by this date

 

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