ONS: 31 August 2013

by admin on August 31, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rebels in the DRC pulled back from the border with Rwanda, following clashes with UN forces
  • AMERICAS: Paraguay was officially reinstated into the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).
  • ASIA: Satellite imagery showed that North Korea is expanding facilities at its rocket launch site in Sohae.
  • EUROPE: Russia said that its relations with NATO will be damaged should the alliance participate in strikes on Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Iraqi Shi’ite militia group threatened to attack US interests in the region in retaliation for a strike on Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US intelligence conducted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN inspectors arrive in Lebanon
    • French President Hollande said the country is ready to take action with the US against Syria.
    • Russian President Putin demanded the US show proof of chemical attacks.
    • German Chancellor Merkel criticized Russia and China’s stance on Syria, claiming that it weakened the UN.
    • Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan advocated regime change in Syria.
    • A delegation of Iranian MPs departed for Syria and Lebanon to examine conditions and ‘condemn the use of chemical weapons by terrorist groups’.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, Telegraph, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: M23 rebels in DR Congo pulled back from the border with Rwanda, following clashes with UN forces. (BBC)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: The army captured an M23 rebel stronghold outside of Goma. (DPA)
  • Uganda: Kampala denied that it agreed tp take in tens of thousands of African refugees from Israel. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Paraguay was officially reinstated into the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). (AP)
  • Colombia: President Santos canceled talks to end a farmers’ strike, citing futility in finding an agreement. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: The UN appointed a former Colombian Supreme Court judge to lead an anti-corruption investigative commission in the country. (AP)
  • Panama: North Korean diplomats concluded a visit to the country after ‘positive’ discussions concerning the detained crew of the Chong Chon Gang. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomb attack on a bank in Kandahar killed at least four and injured 17. (DPA)
  • Korea, North: Satellite imagery showed that the country is expanding facilities at its rocket launch site in Sohae. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike in North Waziristan killed at least four militants (AFP).
  • Philippines: The US sought access to Philippine bases for extended periods of up to 20 years. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Rubber farmers threatened to block access to the country’s southern highways if the government failed to prop up falling rubber prices. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: Russia said that its relations with NATO will be damaged should the alliance participate in strikes on Syria. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: Chechen authorities denied that thousands of refugees were seeking refuge in Germany. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Iraqi Shi’ite militia group threatened to attack US interests in the region in retaliation for a strike on Syria. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Gunmen killed five people at a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Yemen: Gunmen killed a Yemeni intelligence official in Lahj province. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • US intelligence conducted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Depression 14W
      • Location: 32 NM N-NW of Sasebo, Japan
      • Movement: NE at 28 knots
      • Winds: 30 knots
      • Map
      • Tropical Depression 11E
        • Location: 432 NM S-SW of Cabo San Lucas
        • Movement: NW at 06 knots
        • Winds: 30 knots
        • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquake: Atka, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 20.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcano: Veniaminof, Alaska
    • The volcano has emitted ash and lava. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 30 Aug: 104 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths Global Number of Deaths as of 30 Aug: 49 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01SEP)

  • Global: World Water Week will begin in Stockholm (to 06SEP).
  • Global: Australia will take over as president of the UNSC.
  • Europe: Anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland – 1939.
  • Libya: National Day – 1969.
  • Mexico: Start of Congress’ fall session.
  • Russia: Anniversary of Beslan hostage crisis, a three-day hostage-taking of over 1,100 people which ended in the deaths of over 380 – 2004.
  • Turkey: Kurdish rebels have demanded that the Turkish government take steps to advance the fragile peace process by this date or face consequences.

 

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