ONS: 31 October 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 31, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan Navy rescued 84 Africans from a boat near the country’s coast.
  • AMERICAS: US authorities said they found a very sophisticated secret tunnel connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico and used for smuggling drugs.
  • ASIA: Thousands of Indonesian workers went on strike across the country to protest poor wages.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish EU affairs minister Egemen Bagis said the EU should do away with “unreasonable political blockages” to his country’s accession.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi PM al-Maliki met with US VP Biden in Washington to discuss the security situation in his country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Documents leaked by Snowden indicated the NSA monitored communication traffic between Google and Yahoo’s data centers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Chemical arms equipment destroyed one day before 01NOV deadline.
    • Two Chinese army chemical experts will join the mission in Syria.
    • Amnesty International urged world support for Jordan and others dealing with an influx of Syrian refugees.
    • Polish photojournalist Marcin Suder, a victim of kidnapping in Syria in July, managed to escape and return home.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, AFP-1, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The government accused the Muslim Brotherhood of undermining efforts at political reconciliation. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The Navy rescued 84 Africans from a boat near the country’s coast. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Army sources said Islamist rebels fired shells at a Gao airport without causing injuries. (AFP)
  • Niger: Rescuers discovered the decomposed bodies of 87 migrants in the desert, near the border with Algeria. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US authorities said they found a very sophisticated secret tunnel connecting San Diego and Tijuana used for smuggling drugs. (AP)
  • Region: Foreign Ministers from Mercosur criticized the US for “worldwide spying”, which included the Brazilian president. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Oil and gas company OGX filed for bankruptcy, becoming the biggest corporate bankruptcy in the country. (BBC)
  • Dominican Republic: The government denied that a new law prohibiting citizenship to the children of undocumented migrants is “racist”. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A Taliban commander and a police officer were killed in a clash in the southern Paktika province. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: Opposition leader Sam Rainsy urged a dialogue with PM Hun Sen’s ruling party over the controversial election in July. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Thousands of workers went on strike across the country to protest poor wages. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Foreign Ministry condemned a US drone strike that killed three in the North Waziristan tribal region. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Spanish Ambassador to Ukraine Gerardo Ottone said the country would sign the Association Agreement with the EU eventually, even if not at the Vilnius summit. (Interfax)
  • Czech Republic: Social Democrat leader Sobotka, who survived an attempt to oust him from government, said talks with the two centrist parties would be held next month. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The EU affairs minister Egemen Bagis said the EU should do away with “unreasonable political blockages” to his country’s accession. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian officials said Israeli troops killed a 22-year-old Palestinian in a raid in the city of Jenin, West Bank. (AP)
  • Bahrain: Riot police stormed an exhibition on the Arab Spring-inspired uprising in the country, in order to stem possible unrest. (AlJazeera)
  • Iraq: PM al-Maliki met with American VP Biden in Washington to discuss the security situation in his country. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The army apprehended three senior members of the Islamist Hamas movement. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Surveillance: Documents leaked by Snowden indicated the NSA monitored communication traffic between Google and Yahoo’s data centers. (Wired)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 29W (Krosa)
    • Location: 269 miles NNE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 17E (Raymond)
    • Location: 230 miles WNW of Socorro Island
    • Movement: ENE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (01NOV)

  • Global: China will take over as president of UN Security Council
  • Global: All Saint’s Day
  • Europe: Eastern Partnership Summit to begin
  • Algeria: Revolution Day
  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of Madrid outlining peace process framework – 1991
  • Japan: Russian and Japanese foreign ministers and defense ministers will meet separately in Tokyo
  • Malaysia: Anniversary of court striking out appeal over RPK – 2010
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of Christian-Muslim violence outbreak – 2008
  • Nigeria: Annual trade fair in Lagos
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Nawaz Sharif’s election as Prime Minister – 1999

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