ONS: 01 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The AU mission in Somalia cancelled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the breakout of Ebola.
  • AMERICAS: The US Senate passed a last minute bill on maintenance and repairs on aging highways, providing federal funds through May 2015.
  • ASIA: Government and rebel negotiators in the Philippines began a new round of meetings to draft a Muslim self-rule law after falling behind a timetable laid out in a peace treaty.
  • EUROPE: French authorities ordered a probe after more than 50 kilos of seized cocaine went missing from the Paris police headquarters.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, at least 10 people were killed and 29 wounded in bomb blasts that struck two districts of Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google said that as of 18JUL it had received more than 91,000 requests to delete a combined total of 328,000 links under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Ceasefire with Hamas threatened by ongoing clashes.
    • Heavy exchanges of fire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the southern Gaza Strip threatened a newly agreed 72-hour cease-fire.
    • Gaza health officials said that 27 Palestinians were killed and more than 100 injured in shelling.
    • Israel accused Gaza militants of breaking the ceasefire hours after it began.
    • The EU said it was “absolutely necessary” to restore the ceasefire in Gaza.
    • Israeli forces in the southern Gaza Strip are searching for a missing soldier they fear may have been captured.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, LAT, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The AU mission in Somalia cancelled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the breakout of Ebola. (AP)
  • Region: West Africa’s Ebola-hit nations imposed stringent new rules to tackle the world’s worst ever outbreak of the virus ahead of a special regional summit. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: At least 22 people were killed in clashes between rival anti-balaka and Seleka militias this week. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Brazilian Finance Minister Mantega said that Argentina’s technical debt default can be more accurately described as an “impasse.” (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Authorities said electricity is gradually being restored in the port city of Buenaventura, which was blacked out Monday night when suspected rebels blew up a transmission tower. (AP)
  • United States: The Senate passed a last minute bill on maintenance and repairs on aging US highways, providing federal funds through May 2015. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Army chief GEN Suhag issued a stern warning to Pakistan, saying if the neighboring nation “provokes” then the response “will be intense and immediate.” (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The government named almost 158 uninhabited islets at the edge of its territorial waters, including a group that is part of an archipelago also claimed by China. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea warned the US and South Korea against going ahead with joint war games this month, calling them a rehearsal for nuclear war. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Government and rebel negotiators began a new round of meetings to draft a Muslim self-rule law after falling behind a timetable laid out in a peace treaty. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: The military said it suffered losses in an overnight battle with Armenia near the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region. (AFP)
  • France: Authorities ordered a probe after more than 50 kilos of seized cocaine went missing from the Paris police headquarters. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: A team of 70 international experts began recovering bodies at the crash site of flight MH17. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: 14 people were killed, including at least 10 government soldiers, in fighting overnight close to the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region pressed the Obama administration for sophisticated weapons it says Kurdish fighters need to push back Islamist militants. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: At least 10 people were killed and 29 wounded in bomb blasts that struck two districts of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The FAA is restricting US airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over the country because of what it calls “the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict”. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google said that as of 18JUL it had received more than 91,000 requests to delete a combined total of 328,000 links under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 313 NM N of Yap
    • Movement: WNNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bertha
    • Location: 170 miles E of Barbados
    • Movement: WNW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Iselle
    • Location: 1160 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1323 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 729 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 24JUL: 837 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 24JUL: 291 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02AUG)

  • China: Army Day, marks the 86th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army – 1927
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Iraq invading Kuwait and Gulf War begins – 1990
  • Libya: The country’s new parliament to hold an emergency meeting in Tobruk
  • Macedonia: Day of the Republic – 1944
  • Palestinian Territories: Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, celebrated in support of Palestinians and in condemnation of Israel’s continued occupation – 1979.

 

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