ONS: 01 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  An explosion in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri killed at least 15 people in the latest blast to hit the city repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: Top-secret documents indicate that the NSA has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries.
  • ASIA: Japan loosened restrictions on its military, allowing it to go into battle in defense of allies.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan’s party confirmed that he is to stand for the presidency in August’s election.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A member of Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at Israeli forces carrying out an arrest raid in the West Bank.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US security firm Symantec said it identified malware targeting industrial control systems which could sabotage electric grids, power generators and pipelines.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Parliament fails to chose speaker as IS makes gains.
    • The new parliament failed to elect a speaker as its first session ended in walk-outs, with MPs due to meet again in a week.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State militants captured a key town near the Iraq border from other rebels.
    • Kurdish leader Massud Barzani said the country’s Kurds will hold an independence referendum within months.
    • HRW said that jihadists from the Islamic State must free some 133 Kurdish children kidnapped in Syria a month ago.
    • The UN reported that more than 2,400 people were killed in Iraq in June, making it the deadliest month in the country this year.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, LAT, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: An explosion in the northeastern city of Maiduguri killed at least 15 people in the latest blast to hit the city repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Mogadishu and warned that violence will intensify during Ramadan. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Doctors Without Borders reported that violence in the country’s civil war, including the execution of hospital patients is the worst seen for decades. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Leaders of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras hope to meet with US Secretary Kerry this week to discuss the child migrant crisis in the US and seek family reunification. (AFP)
  • Argentina: The government announced it was sending a delegation to New York to meet with a coordinator picked by the US judge in its hedge funds debt case. (AFP)
  • United States: Top-secret documents indicate that the NSA has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials said that the preliminary result of the presidential election run-off has been delayed for several days for a recount of ballots in 2,000 voting centers. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Security forces raided Taliban hideouts along the border with Turkmenistan killing 14 insurgents. (Xinhua)
  • China: Thousands of protesters gathered for a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong that organizers say could be the largest since the city was handed back to China. (AFP)
  • Japan: The country loosened restrictions on its military, allowing it to go into battle in defense of allies. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea rejected North Korea’s proposal that the two sides halt hostile military activities as “nonsensical”. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: The European Court of Human Rights upheld the country’s burqa ban, rejecting arguments that the 2010 law breaches religious freedom. (AFP)
  • France: Nicolas Sarkozy was detained for questioning in a widening corruption probe. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan’s party confirmed that he is to stand for the presidency in August’s election. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: France and Germany said there would be no let-up in diplomatic efforts to bring peace as the government announced the end of a ceasefire. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Australian warship HMAS Darwin intercepted a vessel in the Arabian Sea carrying more than 6.2 tonnes of narcotics. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: A member of Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out an arrest raid in the West Bank. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Amnesty International criticized the country for blocking entry to Palestinian refugees escaping the war in Syria. (DPA)
  • Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah appointed Prince Khaled bin Bandar as head of intelligence. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US security firm Symantec said it identified malware targeting industrial control systems which could sabotage electric grids, power generators and pipelines. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Elida
    • Location: 110 miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: S at 2 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Douglas
    • Location: 450 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression One
    • Location: 95 miles SE of Cape Canaveral, Florida
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 359km WNW of Chichi-shima, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 512.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 599 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 339 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26JUN: 820 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26JUN: 286 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02JUL)

  • Africa: WHO-brokered talks in Ghana concerning recent Ebola outbreak

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