ONS: 01 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An employee of Doctors Without Borders held hostage for more than a year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was freed, announced the organization.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities announced that a Los Zetas cartel chieftain was arrested near the border with the US.
  • ASIA: Japanese officials confirmed at least 22 cases of dengue fever, marking the first outbreak of the infection since World War II.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, dozens of police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on accusations of plotting against the government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi security and volunteer forces broke the siege of Amerli and entered the town.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NATO alliance is expected to ratify a pledge on joint defense in case of major cyber-attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Protests in Pakistan turned deadly as PM Sharif resists public pressure to resign.
    • Demonstrators marched on the residence of PM Sharif.
    • A TV station was back on air after being stormed by crowds and recovered by government forces.
    • Protesters demanding the resignation of PM Sharif engaged in running battles with police near government offices in Islamabad.
    • The country’s Supreme Court called for a constitutional solution to the crisis.
    • Coverage: WSJ, LAT, BBC, CNN, NYT, IBTimes

 

AFRICA

  • DRC: An employee of Doctors Without Borders held hostage for more than a year was freed, announced the organization. (AFP)
  • Lesotho: The country’s political leaders were summoned by South African President Zuma for emergency talks after the military carried out a coup. (Bloomberg)
  • Libya: A commander of the Dawn of Libya militia group said it is guarding the US embassy compound after expelling rival militia who temporarily seized it. (Guardian)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Honduran authorities and US lawmakers met in to discuss the structural causes of child immigration to the US. (EFE)
  • Cuba: Cuba is bringing in new rules limiting personal imports of foreign goods into the country. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Authorities announced that a Los Zetas cartel chieftain was arrested near the border with the US. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and China announced a bilateral summit of their leaders on the sidelines of November’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing. (Yonhap)
  • Japan: Officials confirmed at least 22 cases of dengue fever, marking the first outbreak of the infection since World War II. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The country fired a short-range missile into East Sea from a new location near the Chinese border. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Regional: Russian FM Lavrov called for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine. (Guardian)
  • Bulgaria: Police at the border with Turkey seized two batches of heroin weighing 46.361 kg destined for the Netherlands. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: The government reached a decision to send anti-tank missiles and machine guns to Iraqi Kurds, a controversial decision for the country. (EFE)
  • Turkey: Dozens of police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on accusations of plotting against the government. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Golan Heights: Fighting erupted between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on Golan Heights. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Mohammad Reza Rahimi, the first vice president under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was sentenced to prison and fined, most likely on corruption charges. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi security and volunteer forces broke the siege of Amerli and entered the town. (CNN)
  • Yemen: Shiite rebels protested in the thousands in Sanaa against the government, defying UN calls to end disturbances. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security: The NATO alliance is expected to ratify a pledge on joint defense in case of major cyber-attacks at summit. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 3069 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo)
      • Deaths: 1552 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-1
      • Note: WHO only provides updates for EVD statistics in West Africa at this time.
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 24JUL: 837 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths as of 24JUL: 291 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-1

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02SEP)

  • Kenya: Peace and Security Summit in Nairobi
  • Lebanon: Parliament to hold 11th session to elect a new president
  • United States: Guantanamo hearing on CIA black sites begins
  • Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan Independence Day – 1991
  • Vietnam: National Day

 

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