ONS: 02 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Chinese medical team announced it will remain in Liberia to fight Ebola, team leader Zhou Yongjun said.
  • AMERICAS: New GPS satellite launched into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • ASIA: At least 65 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a major blast at an automobile-parts factory in the eastern Chinese city of Kunshan, state media reported.
  • EUROPE: One ethnic-Armenian and four Azeri soldiers were killed in latest clashes over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian President al-Sisi said an Egyptian truce plan provided a “real chance” to end the Gaza conflict, stressing the need for its speedy implementation.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad called for the Internet to be censored to preserve “public morality”, in what the opposition suggested was an attempt to silence government critics.

 

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Foreigners evacuated as violence escalates.
    • The UK announced it would pull its staff out of the country and close its embassy on 04AUG.
    • A Greek navy frigate carrying embassy staff and 200 others arrived back in Piraeus.
    • Evacuees describe situation as being “much worse” than war against Khadafi.
    • 411 Chinese workers evacuated to Tunisia.
    • The Philippines encouraged its estimated 13,000 citizens working in the country to return home, but many are reluctant for economic reasons.
    • Coverage: Guardian, Reuters, AFP, AFP-2, AP, XIN

 

AFRICA

  • ECOWAS Region: WHO warned that the Ebola virus is moving faster than efforts to curb it (NYT).
  • Liberia: A Chinese medical team announced it will remain in the country to fight Ebola, team leader Zhou Yongjun said. (XIN)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities say security forces have rescued 70 migrants who had been kidnapped and were being held at a house inside a gated community in the coastal city of Madero. (AP)
  • US: New GPS satellite launched into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (AP)
  • US: GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed a USD694 million bill to deal with influx of children from Central America. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The auditing process of votes cast in the presidential elections was postponed again, but officials were confident the process would resume within 24 hours. (XIN)
  • Australia: The government sent 157 asylum-seekers who were detained at sea for weeks to the Pacific island of Nehru, after they rejected an offer to return to India. (AFP)
  • Australia: The government launched a “Green Army” to mobilize young people to work on conservation and environmental projects. (AFP)
  • China: At least 65 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a major blast at an automobile-parts factory in eastern city of Kunshan, state media reported. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: The Tbilisi City Court ordered a pre-trial detention in absentia of Mikheil Saakashvili, the immediate former president, on charges of exceeding his authority while cracking down upon democratic demonstrators in November of 2007 and in seizing private properties of a dissident billionaire who soon died of heart problems. (XIN)
  • Nagorno-Karabakh: The US State Dept. called on the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia to meet as soon as possible to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh in the wake of the deadly shootout in the conflict region. (Itar-Tass)
  • Nagorno-Karabakh: One ethnic-Armenian and four Azeri soldiers were killed in latest clashes over disputed region. (AFP)
  • Russia: An independent TV show hosted by Marianna Maximovskaya, known for being critical of the Kremlin, was abruptly taken off the air. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Gaza: The armed wing of Hamas said that it was not holding an Israeli officer who has been missing since a deadly clash Friday that shattered a planned 72-hour cease-fire (NYT).
  • Gaza: Egyptian President al-Sisi said an Egyptian truce plan provided a “real chance” to end the Gaza conflict, stressing the need for its speedy implementation. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Islamist militants who kidnapped 49 Turks at a Turkish consulate in Mosul in June will likely free them in the next day or two, Turkey’s Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said. (AFP)
  • Syria: Yaacub al-Omar, a local chief of al Qaeda’s affiliate Al-Nusra Front has died in an apparent assassination after a bomb went off in his car, a monitor said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Malaysia: Former PM Mahathir Mohamad called for the Internet to be censored to preserve “public morality”, in what the opposition suggested was an attempt to silence government critics. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 390 miles NNW of Yap
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W (Nakri)
    • Location: 246 miles SSW of Kunsan AB
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bertha
    • Location: 140 miles SSE of St. Croix
    • Movement: WNW at 22 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Iselle
    • Location: 1270 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 75 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 (03AUG)

  • Nepal: Indian PM Modi to meet Nepali leaders during an official visit (to 04AUG)
  • Niger: Niger Independence Day – 1960

 

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