ONS: 02 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Health ministers from across western Africa met to plan “drastic action” against the deadliest ever Ebola epidemic.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro said his government is restoring diplomatic relations with Panama.
  • ASIA: James F. Dobbins, who served as the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is leaving government this month and will be succeeded by Daniel F. Feldman.
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian border guards service reported that a serviceman was killed and eight wounded when a post on the border with Russia came under heavy mortar attack.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Rebel groups from the north and east of Syria demanded aid from the country’s exiled opposition to allow them to fight against the jihadist Islamic State (IS).
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board said the NSA’s data collection program targeting foreign nationals is a largely legal, valuable tool in fighting terrorism.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Jerusalem clashes after killing of Palestinian teen.
    • Police clashed with several hundred Palestinians following reports that an Palestinian teen was kidnapped and a body found in a Jerusalem forest.
    • Israeli police said they are looking into whether the death was retaliation for the killing of three young Israelis who were kidnapped in the West Bank last month.
    • PM Netanyahu condemned the “despicable murder” of a Palestinian teenager and called for calm.
    • The Palestinian leadership said it held Israel responsible.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, CNN, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Health ministers from across western Africa met to plan “drastic action” against the deadliest ever Ebola epidemic. (AFP)
  • Mali: The UNSC strongly condemned the killing of a UN peacekeeper and called on the government to “swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.” (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Battles between tribal militias armed with machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades have left up to 22 people dead in a border region of Darfur. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan President Maduro said his government is restoring diplomatic relations with Panama. (AP)
  • Colombia: Former world leaders Bill Clinton and Tony Blair attended a special summit in support of the country’s bid to forge peace with FARC rebels. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: Indigenous demonstrators marched on Quito to protest against President Correa’s government and losing control of water on their traditional lands. (WSJ)
  • United States: Dozens of anti-immigrant protesters prevented a group of 140 undocumented Latin Americans from being transferred to a detention center in California. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: James F. Dobbins, who served as the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is leaving government this month and will be succeeded by Daniel F. Feldman. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide bomber in Kabul killed eight military officers in an attack on an air force bus. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong police arrested more than 500 protesters at a sit-in following a huge pro-democracy rally that organisers said mobilised half a million people. (AFP)
  • India: The government summoned a top diplomat from the US embassy to complain about spying following allegations that the NSA targeted the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Former President Nicolas Sarkozy was charged with corruption and influence peddling. (AFP)
  • France: Police cleared a food handout center and three squats in the port of Calais occupied by some 300 migrants waiting to try to illegally cross the Channel to Britain. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The border guards service reported that a serviceman was killed and eight wounded when a post on the border with Russia came under heavy mortar attack. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Negotiators arrived in Vienna for a final round of nuclear talks aimed at securing a deal by a 20JUL deadline. (AFP)
  • Syria: The operation to transfer chemical weapons from a Danish freighter to a US military ship ahead of their destruction at sea began. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebel groups from the north and east of the country demanded aid from the country’s exiled opposition to allow them to fight against the jihadist Islamic State (IS). (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security forces lost 374 personnel fighting al-Qaeda, northern rebels and southern separatists as well as in targeted assassinations during the first half of 2014. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board said the NSA’s data collection program targeting foreign nationals is a largely legal, valuable tool in fighting terrorism. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Douglas
    • Location: 455 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Elida
    • Location: 170 miles SSE of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: SE at 3 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Arthur
    • Location: 90 miles E of Cape Canaveral, Florida
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 759 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 467 (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 (03JUL)

  • Central Asian Region: The Pakistan-Afghanistan joint working group on security issues will hold its first meeting in Islamabad
  • Belarus: Independence Day
  • Egypt: Anniversary of President Morsi ousted from power – 2013

 

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