ONS: 02 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau dismissed Nigerian military claims of his death in a new video.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican military special forces apprehended alleged cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva during a raid at a restaurant in the city of San Miguel de Allende.
  • ASIA: The Chinese Communist Party accused pro-democracy groups protesting in Hong Kong of threatening to drag the city into “chaos.”
  • EUROPE: Incoming EU economics chief Pierre Moscovici told lawmakers in a confirmation hearing in Brussels he will be a “scrupulous guard of our rules” amid concern at his polices during his time as French Finance Minister.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu hit back at the White House after Washington criticised plans to build thousands more settler homes in east Jerusalem, Israeli media reported on Thursday.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Police departments around the country have distributed thousands of free copies of spyware to parents to monitor their children’s activity.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq and Syria: IS fighters close on border town.
    • A senior Kurdish fighter said IS is closing in on the town of Kobani along the Syria-Turkey border and that his men are preparing for street battles.
    • Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan warned that peace talks between his group and Turkey will end if IS militants are allowed to carry out a massacre in Kobani.
    • UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that IS jihadists are inflicting staggering human rights violations in Iraq which could amount to war crimes.
    • Danish lawmakers confirmed the government’s proposal to send seven F-16 fighter jets to join an international coalition to take part in airstrikes against IS.
    • RET US GEN John Allen said that the training of Syrian rebels could take years.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Authorities confiscated all the copies of one of the country’s largest private newspapers in order to censor an article. (NYT)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau dismissed military claims of his death in a new video. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: President Koroma was due to attend a British hosted international conference on Ebola but could not attend when his plane broke down. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Central bank governor Juan Carlos Fabrega resigned amid ongoing economic instability. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Soldiers and drug gang members engaged in a prolonged gunbattle in a Rio de Janeiro slum that killed at least one person. (AP)
  • Mexico: Military special forces apprehended alleged cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva during a raid at a restaurant in the city of San Miguel de Allende. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thailand said it will revive talks with Japan and Burma aimed at kick-starting the floundering multi-billion dollar Dawei Special Economic Zone in Burma. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide attacker killed at least three people on an Afghan army bus in Kabul. (AFP)
  • China: The Communist Party accused pro-democracy groups protesting in Hong Kong of threatening to drag the city into “chaos.” (NYT)
  • Indonesia: Opposition politicians won key posts in parliament after new leader Joko Widodo’s supporters stormed out of a unruly opening session. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Health officials at the National Institute of Health said the country was set to break its record for the highest number of polio cases in a year. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Incoming EU economics chief Pierre Moscovici told lawmakers in a confirmation hearing in Brussels he will be a “scrupulous guard of our rules” amid concern at his polices during his time as French Finance Minister. (AP)
  • Bulgaria: Fifteen people were feared dead Thursday after a blast flattened an explosives plant that decommissioned landmines. (BBC)
  • Russia: The head of Russia’s largest bank Sberbank warned that the country could repeat the fate of the Soviet Union. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The World Bank said that the country’s economy will contract by eight percent this year due to the eastern separatist uprising, downgrading an earlier forecast. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: PM Netanyahu hit back at the White House after Washington criticised plans to build thousands more settler homes in east Jerusalem, Israeli media reported on Thursday. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Palestinians drafted a UNSC resolution calling for an end to Israeli occupation by November 2016. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Gulf Arab states demanded the restoration of government authority in the country in the wake of Shi’ite Muslim Houthi movement seizing control on 21SEP. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Police departments around the country have distributed thousands of free copies of spyware to parents to monitor their children’s activity. (Wired)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 18W (Phanfone)
    • Location: 346 NM SSW of Iwo To
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 132 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Simon
    • Location: 135 miles WSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 7157 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, US)
      • Deaths: 3330 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 02OCT: 852 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths as of 02OCT: 301 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03OCT)

  • Germany: German Unity Day – 1990
  • Iraq: National Iraqi Day – 1932
  • Islam: Arafat Day

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