ONS: 02 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US military forces launched air strikes against the leader of al-Qaeda-linked Shebab in Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican government said it is increasingly using the army and drones in security patrols, reducing the role of Marine forces.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s Interior Minister slammed violent anti-government protests as a “revolt against the state” as lawmakers met to discuss the political crisis.
  • EUROPE: The Portuguese Bar Association lodged a complaint against all members of the government for “undermining the rule of law” with newly implemented judicial reforms.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iraqi military regained control of part of a key highway linking Baghdad to the north where Amnesty International said jihadists had carried out a wave of ethnic cleansing.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple Inc. plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks, and retailers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Russia-Nato tensions escalate over ongoing tension in country.
    • A top Kremlin security official said that Moscow would review its military strategy in the face of expected NATO plans to establish a rapid-reaction force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe.
    • A Russian official is complained that EU Commission President Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished.
    • Ukraine’s military reported losing 15 soldiers over the last 24 hours of fighting with insurgents.
    • UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said at least 260,000 have been displaced within the country.
    • The Australian government said it is set to step up its partnership with NATO.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Lesotho: PM Thabane is set to return to the country after three days in exile in South Africa, as regional mediators seek to reinstall him to power after an apparent coup. (AFP)
  • Niger: The country authorized the US military to fly unarmed drones from the city of Agadez. (WP)
  • Somalia: The UN said that over a million people in the country are struggling in conditions close to famine. (AFP)
  • Somalia: US military forces launched air strikes against the leader of al-Qaeda-linked Shebab. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: A secular parliamentarian narrowly escaped assassination by gunmen in Kasserine. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The government said it is increasingly using the army and drones in security patrols, reducing the role of Marine forces. (AP)
  • Mexico: A federal official said that three mayors in the western state of Michoacan were charged with allegedly having links with the Knights Templar drug cartel. (AP)
  • United States: The legality of the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records will be tested this week before a panel of federal judges. (WSJ)
  • Venezuela: A man was wounded by gunfire during the latest protest against the government’s new economic policies. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bombing has killed at least three policemen in Nangarhar province. (AP)
  • India: A gunfight between militants and troops broke out in Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe is expected to reshuffle his cabinet on Wednesday in a bid to re-energize his economic and security agenda. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Interior Minister slammed violent anti-government protests as a “revolt against the state” as lawmakers met to discuss the political crisis. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The House of Representatives’ justice committee rejected three impeachment complaints against President Aquino. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: North Korean diplomat Kang Sok-ju is expected to make a rare trip to Europe this week. (Yonhap)
  • Portugal: The Portuguese Bar Association lodged a complaint against all members of the government for “undermining the rule of law” with newly implemented judicial reforms. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: A second poll showed support for Scottish independence rising less than three weeks from the referendum, more than halving the lead of the anti-independence camp. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The military unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems it claims will boost the country’s defense capabilities. (AP)
  • Iraq: The military regained control of part of a key highway linking Baghdad to the north where Amnesty International said jihadists had carried out a wave of ethnic cleansing. (AFP)
  • Syria: Fiji’s military commander said that rebels in the country issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they’ve held captive for five days. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Apple Inc. plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks, and retailers. (Bloomberg)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Dolly
    • Location: 210 miles ESE of La Pesca, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • 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-2
    • 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-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03SEP)

  • Europe Region: Anniversary of Britain and France declaring war on Germany – 1939
  • Greece: Next scheduled troika audit in Paris, France
  • Japan: Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party Shigeru Ishiba will join Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet
  • Qatar: Qatar National Day / Independence Day from UK – 1971

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