ONS: 03 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan interim government says a day of militia fighting for control of the international airport in the capital Tripoli has killed 22 people.
  • AMERICAS: Officials warned residents of Toledo, Ohio not to drink tap water because the water supply was polluted with toxins likely released by algae blooms.
  • ASIA: The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) resumed the auditing process of presidential runoff election votes after the fourth suspension since the process began on 17JUL.
  • EUROPE: Azerbaijan blamed Armenia for the deteriorating situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict area, accusing Armenian military forces of violating the ceasefire and attacking Azerbaijani army positions “several times.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Islamic State Sunni insurgents captured the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and a nearby oil field after a battle with Kurdish forces who had control of the area, witnesses said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Chinese government procurement agency has excluded Symantec and Kaspersky, two foreign security software developers, from a security software supplier list, possibly due to concerns over intelligence gathering.

 

TOP STORY

  • Gaza: The Israeli military began withdrawing forces from Gaza strip.
    • An Israeli shelling attack killed 10 Palestinians sheltering in a UN school in Rafah.
    • German media reported that Israel spied on John Kerry during peace talks.
    • A delegation of the Palestinian Hamas movement arrived in Cairo to take part in the indirect talks expected to be held in Egypt with Israeli officials.
    • British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the situation in Gaza is “simply intolerable.”
    • Coverage: LAT, WSJ, BBC, BBC-2, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Ghana: An oil tanker carrying 21 crew members was released after being hijacked by pirates off the coast of Ghana last month, the foreign ministry said. (Yonhap)
  • Libya: The interim government says a day of militia fighting for control of the international airport in the capital Tripoli has killed 22 people. (AP)
  • Libya: A group of 97 Chinese nationals crossed the border into Tunisia, following suit of 411 other Chinese evacuees who fled restive Libya on the previous day. (XIN)
  • Somalia: At least three women were killed and several others injured in the capital Mogadishu after a bomb went off in a pile of rubbish, authorities said. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police launched a probe following the release of a video purportedly showing elite officers shooting a man who had apparently turned himself in. (AFP)
  • US: Officials warned residents of Toledo, Ohio not to drink tap water because the water supply was polluted with toxins likely released by algae blooms. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A gun battle between Taliban militants and security personnel in Jauzjan province left four persons including three militants dead, provincial police chief Faqir Mohammad Jauzjani said. (XIN)
  • Afghanistan: The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) resumed the auditing process of presidential runoff election votes after the fourth suspension since the process began on 17JUL. (XIN)
  • Myanmar: The authorities have so far arrested a total of 56 suspects for their involvement in a sectarian riot which broke out in the second largest city of Mandalay in early July, according to Mandalay region police authorities. (XIN)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: The Foreign Ministry blamed Armenia for the deteriorating situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict area, accusing Armenian military forces of violating the ceasefire and attacking Azerbaijani army positions “several times.” (Itar-Tass)
  • France and Germany: President Francois Hollande and President Joachim Gauck will jointly commemorate the 100th anniversary of Germany’s declaration of war on France on 03AUG1914. (BBC)
  • France and Germany: Former French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, Paris’s pick to take over the EU’s economic portfolio, responded to German criticism that he is a spendthrift who would soften the Euro. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Body parts found by international investigators in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down have been delivered in refrigerated trucks to the city of Kharkiv. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Hashem Aghajari, a well-known academic who had a death sentence overturned a decade ago, has been convicted and sentenced to a year in jail for spreading propaganda against the regime. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Islamic State Sunni insurgents captured the northern town of Zumar and a nearby oil field after a battle with Kurdish forces who had control of the area, witnesses said. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Eight soldiers were killed in clashes with gunmen on the Syrian border that erupted after the detention of a suspected Syrian jihadist, the army said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • China: A government procurement agency has excluded Symantec and Kaspersky, two foreign security software developers, from a security software supplier list, possibly due to concerns over intelligence gathering. (XIN)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 873 miles SSE of Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 161 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 12W (Nakri)
    • Location: 66 miles WSW of Kunsan AB
    • Movement: NE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bertha
    • Location: 30 miles N of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
    • Movement: NW at 21 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Iselle
    • Location: 1475 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 211 miles NNW of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 6.6 miles
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 7 miles WNW of Wenping, China
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 6.2 miles
    • Map
  • 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 (04AUG)

  • European Union & Cameroon: EU-Central Africa Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for trade and development will be effective
  • Libya: Libyan parliament to hand over power to incoming government

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