ONS: 03 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 4, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian army claimed to have freed nearly 180 hostages held by Boko Haram and captured a militant commander in the country’s northeast.
  • AMERICAS: A crowd of several thousand people gathered in Mexico City to denounce the death of a photographer killed early Saturday morning, the seventh journalist killed in the country this year.
  • ASIA: The Japanese government described claims that Washington spied on politicians and major firms as “deeply regrettable”, in its first official response to revelations from WikiLeaks.
  • EUROPE: French police said that migrants in Calais made around 1,700 attempts overnight to penetrate the Channel Tunnel premises in a bid to get to England.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry is to meet with his Gulf Arab counterparts for talks in Qatar as he attempts to ease the concerns of key allies over the Iran nuclear deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: AT&T is to unveil a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its USD48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US expands air support amid ongoing clashes.
    • US President Obama authorized using air power to defend a new US-backed fighting force in Syria if it is attacked by Syrian government forces or other groups.
    • Turkish President Erdogan was quoted as saying Russian President Putin is having a change of heart on the Kremlin’s support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and may “give up on him” in the future.
    • A Syrian military aircraft crashed while on a bombing run over the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha, leaving at least 12 people dead.
    • The US and its allies carried out at least 18 air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and six in Syria over the weekend.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: UNSG Ban Ki-moon condemned the killing of a peacekeeper from the UN peacekeeping mission in Bangui. (Xinhua)
  • Morocco: Officials reported that four migrants died after trying to swim to Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta from the north of the country. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The army claimed to have freed nearly 180 hostages held by Boko Haram and captured a militant commander in the country’s northeast. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The army said two soldiers were killed and two others wounded when ELN insurgents attacked a pipeline in the northeastern department of Arauca. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The government said it aims to buy land from private owners and redistribute it among the poor after its 50-year-old war ends. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A crowd of several thousand people gathered in the capital to denounce the death of a photographer killed early Saturday morning, the seventh journalist killed in the country this year. (NYT)
  • United States: President Obama is to issue a final, tougher version of rules aimed at limiting carbon emissions from power plants. (DPA)

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese Vice FM Liu Zhenmin said the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The family of deceased Taliban leader Mullah Omar refused to pledge allegiance to his successor, calling on religious scholars to settle a growing rift within insurgent ranks over the power transition. (AFP)
  • Burma: Rescuers raced to help tens of thousands stranded by rooftop-high floods in the country, as the UN warned that swollen rivers threaten more areas and large swathes of Asia were hit by deadly monsoon rains. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government described claims that Washington spied on politicians and major firms as “deeply regrettable”, in its first official response to revelations from WikiLeaks. (AFP)
  • Thailand: An official said that a general election could be delayed until April 2017 if a newly drafted constitution is rejected by a national reform assembly due to convene next month. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • France: Police said that migrants in Calais made around 1,700 attempts overnight to penetrate the Channel Tunnel premises in a bid to get to England. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The country’s main opposition leader accused President Erdogan of blocking efforts to form a coalition government and warned him against taking the country to new elections through “blood politics” by reopening conflict with Kurdish militants. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko accused Russian President Putin of wanting to take over the “whole of Europe” and potentially aiming his sights next at Finland and the Baltics. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The government promised new measures to crack down on illegal immigrants by making landlords evict them or face jail time. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry is to meet with his Gulf Arab counterparts for talks in Qatar as he attempts to ease the concerns of key allies over the Iran nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Iraq: ISIS militants executed 15 police officers and arrested four journalism students accused of collaborating with the foreign press in the northern city of Mosul. (EFE)
  • Yemen: The leader of Iran-backed rebels said a political settlement with the exiled government was still possible after what he called the “short-term” setback of their ouster from Aden. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: AT&T is to unveil a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its USD48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 14W (Fourteen)
    • Location: 216 NM N of Chichi Jima
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 13W (Soudelor)
    • Location: 196 NM WNW of Saipan
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 121 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Hurricane 09E (Guilermo)
    • Location: 618 NM ESE of Hilo
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 81 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01P (One)
    • Location: 548 NM NW of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: E at 2 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 24JUL: 462,561 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 14,069
      • Deaths as of 10JUL: 61 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 29JUL: 1382 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 29JUL: 493 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04AUG)

  • Italy and Iran: Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni will go to Iran (to 05AUG)

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