ONS: 03 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least 36 Libyan soldiers were killed and 70 wounded in car bomb attacks and clashes between troops and Islamists around Benghazi airport.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, thousands of protesters blocked the highway leading to Acapulco to press authorities to find 43 students missing since a deadly police shooting last weekend.
  • ASIA: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters clashed with opposition groups in two of the city’s busiest shopping districts.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Davutoglu said the country will do whatever it can to prevent the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane falling to jihadists, after parliament approved military action.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Abbas is to ask for USD4 billion for reconstruction in Gaza.
  • TECHNOLOGY: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said contact information for 76 million households and about 7 million small businesses was compromised in a cyber-attack detected this summer.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: British PM in surprise visit to country amid spike in violence.
    • British PM David Cameron became the first world leader to hold talks with newly-inaugurated President Ghani.
    • President Ghani set a fresh tone in relations with NATO countries that have fought against Taliban insurgents, saying that the NATO soldiers in Afghanistan had made the world a safer place.
    • US officials said that the Afghan army is suffering death rates 30 percent higher in the 2014 fighting season.
    • ISAF head US GEN Campbell said the estimate “for overall (Afghan) casualties — this includes both wounded and killed — is in the neighborhood of 7,000 to 9,000 for ’14”.
    • GEN Campbell said that the Afghan military continues to hold its own against the Taliban insurgency but Afghan politicians exaggerate Taliban battlefield wins.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, WP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: US defense officials said the US will renew its military assistance to French forces in the Sahel region but will require Paris to pay for the cost of any future aid. (AFP)
  • Libya: At least 36 soldiers were killed and 70 wounded in car bomb attacks and clashes between troops and Islamists around Benghazi airport. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Power Corporation said the penning of a USD1.1 billion deal with China’s Sinohydro had been “rescheduled to a later date” without providing a reason. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The top presidential candidates engaged in the final debate ahead of this weekend’s election, as new polls showed President Rousseff solidifying her lead. (AP)
  • Mexico: Thousands of protesters blocked the highway leading to Acapulco to press authorities to find 43 students missing since a deadly police shooting last weekend. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro reported the arrest of four groups who were planning to attack and carry out violent acts in the capital and other cities. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: PM Abbott has asked Parliament officials to reconsider a new security measure that segregates Muslim women who wear face veils from other visitors. (AFP)
  • China: Pro-democracy protesters clashed with opposition groups in two of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: A senior envoy said that the country was ready to resume six-party talks on its nuclear program. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: The military said it killed 15 insurgents in air strikes in Khyber near the Afghan border. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Sweden: Former European Commissioner Margot Wallstrom was named Foreign Minister in the country’s new Social Democrat-led government. (AP)
  • Turkey: PM Davutoglu said the country will do whatever it can to prevent the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane falling to jihadists, after parliament approved military action. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron’s Conservative party took the lead in a YouGov opinion poll for the first time since March 2012. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Australia’s cabinet authorized the deployment of special forces and military air strikes to target IS in the country. (NYT)
  • Israel: The EU condemned a plan to build 2,610 new settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, calling it “highly detrimental” to diplomatic efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas is to ask for USD4 billion for reconstruction in Gaza. (AP)
  • Syria: IS militants advanced to within a few kilometres of the eastern and southeastern edges of Kobane. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said contact information for 76 million households and about 7 million small businesses was compromised in a cyber attack detected this summer.(WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Nineteen)
    • Location: 86 NM NNE of Pohnpei
    • Movement:w NW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 18W (Phanfone)
    • Location: 374 NM WSW of Iwo To
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 127 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Simon
    • Location: 140 miles ESE of Socorro Island
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 50 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, Austria)
      • Deaths as of 02OCT: 301 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04OCT)

  • Global: A global march demanding action to stop rhino and elephant poaching will be held
  • West Africa: US government to start training doctors and nurses planning to volunteer in the fight against the Ebola virus
  • Latvia: Parliamentary elections
  • Judaism: Yom Kippur

 

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