ONS: 04 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US President Obama will welcome African leaders at a summit focused on economic development.
  • AMERICAS: The AP reported that the US Agency for International Development sent nearly a dozen people from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to promote opposition in Cuba.
  • ASIA: A bomb killed a Pakistani religious leader and two of his guards during a celebration at a northwestern shrine.
  • EUROPE: The German government revoked permission for a company to deliver a field exercise simulator to the Russian military.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, the Islamic State group warned it would seek to further expand into autonomous Kurdish territory after claiming key towns and areas over the past 48 hours.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Japan is planning to launch a military space force by 2019 that would initially be tasked with protecting satellites from dangerous debris orbiting the Earth.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Humanitarian truce in effect as damage in Gaza continues.
    • Israeli troops began observing a unilateral seven-hour humanitarian lull in most of the Gaza Strip from 0700 GMT.
    • A child was killed and 30 people wounded in a strike on a refugee camp in Gaza City.
    • The Gaza Strip-ruling Hamas movement said that the seven-hour truce would be unilateral.
    • British PM Cameron said that the UN was “right” to condemn the shelling of a UN school in Gaza, but declined to say whether it breached international law.
    • French FM Fabius said that Israel’s right to security does not justify its actions in Gaza as he called for a political solution to be “imposed” by the international community.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: US President Obama will welcome African leaders at a summit focused on economic development. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The military killed at least 11 suspected extremists in a raid in the Sinai Peninsula. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Amnesty International said the government and Shell have done almost nothing to ease oil pollution in the Ogoniland area of the Niger Delta. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican and US officials met to discuss the use of force by US federal agents on the border. (EFE)
  • Cuba: The AP reported that the US Agency for International Development sent nearly a dozen people from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to promote opposition in Cuba. (AP)
  • Mexico:  Federal prosecutors charged the son of a former governor with withholding evidence. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Four army soldiers were killed and four others wounded in a bomb attack outside of Kabul. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A bomb killed a religious leader and two of his guards during a celebration at a northwestern shrine. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The country said it has won support from Vietnam, Indonesia and Brunei for a plan to ease tensions in the South China Sea. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: The government revoked permission for a company to deliver a field exercise simulator to the Russian military. (AP)
  • Italy: The navy said it had rescued over 2,700 migrants from boats attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa over the weekend. (AFP)
  • Russia: The military began new military exercises with more than 100 aircraft in the country’s central and western districts. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The Islamic State group warned it would seek to further expand into autonomous Kurdish territory after claiming key towns and areas over the past 48 hours. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The minority Yazidi community said that tens of thousands of its members have fled their homes after Sunni militants from the extremist Islamic State group captured their towns. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Sixteen soldiers, including two officers, and “dozens” of militants were killed in three days of clashes on the Syrian border. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Japan is planning to launch a military space force by 2019 that would initially be tasked with protecting satellites from dangerous debris orbiting the Earth. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 588 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Winds:120 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 07E (Genevieve)
    • Location: 637 NM SE of JOhnston Island
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bertha
    • Location: 220 mi E of GReat Abaco Island
    • Movement: N at 16 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Julio
    • Location: 860 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Iselle
    • Location: 1305 miles E of hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Winds: 125 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (05AUG)

  • Burkina Faso: Independence Day – 1960
  • Pakistan: Anti-terrorism court summons former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to appear in court in case over judges’ detention
  • United States: Anniversary of US credit rating downgraded – 2011

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