ONS: 04 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Health ministers from 11 West African countries have adopted a common strategy to fight a deadly Ebola outbreak in the region.

  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Arthur made landfall on the North Carolina coast, forcing thousands of vacationers to leave amid evacuation orders.

  • ASIA: Japan finalized its decision to lift some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea as Pyongyang launched a special committee to investigate the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted in the past.

  • EUROPE: France and Britain boosted passenger screening at airports, responding to a U.S. request for extra security for U.S.-bound flights over fears Islamist radicals could be plotting new attacks using hard-to-detect bombs.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The jihadist Islamic State (IS) is now in full control of all main oil and gas fields in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, bordering Iraq, a monitoring group said.

  • TECHNOLOGY: More than 70,000 people have already asked Google to delete links about them under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Possible ceasefire amid tense funeral for Palestinian teen.

    • Egypt is attempting to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas, according to the Palestinian militant group.

    • Israeli police flooded east Jerusalem ahead of the funeral of a Palestinian teenager believed killed by Israelis.

    • A ceasefire is due to be announced between Hamas and Israel following exchanges of fire along the border with the Gaza Strip, according to a source with the militant Palestinian group.

    • Israel mobilized troops around the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants there stepped up rocket attacks on southern Israel.

    • Internet hackers briefly took over an Israeli army Twitter account, posting an alarming message that a nuclear facility had been hit by rocket fire.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, Bloomberg, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: African nations have agreed to suspend military operations for six months against Rwandan rebels in Congo to give them more time to lay down their arms. (Reuters)

  • Region: Health ministers from 11 West African countries have adopted a common strategy to fight a deadly Ebola outbreak in the region. (BBC)

  • Egypt: A bomb blast in a train and clashes between protesters and security forces rocked the country during demonstrations marking the anniversary of former president Morsi’s ouster. (AFP)

  • Guinea: The WHO will establish a center for control of Ebola epidemic in the country soon, the organization’s Regional Director for Africa Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo disclosed. (Xinhua)

  • Rwanda: World leaders and parliamentarians were urged to step up the fight against discriminatory practices limiting women’s participation in social development at the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) in the capital Kigali. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Thieves in the country’s central region stole a pick-up truck carrying iridium 192, a dangerous radioactive material, authorities said. (Reuters)

  • United States: Hurricane Arthur made landfall on the North Carolina coast, forcing thousands of vacationers to leave amid evacuation orders. (Reuters)

  • United States: Los Alamos National Laboratory, a nuclear weapons manufacturing laboratory in New Mexico, has acknowledged it made mistakes in packing the waste that has been linked to a radiation leak. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan finalized its decision to lift some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea as Pyongyang launched a special committee to investigate the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted in the past. (Kyodo)

  • Region: Top Chinese and Indian military officials vowed to boost cooperation during a rare visit by the head of India’s army, state media reported. (Xinhua)

  • Region: India’s PM Modi faced a hostile welcome including a general strike during his first visit as prime minister to Kashmir, where he has sparked anger over apparent plans to curb the region’s autonomy. (AFP)

  • Vietnam: The government says it plans to build 32 new coastal patrol vessels to help defend its maritime sovereignty due to an ongoing territorial dispute in the South China Sea. (AP)

  • South Korea: The Chinese president’s state visit has drawn sharp attention not only for its political implications but also for the cultural exchange led by first lady Peng Liyuan. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: France and Britain boosted passenger screening at airports, responding to a U.S. request for extra security for U.S.-bound flights over fears Islamist radicals could be plotting new attacks using hard-to-detect bombs. (AFP)

  • Britain: Islamic leaders have urged British Muslims not to go to Syria or Iraq amid fears people are travelling there to take part in fighting. (BBC)

  • Germany: The US will not sign a no-spying agreement with the country as it attempts to settle the diplomatic fallout from the US National Security Agency‘s surveillance on Chancellor Angela Merkel, a White House official said Thursday. (DPA)

  • Italy: Staggering under a massive inflow of would-be refugees, the country took in another 800 on Friday, including dozens of women and children, after they were rescued by its navy off Malta. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: New Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey has promised that the army would retake Crimea, restoring the country’s territorial integrity. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A senior Obama administration official warned that world powers could break off nuclear negotiations in Vienna this month unless Iran begins to make concessions. (LAT)

  • Iraq: Some 1.2 million people have fled their homes as a result of unrest in the country this year, including hundreds of thousands displaced by a jihadist-led advance outside of Baghdad. (AFP)

  • Iraq: Sunni militants released 32 Turkish truck drivers who were captured during a lightning offensive across northern and western Iraq last month, Turkey’s foreign minister said. (Al-Awsat)

  • Syria: The jihadist Islamic State (IS) is now in full control of all main oil and gas fields in the country’s Deir Ezzor province, bordering Iraq, a monitoring group said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: More than 70,000 people have already asked Google to delete links about them under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W

    • Location: 173 NM WSW of Andersen AFB, Guam

    • Movement: NW at 15 mph

    • Winds: 51 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Arthur

    • Location: 30 km NNE of Cape Lookout, North Carolina

    • Movement: NE at 18mph

    • Winds: 100 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Douglas

    • Location: 775 KM WSW of the southern tip of Baja California

    • Movement: NW at 5 mph

    • Winds: 35 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: 193km SE of Raoul Island, New Zealand

    • Magnitude: 6.3

    • Depth: 20 km

    • Map

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 759 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

      • Deaths: 467 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

      • Sourcing: WHO

    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26JUN: 820 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26JUN: 286 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05JUL)

  • Algeria: Independence Day

  • Armenia: Constitution Day

  • Venezuela: Independence Day

 

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