ONS: 04 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN Security Council strongly condemned a targeted ambush against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which killed nine Nigerian peacekeepers.

  • AMERICAS: Texas health officials narrowed down the list of people who may have had direct and indirect contact with the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola patient to 50 people.

  • ASIA: North and South Korea both agreed to work on resuming a formal high-level dialogue that has effectively been suspended for seven months.

  • EUROPE: Latvia’s hardline center-right coalition is poised to return to power Saturday in an election overshadowed by alarm over a resurgent Russia and a Kremlin-allied party popular with the country’s sizeable Russian minority.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey warned on Saturday it would not hesitate to strike back at Islamic State jihadists if they attacked Turkish troops stationed at Ankara`s enclave inside Syria.

  • TECHNOLOGY: European Union (EU) member states have pledged to act as coherent partners on Internet governance.

 

TOP STORY

  • Hong Kong: Protests threaten to unravel in violence

    • Hong Kong braced for a second night of violence as sporadic clashes erupted between pro-democracy protesters and those opposed to their occupation of some of the city’s busiest shopping areas.

    • Police arrested 19 people, some believed to have organized crime ties, during a night of running brawls in an attempt to drive out pro-democracy protesters.

    • Women pro-democracy protesters are being targeted with sexual assaults and harassment, said demonstrators and an international human rights group.

    • Lai Tung-kwok, Hong Kong’s security chief, furiously denied the government had used triad gangs against pro-democracy protesters Saturday.

    • After clashes between pro-democracy protesters and opponents in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district, student leaders called off talks with the government, accusing police of allowing the violence to happen.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Bloomberg, CNN

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: The UN Security Council strongly condemned a targeted ambush against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which killed nine Nigerian peacekeepers. (Xinhua)

  • Somalia: Al-Qaeda-aligned militants are withdrawing from their last major stronghold on the country’s southern coast, according to residents. (BBC)

  • Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni said his country risks a trade boycott by the West if it reintroduces a divisive anti-gay law that was rejected by the constitutional court. (Reuters)

  • Zambia: Michael Sata, the country’s leader, will not resign, amid growing speculations about his failing health, according to Vice President Guy Scott. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The U.S. Border Patrol is targeting Mexican cartel scouts who get paid to help smugglers stay clear of law enforcement with the use of sophisticated technology. (AP)

  • Cuba: A Havana criminal court passed sentences to 14 former Cuban officials and three foreign businessmen found guilty of corruption. (Xinhua)

  • Mexico: The United Nations in Mexico urged authorities to conduct an “effective” search for 43 students who vanished after a deadly police shooting last week. (AFP)

  • United States: Texas health officials narrowed down the list of people who may have had direct and indirect contact with the country’ s first diagnosed Ebola patient to 50 people. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The U.S. will brief South Korea on ongoing revision with Japan to their defense cooperation guidelines ahead of the release of an interim report next week. (Kyodo)

  • China: The number of dengue fever case is rising alarmingly in south China with over 200 cases reported from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (Xinhua)

  • Malaysia: About 155 Uygur illegal immigrants, including 76 children, have been detained by the Malaysian authorities, local media reported on Saturday. (Xinhua)

  • North & South Korea: Both nations agreed to work on resuming a formal high-level dialogue that has effectively been suspended for seven months. (AFP)

  • Taiwan: Health minister Chiu Wen-ta resigned over ‘gutter oil’ scandal, where eight people have been charged over recycled waste oil sales. (South China Morning Post)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia, the European Commission and Ukraine will make a decision on the date and place of another trilateral meeting on gas next week. (TASS)

  • Latvia: The country’s hardline center-right coalition is poised to return to power Saturday in an election overshadowed by alarm over a resurgent Russia and a Kremlin-allied party popular with the country’s sizeable Russian minority. (AFP)

  • Russia: Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang will visit for the 18th meeting of the Joint Commission for the Regular Prime Ministers’ Meetings between Oct. 9 and 11. (Xinhua)

  • Spain: Catalan leaders forged ahead for a vote on independence, defying a court challenge by the national government in their bid to redraw the map of Spain. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey warned on Saturday it would not hesitate to strike back at Islamic State jihadists if they attacked Turkish troops stationed at Ankara`s enclave inside Syria. (AFP)

  • Region: Sweden’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state is “courageous,” senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said, calling on other EU states to follow suit. (AFP)

  • Iraq: The U.S. welcomed Dutch air strikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq, with F-16 fighters from the Netherlands poised to join the action as early as the weekend. (AFP)

  • Syria: The UN Security Council on Friday condemned the twin bomb attacks on a school complex in Homs, which killed over 50 people and injured dozens more, mostly children. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance on Saturday, attending prayers on the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday at a mosque in Damascus. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Yahoo Inc.plans to reinvest a small portion it made from an early bet on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.in another fast-growing startup, Snapchat Inc. (WSJ)

  • Communications: European Union (EU) member states have pledged to act as coherent partners on Internet governance. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Nineteen)

    • Location: 637 NM ESE of Saipan

    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph

    • Winds: 28 mph

    • Map

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 18W (Phanfone)

    • Location: 682 NM WSW of Yokosuka, Japan

    • Movement: NNW at 5 mph

    • Winds: 66 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Simon

    • Location: 280 miles SSW of Baja California

    • Movement: WNW  at 12 mph

    • Winds: 75 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 7470 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, US)

      • Deaths: 3431 (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 (05OCT)

  • Brazil: Brazil general elections

  • Bulgaria: Bulgaria general elections

  • Portugal: Portuguese Republican Day – 1910

 

END

Comments on this entry are closed.