ONS: 04 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Somali military and AU troops captured the town of Jalalaqsi from Shebab Islamists during a major offensive.
  • AMERICAS: US Attorney General Holder will launch this week a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department.
  • ASIA: India ordered several provinces to be on increased alert in response to al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri announcing the formation of a branch of his militant group in the region.
  • EUROPE: Dutch authorities investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 said they will publish a preliminary report on 08SEP.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  NATO SG Rasmussen said the alliance would “seriously” consider any request from Iraq for assistance in a war against insurgents from the radical Islamic State.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to pay USD7.4 million to settle federal allegations that the company improperly used customers’ personal information to market new services to them.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: NATO summit opens as tensions with Russia increase.
    • Russian FM Lavrov warned that Ukraine’s NATO ambitions are threatening to derail peace talks in the east of the country.
    • Ukraine’s President Poroshenko is to brief leaders on his agreement with Russian President Putin on the outlines of a peace agreement in Ukraine
    • NATO SG Rasmussen said that Russian forces continued to destabilize Ukraine even as Moscow pushes a cease-fire deal in the east of the country.
    • Estonian PM Roivas said the country’s delegation to the NATO summit will seek an agreement on the permanent presence of allied forces on its territory.
    • Coverage: AP, Interfax, CNN, Guardian, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A power outage blacked out most of Cairo causing major disruption across the city at the height of the morning rush hour. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Local media reported that Boko Haram was systematically killing men in the north of the country to assert its control, causing more than 26,000 people to flee the area within one week. (DPA)
  • Somalia: The military and AU troops captured the town of Jalalaqsi from Shebab Islamists during a major offensive. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Rights groups demanded an international arms embargo for the country as millions of dollars worth of newly-bought weapons fuel the civil war. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Lawmakers approved a measure that would transfer the payment site for the country’s restructured debt obligations from New York to Buenos Aires. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A taxi driver pleaded guilty to his part in the kidnap and murder of a US DEA agent in Bogota last year. (AP)
  • United States: Attorney General Holder will launch this week a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australian PM Abbott is expected to sign a deal to sell uranium to India during a two day visit to the country. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban struck a government compound in Ghazni in an attack that included two suicide truck bombings and left at least 12 people dead. (AP)
  • India: The government ordered several provinces to be on increased alert in response to al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri announcing the formation of a branch of his militant group in the region. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: The military said it would create a combined army unit with the US, reportedly tasked with destroying North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction in the event of an all-out conflict. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Portugal: The troika of international lenders is to visit the country for the first time since the country concluded its bailout program. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: Dutch authorities investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 said they will publish a preliminary report on 08SEP. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour party, is to attempt to convince Scots to reject independence in a referendum later this month. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The UAE called for a “unified effort” to root out radical militancy in regional hotspots including Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Afghanistan. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Government and US officials will resume negotiations in Geneva this week as they seek to hammer out a full nuclear deal ahead of a November deadline. (AFP)
  • Iraq: NATO SG Rasmussen said the alliance would “seriously” consider any request from the country for assistance in a war against insurgents from the radical Islamic State. (AFP)
  • Iraq: British PM Cameron said the UK is considering providing arms and training to Kurdish forces to help its fight against Islamic insurgents. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to pay USD7.4 million to settle federal allegations that the company improperly used customers’ personal information to market new services to them. (LAT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Norbert
    • Location: 165 miles S of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 175km E of `Ohonua, Tonga
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 11.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 3069 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo) –
      • Deaths: 1552 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 24JUL: 837 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths as of 24JUL: 291 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05SEP)

  • Chile: Anniversary of Seguro Obrero massacre – 1938
  • Mozambique: President Armando Guebuza and his rival Afonso Dhlakama to meet to cement a peace deal aimed at ending two years of hostilities

 

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