ONS: 05 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian government announced it will launch a project to dig a new 72-km canal alongside the original Suez Canal.
  • AMERICAS: A US judge rejected Argentina’s bid to dismiss a mediator in the country’s USD1.3 billion debt battle with hedge funds.
  • ASIA: An Afghan government official said a NATO helicopter strike killed four civilians in the country’s west.
  • EUROPE: HRW reported that Ukrainian pro-Kremlin rebels are hampering the treatment of a growing number of civilian casualties by threatening doctors, hijacking ambulances and looting medical equipment.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese Army chief GEN Jean Kahwaji urged France to speed up the delivery of weapons under a Saudi-financed deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US security software maker Symantec denied reported that its products were banned by the Chinese government.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: 72-hour truce with Gaza begins.
    • A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas meant to last at least three days took effect in the Gaza Strip.
    • During the 72-hour truce, Israel and Hamas are to hold indirect talks in Cairo on a broader deal that would prevent future cross-border violence.
    • Israel said that the military has withdrawn all its forces from the Gaza Strip, wrapping up a ground operation launched on July 17.
    • The US welcomed the declaration of a ceasefire and warned that the onus was on the Palestinian militia to maintain the truce.
    • US President Obama signed a bill granting an additional USD225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: French peacekeeping troops killed several militiamen during a patrol in the north of the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The government announced it will launch a project to dig a new 72-km canal alongside the original Suez Canal. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Lawmakers elected Ageila Saleh Eissa as the new parliament speaker in a 77-74 vote. (AP)
  • Sudan: The country’s cabinet meets in emergency session after flooding killed at least six people, destroyed thousands of homes and sparked complaints of government negligence. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Peru: The country’s high court announced that mining company Doe Run must pay USD163 million for failing to take sufficient environmental measures at its site in La Oraya. (AFP)
  • United States: A judge rejected Argentina’s bid to dismiss a mediator in the country’s USD1.3 billion debt battle with hedge funds. (AFP)
  • United States: A man was admitted to a New York City hospital suffering from symptoms similar to those of Ebola and was being tested to see if he was infected. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea slammed Japan’s “ludicrous” reassertion of its claim to a set of disputed islets in a new defense white paper, warning it would further strain relations. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A government official said a NATO helicopter strike killed four civilians in the country’s west. (AP)
  • Australia: Officials said the country is set to toughen laws to target home-grown terrorists and those who fight overseas. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Jailed militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir pledged allegiance to IS jihadists as authorities announced measures aimed at curbing growing support for the IS. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government said that China’s “dangerous acts” over territorial claims in the East China Sea could lead to “unintended consequences” in the region. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: President Plevneliev presented a caretaker government whose main task is to organize early elections due in October. (Xinhua)
  • France: Dozens were hurt after clashes broke out in the northern port of Calais between hundreds of African migrants seeking to cross the Channel to England. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Dozens of police officers were detained as part of an investigation into alleged spying and illegally wiretapping PM Erdogan. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: HRW reported that pro-Kremlin rebels are hampering the treatment of a growing number of civilian casualties by threatening doctors, hijacking ambulances and looting medical equipment. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Minister at the Foreign Office and minister for faith and communities Warsi resigned over the government’s policy on Gaza. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Kuwait: The government stepped up controls on Islamic charities, including donations for Syria, as part of measures to curb funding for extremists. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Army chief GEN Jean Kahwaji urged France to speed up the delivery of weapons under a Saudi-financed deal. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Two soldiers were killed in fighting with Islamist militants overnight in the town of Arsa. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US security software maker Symantec denied reported that its products were banned by the Chinese government. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 404 NM SSE of Kadena AB, Okinawa
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 103 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 07E (Genevieve)
    • Location: 372 NM S of Johnston Island
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bertha
    • Location: 475 miles W of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNE at 22 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Julio
    • Location: 1110 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Iselle
    • Location: 1115 miles E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 125 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1603 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 887 (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 (06AUG)

  • Bolivia: Independence Day
  • Jamaica: Jamaican Independence Day – 1962
  • Japan: Anniversary that US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima – 1945
  • Kazakhstan and Russia: Russian foreign ministry to visit (to 07AUG)
  • United States: Black Hat internet-security conference held in Las Vegas (to 07AUG)

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