ONS: 05 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Celebrations in West Africa for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha have been badly affected by the Ebola outbreak, with many public places for prayer deserted.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil votes in presidential elections Sunday, with incumbent Dilma Rousseff headed for a likely runoff against one of two challengers promising different brands of change.
  • ASIA: South Korea is considering inviting North Korea to its October forum aimed at implementing President Park Geun-hye’s policy for promoting peace in Northeast Asia.
  • EUROPE: The center-right coalition of PM Laimdota Straujuma handily won Latvia’s elections while a pro-Russian opposition party narrowly won the most seats.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Australian defense minister David Johnston has acknowledged weakness in the Iraqi army while Islamic State forces are “extremely adaptive” and growing rapidly.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A law firm is threatening Google with a $100 million lawsuit with the accusation that the search giant has not done enough to remove photos from the iCloud hack last month.

 

TOP STORY

  • Hong Kong: Protests continue as government deadline draws closer
    • Fresh clashes broke out at Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests early Sunday with riot police using batons and pepper spray to fight back demonstrators, as student leaders reopened the door to talks with the government.
    • The Hong Kong government has set a Monday morning deadline for the police to clear away pro-democracy demonstrators who have blocked offices, including its own headquarters.
    • With the clock ticking as a government ultimatum to clear the streets nears, pro-democracy protesters began dismantling one of three protest sites as the police appeared to stick with a strategy of avoiding force to clear demonstrators.
    • A deadline for pro-democracy demonstrators to clear Hong Kong’s barricaded streets loomed Sunday, as the city’s Beijing-backed leader claimed the disorder now risked “serious consequences” for public safety.
    • Fearing a police crackdown, Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters said they would lift a blockade of key government buildings, but student leaders braced for a showdown in the heart of the Asian financial center.
    • Coverage: AFPAFP-2NYTReutersWSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Thousands marched in Africa and around the world to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction. (Guardian)
  • Region: Celebrations in West Africa for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha have been badly affected by the Ebola outbreak, with many public places for prayer deserted. (BBC)
  • Libya: British teacher David Bolam has been released after being held hostage in Libya for around five months. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Somali troops backed by African peacekeepers recaptured the last major port held by the Shebab, key to the financing of the Islamist militia. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The nation votes in presidential elections Sunday, with incumbent Dilma Rousseff headed for a likely runoff against one of two challengers promising different brands of change. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Despite frequent attempts to break into the electronic ballots, the Superior Electoral Court insist the country’s electronic voting system “safe and fraud-proof”. (BBC)
  • Guyana: Tax agency chief Kurshid Sattaur wants an investigation into how the country’s leading newspaper obtained confidential emails between him and top officials who sought sensitive tax information about the paper. (AP)
  • Mexico: Simon grew into a powerful category four hurricane as it swirled off the country’s Pacific coast, threatening resorts barely recovering from a recent storm. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A mass grave site was found outside the city of Iguala where violence last weekend resulted in six deaths and the disappearance of 43 students. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • India: At least 33 people died and another 26 were injured in a panic-stricken stampede at a religious festival in the northern city of Patna. (EFE)
  • Japan: A search operation for people missing on a volcano in central Japan was called off as an approaching typhoon brought heavy rains. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The health of leader Kim Jong-Un is intact, a top official said during a rare visit to the South, after speculation of a debilitating illness and rumors of a coup in Pyongyang. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The country is considering inviting North Korea to its October forum aimed at implementing President Park Geun-hye’s policy for promoting peace in Northeast Asia. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Bulgarians are voting in a snap election, following the resignation of a Socialist-led government in July. (BBC)
  • Germany: Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants to revive the high-altitude reconnaissance drone Euro Hawk after the government backed away from plans to buy some last year. (Reuters)
  • Ireland: A major cannabis shipment, estimated to be worth up to 600,000 euros, has been seized by the country’s customs service in Dublin port. (Xinhua)
  • Latvia: The center-right coalition of PM Laimdota Straujuma handily won the country’s elections while a pro-Russian opposition party narrowly won the most seats. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM David Cameron on Saturday reiterated his resolve to hunt down the killers of British aid worker Alan Henning and bring them to justice. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: IMF managing director Christine Lagarde warned the war against ISIS and the instability of Iraq and Syria could trigger higher global oil prices. (Al-Awsat)
  • Region: The Pakistani Taliban have expressed their support for Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq. (BBC)
  • Iraq: At a Kurdish-run refugee camp, strict checks are being imposed to weed out “good” Sunni Arab families from “bad” ones suspected of links to the Islamic State. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Australian defense minister David Johnston has acknowledged weakness in the Iraqi army while Islamic State forces are “extremely adaptive” and growing rapidly. (Guardian)
  • Israel: Sweden’s ambassador to the country, Carl Magnus Nesser will be summoned in response to Swedish PM Stefan Loefven’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A law firm is threatening Google with a $100 million lawsuit with the accusation that the search giant has not done enough to remove photos from the iCloud hack last month. (Daily Digest News)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Vongfong)
    • Location: 299 NM ESE of Andersen AFB
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 36 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 18W (Phanfone)
    • Location: 326 NM S of Iwakuni, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Simon
    • Location: 395 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW  at 10 mph
    • Winds: 130 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinaburg, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • Spewing columns of ash 3000 meters high (Xinhua)
  • 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 (06OCT)

  • Egypt: Armed Forces Day – 1973
  • South Korea: 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (to 17OCT)

 

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