ONS: 05 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mozambique’s President Guebuza and rebel Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama signed a peace deal in front of 100 diplomats and dignitaries.

  • AMERICAS: Anti-narcotics police in Paraguay seized 3.4 tons of marijuana in the city of Pedro Juan Caballero bordering Brazil.

  • ASIA: The IAEA said that North Korea’s reactor at its main nuclear site may be operational again.

  • EUROPE:  The new UN envoy to Cyprus Espen Barth Eideis to meet for the first time with rival leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.

  • MIDDLE EAST:  A Western official said that NATO leaders are set to agree to help organize security assistance for Iraq in its fight against Islamic State militants, including coordinating the airlift of supplies.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook began rolling out its “privacy checkup” aimed at helping users of the social network better manage sharing their information and postings.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Fighting continues in country as NATO discusses options.

    • Clashes continued on the outskirts of the strategic port city of Mariupol, threatening to undermine talks aimed at sealing a ceasefire.

    • The main eastern rebel hub of Donetsk came under sustained shelling overnight after several days of calm with at least five civilians reported killed.

    • British PM Cameron said Britain could contribute 3,500 troops to a NATO rapid response force designed to meet new threats.

    • British Foreign Secretary Hammond said that new sanctions against Russia expected to be announced on Friday could be lifted if a ceasefire is implemented.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, Reuters-2, WP, WSJ, WSJ-2

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: The government was under renewed pressure to declare a “national disaster” because of increasingly widespread poaching. (AFP)

  • Mozambique: President Guebuza and rebel Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama signed a peace deal in front of 100 diplomats and dignitaries. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Hundreds of residents were said to be fleeing Maiduguri amid fears that Boko Haram were closing in on the city. (NYT)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff said she would make changes in her cabinet if elected for a second term. (Reuters)

  • Paraguay: Anti-narcotics police seized 3.4 tons of marijuana in the city of Pedro Juan Caballero bordering Brazil. (Xinhua)

  • Venezuela: President Maduro announced “five revolutions” on economic and social development. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Local media reported that the votes auditing process of the presidential runoff had ended. (Xinhua)

  • Korea, North: The IAEA said that the country’s reactor at its main nuclear site may be operational again. (AFP)

  • Korea, South: The government said that the US DoD has not yet decided on its reported plan to deploy an advanced missile-defense battery to the Korean Peninsula. (Xinhua)

  • Pakistan: Leaders of protests demanding PM Sharif’s resignation pressed on with talks with the government. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The new UN envoy to the country Espen Barth Eideis to meet for the first time with rival leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. (DPA)

  • France: Pierre Moscovici, the country’s candidate for the EU commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, said that he will not push national or party political interests if appointed. (AFP)

  • Germany: Japanese FM Fumio Kishida said he will visit the country from Monday to Tuesday for talks with FM Steinmeier. (Kyodo)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s top negotiator said that a comprehensive nuclear agreement with the West remains possible before a November deadline, as long as world powers are sincere during upcoming talks. (AFP)

  • Iraq: A Western official said that NATO leaders are set to agree to help organize security assistance for the country in its fight against Islamic State militants, including coordinating the airlift of supplies. (Reuters)

  • Israel: The government said it published tenders for 283 new homes in a West Bank settlement. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook began rolling out its “privacy checkup” aimed at helping users of the social network to better manage sharing their information and postings. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Norbert

    • Location: 100 miles WSW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph

    • Winds: 90 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 3685 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo) –

      • Deaths: 1841 (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 (06SEP)

  • China: Mid-Autumn Festival (to 08SEP)

  • United States: Anniversary of assassination of President William McKinley – 1901

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