ONS: 06 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian Interior Ministry said militants attacked a police checkpoint in the country’s north, killing five policemen.
  • AMERICAS: The US DoD said that it did not receive personal data on users of Internet privacy service Tor through a government-funded project to detect vulnerabilities.
  • ASIA: The Indonesian Constitutional Court opened a hearing on a dispute over the results of the 09JUL presidential election.
  • EUROPE: Polish PM Tusk said that he had reasons to suspect that the threat of a direct intervention by Russia’s military in Ukraine has risen recently.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese state media reported clashes in a border town held by Islamic extremists from Syria after a negotiated truce collapsed overnight.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Russian crime ring amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Ceasefire progresses into second day ahead of talks.
    • A ceasefire in Gaza pushed into a second day as Israeli and Palestinian delegations prepared for talks in Cairo to try to extend the 72-hour truce.
    • Egyptian officials mediating talks met an Israeli delegation during the night and were to relay their demands to Palestinian representatives.
    • Palestinian officials in Cairo said they would respond to Israeli terms through Egyptian intelligence officials, although a senior Hamas official has already rejected an Israeli demand that militants in Gaza disarm.
    • The US said that it expects to participate in Cairo talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
    • US Secretary Kerry urged Israel and the Palestinians to take advantage of the truce to move towards broader negotiations.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: US VP Biden spoke with several African leaders on economic cooperation and security. (AP)
  • Egypt: The Interior Ministry said that militants attacked a police checkpoint in the country’s north, killing five policemen. (AP)
  • Somalia: President Mohamud said he expected a new drive by the AU and the military to start in the next few days to push al Shabaab militants from more territory. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: President Kiir and US Secretary Kerry both prodded rebels to engage in peace efforts after mediators said they failed to show up for the latest round of talks. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Costa Rica: Authorities arrested a drug trafficker wanted in El Salvador as he entered the country and seized USD1.1 million in cash hidden in a spare tire (AP)
  • United States: The DoD said that it did not receive personal data on users of Internet privacy service Tor through a government-funded project to detect vulnerabilities. (Reuters)
  • United States: Federal regulators warned that 11 giant banks have unrealistic contingency plans in the event of bankruptcy and warned that if they fail they could plunge the world into a new financial crisis. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A policeman turned his gun on his colleagues at a checkpoint in the south, killing seven policemen. (AP)
  • Australia: PM Abbott defended new terror laws under which digital data will be retained for up to two years, denying it is an invasion of privacy. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: The Constitutional Court opened a hearing on a dispute over the results of the 09JUL presidential election. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed five militants in the northwest of the country.  (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: President Plevneliev dissolved the National Assembly and announced early parliamentary elections on 05OCT. (Xinhua)
  • Poland: PM Tusk said that he had reasons to suspect that the threat of a direct intervention by Russia’s military in Ukraine has risen recently. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The military launched a first air strike on the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk overnight but caused no civilian casualties. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia provided Lebanon’s army with one billion USD to strengthen security. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Kurdish peshmerga forces began coordinating a counter-offensive against jihadists around the city of Mosul with Kurdish fighters from Syria and Turkey. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: State media reported clashes in a border town held by Islamic extremists from Syria after a negotiated truce collapsed overnight. (AP)
  • Syria: HRW reported that militants have held 54 women and children hostage for an entire year. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A Russian crime ring amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 255n M SE of Kadena AB, Okinawa
    • Movement: NNE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 98 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Hurricane 09E (Iselle)
    • Location: 750 NM E of Hilo
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 98 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07E (Genevieve)
    • Location: 413 NM SW of Johnston Island
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bertha
    • Location: 400 miles SSW of Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • Movement: NE at 28 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Julio
    • Location: 1750 miles  of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 75 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 (07AUG)

  • Colombia: Juan Manuel Santos to be inaugurated as president
  • Cote D’Ivoire: Cote D’Ivoire Independence Day – 1960
  • Kenya and Tanzania: Anniversary of bombing of US Embassies in Africa – 1998

 

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