ONS: 06 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunmen killed at least 13 people in raids on two separate areas on the Kenyan coast, the Red Cross said.
  • AMERICAS: Cuban President Raul Castro told parliament the communist country’s market-oriented reforms must remain gradual, a clear signal he would resist calls to accelerate change in order to address an under-performing economy.
  • ASIA: Thousands of refugees fleeing an offensive by Pakistan’s army have poured across the lawless border into ramshackle camps on rugged hills in Afghanistan, stirring unease that Taliban militants may be hiding among them.
  • EUROPE: The Free Trade Agreement, a watershed free-trade deal between Switzerland and China has come into force, the first such accord between the Asian giant and a mainland European economy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamist militant group Isis in Iraq, has called on Muslims to obey him, in his first video sermon.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from US digital networks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Investigation into teen’s death continues amid rising tensions.
    • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas movement’s chief Khaled Meshaal discussed the growing tension with Israel in the Palestinian territories, a senior Palestinian official said.
    • Israeli warplanes hit targets belonging to militants in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets firing into Israel, witnesses and paramedics said.
    • Initial autopsy findings from the body of an East Jerusalem youth who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews showed that he was burned alive, the Palestinian attorney-general is reported as saying.
    • Israeli police are examining video footage which appears to show two policemen punching and kicking the cousin of the Palestinian teenager.
    • The US State Department says it is “profoundly troubled” by reports that a US teenager was beaten while in Israeli police custody in East Jerusalem.
    • BBC, BBC-2, IANS, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: The country’s main opposition party is gearing up for a mass rally on Monday in a major challenge to the country’s year-old government amid mounting security woes and fears of renewed ethnic violence. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Gunmen killed at least 13 people in raids on two separate areas on the Kenyan coast, the Red Cross said. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Clashes between the armed forces and Islamists after a daring attack on the military in the country’s restive northeast left 53 insurgents and six troops dead, a spokesman said. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: President Raul Castro told parliament the communist country’s market-oriented reforms must remain gradual, a clear signal he would resist calls to accelerate change in order to address an underperforming economy. (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: Emilio Álvarez Montalván, a former guerrilla, political prisoner and government official who in the last quarter-century of his life was often called the wisest man in the country, died on Wednesday in Managua at the age of 94. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thousands of refugees fleeing an offensive by Pakistan’s army have poured across the lawless border into ramshackle camps on rugged hills in Afghanistan, stirring unease that Taliban militants may be hiding among them. (Reuters)
  • Region: Closer defense cooperation is set to take center stage when Australia hosts Japanese PM Shinzo Abe this week, while the two allies will also shore up a burgeoning trade relationship, analysts say. (AFP)
  • India: The nation’s new government, led by right-winger Narendra Modi, will unveil its maiden budget on Thursday — its first big policy statement on how it intends to overhaul an economy saddled with slow growth and weak public finances. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The country has doubled the number of its elite cyber warriors over the past two years and established overseas bases for hacking attacks, a report said. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: US government sources have acknowledged the arrest of a suspected double agent in Germany could cause serious damage to relations between the two allies. (Telegraph)
  • Serbia: PM Aleksandar Vucic has pledged reforms, including cuts in the bloated public sector as the country is struggling with a record budget deficit and could sink into bankruptcy. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: The Free Trade Agreement, a watershed free-trade deal with China has come into force, the first such accord between the Asian giant and a mainland European economy. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko has hailed the recapture of the rebel stronghold of Sloviansk as the start of a turning point in the three-month conflict. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamist militant group Isis, has called on Muslims to obey him, in his first video sermon. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Dozens of people were killed in weekend clashes between the army, allied tribes and Shiite Huthi rebels, military and tribal sources said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from US digital networks. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 08W (Neoguri)
    • Location: 583 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Movement: WNW at 18.4 mph
    • Winds: 63.3 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 88km SE of Sinabang, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 30.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Slamet, Central Java, Indonesia
    • Spewing volcanic ash around peak
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 779 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 481 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 04JUL: 827 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 04JUL: 287 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JUL)

  • Argentina: An Economy Ministry delegation will meet US coordinator Daniel Pollack in New York to discuss its hedge funds debt case
  • Europe Region: EU Ambassadors to convene for discussions on the Ukrainian crisis and the possibility of new sanctions on Russia
  • England: Anniversary of London Terrorist Bombings – 2005
  • Solomon Islands: Solomon Island Independence Day – 1978

 

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