ONS: 06 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian army extended by 24 hours a travel ban imposed on Borno state.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Rousseff won a first-round election with 41% of the vote and will face Aecio Neves in a runoff election.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Park Geun-hye called for regularly holding a senior-level dialogue with the DPRK after visiting DPRK officials agreed to another round of high-level talks.
  • EUROPE: NATO SG Stoltenberg said the alliance wants constructive relations with Russia during a visit to Poland.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kurdish fighters held off a fresh assault by the Islamic State group on the Syrian border town of Kobane overnight.
  • TECHNOLOGY: FBI Director Comey said that China is waging an aggressive cyber-war against the US which costs American business billions of dollars every year.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Hong Kong protests being to lose steam as second week begins.
    • Exhausted Hong Kong demonstrators debated the next step in their pro-democracy campaign as their numbers dwindled after a week of rallies.
    • Schools reopened and civil servants returned to work after protesters cleared the area outside the city’s government headquarters.
    • Crowds also thinned markedly at the two other protest sites, and traffic flowed again through many roads that had been blocked.
    • The World Bank’s chief Asia economist said protests in Hong Kong could hurt the city’s economy, but the impact will depend on how long the “uncertainty” lasts.
    • Government newspaper The Peoples’ Daily slammed pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong as “driving democracy backwards”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, AP-2, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: A jihadist close to the al-Qaeda-linked militia MUJAO claimed responsibility for an attack on Friday that killed nine UN peacekeepers. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The army extended by 24 hours a travel ban imposed on Borno state. (AFP)
  • Somalia: New Zealand and Australian forces seized USD245 million in illegal drugs during anti-piracy operations. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: President Zuma announced deputy governor Lesetja Kganyago will be the country’s new head of the central bank. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff won a first-round election with 41% of the vote and will face Aecio Neves in a runoff election. (AFP)
  • Colombia: One policeman was killed and another wounded in an armed attack by suspected ELN rebels in the town of San Calixto. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Two gang hitmen admitted to killing 17 of 43 students missing in the south of the country since last week. (AFP)
  • United States: Top health officials said that they are opposed to placing a ban on travelers from Ebola-infected countries, warning that shutting down borders could impede efforts by aid workers. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: At least nine civilians were killed as Pakistani and Indian troops targeted each other with gunfire and mortar shells across the border in the disputed region of Kashmir. (AP)
  • Region: South Korea’s arms procurement agency said that Indonesia had agreed to pay 20 percent of the development costs of a mid-level fighter jet program that could cost up to USD8 billion. (Reuters)
  • China: The government took 160,000 “phantom” government staff off its official payroll in an ongoing anti-corruption effort. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Park Geun-hye called for regularly holding a senior-level dialogue with the DPRK after visiting DPRK officials agreed to another round of high-level talks. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: A committee appointed by the military selected a 250-member advisory group to help write a new national constitution. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO SG Stoltenberg said the alliance wants constructive relations with Russia during a visit to Poland. (Reuters)
  • Bulgaria: The center-right GERB party won the general election with 32.6 percent of the vote against 15.27 percent for their main Socialist opponents, according to official results with 87 percent of votes counted. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The government submitted a draft 2015 budget that aims to cut taxes and ease austerity measures. (WSJ)
  • Ukraine: The first unarmed drones arrived in the country to help OSCE teams monitor the implementation of a fragile one-month truce. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A journalist detained since July along with her husband, The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tehran, was released from custody. (WP)
  • Iraq: Australian fighter jets flew their first armed combat mission against the Islamic State group but did not launch air strikes. (AFP)
  • Syria: Kurdish fighters held off a fresh assault by the Islamic State group on the border town of Kobane overnight. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: US VP Biden apologized to the country after suggesting it had fuelled the rise of extremist groups in Syria. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: FBI Director Comey said that China is waging an aggressive cyber-war against the US which costs American business billions of dollars every year. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 19W (Vongfong)
    • Location: 534 NM S of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: WNW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 103 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 18W (Phanfone)
    • Location: 201 NM SSEOF  Misawa AB, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 46 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Simon
    • Location: 280 miles SW of Punta Eugenia, Mexico
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (07OCT)

  • Europe Region: Next round discussions on the South Caucasus in Geneva (to 08OCT)

 

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