ONS: 06 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somalia is on high alert following confirmation of Al-Shebab leader Godane’s death in a US airstrike.

  • AMERICAS: Colombia deported two Venezuelan opposition activists, raising alarm that they might face detention or retribution in the neighboring country.

  • ASIA: Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have killed 110 people in Pakistan and 86 people in India, officials said, as forecasters warned of more rain in the coming days and troops raced to evacuate people from deluged areas.

  • EUROPE: Russia sent six ships carrying personnel and equipment to a Soviet-era military base in the Arctic that it is reopening to bolster its presence in the region, local news agencies reported.

  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 12 people were killed in Yemen in fierce overnight clashes between army-backed tribes and Shiite Huthi rebels pressing a protest campaign against the government, tribal sources said.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Huang Shuxian, China’s top graft buster, vowed to crack down on new digital forms of corruption amidst of one of the country’s broadest ever anti-corruption campaigns, a report said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: National Guard Commander Poltorak claimed ceasefire in eastern part of country with pro-Russian rebels largely holds

    • Pro-Russian rebels accused Kiev’s forces of breaking a ceasefire just hours after it was agreed, and vowed to pursue their independence drive in the east.

    • National Security and Defense Council spokesman Lysenko accused pro-Russian rebels of firing on government forces 10 times after the ceasefire came into effect.

    • The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that it would react if the EU imposed new sanctions.

    • Chinese FM Wangy Yi expressed relief and support for the ceasefire.

    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, XIN

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta offered his “heartfelt thanks” to the United States for killing the leader of Somalia’s Shebab militants, responsible for the massacre at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall a year ago. (AFP)

  • Libya: Troops loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar made advances against hardline Islamist militias in the restive city of Benghazi, a military spokesman said. (DPA)

  • Somalia: The nation is on high alert following confirmation of Al-Shebab leader Godane’s death in a US airstrike. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The authorities deported two Venezuelan opposition activists, raising alarm that they might face detention or retribution in the neighboring country. (Miami Herald)

  • Jamaica: Office of the Children’s Registry released data revealing that child abuse cases reached a worrisome level of 11,018 last year, a 26 percent increase over the previous year. (XIN)

  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro presided over the delivery of 760 new houses in Ciudad Tiuna in the capital Caracas, which were built by China International Trust and Investment Corporation. (XIN)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe left for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in a move to boost Japan’s trade and investment with both counties. (AFP)

  • China: The military admitted two pilots were killed during test flights on the country’s new aircraft carrier. (AP)

  • India and Pakistan: Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have killed 110 people in Pakistan and 86 people in India, officials said, as forecasters warned of more rain in the coming days and troops raced to evacuate people from deluged areas. (AP)

  • North Korea: Military fired three three short-range projectiles into the waters off its east coast ahead of a major holiday, South Korea alledges. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Labor unions plan to take to the streets of the port city of Thessaloniki today to protest ongoing austerity measures that the governmment has imposed as part of an international bailout. (DPA)

  • Russia: The military sent six ships carrying personnel and equipment to a Soviet-era military base in the Arctic it is reopening to bolster its presence in the region, local news agencies reported. (AFP)

  • Turkey: The Parliament gave its new cabinet headed by PM Ahmet Davutoglu a vote of confidence. (Reuters)

  • Ukraine: Malaysian PM Razak claimed he has received intelligence reports that contain “pretty conclusive” evidence of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that was shot down over the country in July. (Kyodo)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: In a nationally televised speach, President Sisi asked the public to be patient and grasp the extent of the challenges facing the country following a massive power outage. (AP)

  • Egypt: The state prosecutor announced that he will try deposed President Morsi on accusations that he handed documents relating to national security over to Qatar. (AFP)

  • Yemen: At least 12 people were killed in fierce overnight clashes between army-backed tribes and Shiite Huthi rebels pressing a protest campaign against the government, tribal sources said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • China: Huang Shuxian, China’s top graft buster, vowed to crack down on new digital forms of corruption amidst of one of the country’s broadest ever anti-corruption campaigns, a report said. (South China Morning Post)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Norbert

    • Location: 188 miles WNW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

    • Movement: NW at 8 mph

    • Winds: 120mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Easter Island Region

    • Magnitude: 6.1

    • Depth: 10km

    • Map

  • Volcanoes: Holuhraun lava fields, Iceland

    • New fissure erupting (Wired)

  • Volcanoes: Kilauea, Hawaii, US

    • Lava flows threaten homes (Wired)

  • 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 (07SEP)

  • Brazil: Brazil’s Independence Day

  • Britain: Anniversary of the Blitz, during World War II, begins in earnest: German planes bomb London for the first of 57 consecutive nights – 1940

  • Pakistan: Upper House Senate Session on September 8th

 

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