ONS: 07 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Liberian President Sirleaf declared a state of emergency in the country amid an Ebola outbreak, saying that some civil rights may have to be suspended.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican Congress gave final approval in a 78-26 vote to a historic energy reform that will open the state-controlled sector to foreign investment for the first time since 1938.
  • ASIA: Pakistani security forces arrested dozens of political activists as the government braces for two major political protests in the next week.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine scrapped a ceasefire around the crash site of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli FM Lieberman called for EU “inspectors” to monitor Gaza’s borders amid efforts to extend a ceasefire.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google said that it is now giving bonus points in its ranking algorithm to Web pages that are encrypted.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Government implements counter-sanctions as tensions rise.
    • Russian PM Medvedev said the country is introducing a “full embargo” on most food imports from EU, US, and other Western countries that have imposed sanctions against Moscow.
    • PM Medvedev warned that Russia could block overflights between Europe and Asia in retaliation for Western sanctions.
    • The EU’s executive warned it was ready “to take action” over Russia’s decision to restrict imports of EU food and agricultural products.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen touched down in Kiev for talks with Ukraine’s leaders.
    • US VP Biden and Ukrainian President Poroshenko said they are concerned about Russia’s suggestion that so-called Russian “peacekeepers” could play a role in Ukraine.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: US President Obama called for the release of three imprisoned Al-Jazeera journalists. (AFP)
  • Liberia: President Sirleaf declared a state of emergency in the country amid an Ebola outbreak, saying that some civil rights may have to be suspended. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Authorities rushed to obtain isolation tents in anticipation of more Ebola infections as they disclosed five more cases of the virus. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen attacked the northeastern town of Gwoza killing dozens. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A high court ruled that FARC rebels found guilty of war crimes cannot hold public office. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Congress gave final approval in a 78-26 vote to a historic energy reform that will open the state-controlled sector to foreign investment for the first time since 1938. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama said that Congress should close a tax loophole exploited by firms by locating their tax domiciles overseas. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China said that several Japanese aircraft entered China’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea and carried out extensive reconnaissance. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A local police commander along with his eight personnel joined the Taliban in the northern province of Kunduz. (DPA)
  • Burma: Authorities seized 445 blocks of heroin weighing 155 kg, along with weapons and ammunition in the country’s Shan State-East from July to August (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Security forces arrested dozens of political activists as the government braces for two major political protests in the next week. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The military-appointed legislative assembly officially opened, two-and-a-half months after a coup. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Over 2,500 rescued migrants arrived in the country in the last 24 hours, with inflow expected to exceed 100,000 by mid-August. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: An elderly missionary who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia landed in Madrid, the first patient to be evacuated to Europe for treatment. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Artillery fire killed three civilians and injured five more in Donetsk. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The government scrapped a ceasefire around the crash site of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkish FM Davutogolu said that his country wants to establish an air corridor to bring seriously wounded people from Gaza to Turkey for treatment. (AP)
  • Iran: The US State Department said that the US and officials will hold nuclear talks in Geneva. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Islamic State militants extended their gains in northern Iraq, seizing more towns and prompting thousands of people to flee. (Reuters)
  • Israel: FM Lieberman called for EU “inspectors” to monitor Gaza’s borders amid efforts to extend a ceasefire. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: The government said it was committed to fighting terrorism and its funding after the US sanctioned three citizens accused of providing money, fighters and weapons to extremist groups. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google said that it is now giving bonus points in its ranking algorithm to Web pages that are encrypted. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 510 NM S of Iwakuni, Japan
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Hurricane 09E (Iselle)
    • Location: 401 NM ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 07E (Genevieve)
    • Location: 632 NM W of Johnston Island
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 150 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Julio
    • Location: 1340 miles E of Hilo Hawaii
    • Movement: WNW at 17mph
    • Winds: 100 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 245 miles S of Ambon, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1711 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 932 (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 (08AUG)

  • Global: ASEAN Day

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