ONS: 07 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Thousands of Kenyans rallied for an anti-government demonstration in the capital’s central park amid heavy police presence.

  • AMERICAS: Argentinian representatives are to hold talks with a court-appointed arbiter in New York on hoping to resolve an impasse over debt payments to hedge funds.

  • ASIA: Afghan officials said that preliminary election result will be released at 0930 GMT.

  • EUROPE: Top officials from Ukraine, Russia and the European security body OSCE called for urgent efforts to reach a peace settlement.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Diplomats reported that Iran continues to resist efforts to limit nuclear activities that could be used to make weapons.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The Afghan government rejected a proposal to ban Facebook during an ongoing deadlock over the presidential election.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Airstrikes on Gaza as arrests made in killing of Palestinian.

    • At least eight Palestinian militants were killed and three others were injured in raids by Israeli warplanes on the Gaza Strip.

    • Authorities arrested a number of Jewish suspects in the killing of a Palestinian teenager whose death set off days of violent protests.

    • PM Netanyahu made a condolence call to the father of the Palestinian teenager.

    • Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman ended a 20-month political alliance between his party and the ruling right wing Likud party.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Sisi said he “wished” three jailed Al-Jazeera journalists had not been put on trial, conceding the case had been damaging. (AFP)

  • Kenya: Thousands of people rallied for an anti-government demonstration in the capital’s central park amid heavy police presence. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: At least 63 women abducted last month by Islamist militants escaped over the weekend. (WSJ)

  • Senegal: Mohamed Dionne was named the country’s new Prime Minister. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Representatives are to hold talks with a court-appointed arbiter in New York on hoping to resolve an impasse over debt payments to hedge funds. (AFP)

  • Mexico: Jordan’s King Abdullah II told Foreign Relations Secretary Meade that “Jordan represents a gateway for Mexico to the Middle East.” (EFE)

  • United States: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged that deportation proceedings against children illegally in the country might be long delayed. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials said that preliminary election result will be released at 0930 GMT. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: A district police chief was killed along with four policemen in a Taliban ambush in Herat. (Xinhua)

  • Philippines: The government said that it is set to meet with members of the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) panel in Kuala Lumpur. (Xinhua)

  • Thailand: The military government said peace in the south was an “urgent national priority”. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel said allegations that a German man worked as a double agent for US intelligence were serious and, if true, were a clear contradiction of cooperation between partners. (Reuters)

  • Italy: Authorities reported that more than 2,600 migrants were rescued by the navy this weekend. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: Top officials from Ukraine, Russia and the European security body OSCE called for urgent efforts to reach a peace settlement. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Diplomats reported that the country continues to resist efforts to limit nuclear activities that could be used to make weapons. (AP)

  • Iraq: Analysts indicated that Kurds would face enormous challenges if they were to secede, but the threat of an independence vote amid chaos nationwide could squeeze concessions from the federal government. (AFP)

  • Kuwait: Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters demanding the release of a detained opposition leader. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Afghan government rejected a proposal to ban Facebook during an ongoing deadlock over the presidential election. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 08W (Neoguri)

    • Location: 295 NM S of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan

    • Movement: NW at 17 mph

    • Winds: 155 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • 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 (08JUL)

  • Nothing to report.

 

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