ONS: 07 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan President Kenyatta departed the country to attend a hearing at the ICC, where he will become the first sitting president to appear before the chamber.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican federal forces took over security in a southern city where 43 students disappeared and disarmed the entire municipal police force.
  • ASIA: Hundreds of villagers have fled their homes in the Kashmir region as Indian and Pakistani forces continued cross-border firings into a second day.
  • EUROPE: The EU said it has asked the government to explain how a nurse treating Ebola patients in Madrid contracted the disease, the first known case of transmission outside Africa.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a suicide bomber rammed an armored car bomb into houses used by Shiite militiamen north of Samarra, killing at least 17 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Taiwan’s PM Jiang Yi-huah’s warned of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to “steal government secrets” despite warming cross-strait relations.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Fresh coalition airstrikes as IS presses offensive in border town.
    • Islamic State jihadists penetrated the key town of Kobane on the Turkish border and seized three districts in the city’s east after fighting with defending Kurds.
    • Nearby media reported fresh air strikes by the US-led coalition on positions held by IS in the southwest of Kobane.
    • USCENTCOM did not immediately confirm the reports from reporters close to the border.
    • US defense officials said Arab and other allied countries have carried out only about 10 percent of the nearly 2,000 air raids against IS in Iraq and Syria since early August.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for an “immediate action to protect the beleaguered civilian population of Ayn al-Arab”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, NYT, WP, WSJ, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Military officials said that troops killed 16 members of al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis in the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Kenya: President Kenyatta departed the country to attend a hearing at the ICC, where he will become the first sitting president to appear before the chamber. (AFP)
  • Liberia: Justice Minister Christiana Tah resigned after serving the government of President Johnson for six years. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said that the government of predecessor Alvaro Uribe tried to initiate a peace process with the FARC in Brazil. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: Interior Minister Jose Serrano said police busted a drug trafficking ring described as the “most dangerous in the country.” (AFP)
  • Mexico: Federal forces took over security in a southern city where 43 students disappeared and disarmed the entire municipal police force. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region:  A Vietnam-flagged tanker went missing en route from Singapore to the Vietnamese port of Quang Tri and is feared hijacked. (AFP)
  • Region: Hundreds of villagers have fled their homes in the Kashmir region as Indian and Pakistani forces continued cross-border firings into a second day. (AFP)
  • Burma: The government began releasing more than 3,000 prisoners on “humanitarian” grounds. (AFP)
  • China: The number of protesters in Hong Kong fell significantly after student leaders and the territory’s government agreed to hold talks in coming days. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed at least eight people in North Waziristan. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: A union representing train drivers called members out on a strike, starting a campaign of walkouts after members voted for strikes in a pay dispute. (AP)
  • Spain: The EU said it has asked the government to explain how a nurse treating Ebola patients in Madrid contracted the disease, the first known case of transmission outside Africa. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Local media reported that police in Istanbul and at least six other cities clashed with hundreds of demonstrators protesting the IS advance on a Syrian border town. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani called for more academic freedom in the country’s universities, saying restrictions stifle innovation. (AP)
  • Iraq: In Iraq, a suicide bomber rammed an armored car bomb into houses used by Shiite militiamen north of Samarra, killing at least 17 people.(AFP)
  • Yemen: An Interior Ministry official said that Houthi rebels who effectively control the capital Sana’a were seen wearing military uniforms at many of their checkpoints instead of their usual tribal dress. (DPA)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Taiwan’s PM Jiang Yi-huah’s warned of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to “steal government secrets” despite warming cross-strait relations. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 19W (Vongfong)
    • Location: 498 NNW of Yap
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 138 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm
    • Location: 120 miles WSW of Punta Eugenia, Mexico
    • Movement: NNE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 40 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 (08OCT)

  • North Korea: Anniversary of 1st underground nuclear test – 2006
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of 7.6 earthquake which killed more than 1,000 people – 2005
  • Hinduism: Lakshmi Puja

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