ONS: 07 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Sudanese military airlifter carrying ammunition and military equipment was caught in southern Libyan city of Kufra, presenting concrete evidence that Sudan was supporting the warring Islamist fighters, local media reported.
  • AMERICAS: The rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) demanded in a statement that the government recognize the rights of its fighters who have died in the country’s civil war since 1930.
  • ASIA: Myanmar has called off an election scheduled for the end of this year to fill 35 vacated seats in parliament, the Union Election Commission announced.
  • EUROPE: Gunfire and heavy shelling rocked the restive Ukrainian cities of Mariupol and Donetsk, raising fears that a tenuous truce between government and rebel forces had already collapsed.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Local media reported that authorities have arrested a Ukrainian national suspected of sabotage at Iran’s sole nuclear power plant.
  • TECHNOLOGY: SpaceX delivered another commercial communications satellite to orbit, completing its second launch in just over a month for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: The US launched its first air strikes in the Sunni Arab heartland, bombing jihadists around a key dam on the Euphrates Valley, the US military said.
    • US officials claimed the purpose of the attack was to prevent the possibility of floodwaters being unleashed toward the capital, Baghdad, and were requested by the Iraqi government.
    • The strikes destroyed five Humvees that had been captured by Islamic State militants from Iraqi security forces, an armed vehicle and a checkpoint.
    • Coverage: NYT, AFP, WSJ, WP,

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Authorities arrested nine men who appeared in a video purporting to show the country’s first gay marriage, accusing them of inciting debauchery and undermining public morals. (Reuters)
  • Libya: A Sudanese military airlifter carrying ammunition and military equipment was caught in southern city of Kufra, presenting concrete evidence that Sudan was supporting the warring Islamist fighters, local media reported. (XIN)
  • Somalia: The Islamist militant group al Shabaab confirmed that its leader Ahmed Godane had been killed in a US air strike this week and named a new leader, promising “great distress” to its enemies. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) demanded in a statement that the government recognize the rights of its fighters who have died in the country’s civil war since 1930. (XIN)
  • Colombia: A passenger plane crashed into the Amazon jungle, all ten aboard are presumed dead. (XIN)
  • Mexico: A UN panel that upholds sanctions against North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is sending personnel to investigate a North Korean cargo ship moored at Tuxpan port, according to UN diplomatic sources familiar with the matter. (Kyodo)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Four Afghan soldiers were killed as a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in Badakhshan province northeast of Kabul on Sunday, a local official said. (XIN)
  • Australia: FM Julie Bishop welcomed her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to Sydney, saying the two nations were “on track” to sign a free-trade agreement this year strengthening their relationship. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Authorities have called off an election scheduled for the end of this year to fill 35 vacated seats in parliament, the Union Election Commission announced. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said he hoped the country’s war crimes probe would silence its critics ahead of his arrival on the island to push for stronger trade ties. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • UK: The government will set out plans in the coming days to give Scotland more autonomy on tax, spending and welfare if it rejects independence in a referendum on Sept. 18, finance minister George Osborne announced. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Gunfire and heavy shelling rocked Mariupol and Donetsk, raising fears that a tenuous truce between government and rebel forces had already collapsed. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The OSCE published the full text of the protocol of joint steps for the Ukrainian crisis settlement. (Itar Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian FM Zarif accused the US of not taking the treat from ISIS militants seriously. (AFP)
  • Iran:  Local media reported that authorities have arrested a Ukrainian national suspected of sabotage at the country’s sole nuclear power plant. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas accused the Islamist Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip, of jeopardizing a recently installed unity government, Egyptian media reported. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that authorities are holding two Britons who went missing in the Gulf nation while researching migrant labor issues. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: SpaceX delivered another commercial communications satellite to orbit, completing its second launch in just over a month for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat. (Florida Today)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 13W (Fengshen)
    • Location: 366 mi SSE of Sasebo, Japan
    • Movement: ENE at 14mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane 14E (Norbert)
    • Location: 367 mi WNW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 7mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kilauea, Hawaii, US
  • 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 (08SEP)

  • Global: International Literacy Day
  • Iran: Anniversary of Black Friday, when Shah forces killed hundreds of protesting students – 1978
  • Russia and Iran: Russian-Iranian standing intergovernmental commission is expected to have its next regular meeting in Teheran (to 10SEP)
  • United States: HP’s annual enterprise security user conference, HP Protect
  • Ukraine: EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger to meet with Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry Yury Prodan in Baku
  • Christianity: Nativity of the Theotokos/Birth of the Virgin Mary

 

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