ONS: 08 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 9, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Five people were killed and several hostages were taken when jihadists raided a hotel in central Mali in which UN staff members were staying.
  • AMERICAS: Manuel Contreras, the former head of Chilean dictator Pinochet’s secret police, died while serving a 500 year prison sentence for a string of human rights abuses including kidnap, torture, and the murder of opponents.
  • ASIA: Typhoon Soudelor moved towards China after killing at least four people and leaving a trail of destruction in Taiwan.
  • EUROPE: Spanish authorities arrested 36 and seized 342 kg of illicit substances in an operation in the Canary Islands.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saad Dawabsheh, the father of the Palestinian toddler killed in last week’s arson attack, died in an Israeli hospital.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Two security researchers discovered a way to subvert a computer-aided sniper rifle by using wifi.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: A barrage of suicide attacks in Kabul killed at least 65 and wounded hundreds.
    • A car bomb exploded outside the headquarters of the US military’s elite special forces in Kabul, triggering a firefight that continued for hours.
    • Separate attacks targeted an Afghan police academy and an Afghan army compound earlier in the day.
    • The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.
    • This attack follows a wave of incidents in the past 24 hours, making this the deadliest day for the Afghan capital since the end of the NATO combat mission in December.
    • Coverage: NYT, WSJ, AFP, ALJ, GUARD

AFRICA

  • Libya: Planned peace talks next week between Libyan factions will take place in Geneva, instead of Morocco, officials said. (AP)
  • Mali: Five people were killed and several hostages were taken when jihadists raided a hotel in which UN staff members were staying. (BBC)
  • Sierra Leone: The government decided to remove a number of restrictions that were imposed to limit the spread of the Ebola virus. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police confirmed that radio journalist Gleydson Carvalho was fatally shot in his studio after receiving threats. (AFP)
  • Chile: Manuel Contreras, the former head of Pinochet’s secret police, died while serving a 500 year prison sentence for a string of human rights abuses including kidnap, torture, and the murder of opponents. (AFP)
  • Colombia: An improvised explosive device detonated at a northeastern oil facility killing two soldiers. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Jailed FARC rebels called for an amnesty to be included in any potential peace deal. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Typhoon Soudelor moved towards China after killing at least four people and leaving a trail of destruction in Taiwan. (AFP)
  • Japan: A workman was killed at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after falling into a water tank. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: A government minister said a mob angered by long, rolling blackouts in the country’s northwest stormed a power station in the area and cut electricity to several towns and a famous tourist resort popular with local and foreign tourists. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Moscow accused the United States of further damaging relations by adding Russian offshore gas and oil fields to its sanctions list. (AFP)
  • Spain: Authorities arrested 36 and seized 342 kg of illicit substances in an operation in the Canary Islands. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Madrid urged Paris to stop attacks by French farmers on Spanish trucks carrying produce as part of a protest against falling food prices. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: The execution deadline for Tomislav Salopek, the Croat kidnapped by IS jihadists near Cairo, passed in silence without any indication of his fate. (AFP)
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Saad Dawabsheh, the father of the Palestinian toddler killed in last week’s arson attack, died in an Israeli hospital. (NYT)
  • Syria: The U.N. adopted a resolution aimed at identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in the country. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Weapons Technology: Two security researchers discovered a way to subvert a computer-aided sniper rifle by using wifi. (USAToday)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 15W (Molave)
    • Location: 155 miles NE of Iwo To
    • Movement: NNW at 13 mph
    • Winds:40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: 13W (Soudelor)
    • Location: 316 miles NE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Storm Hilda
    • Location: 330 miles SE of Barbers Point
    • Movement: NNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 103 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes:
    • Bali: Mount Raung
      • Ash cloud.
      • Flights, voyages delayed.
      • Coverage
    • Mexico: Colima Volcano
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 24JUL: 462,561 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 14,069
      • Deaths as of 10JUL: 61 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 06AUG: 1384 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 06AUG: 495 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09AUG)

  • Global: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
  • Haiti: Senate and Chamber of Deputies elections
  • Japan and United States: Anniversary of an atomic bomb being dropped over Nagasaki (70th Anniversary) – 1945
  • Singapore: National Day (50th Anniversary) – 1965

END

Comments on this entry are closed.