ONS: 08 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 8, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, at least one person was killed and several injured when gunmen attacked a restaurant in Waji.
  • AMERICAS: US Homeland Security Secretary Johnson will visit Guatemala for talks on the amount of Central American child migrants entering the US.
  • ASIA: A top US official said that China and the US increasingly agree on the need to move quickly to curb North Korea’s nuclear program.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian Defense Minister Geletey said that Kiev would not negotiate with pro-Russian rebels about the terms of a possible ceasefire until they completely disarm.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Abbas demanded Israel immediately halt its latest offensive against Gaza following a night of air strikes and militant rocket fire on the Israeli south.
  • TECHNOLOGY: CrowdStrike Inc reported that a sophisticated group of hackers believed to be associated with the Chinese government, who for years targeted US experts on Asian geopolitical matters, have shifted focus to computers of experts on Iraq.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Abdullah claims victory in disputed election as attacks continue.
    • Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory in the disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind in preliminary results.
    • Abdullah called for patience from loyalists who demanded he declare a “parallel government”.
    • US Secretary Kerry warned that “any action to take power by extra-legal means will cost Afghanistan the financial and security support of the US and the international community.”
    • A Taliban suicide bomber killed 16 people, including 10 civilians and four NATO soldiers, in Parwan province.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, LAT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: At least one person was killed and several injured when gunmen attacked a restaurant in Waji. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The AFP reported that authorities covered up a bomb attack in the financial capital Lagos by claiming a blast near a major fuel depot was an industrial accident. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: Eight people were wounded in a blast in a restaurant in the northern town of Arusha. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Homeland Security Secretary Johnson will visit Guatemala for talks on the amount of Central American child migrants entering the US. (AFP)
  • Argentina: A court-appointed mediator overseeing settlement talks between the government and holdout investors said that the parties had “indicated an intention to keep meeting.” (Reuters)
  • United States: The government said it was open to improved ties with Venezuela. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A top US official said that China and the US increasingly agree on the need to move quickly to curb North Korea’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Region: A US official said that China’s claim to almost the whole of the South China Sea is “problematic”. (AFP)
  • Australia: Government lawyers said 153 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers were in custody and agreed to give three days’ notice before handing any back to Colombo. (AFP)
  • Australia: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe told parliament that the two nations were launching a “special relationship” of cooperation. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Up to 190 million voters will cast ballots in a tightly contested presidential race Wednesday. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel raised human rights issues publicly in China, telling students their country needs “free dialogue”. (AFP)
  • Italy: Finance Minister Padoan said his country and the EU must focus on pushing through structural reforms to boost growth, not rely on easing rules limiting government debt. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Defense Minister Geletey said that Kiev would not negotiate with pro-Russian rebels about the terms of a possible ceasefire until they completely disarm. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the country will need 19 times more nuclear centrifuges than Washington is seeking to restrict it to in a long-term deal with major powers. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The parliament will meet on 13JUL to work on forming a new government, reversing a decision to adjourn until August. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas demanded Israel immediately halt its latest offensive against Gaza following a night of air strikes and militant rocket fire on the Israeli south. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The government reported that six al-Qaeda militants who attacked a border point with Yemen last week killing five security officers on both sides were all Saudi nationals. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: CrowdStrike Inc reported that a sophisticated group of hackers believed to be associated with the Chinese government, who for years targeted US experts on Asian geopolitical matters, have shifted focus to computers of experts on Iraq. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 08W (Neoguri)
    • Location: 107 NM W of Kadena AB
    • Movement: N at 17 mph
    • Winds: 126 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Fausto
    • Location: 1230 mi SW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Russia
  • 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 (09JUL)

  • Argentina: Argentinian Independence Day – 1816
  • Bahamas: Anniversary of the end of British colonial rule in the Bahamas – 1973
  • China and United States: The two countries will hold a ministerial meeting for strategic and economic dialogue in Beijing (to 10JUL)
  • Cook Islands: Parliamentary elections
  • Indonesia: Presidential elections
  • Japan and North Korea: Japanese lawmakers to visit North Korea (to 15JUL)

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