ONS: 08 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 8, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan President Kenyatta became the first sitting president to appear before the ICC, where he has been charged with crimes against humanity.
  • AMERICAS: The Canadian parliament voted 157 to 134 to join the international coalition launching air strikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq.
  • ASIA:  Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire over their border in Kashmir, killing at least four civilians.
  • EUROPE: Spanish PM Rajoy appealed for calm after a Madrid nurse contracted Ebola, promising “transparency” in the investigation.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Attacks by suspected al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, including a suicide bombing, killed at least 10 police in the central province of Baida.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter is to sue the FBI and the DOJ to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria and Iraq: IS continues attacks amid airstrikes.
    • An aircraft of the international coalition carried out a new air strike against Islamic State (IS) targets around Kobane.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that IS launched a new offensive in the east of Kobane after withdrawing from parts of it following the US-led strikes.
    • Several Syrian human rights groups issued an appeal, calling on the world to prevent Kobani from falling into the hands of IS.
    • At least 14 people were killed in violent protests by pro-Kurdish demonstrators in southeast Turkey angry at the government’s lack of action.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta became the first sitting president to appear before the ICC, where he has been charged with crimes against humanity. (AFP)
  • Libya: Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Bernardino Leon warned again that Islamic State militants are already operating in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The UNSC condemned “in the strongest terms” the targeted attack against an UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in Kidal. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US SOUTHCOM head GEN Kelly has said that if Ebola reaches Latin America it could lead to mass migration to the US. (EFE)
  • Canada: Parliament voted 157 to 134 to join the international coalition launching air strikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq. (BBC)
  • Mexico: The government gave another version of what happened when soldiers killed 22 suspected gang members at a warehouse in the south of the country in June. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The National Assembly voted in favor of asking President Maduro to declare former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe “persona non grata” and asked for the petition to be extended to other Latin American governments. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire over their border in Kashmir, killing at least four civilians. (AP)
  • Region: Beijing has completed a runway for military aircraft on a South China Sea island also claimed by Vietnam. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Four people were killed and 18 injured by a suicide car bombing targeting a police officer’s house in Lashkar Gah. (Xinhua)
  • India: A paramilitary officer charged with guarding a nuclear plant shot and killed three of his colleagues. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government and the US are revising their mutual defense guidelines for the first time in nearly two decades to respond to China’s military expansion. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: UN envoy Espen Barth Eide urged the country and Turkey to avoid escalating tensions in a row over Ankara’s planned gas search in disputed waters. (AP)
  • France: Air France said last month’s two-week strike would have an impact of 500 million euros on its bottom line for this year. (AFP)
  • Germany: Police in Hamburg said that 14 people were injured overnight in clashes between Kurdish protesters and members of a hard-line Islamic movement. (AP)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy appealed for calm after a Madrid nurse contracted Ebola, promising “transparency” in the investigation. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Foreign Ministry said the government and major powers are set to hold multilateral and bilateral nuclear talks “before the end of the next week in Vienna.” (Reuters)
  • Iran: Mujahedin-e Khalk dissidents said that Tehran is still researching nuclear arms at facilities it relocated to escape detention. (AP)
  • Israel: Palestinian demonstrators clashed with police at a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem. (AP)
  • Yemen: Attacks by suspected al-Qaeda militants, including a suicide bombing, killed at least 10 police in the central province of Baida. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter is to sue the FBI and the DOJ to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03B (Three)
    • Location: 582 NM S of Chittagong, Bangladesh
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 19W (Vongfong)
    • Location: 544 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 166 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Simon
    • Location: 45mi les WNW of Punta Eugenia, Mexico
    • Movement: NE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 121km WSW of El Dorado, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Deph: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 (09OCT)

  • Belarus: EEU Treaty ratification hearing
  • Crimea: Crimea’s State Council will vote for the republic’s new head
  • Azerbaijan: World Economic Forum Strategic Dialogue on the Future of the South Caucaus & Central Asia (to 10 Oct)
  • Uganda: Independence Day – 1964

 

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