ONS: 08 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 8, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: AU chiefs held an emergency meeting to hammer out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic.

  • AMERICAS: Chilean police and protesters clashed in Santiago following a march to remember those who disappeared under military rule from 1973 to 1990.

  • ASIA: US top national security adviser Susan Rice is in Beijing for meetings with senior officials to pave the way for a visit by US President Obama in November.

  • EUROPE: Russian PM Medvedev said the country will retaliate against a new round of Western sanctions over Ukraine and may block flights through its airspace.

  • MIDDLE EAST: A senior Yemeni security official said the country’s president fired the head of the special forces.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Iranian President Rouhani said that the country’s internet censorship policy was not in the country’s interest.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Violence continues amid new reports on IS.

    • Senior officials said that the Obama administration is preparing to carry out a campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria that may take three years to complete.

    • Small-arms research organization Conflict Armament Research said that Islamic State has captured “significant quantities” of US-manufactured small arms and has employed them on the battlefield.

    • UN Human Rights Chief Hussein said IS jihadist militants who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria are intent upon creating “a house of blood”.

    • Iraq’s parliament is to meet under pressure to approve an inclusive government to win broad support against jihadists.

    • Australia delivered 50 tons of arms and ammunitions to Kurdish forces battling jihadist militants.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, EFE. NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: AU chiefs held an emergency meeting to hammer out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic. (AFP)

  • Lesotho: PM Thabane said he would not reopen parliament, calling into question a South African-brokered peace deal which allowed him to return to the country after an attempted coup. (AFP)

  • Somalia: HRW reported that internationally-funded AU troops in the country raped women and traded food aid for sex. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s October presidential race has been shaken up by a corruption scandal allegedly involving state-run oil firm Petrobras and dozens of lawmakers. (Reuters)

  • Colombia: The country began its annual “Peace Week” celebration amid Havana peace talks between the government and the FARC guerrillas. (EFE)

  • Chile: Police and protesters clashed in Santiago following a march to remember those who disappeared under military rule from 1973 to 1990. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian and Pakistani army and air force troops worked to rescue thousands of people stranded across Kashmir and parts of northern and eastern Pakistan. (AP)

  • Afghanistan: The army killed 18 Taliban militants in operations in seven out of 34 provinces. (Xinhua)

  • China: US top national security adviser Susan Rice is in Beijing for meetings with senior officials to pave the way for a visit by US President Obama in November. (AP)

  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed three people including a senior army officer in an attack on a Sufi shrine in Sargodha. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Three men were arrested when they flew home from Kenya on suspicion of being members of Somalia’s Shebab Islamist militant group. (AFP)

  • Russia: The government and US officials will meet in Moscow on Thursday to discuss compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. (Reuters)

  • Russia: PM Medvedev said the country will retaliate against a new round of Western sanctions over Ukraine and may block flights through its airspace. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: European leaders were set to unveil new sanctions on Russia after weekend fighting in Ukraine threatened a fragile truce. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bomber targeted a meeting between security forces and Sunni militiamen north of Baghdad killing at least 16 people. (AP)

  • Israel: New Zealand said their new ambassador was rejected by the country because he is also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority. (AP)

  • Syria: The new UN envoy on the country’s conflict, Staffan de Mistura, is to make his first trip to Damascus on Tuesday. (AFP)

  • Yemen: A senior security official said the country’s president fired the head of the special forces. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Iranian President Rouhani said that the country’s internet censorship policy was not in the country’s interest. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 13W (Fengshen)

    • Location: 350 NM SSW of Yokosuka, Japan

    • Movement: ENE at 17 mph

    • Winds: 63 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Norbert

    • Location: 200 miles W of Punta Eugenia, Mexico

    • Movement: NW at 6 mph

    • Winds: 40 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • 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 (09SEP)

  • Netherlands: SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing conference (to 25SEP)

  • North Korea: Independence Day – 1948

  • Tajikistan: National Day – 1991

 

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