ONS: 09 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The United States said Friday that it has voiced outrage to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gambia after their leaders’ guards roughed up protesters at Washington’s Africa summit.
  • AMERICAS: A Canadian hospital put a patient in isolation Friday after he arrived in the country from Nigeria with symptoms of fever and flu – possible signs he is infected with Ebola – local media said.
  • ASIA: Top Chinese and Southeast Asian diplomats met for talks overshadowed by maritime tensions Saturday, August 9, with Beijing’s increased boldness in disputed waters stirring international concern.
  • EUROPE: The UK and US governments have warned Russia not to use humanitarian assistance as a pretext for sending troops into eastern Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military says it struck more than 20 targets overnight in the Gaza Strip as militant fire continued toward Israel, ending a three-day truce between Israel and Hamas.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The U.S. government needs to release a partially declassified opinion from the federal court overseeing surveillance activities about its bulk collection of phone records, the court said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: U.S. aid to Iraqi minorities continues, providing critical support
    • President Obama said Friday that he was open to supporting a sustained effort to drive Sunni militants out of Iraq if Iraqi leaders form a more inclusive government, even as he vowed that the United States had no intention of “being the Iraqi air force.”
    • U.S. defense officials say American planes have conducted a second airdrop of food and water for thousands of refugees trapped in Iraq’s Sinjar mountains.
    • U.S. military planes dropped containers with water and tens of thousands of meals to civilians fleeing IS jihadist violence in Iraq, the Pentagon said.
    • Thousands of desperate Iraqi Yazidis who have been trapped by Islamist extremists on a parched mountaintop for almost a week trekked Friday into Syrian territory, seeking refuge in another war-ravaged country.
    • Australia may participate in United States airdrops of food and water to civilians threatened by jihadist violence in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Saturday.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The United States said Friday that it has voiced outrage to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gambia after their leaders’ guards roughed up protesters at Washington’s Africa summit. (AFP)
  • Region: A Somali journalist accused of killing colleagues and working for the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab has been arrested in Kenya and will be extradited to Mogadishu, Somalia’s information minister said on Saturday. (AFP)
  • Ghana: The International Monetary Fund said Friday it is ready to provide aid after the country formally requested assistance to surmount fiscal and economic challenges. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The nation’s health ministry on Friday confirmed two new cases of Ebola, bringing the total number of infections in Africa’s most populous country to nine, including two deaths. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Shebab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told AFP at least 18 were killed and several others wounded after the group’s fighters attacked a base of the AU force in Buloburde town, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: A Canadian hospital put a patient in isolation Friday after he arrived in the country from Nigeria with symptoms of fever and flu – possible signs he is infected with Ebola – local media said. (AFP)
  • Brazil: The country’s most populous state, Sao Paulo, is undergoing a serious drought due to the paltry rainfall during the December-to-February rainy season. (Xinhua)
  • Panama: Work on a third set of locks for the Panama Canal, as part of a canal expansion project, is 70 percent complete on the Pacific side, Gustavo Rivas, representative of the Pacific-side project said Friday. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The nation has offered to shelter Palestinian children who have been orphaned or injured in the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said Friday. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Demonstrators are set to rally and march to United Nations headquarters in New York in protest of Israeli action against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Top Chinese and Southeast Asian diplomats met for talks overshadowed by maritime tensions Saturday, August 9, with Beijing’s increased boldness in disputed waters stirring international concern. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Three Afghan army soldiers and three civilians were wounded in an explosion in the eastern part of the national capital of Kabul on Saturday, said an Interior Ministry spokesman. (Xinhua)
  • China: The foreign ministry has defended the government’s decision to build lighthouses on disputed islands also claimed by Vietnam in the South China Sea, saying they were being built to facilitate navigation. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Nagasaki on Saturday marks 69 years since the atomic bombing of the city by the United States, with an annual ceremony to be held in the Peace Park to mourn the victims of the attack. (Kyodo)
  • North Korea: New foreign minister Ri Su Yong arrived in Myanmar’s remote capital of Naypyitaw on Saturday to make his first appearance on the regional diplomatic stage and will take part Sunday in the ASEAN Regional Forum. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Union has demanded that powers be stripped from the UK’s financial regulators and handed to Brussels, in a move that will put further pressure on the strained relationship between the City of London and Europe. (Telegraph)
  • Turkey: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the front-runner in Turkey’s first direct presidential election on Sunday, says that if elected he will be an active head of state, not just a ceremonial figurehead as presidents have been in the past. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The United Nations said here Friday that a probe into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 is being hampered by the volatile security situation at the crash site in the nation’s eastern region. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: Ukraine had on Friday warned that it might cut Russian oil and gas transit flows to Europe and ban Russian airlines from crossing its airspace as part of a sanctions bill targeting Moscow, according to Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk. (DPA)
  • Russia: The UK and US governments have warned the nation not to use humanitarian assistance as a pretext for sending troops into eastern Ukraine. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli military says it struck more than 20 targets overnight in the Gaza Strip as militant fire continued toward Israel, ending a three-day truce between Israel and Hamas. (AP)
  • Gaza Strip: The apparent Israeli shellfire that knocked out the region’s only electrical power plant on July 29, 2014, has worsened the humanitarian crisis for the territory’s 1.7 million people, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. (Gulf News)
  • Iran: United Nations human rights experts expressed alarm on Friday at a recent flurry of arrests and harsh sentences inflicted on journalists in the country, including the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda militants have abducted and killed at least 14 soldiers in the country’s eastern region, local officials and eyewitnesses say. (BBC)
  • Yemen: A drone strike on a house killed three al Qaeda suspects in the restive Yemeni province of Marib on Saturday, a security official said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The U.S. government needs to release a partially declassified opinion from the federal court overseeing surveillance activities about its bulk collection of phone records, the court said. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 216 NM SE of Sasebo, Japan
    • Movement: 4.6 mph
    • Winds: 36 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Hurricane 10E (Julio)
    • Location: 632 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WNW at 7.2 mph
    • Winds: 44 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09E (Iselle)
    • Location: 106 NM SSW of Hickam AFB
    • Movement: WNW at 8.2 mph
    • Winds: 15 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07E (Genevieve)
    • Location: 821 NM WNW of Johnston Island
    • Movement: NNE at 5.6 mph
    • Winds: 64 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1711 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 932 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 24JUL: 837 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 24JUL: 291 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10AUG)

  • Pakistan: Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri has announced to observe Yaum-e-Shuhada (Day of Martyrs) on August 10 to pay tribute to those martyred in Model Town of Lahore in June and beginning of ‘Green Revolution’
  • South Sudan: South Sudan due to form transitional gov’t and implement ceasefire agreement
  • Turkey: Turkey presidential poll
  • United States: Senior Executives in National and International Security conference (to 22AUG)

 

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