ONS: 09 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 10, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Rwandan soldier serving on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic killed four soldiers and wounded eight others before committing suicide.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian authorities arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of a well-known muckracking radio host.
  • ASIA: A suicide car bombing claimed by the Taliban in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province killed 22 people, mostly local militiamen.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of Kurds marched through the western German city of Cologne in protest of recent Turkish air strikes against Kurdish separatists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli authorities arrested several suspects in connection with the recent West Bank arson case in which an infant and his father died.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Electrical goods and mobile phone retailer Dixons Carphone said that the personal data of 2.4 million customers may have been exposed in a cyber attack.

TOP STORY

  • China and Taiwan: Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on China’s east coast after barreling through Taiwan, killing five.
    • The storm made landfall in China’s southeastern Fujian Province.
    • Chinese authorities evacuated 250,000 people ahead of the typhoon’s arrival.
    • The storm brought heavy rains, damaged crops, and caused power outages.
    • 9 casualties have been reported in China.
    • The largest typhoon of the season, Soudelor has been downgraded to a tropical storm since reaching China.
    • Coverage: NYT, BBC, CNN

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: A Rwandan soldier serving on a UN peacekeeping mission killed four soldiers and wounded eight others before committing suicide. (BBC)
  • Mali: Authorities confirmed nine killed and five rescued by special forces after Islamic extremists stormed a hotel in which UN employees were staying. (WSJ)
  • Nigeria: Suspected pirates attacked a waterway in the south of the country, claiming five lives. (XIN)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Authorities arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of a well-known muckracking radio host. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Authorities confirmed that three people were killed when their Cessna 402 light aircraft crashed 28 kilometers north of Bogota. (XIN)
  • Puerto Rico: The U.S. territory is slated to receive $10 million in federal funds to fight drug trafficking, boost security, and respond to natural disasters. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The defense ministry reported that Afghan national army cleanup operations killed 36 militants across the country over the past 24 hours. (XIN)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bombing claimed by the Taliban in northern Kunduz province killed 22 people, mostly local militiamen. (XIN)
  • Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki by renewing his commitment to a nuclear weapons free Japan, following criticism for not making the same pledge on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing last week. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Austria: Police discovered 86 refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan in a small truck stopped at a rest area. (AP)
  • Germany: Thousands of Kurds marched through the western city of Cologne in protest of recent Turkish air strikes against Kurdish separatists. (AFP)
  • Russia: Members of the political opposition in southwestern Siberia ended a hunger strike that was launched to protest their party’s exclusion from upcoming local elections. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Islamic State vowed to carry out further attacks after a mosque bombing in Saudi Arabia. (AP)
  • Israel: The authorities arrested several suspects in connection with the West Bank arson case in which an infant and his father died. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Three Emirati soldiers died while participating in a Saudi-led military campaign against the dominant Houthi group. (REU)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: Electrical goods and mobile phone retailer Dixons Carphone said that the personal data of 2.4 million customers may have been exposed in a cyber attack. (GUARD)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 15W (Molave)
    • Location: 410 miles SE of Atsugi
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 13W (Soudelor)
    • Location: 373 miles W of Taipei
    • Movement: NW at 11.5 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes:
    • Location: 275 miles SE of Barbers Point
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 132 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes:
  • 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 (10AUG)

  • Iran: Detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to appear in court
  • Italy and India: Germany-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will open hearings next month on a deadly 2012 maritime incident that sparked a diplomatic dispute between Italy and India.

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