ONS: 09 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Somali government fired the police and intelligence chiefs the day after Islamic militants attacked and entered the heavily guarded presidential palace.

  • AMERICAS: Guatemalan FM Carrera said the US had agreed to temporarily suspend deportation of Central American children caught while attempting to cross the border illegally.

  • ASIA: China and the US launched high-level talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping urging the world’s two biggest economies to break old patterns of confrontation.

  • EUROPE: Moscow approved the candidacy of a new US ambassador, John Tefft, who is known for his support for the pro-Western nations of Ukraine and Georgia.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military significantly broadened its campaign against Gaza after militants fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in their biggest confrontation since 2012.

  • TECHNOLOGY: New documents released by NSA leaker Snowden indicate that at least five Muslim-Americans, including prominent lawyers, a civil rights leader and academics, were targeted for years-long surveillance by the FBI and the NSA.

 

TOP STORY

  • Indonesia: Both candidates claim victory in presidential election.

    • The party of Jakarta governor Joko Widodo declared victory after unofficial tallies showed him leading his rival Prabowo Subianto by five percent.

    • Prabowo said survey institutes used by his party showed they had won and that he and his running mate Hatta Rajasa, “have received the support and mandate from the people of Indonesia”.

    • Multiple independent polling firms conducting so-called quick counts, which are taken from vote tallies from a small sample of polling stations across the country, indicated that Mr. Joko had a lead of between 4 and 6 percentage points.

    • President Yudhoyono asked both candidates to restrain from mobilizing the masses to celebrate victory until the results are made official by the elections commission.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Senegal: The US named James Zumwalt, deputy assistant secretary of state handling Korean and other East Asian affairs, as the new US ambassador to the country and Guinea Bissau. (Yonhap)

  • Somalia: The government fired the police and intelligence chiefs the day after Islamic militants attacked and entered the heavily guarded presidential palace. (AP)

  • South Sudan: The country marks its third anniversary of independence as authorities deployed heavy security ahead of the commemorations. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Guatemalan FM Carrera said the US had agreed to temporarily suspend deportation of Central American children caught while attempting to cross the border illegally. (AFP)

  • Colombia: FARC rebels and the government said they will resume peace talks on 15JUL in Havana. (AFP)

  • Nicaragua: President Ortega endorsed a route chosen by a Chinese firm commissioned to dig a USD40 billion canal linking the Caribbean and the Pacific. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China and the US launched high-level talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping urging the world’s two biggest economies to break old patterns of confrontation. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: A group of militants launched offensives against the police headquarters and provincial governor office in Kandahar. (Xinhua)

  • Afghanistan: The UN reported that civilian casualties in the country increased by 24 percent in the first half of 2014. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: More than 800,000 people have fled a major military offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO SG Rasmussen warned that Russia was playing a “double game” in Ukraine, issuing conciliatory public statements while smuggling arms to separatists. (NYT)

  • Poland: The main opposition leader called for a no-confidence vote in the liberal government of PM Tusk following leaks of secretly taped conversations. (AP)

  • Russia: Moscow approved the candidacy of a new US ambassador, John Tefft, who is known for his support for the pro-Western nations of Ukraine and Georgia. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: The government accused Russia of abducting a woman army officer captured by separatist fighters. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Former president Hashemi Rafsanjani said Tehran could set aside differences with Washington to “cooperate” on Iraq. (AFP)

  • Iraq: Security forces found the bodies of 53 men who had been bound and executed south of Hilla. (AFP)

  • Israel: The military significantly broadened its campaign against Gaza after militants fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in their biggest confrontation since 2012. (AFP)

  • Syria: The Western-backed opposition National Coalition elected Hadi al-Bahra, chief negotiator at the Geneva peace talks, as its new president. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: New documents released by NSA leaker Snowden indicate that at least five Muslim-Americans, including prominent lawyers, a civil rights leader and academics, were targeted for years-long surveillance by the FBI and the NSA. (Threat Level)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 08W (Neoguri)

    • Location: 179 NM SW of Sasebo, Japan

    • Movement: NNE at 14 mph

    • Winds: 80 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Fausto

    • Location: 1430 miles WSW of Baja California

    • Movement: WNW at 18 mph

    • Winds: 35 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: 13km NNE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    • Magnitude: 6.3

    • Depth: 114.0 km

    • Map

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 844 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

      • Deaths: 518 (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 (10JUL)

  • Africa: Ghana hosts two-day ECOWAS summit in Accra (to 11JUL)

 

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