ONS: 09 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The leaders of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are meeting with heads of the UN, the IMF and the World Bank to discuss the outbreak.
  • AMERICAS: The Canadian government said 80 citizens and immigrants who recently returned from war zones including Iraq and Syria are suspected of having links to “terrorism” groups.
  • ASIA: Indian Defence Minister Jaitley told Pakistan to stop shelling in Kashmir, warning it would make such attacks “unaffordable”.
  • EUROPE: Pro-Kurdish protesters angered by the Turkish government’s lack of action against jihadists in Syria clashed for a third consecutive night with police.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, a suicide bombing targeting a rally of supporters of Shiite insurgents killed at least 43 people, while 20 police were killed in a separate attack in the south.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China accused the US of faking facts, after the head of the FBI said that Chinese hacking likely cost the US economy billions of dollars every year.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Turkey resistant to launching ground operation as IS makes gains.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Islamic State jihadists were in control of more than one-third of the border town of Kobane.
    • The US-led coalition hit positions of the IS in Kobane in some of the most intensive strikes in the air campaign so far.
    • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said “It’s not realistic to expect that Turkey will lead a ground operation on its own” after talks with NATO SG Stoltenberg.
    • NATO SG Stoltenberg said the question of imposing a buffer zone in Syria, as urged by Turkey, is not being discussed by NATO member states at this stage.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The leaders of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are meeting with heads of the UN, the IMF and the World Bank to discuss the outbreak. (AP)
  • Kenya: President Kenyatta arrived back in Nairobi a day after becoming the first sitting president to appear before the ICC on crimes against humanity charges. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Lawmakers passed new laws granting security forces sweeping powers to arrest without a warrant, a bill that rights groups have condemned as “flawed”. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A senior US State Department official said the US is prepared to welcome Cuba for the first time to a region-wide summit but wants heads of state to focus attention on the communist government’s human rights record. (AP)
  • Brazil: Health Minister Chioro said the country will take stronger measures to prevent an outbreak of Ebola. (Xinhua)
  • Canada: The government said 80 citizens and immigrants who recently returned from war zones including Iraq and Syria are suspected of having links to “terrorism” groups. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The UN coordinator overseeing cholera response in the country’s epidemic said the outbreak is still an emergency and a let up in response based on the decreasing number of cases could have “tragic consequences.” (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian Defence Minister Jaitley told Pakistan to stop shelling in Kashmir, warning it would make such attacks “unaffordable”. (BBC)
  • Indonesia: President-elect Joko Widodo strengthened his minority coalition by gaining support from the United Development Party (PPP), the country’s oldest Islamist party. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: The government warned of a “catastrophic” end in cross-border relations unless South Korea stops the planned launch of anti-Pyongyang leaflets marking a key political event this week. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone attack killed at least four militants in North Waziristan, taking the toll from a series of strikes this week to 25. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Deputy PM Pridiyathorn Devakula said that the US has more confidence in the country’s government, four months after the military seized power in a bloodless coup. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A European source said that the new EU Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker may miss its planned start date of 01NOV after the European Parliament rejected Slovenia’s commissioner. (AFP)
  • Germany: Police said they had found 330 kilograms of heroin in a truck shipping pickled cucumbers and garlic from Iran on 22SEP. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government said that President Putin may hold talks with Ukrainian President Poroshenko on the sidelines of a summit in Italy later this month. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Pro-Kurdish protesters angered by the government’s lack of action against jihadists in Syria clashed for a third consecutive night with police. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Five civilians were killed during intensified shelling in the eastern city of Donetsk. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that rebels killed three members of the security forces in the Sistan-Baluchistan region near the border with Pakistan. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A car bomb on a busy street of Baghdad’s largest Shiite neighborhood killed at least 12 and wounded 33. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: PM Rami Hamdallah crossed into Gaza to hold the first cabinet meeting of a unity government formed by rivals Fatah and Hamas. (AP)
  • Yemen: A suicide bombing targeting a rally of supporters of Shiite insurgents killed at least 43 people, while 20 police were killed in a separate attack in the south. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: China accused the US of faking facts, after the head of the FBI said that Chinese hacking likely cost the US economy billions of dollars every year. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03B (Hudhud)
    • Location: 534 NM S of Kolkata, India
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 19W (Vongfong)
    • Location: 423 NM SSE of Kadena AB
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 155 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 565km SSW of Hanga Roa, Chile
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 15.5 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 (10OCT)

  • Global: 2014 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund will begin in Washington DC (to 12OCT)
  • Europe: Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a series of meetings in Minsk, Belarus, including CIS Heads of State Council, Inter-State Council of the Eurasian Economic Community, and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council
  • Germany and China: Hamburg Summit: China meets Europe (to 11OCT)
  • Greece: Coalition government confidence vote

 

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