ONS: 09 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French Defense Minister Le Drian urged the international community to take decisive action in Libya, which he said was becoming a “hub for terrorist groups”.
  • AMERICAS: The Chilean government is considering taking in detainees from the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Karzai urged the country’s two presidential candidates to reach an agreement on a new national unity government.
  • EUROPE: German Finance Minister Schaeuble said it would be a “mistake” to believe that easing Europe’s budget rules will boost economic growth in the region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry will meet Arab foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as he bids for a broad coalition against the Islamic State.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Several large websites are to participate in “Internet Slowdown” protest against movements to weaken Net Neutrality.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Clashes in east continue as MH17 report released.
    • The investigating Dutch team said the crash was likely caused by the plane being hit by multiple “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft.”
    • Russian FM Lavrov said that Russia is “hoping that the talks will start quickly.”
    • The Defense Ministry said that four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the ceasefire between the government and pro-Moscow rebels began on Friday.
    • The military said that the airport near the main rebel-held city of Donetsk came under rocket fire overnight.
    • The Russian defense ministry said that its planes had not approached a Canadian frigate on a NATO mission in the Black Sea in an incident Ottawa denounced as “unnecessarily provocative”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: UNSG Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of UN official Anthony Banbury as the deputy UN coordinator for Ebola and operation crisis manager. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: French Defense Minister Le Drian urged the international community to take decisive action in the country, which he said was becoming a “hub for terrorist groups”. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Sudanese authorities on Tuesday released a senior member of the opposition Umma Party who was detained last month after the party reached a deal to cooperate with rebels. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: The government is considering taking in detainees from the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: Work on a large scale canal project will begin in December with construction of a port on the Pacific coast. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama will lead a UNSC session on the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria on September 24. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The death toll from floods in Pakistan and India reached 400 as authorities in both countries warned of more flooding in the days ahead. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai urged the country’s two presidential candidates to reach an agreement on a new national unity government. (AP)
  • Australia: The government rejected UN criticism that its treatment of asylum-seekers was “leading to a chain of human rights violations”. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Police said four people, including two navy contractors and an official of state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina, were arrested for their involvement in a five-year-long fuel smuggling operation worth millions of dollars. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for attacks on navy targets in Karachi. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Finance Minister Schaeuble said it would be a “mistake” to believe that easing Europe’s budget rules will boost economic growth in the region. (AFP)
  • Turkey: China said that the country would decide in its “own interests” after President Erdogan said the country was in talks with France on buying a missile defense system following disagreements with Beijing. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Recent polls showed a surge in support in the Scottish referendum for those supporting independence. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry will meet Arab foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as he bids for a broad coalition against the Islamic State. (AFP)
  • Region: Iranian President Rouhani welcomed Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi’s new government, saying he hoped it would help turn the tide against Islamic State jihadists. (AFP)
  • Region: Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon called for world intelligence agencies to work together against the Islamic State (IS). (AFP)
  • Iran: State-owned media reported that authorities detained three foreigners traveling through the country under the suspicion of planning to join the Islamic State group in Iraq. (AP)
  • Israel: HRW criticized the country for its treatment of thousands of African migrants, saying it is forcing them to leave the country at grave personal risk. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Several large websites are to participate in “Internet Slowdown” protest against movements to weaken Net Neutrality. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 13W (Fengshen)
    • Location: 300 NM ESE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: E at 23 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (10SEP)

  • Global: World Suicide Prevention Day
  • Asia Region: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers’ Meeting (to 12SEP)
  • Middle East Region: US Secretary of State Kerry meets with Arab FMs in Saudi Arabia to discuss IS (to 12SEP)
  • Bangladesh: Court meets for corruption trial of opposition
  • China: China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue (to 16SEP)
  • China: China-France High-Level Economic and Financial dialogue (to 16SEP)
  • Guinea Bissau: Independence Day – 1974
  • Iraq and Syria: US President Barack Obama to give speech on Islamic State strategy

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