ONS: 1 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt offered to train Libyan pro-government forces battling rival armed groups, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability.
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama approved a plan to allow several thousand young children from Central American countries to apply for refugee status in the US.
  • ASIA: Chinese authorities detained more than a dozen activists across the country and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong’s protests.
  • EUROPE: Former two-term Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg started work as NATO’s secretary-general, the 13th in the organization’s 65-year existence.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two blasts near a school in the Syrian government-controlled central city of Homs killed at least 18 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A German data protection watchdog told Google Inc to seek users’ permission for creating data profiles from its various services, adding to pressure on Google in Europe over its privacy policy.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq and Syria: US-led airstrikes continue as Kurds continue ground assault.
    • US-led forces carried out at least five air strikes against Islamic State fighters outside the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab.
    • British fighter jets based in Cyprus fired four Brimstone missiles on two IS vehicles, including an armed pick-up truck.
    • Australian PM Abbott said his country’s military jets were set to join the US in its operations against IS through support flights over Iraq.
    • Activists reported that IS militants beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, including three women, captured in clashes near the Syria-Turkey border.
    • The Obama administration is to greatly increase the number of Syrian refugees approved for permanent resettlement in the US next year.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The military offered to train Libyan pro-government forces battling rival armed groups, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan said the army was turning the tide against Boko Haram Islamists amid re-election plan speculation. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Amnesty International reported that lawmakers have proposed granting security forces the ability to make “virtually unrestricted powers of arrest”, calling a bill under debate “flawed”. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Obama approved a plan to allow several thousand young children from Central American countries to apply for refugee status in the US. (NYT)
  • Region: The US and Brazil came to an agreement that will end a decade-long dispute over subsidies provided to cotton growers. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Attorney General Karam announced that three soldiers have been charged with homicide in the June killings of 22 people in the west of the country. (LAT)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least 10 people were killed and 21 wounded after two separate suicide bomb attacks targeted army vehicles in Kabul. (Xinhua)
  • China: Authorities detained more than a dozen activists across the country and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong’s protests. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: The country inaugurated a new, opposition-dominated parliament that is expected to obstruct incoming President Widodo’s plans for economic reforms. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A hand grenade exploded in a crowded barbershop in Quetta killing at least three people and wounding 10 others. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Former two-term Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg started work as NATO’s secretary-general, the 13th in the organization’s 65-year existence. (AP)
  • France: Finance Minister Sapin told reporters that the country’s budget deficit would stay above the EU’s maximum limit until 2017. (AFP)
  • Poland: Incoming PM Kopacz said says she will work for a greater US military presence in the country in her inaugural speech to parliament. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Ten civilians died in attacks in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, including from a shell that hit a school on the first day of class. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Philippine President Aquino criticized the UN for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission “impossible”. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A jihadist attack on an Iraqi tribe that has held out for weeks against militants left at least seven dead on either side. (AFP)
  • Syria: Two blasts near a school in the government-controlled central city of Homs killed at least 18 people. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A German data protection watchdog told Google Inc to seek users’ permission for creating data profiles from its various services, adding to pressure on Google in Europe over its privacy policy. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 18W (Phanfone)
    • Location: 413 NM S of Iwo To
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 4784 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo)
      • Deaths: 2400 (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 (02OCT)

  • Guinea: Independence Day – 1968
  • Russia: King Abdullah II of Jordan to visit Moscow to meet with President Vladimir Putin

 

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