ONS: 10 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 10, 2014

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

10 August 2014

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s deteriorating security situation has led to an exodus of aid workers and the suspension of development programs, leaving tens of thousands of displaced and vulnerable people relying on skeleton networks run in part by volunteers.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela says it will close its border with Colombia at night from Monday, to try to stop large-scale smuggling of petrol and food.
  • ASIA: A suicide attacker targeting a NATO troop convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday killed four civilians and wounded at least seven others, Afghan officials said, as emergency services rushed to the scene.
  • EUROPE: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to vanquish his two rivals in elections, to become the next Turkish president, promising to expand the post with new powers as opponents worry Turkey is creeping towards autocracy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Iranian passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from an airport near the capital, Tehran, killing 48 people onboard, state media reported.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was spotted by an online tool run by experts in Boston, flagging a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” in southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: U.S. military role without time limit; Britain delivers aid
    • President Barack Obama on Saturday refused to give a time limit on America’s renewed military involvement in Iraq, saying he doesn’t think “we are going to solve this problem in weeks” as the country struggles to form a new government.
    • The U.S. military has dropped food and water for a third time to thousands of Iraqi refugees stranded on Mount Sinjar.
    • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke via telephone on Saturday with British Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon about their two countries’ efforts to relieve the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq.
    • Britain has begun airdropping food and water to thousands of civilians stranded on a mountain in northern Iraq after fleeing jihadist militants, the British development ministry said Sunday.
    • The US military says it has carried out a third round of air strikes on Sunni Muslim militants to defend civilians in northern Iraq, destroying armored carriers and a truck that were firing on members of the Yazidi sect, officials said.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, BBC, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: U.S. spy agencies have begun to see groups of fighters abandoning al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Africa to join the rival Islamist organization that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria and been targeted in American airstrikes, U.S. officials said. (WP)
  • Egypt: Egyptian universities are moving to prevent students with ties to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood from taking up residence in their dormitories, according to a ministry source. (Al-Awsat)
  • Liberia: Residents in the northern region have existed in a state of peril for months as the deadly Ebola epidemic swept through the region, as measures to stem the spread of the virus spark fears of starvation. (AFP)
  • Libya: The country’s deteriorating security situation has led to an exodus of aid workers and the suspension of development programs, leaving tens of thousands of displaced and vulnerable people relying on skeleton networks run in part by volunteers. (Guardian)
  • Nigeria: Hundreds of people who escaped a Boko Haram attack on their town in Nigeria’s restive north and fled to a nearby mountain said Saturday they were without any food. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol suspended operations at its onshore field in Tibu, in the northeastern province of Norte de Santander, following two attacks on its infrastructure, the company announced Saturday. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The government says it will close its border with Colombia at night from Monday, to try to stop large-scale smuggling of petrol and food. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said early Sunday he met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi late Saturday and discussed measures to improve soured bilateral relations in the first foreign ministerial meeting between both countries since December 2012. (Kyodo)
  • Region: The top diplomats from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed on Sunday to beef up their coordinated approach against threats from North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and missile launches, Seoul officials said. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide attacker targeting a NATO troop convoy in Kabul on Sunday killed four civilians and wounded at least seven others, Afghan officials said, as emergency services rushed to the scene. (AFP)
  • Japan: Typhoon Halong slammed into western Japan on Sunday (Aug 10), making landfall on the main Honshu island as the weather agency issued its highest alert. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: Minister of Economic Affairs Chang Chia-juch became the first Cabinet member to step down Sunday over last month’s gas explosions that killed 30 people and injured 310 others. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Turkey: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to vanquish his two rivals in elections, to become the next Turkish president, promising to expand the post with new powers as opponents worry Turkey is creeping towards autocracy. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko has said he is ready to consider allowing humanitarian assistance into the rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: Embattled Ukrainian separatists called for a truce Saturday after government troops surrounded their main stronghold of Donetsk, and a reported attempt by Russia to send in an armored aid convoy spurred warnings from Kiev, Britain and the U.S. (LAT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian man and wounded seven others on Sunday, medics said, in a third day of renewed fighting that has jeopardized international efforts to achieve a lasting ceasefire in a more than month-old Gaza conflict. (Reuters)
  • Region: Talks in Cairo aimed at securing a fresh ceasefire in Gaza are under renewed strain, with both sides in the conflict issuing warnings. (BBC)
  • Iran: An Iranian passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from an airport near the capital, Tehran, killing 48 people onboard, state media reported. (AP)
  • Kuwait: Kuwait Airways said Sunday it will no longer overfly Iraq in the wake of US air strikes on militant positions there, the latest company to re-route its flights. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Alarmed by mounting cyber threats around the world and across industries, a growing number of security experts see aggressive U.S. government action as the best hope for averting disaster. (Reuters)
  • Technology: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was spotted by an online tool run by experts in Boston, flagging a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” in southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 110 NM E of Iwakuni, Japan
    • Movement: 6.6 mph
    • Winds: 25.7 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Hurricane 10E (Julio)
    • Location: 398 NM E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 43.7 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 09E (Iselle)
    • Location: 112 NM SSW of Barking Sands
    • Movement: WNW at 6.6 mph
    • Winds: 15.4 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 07E (Genevieve)
    • Location: 350 NM WSW of Midway
    • Movement: NNW at 10.8 mph
    • Winds: 48.8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 81km ESE of Mutsu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 37.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1711 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 932 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 24JUL: 837 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 24JUL: 291 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11JUL)

  • Chad: Chad’s Independence Day – 1960
  • Russia: Anniversary of Air Force- 1912
  • Thailand: The Queen’s birthday; public holiday
  • United States: Anniversary of race riot in the Watts section of Los Angeles, United States, lasting six days. Thirty-four people were killed and more than 1,000 injured – 1965
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of Vietnam partitioned into North and South – 1954

 

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