ONS: 10 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 11, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, a car bomb attack claimed by ISIS killed nine people and wounded dozens in the eastern coastal city of Derna.
  • AMERICAS: In Haiti, President Martelly appealed to “everyone to vote peacefully” amid long-delayed legislative elections affected by a series of incidents including gunfire and violent attacks on polling stations.
  • ASIA: South Korea said it had ordered the resumption of border propaganda operations against North Korea for the first time in 11 years, in response to an alleged landmine attack.
  • EUROPE: Officials said that Greece and international creditors were to continue talks after marathon discussions, with both sides indicating that the terms of a third bailout were close to being finalized.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front said it has withdrawn from frontline positions against ISIS north of Aleppo and ceded them to other rebels, leaving an area where Turkey wants to establish a buffer zone.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC is scheduled to hear the case on Tuesday on whether the US International Trade Commission can regulate the transfer of digital information.

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Attacks target US Consulate in Istanbul and police around the country.
    • Two armed individuals launched a gun attack against the US consulate in the Istinye district of Istanbul.
    • Authorities launched an operation to capture the two militants, with one reportedly later captured wounded.
    • A suspected suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at a police station in the Sultanbeyli district on the Asian side of Istanbul, wounding ten people.
    • Clashes with police throughout the night as other militants fired on the police station.
    • Four Turkish police officers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Sirnak province blamed on Kurdish militants.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters, WSJ, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: Security experts suggested that a west African regional force set up to fight Boko Haram will need “local intelligence” to successfully root out the insurgents. (AFP)
  • Libya: A car bomb attack claimed by ISIS killed nine people and wounded dozens in the eastern coastal city of Derna. (AFP)
  • Mali: Security sources said that jihadist group Macina Liberation Front is strongly suspected of carrying out the hotel siege that ended with the deaths of 13 people including five UN workers. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Buhari vowed not to interfere with the work of the country’s anti-corruption bodies, after the opposition accused him of a “selective” crackdown on graft. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Daniel Scioli, the candidate supported by the ruling coalition, emerged from the presidential primaries as the favorite to succeed President Kirchner in the October elections. (AFP)
  • Haiti: President Martelly appealed to “everyone to vote peacefully” amid long-delayed legislative elections affected by a series of incidents including gunfire and violent attacks on polling stations. (Xinhua)
  • Untied States: Police shot and critically wounded a man who opened fire at them in Ferguson, ending what had been a day of remembrance for a black teen killed a year earlier. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least five people were killed and 10 wounded by a suicide car bomb near the entrance to Kabul’s international airport. (AFP)
  • Burma: The death toll from severe flooding across the country topped 100 with nearly one million people affected. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea said it had ordered the resumption of border propaganda operations against North Korea for the first time in 11 years, in response to an alleged landmine attack. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Former leader Mahathir Mohamad criticized PM Najib Razak, saying democracy in the country is dead and that he should be questioned by police about the country’s troubled state fund 1MDB. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: A military official said Abu Sayyaf militants killed two soldiers, but reinforcement troops later retaliated with an assault that may have killed an unspecified number of the attackers in the country’s south. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: British Foreign Secretary Hammond said a surge in migrants from Africa threatens the EU’s living standards and social infrastructure. (Reuters)
  • France: Labor Minister Rebsamen said that he would step down next week to become mayor of Dijon. (AFP)
  • Greece: Officials said that the government and international creditors were to continue talks after marathon discussions, with both sides indicating that the terms of a third bailout were close to being finalized. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Media reported that the verdict in Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian’s trial for allegedly spying on the country will be announced “within a week”. (AFP)
  • Israel: Authorities released all suspects detained in raids as part of a probe into the firebombing of a Palestinian home that killed an 18-month-old child and his father. (AFP)
  • Syria: The al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front said it has withdrawn from frontline positions against ISIS north of Aleppo and ceded them to other rebels, leaving an area where Turkey wants to establish a buffer zone. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 15 soldiers were killed during clashes with ISIS at a besieged northern airbase. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC is scheduled to hear the case on Tuesday on whether the US International Trade Commission can regulate the transfer of digital information. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 15W (Molave)
    • Location: 405 NM S of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Hurricane 10E (Hilda)
    • Location: 444 NM SE of Hilo
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 98 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 179km SW of Dadali, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 27,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,235 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 24JUL: 462,561 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 14,069
      • Deaths as of 10JUL: 61 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 06AUG: 1384 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 06AUG: 495 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11AUG)

  • Bosnia: Anniversary of about 28,000 people, mostly Muslims, forced from their homes in Sarajevo in one of the biggest single acts of “ethnic cleansing.” – 1992
  • Chad: Independence Day – 1960
  • Russia: Russia celebrates the anniversary of its Air Force – 1912
  • United States: Anniversary of Los Angeles race riot, lasting six days. Thirty-four people are killed and more than 1,000 injured – 1965

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