ONS: 10 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing to Gaza to receive wounded Palestinians.

  • AMERICAS: Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked President Obama to deploy National Guard troops to handle the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing into South Texas.

  • ASIA: China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi said China and the US have agreed to enhance cooperation on counter-terrorism and military-to-military relations.

  • EUROPE: Journalists in Ukraine reported that government forces have massed tanks and armoured vehicles 20 kilometres south of the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq’s Kurdish political bloc said it is pulling its ministers from the Cabinet and suspending its participation in the government of PM Maliki.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Senior American officials reported that Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the US government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees.

 

TOP STORY

  • Palestinian Territories: Rocket strikes expand as Israeli strikes increase.

    • Five Palestinian children were among 22 people killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza, bringing to 73 the overall number of Gazans killed since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge.

    • The Israeli air force launched raids on more than 300 targets as Hamas increased the frequency of rockets targeting Israel.

    • A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip by Hamas was intercepted over the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv.

    • Palestinian President Abbas accused Israel of committing “genocide” in Gaza.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, LAT, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UNSC expressed concern at the current health and terrorist threats in the region. (Xinhua)

  • DR Congo: The US said it will expand sanctions on groups in the country focused on disrupting peacekeeping efforts. (NYT)

  • Egypt: The country opened its Rafah border crossing to Gaza to receive wounded Palestinians. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican authorities repatriated to Honduras 309 underage undocumented migrants this week. (EFE)

  • Mexico: The judiciary said it is investigating possible links to drug traffickers for a federal judge who ordered the release of a son of since captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP)

  • United States: The director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Matthew G. Olsen, is resigning after three years. (NYT)

  • United States: Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked President Obama to deploy National Guard troops to handle the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing into South Texas. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Four deminers were killed, one injured and two others missing following a Taliban attack on a mine clearance agency convoy in Herat. (Xinhua)

  • China: The country’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi said China and the US have agreed to enhance cooperation on counter-terrorism and military-to-military relations. (Reuters)

  • Korea Peninsula: South Korea condemned a series of missile launches by North Korea as a “serious provocation” that threatened stability on the peninsula. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed six suspected militants in a compound in Doga Macha Madda Khel. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: The government is to soon propose legislation authorizing it to block suspected proponents of Islamic terrorism from leaving the country. (NYT)

  • Germany: Finance Minister Schaeuble accused the US of “stupidity” over reports of alleged US spying. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: Journalists reported that government forces have massed tanks and armoured vehicles 20 kilometres south of the rebel-held city of Donetsk. (AFP)

  • United Kingdom: Britain said it would rush through emergency legislation to force telecoms companies to retain the data of users for a year. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: British FM Hague said that fundamental differences remain between the six world powers and the country in negotiations over its nuclear program. (Reuters)

  • Iraq: The IAEA said it believed nuclear material that had been seized by insurgents was “low grade” and did not pose a significant security risk. (Reuters)

  • Iraq: The Kurdish political bloc said it is pulling its ministers from the Cabinet and suspending its participation in the government of PM Maliki. (AP)

  • Syria: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) started an airlift operation to deliver emergency core relief items for 50,000 people in the northeast. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Senior American officials reported that Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the US government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 08W (Neoguri)

    • Location: 127 NM SE of Iwakuni, Japan

    • Movement: ENE at 33 mph

    • Winds: 51 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 844 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

      • Deaths: 518 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

      • Sourcing: WHO

    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 04JUL: 827 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 04JUL: 287 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11JUL)

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Anniversary of the genocide at Srebrenica – 1995

  • India: Anniversary of Mumbai train bombings – 2006

  • Russia and Ukraine: Three-way talks scheduled with EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht in Brussels

 

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