ONS: 10 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Liberian lawmakers are to meet in special session to debate granting President Sirleaf more powers to confront the Ebola crisis, including placing restrictions on movement and public gatherings.
  • AMERICAS: US Defense Secretary Hagel said that he will discuss the growing threat from the Ebola virus with Central and South American leaders when they meet in the coming days.
  • ASIA: Fighting between India and Pakistan paused after days of heavy shelling and gun battles across the disputed border in Kashmir.
  • EUROPE: Greek civil servants are holding a work stoppage ahead of a confidence vote on the coalition government’s handling of the country’s economy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Amnesty International said the government is waging a “systematic and ruthless campaign of persecution” against peaceful activists in order to silence criticism of the state in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hacker group Anonymous threatened a major blackout of Chinese and Hong Kong government websites, and to leak tens of thousands of government email address details.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey and Syria: IS shells border as protesters in Turkey clash with government.
    • The Islamic State group shelled a Syrian border crossing with Turkey to try and capture it and cut off the embattled town of Kobani.
    • Turkish PM Davutoglu insisted that “Turkey is against ISIS just the same way that it is against Assad.”
    • At least 31 people were killed and 360 others injured in four days of violent protests in Turkey led by pro-Kurdish demonstrators against the government’s policy on Syria.
    • US Defense Secretary Hagel said that the key military assistance the US would like to get from Turkey would be access to the Turkish air base at Incirlik and an agreement to help train and equip the moderate Syrian forces.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: A UN peacekeeper from Pakistan was killed in an ambush in Bangui, bringing the death toll in 48 hours of fighting to at least nine. (Reuters)
  • Liberia: Lawmakers are to meet in special session to debate granting President Sirleaf more powers to confront the Ebola crisis, including placing restrictions on movement and public gatherings. (AP)
  • Libya: The UNHCR reported that about 100,000 people have fled fighting near Tripoli in the past three weeks. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Defense Secretary Hagel said that he will discuss the growing threat from the Ebola virus with Central and South American leaders when they meet in the coming days. (AP)
  • United States: Police clashed with protesters in St. Louis for a second consecutive night, ahead of a weekend of planned marches and rallies in the area. (Reuters)
  • United States: US federal court barred Texas from enforcing a law requiring voters to produce photo ID when casting ballots. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Fighting between India and Pakistan paused after days of heavy shelling and gun battles across the disputed border in Kashmir. (Reuters)
  • Region: The South Korean coastguard shot and killed the Chinese captain of a fishing boat in a confrontation in the Yellow Sea, triggering an angry protest from Beijing. (AFP)
  • China: The government criticized the US Congress for sending the wrong message to pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong after a congressional report expressed concern. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea traded fire after the North shot at a South Korean propaganda balloon. (AP)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif met with army chiefs and advisers over clashes this week with Indian troops along the border in disputed Kashmir. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Civil servants are holding a work stoppage ahead of a confidence vote on the coalition government’s handling of the country’s economy. (DPA)
  • Spain: A hospital official said the nursing assistant infected with Ebola is “stable,” hours after authorities described her condition as critical. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Three civilians died overnight in mortar fire around Donetsk airport. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The anti-EU UK Independence Party won its first seat in the House of Commons. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Sunni insurgents based in Pakistan have increased attacks on border posts in the southeast of the country this week, employing methods similar to those used by IS militants in Syria and Iraq. (NYT)
  • Saudi Arabia: Amnesty International said the government is waging a “systematic and ruthless campaign of persecution” against peaceful activists in order to silence criticism of the state in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. (AP)
  • Yemen: Britain condemned the bomb attacks in Sanaa, urging all parties in the country to “work constructively” to implement the cease-fire deal signed between the government and Shiite Houthi group. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Hacker group Anonymous threatened a major blackout of Chinese and Hong Kong government websites, and to leak tens of thousands of government email address details. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03B (Hudhud)
    • Location: 474 NM S of Kolkata, India
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 19W (Vongfong)
    • Location: 265 NM SSE of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 138 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 7470 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, US, Spain)
      • Deaths: 3431 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 02OCT: 852 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen, Austria)
      • Deaths as of 02OCT: 301 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11OCT)

  • Global: International Day of the Girl Child

 

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