ONS: 10 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rival leaders in Lesotho vowed to resolve an 11-day crisis that has spurred calls for regional military intervention in the country following South Africa brokered talks.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities in Chiapas confiscated 1,639 coca plants near the Guatemalan border.
  • ASIA: In the Philippines, President Aquino sent to parliament a proposed law to grant autonomy to minority Muslims in the southern region of Mindanao.
  • EUROPE: British PM Cameron warned Scottish voters that independence would be a “leap into the dark” as the leaders of all three parties headed north in a bid to head off increasing support for a split.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry flew into Iraq for talks with its new leaders on their role in a new strategy against Islamic State jihadists to be unveiled by President Obama.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Investigators reported that a potent malware strain called BlackPOS is responsible for the Home Depot attack.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government makes overtures to rebels in east.
    • Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that most Russian troops had been withdrawn from the country, in a move he said boosted the prospects for peace.
    • President Poroshenko promised to introduce legislation in parliament as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to rebellious regions in the east.
    • Pro-Russian rebels insisted they intend to break away and become independent.
    • President Poroshenko signed a law paving the way for the imposition of economic sanctions against Russian companies and individuals.
    • Malaysia’s Defense Minister Hussein arrived in Moscow for talks over a probe into the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Lesotho: Rival leaders vowed to resolve an 11-day crisis that has spurred calls for regional military intervention in the country following South Africa brokered talks. (AFP)
  • Libya: The new UN representative for the country, Spain’s Bernardino Leon, initiated a series of meetings in the country aimed at promoting a cease-fire. (EFE)
  • Senegal: The Health Ministry said that a Guinean student who was the country’s only confirmed case in the Ebola epidemic has recovered. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities in Chiapas confiscated 1,639 coca plants near the Guatemalan border. (AP)
  • Panama: President Varela unveiled several infrastructure investment projects and gave an ambitious forecast for the country’s economic growth. (EFE)
  • United States: The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani authorities said that hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing flash floods after the Chenab River breached an embankment following a warning the day before. (AP)
  • Australia: Police raided an Islamic centre and seized two men for alleged involvement in recruiting and sending jihadist fighters to Syria. (AFP)
  • China: A survey in the country and Japan indicated that more than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed a policeman guarding a polio vaccination team in the country’s restive northwest. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino sent to parliament a proposed law to grant autonomy to minority Muslims in the southern region of Mindanao. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Finance Minister Sapin said the country would bring its budget deficit down to the EU limit of three percent of GDP until 2017, the expected date of the next presidential election in France. (AP)
  • Sweden: The country is grappling with a record number of asylum seekers ahead of upcoming 14SEP elections.. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron warned Scottish voters that independence would be a “leap into the dark” as the leaders of all three parties headed north in a bid to head off increasing support for a split. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian Oil Minister Zanganeh said that the fighting between Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants will delay the planned start of natural gas exports to Iraq. (AP)
  • Iraq: US Secretary Kerry flew into the country for talks with its new leaders on their role in a new strategy against Islamic State jihadists to be unveiled by President Obama. (NYT)
  • Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian was shot dead in clashes which broke out when Israeli troops entered a West Bank refugee camp near Ramallah. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Islamist Ahrar al-Sham rebel brigade named new chiefs after a blast that killed nearly 30 members of its leadership in northeastern Idlib province. (AP)
  • Syria: Sources close to President Obama said he is prepared to use US military airstrikes in the country to defeat the Islamic State and does not believe he needs formal congressional approval to take that action. (WP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Investigators reported that a potent malware strain called BlackPOS is responsible for the Home Depot attack. (VentureBeat)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Fifteen-E
    • Location:
    • Movement: NNW at  1 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 122km SE of Modayag, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 30.0km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 3685 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo)
      • Deaths: 1841 (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 (11SEP)

  • Asia: Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe (to 12SEP)
  • Chile: Anniversary of coup d’état – 1973
  • Egypt: Coptic New Year
  • Ethiopia: Enkutatash, beginning of New Year
  • India: Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit PM Narendra Modi
  • Korea, South: Senior diplomats from South Korea, China and Japan to hold trilateral meeting in Seoul to discuss promoting cooperation in Northeast Asia
  • Libya: Anniversary of attack on US consulate in Benghazi, killing US Ambassador and three others – 2012
  • Spain: National Day of Catalonia
  • Tanzania: World Bank Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Sri Mulyani, to hold high level discussions with President Jakaya Kikwete and other top government officials (to 14SEP)
  • Transdniestria: 5+2 Transdniestrian settlement talks, scheduled to take place in Vienna
  • United States: Anniversary of airline hijackings and World Trade Center, Pentagon attacks – 2001

 

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