ONS: 11 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt barred the head of HRW from entering the country ahead of the release of a report on a mass killing of protesters.
  • AMERICAS: The head of the Panama Canal Authority said officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues.
  • ASIA: Australian Defense Minister Johnston said the country and the US will sign a 25-year deal allowing 2,500 US Marines and air force personnel to train in the country.
  • EUROPE: Police in Kosovo arrested at least 40 people in a major operation targeting Islamic radicals suspected of fighting alongside extremists in Iraq and Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rouhani accused critics of his efforts to engage with the West of political cowardice and mischief.
  • TECHNOLOGY: London’s financial district is expressing interest in becoming a global hub for technology in cyber security and intelligence.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Political infighting as Kurds continue clashes with IS.
    • US Secretary Kerry warned Iraqi PM Maliki not to cause trouble as he threw his weight behind newly-elected President Masum.
    • US Secretary of Defense Hagel said air strikes aimed at Islamic State militants have been effective and the US is open to further requests for help.
    • Jihadist fighters defeated Kurdish peshmerga troops in the town of Jalawla after a two-day battle.
    • A US State Department official said that Iraqi Kurds are “being armed by various sources”.
    • Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi denounced “crimes against humanity” committed by jihadists against the minority Yazidi sect.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, CNN, NYT, NYT-2, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country barred the head of HRW from entering the country ahead of the release of a report on a mass killing of protesters. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: The government announced that it has banned all flights from countries hit by the Ebola virus. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The government confirmed a new case of Ebola in the financial capital Lagos, bringing the total number of people with the virus to ten. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: Authorities placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and were waiting for test results. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The country deported an Argentine ex-army officer convicted of serious rights abuses during Argentina’s ‘dirty war’ from 1976-1983. (AFP)
  • Haiti: An armed gang attacked the Croix-des-Bouquets prison freeing an unknown number of inmates. (BBC)
  • Panama: The head of the Panama Canal Authority said officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Amnesty International released a report on the US military justice system in relation to civilian deaths from US and NATO airstrikes. (AFP)
  • Australia: Defense Minister Johnston said the country and the US will sign a 25-year deal allowing 2,500 US Marines and air force personnel to train in the country. (AFP)
  • China: The military instructed its soldiers not to spread rumors and to oppose “political liberalism” following the fall of a former senior officer accused of corruption. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea proposed high-level talks with North Korea to discuss holding a new round of reunions. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Italy requested a meeting of European foreign ministers on Iraq and is pushing to give Iraq’s Kurds military support. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: Police arrested at least 40 people in a major operation targeting Islamic radicals suspected of fighting alongside extremists in Iraq and Syria. (AP)
  • Turkey: The EU called on PM Erdogan to play a conciliatory role in the country, a day after he won the presidency after one round of voting. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: One convict was killed and over 100 escaped when shelling hit a high-security prison in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Four Palestinians who were seriously wounded during Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip arrived in Turkey for treatment. (Reuters)
  • Region: Saudi King Abdullah discussed developments in Syria, Iraq, Gaza and Libya with Egyptian President Sisi. (AFP)
  • Iran: President Rouhani accused critics of his efforts to engage with the West of political cowardice and mischief. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A militant was shot dead in an exchange of fire with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: London’s financial district is expressing interest in becoming a global hub for technology in cyber security and intelligence. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Hurricane 10E (Julio)
    • Location: 326 NM NE of Camp HM Smith
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 81 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 07E (Genevieve)
    • Location: 769 NM WNW of Midway
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1779 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 961 (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 (12AUG)

  • Europe: EU envoys to meet on Iraq crisis in Brussels
  • Ukraine: Parliament convenes; could ban Russian gas to Europe
  • Colombia: Colombia/FARC negotiations to resume in Havana, Cuba

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