ONS: 11 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The WHO reported that Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between 06JUL – 08JUL.

  • AMERICAS: The US federal government suspended its plan to send the San Diego area hundreds of the Central American migrants who have been flooding into Texas illegally.

  • ASIA: Afghan President Karzai met with US Secretary Kerry in Kabul to discuss an impasse over the presidential election.

  • EUROPE: German FM Steinmeier said he will discuss a transatlantic spy row with US Secretary Kerry when both attend Iran nuclear talks in Vienna this weekend.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Clashes between Sunni militants and Iraqi security forces near Anbar provincial capital Ramadi killed 11 police and wounded 24.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Google Inc services returned to being disrupted in China after a brief respite, continuing more than a month of severe disruption.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Rocket strikes from Gaza increase as military considers ground operation.

    • Two people were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the central Gaza Strip, bringing the toll in four days of violence to 100.

    • US President Obama phoned PM Netanyahu to express concerns and to offer his help in resolving the crisis.

    • A rocket fired from Gaza hit a petrol station in southern Israel, causing a large explosion and injuring three people.

    • A rocket fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel, causing troops to hit back with artillery fire over the border.

    • Egypt criticized Israel for killing civilians in Gaza with “oppressive policies of mass punishment.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The WHO reported that Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between 06JUL – 08JUL. (Reuters)

  • Kenya: Unidentified gunmen raided Pandanguo village, stealing guns from police reservists and torching houses. (AFP)

  • Sudan: Hackers attacked a website close to the country’s security apparatus, the ‘Sudanese Media Centre’. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The government said 26,000 armed personnel will be deployed to ensure public safety during the World Cup final at Rio’s Maracana stadium on Sunday. (Xinhua)

  • Mexico: An alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel arrived in San Diego after being extradited to the US. (AFP)

  • United States: The federal government suspended its plan to send the San Diego area hundreds of the Central American migrants who have been flooding into Texas illegally. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that an Asian regional summit in Beijing this November would be a good opportunity for the leaders of Japan and China to hold their first talks. (AP)

  • Region: An Australian convert to Islam who publicly urged people via the internet to join “jihad” in Iraq and Syria was arrested in the Philippines. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai met with US Secretary Kerry in Kabul to discuss an impasse over the presidential election. (AFP)

  • China: Courts in Xinjiang sentenced 32 people to prison, three of them for life, for downloading and spreading violent Internet content. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: FM Steinmeier said he will discuss a transatlantic spy row with US Secretary Kerry when both attend Iran nuclear talks in Vienna this weekend. (AFP)

  • Poland: PM Tusk clinched a second confidence vote in as many weeks after the country’s opposition sought to topple his center-right government. (AFP)

  • Portugal: PM Coelho ruled out state aid for the country’s biggest bank BES. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: A new Amnesty International report highlighted the “hundreds” of abductions and incidents of torture by pro-Russian separatists and criticised the excessive force used by government forces. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US VP Biden and Jordanian King Abdullah II discussed the conflicts engulfing the Gaza Strip, Iraq and Syria. (Xinhua)

  • Iran: British Foreign Secretary Hague will travel to Vienna for talks over the country’s nuclear program. (AFP)

  • Iraq: Clashes between Sunni militants and security forces near Anbar provincial capital Ramadi killed 11 police and wounded 24. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google Inc services returned to being disrupted in China after a brief respite, continuing more than a month of severe disruption. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09W (Nine)

    • Location: 171 NM ESE of Andersen AFB, Guam

    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph

    • Winds: 40 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 888 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

      • Deaths: 539 (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 (12JUL)

  • Ireland:  Potential protest march in commemoration of the 1690 Protestant victory over the Catholics.

  • Panama: Anniversary of opening of Panama Canal – 1920

  • Sao Tome and Principe: Sao Tome and Principe Independence Day – 1975

  • United States: ESRI National Security Summit in San Diego (to July 15)

 

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