ONS: 11 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Final objections in the US Senate to the amount of USD750 million of Defense Department war funds to fight Ebola in West Africa.
  • AMERICAS: The Canadian government advised its citizens to leave the West African countries hardest hit by Ebola, while beginning to screen for potentially exposed travelers.
  • ASIA: North Korea’s state media said high-level talks with South Korea are scrapped due to the launch of anti-DPRK propaganda from the South a day earlier.
  • EUROPE: There are rising concerns over negotiations to liberalize trade with the United States, with planned protests across Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Iraqi officials have made an urgent appeal for military help in the western Anbar province, saying the area could fall to Islamic State militants.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Obama said he was “unequivocally committed” to net neutrality and firmly opposed to any Internet fast lane proposals.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Kobani in danger of falling to IS, as US-led Syria strategy reveals faults.
    • Kurdish fighters thwarted a bid by Islamic State group jihadists to advance into the center of the battleground Syrian town of Kobani early on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
    • The Islamic State is pouring reinforcements into the besieged Syrian city of Kobani, underscoring its goal to seize that Kurdish enclave near the Turkish border and deal a significant setback to the United States-led air campaign.
    • Staffan de Mistura, the UN Syria envoy, warned that hundreds of civilians trapped in Kobani were likely to be “massacred” by advancing extremists and called on Ankara to help prevent a catastrophe.
    • The United States sees a higher chance of reprisal attacks on members of the US-led coalition against ISIS since they began air strikes last month.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Final objections in the US Senate to the amount of USD750 million of Defense Department war funds to fight Ebola in West Africa. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: An armed group fired at a UN police patrol monitoring a protest near the airport in the country’s capital, wounding six constables. (AP)
  • Guinea: President Alpha Conde met with IMF Director Christine Lagarde, who promised the organization would help “if needed” in the country’s Ebola crisis. (AFP)
  • Mali: Health workers in the country were given an experimental vaccine against Ebola designed to boost the immunity of those directly handling the disease. (Guardian)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The government advised its citizens to leave the West African countries hardest hit by Ebola, while beginning to screen for potentially exposed travelers. (AFP)
  • Colombia: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised the country’s advances in counterterrorism and will provide valuable training and peacekeeping assistance around the globe as its internal conflicts wind down. (AP)
  • United States: Hundreds of demonstrators stood inches from officers in riot gear at the start of what was expected to be a weekend of protests in Missouri over allegedly-racially motivated police shootings. (AP)
  • United States: New York’s JFK airport is to start screening to try to stem the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,000 people. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said he agreed with his South Korean counterpart to resume regular bilateral talks amid strained relations. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber, dressed in a police uniform, struck inside a police headquarters in southern Helmand province, killing one officer. (AP)
  • China: A senior Chinese diplomat has held an “emergency meeting” with South Korea’s ambassador to China and lodged a protest after the captain of a Chinese fishing boat died during a violent clash with the South Korean Coast Guard. (Xinhua)
  • China: Days of heavy smog in northern China pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The country’s state media said high-level talks with South Korea are scrapped due to the launch of anti-DPRK propaganda from the South a day earlier. (Telegraph)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The G20 finance ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine on the sidelines of an international financial and economic conference. (TASS)
  • Region: There are rising concerns over negotiations to liberalize trade with the United States, with planned protests across Europe. (BBC)
  • Lithuania: US Vice-President Biden met with PM Algirdas Butkevicius to discuss the situation in Ukraine and European energy security. (TASS)
  • Slovakia: The nation will sign a new treaty with Russia for long-term supplies of Russian oil. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary of State John Kerry will call for a revival of the collapsed Israeli-Palestinian peace process on Sunday. (AFP)
  • Iran: Negotiations for a nuclear deal may be extended if an agreement can’t be reached by the 24NOV deadline, a senior official said. (LAT)
  • Iraq: Officials have made an urgent appeal for military help in the western Anbar province, saying the area could fall to Islamic State militants. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: President Obama said he was “unequivocally committed” to net neutrality and firmly opposed to any Internet fast lane proposals. (NYT)
  • Technology: Sears, Kmart and Dairy Queen’s computer systems were compromised in security intrusions involving customers’ credit and debit card information. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03B (Hudhud)
    • Location: 180 NM SE of Visakhapatnam, India
    • Movement: WNW at 2 mph
    • Winds: 43 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 19W (Vongfong)
    • Location: 137 NM SSE of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Subtropical Storm Fay
    • Location: 440m S of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNW at 13mph
    • Winds: 60mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 154km ENE of Hachinohe, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 13.4km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 8376 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, US, Spain)
      • Deaths: 4024 (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 (12OCT)

  • Bolivia: Presidential election
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: General elections
  • Egypt: International donor conference on Gaza reconstruction to take place in Cairo
  • Equatorial Guinea: Equatorial Guinea Independence – 1968
  • Spain: Fiesta Nacional de Espana
  • Sudan: Cease-fire talks with rebels (thru 15OCT)

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