ONS: 11 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan state-news reported that a referendum on the draft constitution will be held in March.
  • AMERICAS: Argentina’s congress passed a measure aimed at side-stepping a US court order that has blocked the country from paying back debt tied up in a feud with hedge funds.
  • ASIA: China and Russia are to build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia’s Sea of Japan coast.
  • EUROPE: The EU is to hold a new round of talks to try to agree on the latest round of sanctions against Moscow.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni President Hadi is expected to appoint a new prime minister within 48 hours under a new deal with Shiite rebels in return for ending their weeks-long protests.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter plans to raise as much as USD1.5 billion in the social-media company’s first sale of debt to support its growing business.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community engages US plan to combat IS.
    • US President Obama said he is ready to launch air strikes on Islamic State fighters in Syria.
    • Syria’s opposition National Coalition welcomed the US plan to combat IS, but also urged action against President Assad’s regime.
    • UN envoy to Syria Mistura said the world must confront “terrorist groups” in Syria and beyond, but the country also requires a political solution.
    • Iran voiced doubt on the “seriousness and sincerity” of the international coalition the US is building against the IS.
    • The head of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Regional Anti-Terrorism Agency said China and its neighbors face a threat as their own nationals return after fighting in Iraq and Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Guardian, Reuters, WP, WP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN allocated USD3.8 million from an emergency fund to support a UN air service operating in the Ebola-struck West African region. (AP)
  • Central African Republic: A new UN peacekeeping mission is set to begin in the county next week with 1,500 troops set to join 4,800 African troops already on the ground. (AFP)
  • Libya: State-news reported that a referendum on the draft constitution will be held in March. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Congress passed a measure aimed at side-stepping a US court order that has blocked the country from paying back debt tied up in a feud with hedge funds. (AFP)
  • Brazil: New polls indicate that President Rousseff has recovered support and would run a tight race with opposition candidate Marina Silva if October’s election leads to a runoff. (Reuters)
  • United States: Defense lawyers said that an Austrian court has lifted a freeze on bank deposits held by a former US ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the UN. (AP)
  • Uruguay: President Mujica called for greater Latin American unity in fighting poverty. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani troops evacuated 4,000 people from the eastern Punjab province, while in India the military dropped food for people marooned Indian-held Kashmir. (AP)
  • Region: China and Russia are to build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia’s Sea of Japan coast. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea repatriated a South Korean man who had entered the country illegally in a rare case of an apparent defection. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Two soldiers and an unknown number of BIFF guerrillas opposed to the government’s peace deal with the MILF were killed in a clash. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU is to hold a new round of talks to try to agree on the latest round of sanctions against Moscow. (AFP)
  • Poland: The country’s gas monopoly said that Russian natural gas deliveries dropped by 45 percent on Wednesday, the third day of decreases. (AP)
  • Russia: President Putin ordered military forces in the country’s east to carry out a major exercise. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Royal Bank of Scotland said it will move its registered offices to England if Scotland votes for independence from Britain in next week’s referendum. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Officials from Iran and Britain, France and Germany are to hold nuclear talks in Vienna towards reaching a potential accord by November. (AFP)
  • Israel: HRW said the country is likely to have committed war crimes in Gaza. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists said that the al-Nusra Front released 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers after holding them for two weeks in the Golan Heights. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: President Hadi is expected to appoint a new prime minister within 48 hours under a new deal with Shiite rebels in return for ending their weeks-long protests. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twitter plans to raise as much as USD1.5 billion in the social-media company’s first sale of debt to support its growing business. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 15W (Fifteen)
    • Location: 192 NM N of  Yap
    • Movement: NW at 23 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Odile
    • Location: 210 miles SW of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 2 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (12SEP)

  • Europe Region: European Union ministerial talks to discuss Ukraine’s association agreement
  • Montserrat: Legislative council elections
  • United States: Anniversary of declaration of War on Terror – 2001

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