ONS: 12 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 12, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW said mass killings in Egypt last summer that left hundreds dead likely amount to crimes against humanity and should be investigated by an international commission.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela deployed 17,000 troops along the Colombian border to combat gasoline smuggling, as it prepared to seal the frontier nightly to stanch multi-billion-dollar annual losses.
  • ASIA: Indian PM Modi accused Pakistan of waging a proxy war in Kashmir as he became the first Indian prime minister to visit the town of Kargil in 15 years.
  • EUROPE: Russian state media reported that 280 trucks carrying aid have left the Moscow region for eastern Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US and Australia agreed to push for a UN resolution restricting the movement of foreign militants who have fought in the Middle East.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google and five Asian telecom and communications companies agreed to invest about USD300 million to develop and operate a trans-Pacific cable network connecting the US to Japan.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: International community pushes for political stability.
    • US Defense Secretary Hagel and Secretary Kerry said the US is ready to offer significant additional economic and military aid to Iraq under a new, less sectarian, government.
    • Britain made a second airdrop of aid to refugees in northern Iraq, officials said Tuesday, as Tornado fighter jets were readied to provide surveillance support for the humanitarian effort.
    • French FM Fabius said his European colleagues should be recalled from their holidays for an urgent meeting about delivering arms to Kurds fighting Islamic extremists.
    • Iran said it backed the legal process to replace PM Maliki, following the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi as new head of government.
    • US Agency for International Development Administrator Shah said that the US has deployed a disaster response team to help distribute humanitarian aid.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: HRW said mass killings last summer that left hundreds dead likely amount to crimes against humanity and should be investigated by an international commission. (AP)
  • Liberia: The government announced that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors. (AP)
  • South Sudan: UNSC ambassadors arrived in the country in a bid to end eight months of conflict. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Security agents arrested a senior member of the opposition Umma Party after it reached a deal in Paris to cooperate with rebels. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela deployed 17,000 troops along the Colombian border to combat gasoline smuggling, as it prepared to seal the frontier nightly to stanch multi-billion-dollar annual losses. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The leader of the FARC rebel group ruled out brokering a peace accord this year, saying there was not enough time to reach an accord with the government. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Nieto signed into law new rules governing a historic opening of the state-run oil, gas and electricity industries to foreign and private companies. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian PM Modi accused Pakistan of waging a proxy war in Kashmir as he became the first Indian prime minister to visit the town of Kargil in 15 years. (AFP)
  • Region: Russia began military exercises in a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean that both it and Japan claim. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing killed three policemen in the country’s south while a NATO service member died in an attack in the east of the country. (AP)
  • Australia: The government and the US signed a defense and basing agreement. (AP)
  • China: US Secretary Kerry urged the government to be a cooperative partner, saying Washington was not interested in conflict. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: State media reported that 280 trucks carrying aid have left the Moscow region for eastern Ukraine. (AP)
  • Spain: The sea rescue service said it has picked up over 500 migrants trying to enter the country by crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in boats over the past two days. (AP)
  • Ukraine: US Secretary Kerry demanded that those responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine be brought to justice. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US and Australia agreed to push for a UN resolution restricting the movement of foreign militants who have fought in the Middle East. (WSJ)
  • Region: A senior Israeli official said indirect talks between Israel and Hamas in Cairo to broker an end to the Gaza conflict have so far made no progress. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Army commander GEN Kahwaji said Islamic State insurgents who seized a border town this month planned to turn the country into another Iraq through sectarian war between Sunnis and Shi’ites. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google and five Asian telecom and communications companies agreed to invest about USD300 million to develop and operate a trans-Pacific cable network connecting the US to Japan. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10E (Julio)
    • Location: 387 NM NNE of Barbers Point
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1848 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 1013 (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 (13AUG)

  • Central African Republic: Independence Day – 1960
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro’s Birthday – 1926
  • Laos: Lao Issara (Day of the Free Laos)

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