ONS: 12 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 12, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Central African Republic is de facto partitioned with Christian militias in the west of the impoverished, landlocked country pillaging diamonds and mainly Muslim Seleka rebels in the east controlling gold mines, U.N. experts said.
  • AMERICAS: Argentine officials and holdout bondholders met separately with a US court-appointed mediator but failed to clinch a deal to resolve a dispute that could trigger a default by Buenos Aires.
  • ASIA: US Secretary of State Kerry scrambled to produce a deal to end Afghanistan’s election crisis, meeting for the second day with the country’s two presidential candidates and incumbent President Hamid Karzai.
  • EUROPE: Panicked civilians flooded highways and packed trains leading out of the main remaining rebel stronghold of Donetsk fearing a reprisal assault by government forces after they lost 30 servicemen to defiant militants.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Tribesmen blew up Yemen’s main oil pipeline, halting deliveries from oilfields in the interior to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea, provincial and tribal sources said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Information on 7.6 million customers of Japanese children’s education company Benesse stolen from database subcontractor, sold to multiple companies.

 

TOP STORY

  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza strip killed 16 on Saturday morning, raising the overall death toll to 121, medics said.
    • British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was “extremely concerned” about the loss of life in Gaza.
    • The Palestinians and their international supporters are discussing a UN draft resolution that would condemn all violence against civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and call for “an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire.”
    • Turkey said it will help its citizens leave the Gaza Strip as Israel shows no sign of ceasefire.
    • Australia urged its citizens to leave Israel and the Palestinian Territories immediately.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, XIN, XIN

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Country is de facto partitioned with Christian militias in the west of the impoverished, landlocked country pillaging diamonds and mainly Muslim Seleka rebels in the east controlling gold mines, U.N. experts said. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: UN Security Council condemned recent attacks on the sites of the Somali government and parliament as well as lawmakers, describing the raids “reprehensible acts of terrorism.” (XIN)
  • Nigeria: Local officials reported at least 160 people have so far been killed in recent attacks in Sanga area of central north Nigeria’s Kaduna state by yet-to-be identified gunmen. (XIN)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Officials and holdout bondholders met separately with a US court-appointed mediator but failed to clinch a deal to resolve a dispute that could trigger a default by Buenos Aires. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Russian President Vladimir Putin met with retired leader Fidel Castro and discussed international affairs and the global economy, Russian media reported. (XIN)
  • Nicaragua: Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Jodi Bond met with President Daniel Ortega, discussed opportunities to expand bilateral trade. (XIN)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US Secretary of State Kerry scrambled to produce a deal to end country’s election crisis, meeting for the second day with the country’s two presidential candidates and incumbent President Hamid Karzai. (Reuters)
  • N Korea: Government spokesman condemned a port visit by a US aircraft carrier to the South as a “reckless” act of provocation following proposals by Pyongyang to ease cross-border tensions. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Three soldiers killed in pre-dawn cross-border militant attack on border post. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Lithuania: Dalia Grybauskaite inaugurated for 2nd term as president. (XIN)
  • Poland: Fiji and Poland have established diplomatic relations, the Fijian government announced. (XIN)
  • Ukraine: Government promised retaliation after rebels killed 23 servicemen with Russian-supplied weapons in separatist east. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Panicked civilians flooded highways and packed trains leading out of the main remaining rebel stronghold of Donetsk fearing a reprisal assault by government forces after they lost 30 servicemen to defiant militants. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: EU announced sanctions on separatist leader Alexander Borodai and 10 other top rebel officials, as the bloc implemented new measures meant to discourage violence in eastern Ukraine. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Osama al-Nujaifi, a senior Iraqi Sunni leader and former parliamentary speaker, warned that the country, roiled by an Islamist-led insurgency, is at a “crossroads” that could lead to civil war unless a national unity government is formed. (DPA)
  • Syria: Sponsors of a UN resolution that would authorize cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in desperate need of food and medicine finalized the text ahead of a Security Council vote expected on Monday. (AP)
  • Yemen: Tribesmen blew up country’s main oil pipeline, halting deliveries from oilfields in the interior to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea, provincial and tribal sources said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybertheft: Information on 7.6 million customers of Japanese children’s education company Benesse stolen from database subcontractor, sold to multiple companies. (Kyodo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09W (Nine)
    • Location: 18 NM WNW of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 129km ESE of Namie, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 11.1km
    • Map
  • 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 (13JUL)

  • Brazil: FIFA World Cup final match
  • Iraq: Parliament to meet to work on formatting a new government
  • Slovenia: National Assembly elections
  • Tunisia: Hosting Maghreb countries (Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Chad, Niger) to discuss Libya turmoil (to 14JUL)

 

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