ONS: 13 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s top cleric Grand Mufti Shawki Allam condemned the extremist Islamic State group, describing it as a “terrorist” organization that poses a danger to Islam and Muslims.
  • AMERICAS: Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was summoned to appear before an examining magistrate over alleged money laundering and drug trafficking.
  • ASIA: Pakistan dismissed as “baseless rhetoric” claims by Indian PM Modi that it was waging a “proxy war” in Kashmir.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian Interior Minister Avakov insisted that Kiev would not let any Russian convoy onto its territory, saying any “provocation by the cynical aggressor” would be blocked.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group took control of a string of villages in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Amazon unveiled a USD10 credit-card reader and mobile app for brick-and-mortar businesses.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: International community considers expanding support.
    • US Secretary Kerry said Washington was urgently assessing how to move civilians off a mountain in northern Iraq besieged by Islamic State (IS) extremists.
    • The Pentagon sent an additional 130 military advisers to northern Iraq to help plan the evacuation of Mount Sinjar.
    • France said it will deliver a second shipment of humanitarian aid in an airlift of 20 tons of medicine, tents and water treatment material to Irbil.
    • Australian PM Abbott said he is holding open the possibility of sending a combat force to Iraq in addition to military transport aircraft to airlift humanitarian aid.
    • The Vatican’s ambassador to the UN Silvano Tomasi supported US air strikes aimed at halting the advance of Sunni Islamic State (IS) militants, calling for “intervention now, before it is too late”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country’s top cleric Grand Mufti Shawki Allam condemned the extremist Islamic State group, describing it as a “terrorist” organization that poses a danger to Islam and Muslims. (AP)
  • Malawi: President Mutharika affirmed his country’s claim to Lake Malawi amid a territorial dispute with Tanzania. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: Parliament approved an amnesty law that will allow opposition Renamo party leader Afonso Dhlakama to sign a peace accord with President Guebuza and run in a 15OCT election. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: UNSC ambassadors met with President Mohamud and government officials. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: UNSC envoys said they had little hope of a swift end to the country’s eight-month long conflict, despite threatening sanctions. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The military said it is sending more troops to the eastern province of Arauca, a rebel stronghold, to deal with a recent wave of attacks. (BBC)
  • Haiti: Former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was summoned to appear before an examining magistrate over alleged money laundering and drug trafficking. (AFP)
  • Haiti: PM Lamothe said that 19 fugitives were captured after more than 300 escaped during a jailbreak at a high-security prison near the capital over the weekend. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan dismissed as “baseless rhetoric” claims by Indian PM Modi that it was waging a “proxy war” in Kashmir. (AFP)
  • Region: Japan lodged a “stern” protest with Russia over military exercises that are being held on the disputed Kuril islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban militants attacked Shibergan jail in Jauzjan provinced during a prisoner transfer. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Security Intelligence Organization director-general David Irvine said Australians are becoming key players in the successful “social media wars” being waged from Iraq and Syria. (AFP)
  • Papua New Guinea: Local media reported that PM O’Neill was referred to the public prosecutor for alleged misconduct over his government’s purchase of shares in an oil and gas company. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel warned against severing ties with Russian President Putin over the Ukraine crisis but said he must also do his part. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Interior Minister Avakov insisted that Kiev would not let any Russian convoy onto its territory, saying any “provocation by the cynical aggressor” would be blocked. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: At least three people were killed in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk as the government intensified its shelling campaign. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: A foreign journalist was among five people killed in northern Gaza as Palestinian experts were dismantling an Israeli missile. (AFP)
  • Syria: Jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group took control of a string of villages in the northern province of Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Ten civilians and three army technicians were killed by a bomb planted by suspected al-Qaeda militants. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Amazon unveiled a USD10 credit-card reader and mobile app for brick-and-mortar businesses. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Hurricane 10E (Julio)
    • Location: 467 NM N of Lihue
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Eleven-E
    • Location: 385 miles WSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (14AUG)

  • Global: World Youth Day
  • Canada: U.N. aviation task force on conflict zones to meet in Montreal
  • Pakistan: Independence Day
  • Pakistan: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan plans to hold a ‘tsunami march’
  • South Korea: Pope Francis visit includes beatification of 124 South Korean martyrs and special mass for inter-Korean reconciliation (to 18AUG)
  • Ukraine: Justice ministry hearing

 

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