ONS: 13 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Fierce fighting between rival militias halted flights at Tripoli airport in Libya after rockets landed inside perimeter.
  • AMERICAS: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Argentine President Cristina Kirchner called for a multipolar world order as Moscow sought to boost ties with Latin America amid heightened East-West tensions.
  • ASIA: Gunmen attacked a diving resort on Mabul Island, Malaysia; killed one policeman and kidnapped another.
  • EUROPE: Voting began in snap parliamentary elections in Slovenia; center-left Miro Cerar is expected to win.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Sec. of State Kerry arrived in Vienna ahead of talks concerning Iran’s nuclear program, said “significant gaps” remain unresolved.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple responded to China’s influential state broadcaster, which called the iPhone a “national security concern” because of a feature that learns the locations of places a user visits most frequently, saying it does not track users or share their locations with outsiders.

 

TOP STORY

  • Palestinian Territories: 56 killed in Gaza in bloodiest day yet in conflict with Israel, raising total death toll to 170
    • Thousands fled north Gaza after explicit Israeli warning to evacuate immediately.
    • Israeli navy commandos attacked a position of Hamas that has been used to fire rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, injuring four IDF soldiers.
    • Israel reported 802 rockets had been fired at Israel since operations began Tuesday, causing no Israeli deaths.
    • France called for an “immediate ceasefire,” condemned “the Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians,” called on Israel to “show restraint in its response and in particular to respect international law and to ensure that civilian casualties are avoided.”
    • German FM Steinmeier announced plans to travel to Israel on Monday for talks.
    • Pope Francis appealed for “concrete gestures to build peace” at the Vatican.
    • Coverage: WP, Reuters, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Fierce fighting between rival militias halted flights at Tripoli airport after rockets landed inside perimeter. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for a June 25 bombing in the capital Abuja and an attack the same day at a fuel depot in Lagos in a new video. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Mohamed Shahid Butt, prominent businessman accused of terror links, assassinated by unknown gunmen in Mombasa. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Cristina Kirchner called for a multipolar world order as Moscow sought to boost ties with Latin America amid heightened East-West tensions. (AFP)
  • Aruba: PM Mike Eman and several legislators have launched a hunger strike to protest what they say is meddling by the Dutch government in local financial affairs. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thousands participated in pro-Palestinian protests in Sydney, Jakarta, Hong Kong, New Delhi, and Tokyo. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Gunmen attacked a diving resort on Mabul island, killed one policeman and kidnapped another. (AFP)
  • N Korea: Military launched two ballistic missiles into the sea, S Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North’s failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over US-S Korean military drills. (AP)
  • Taiwan: Military has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of Chinese missiles, media reported. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: A man was killed and two women were injured when shells fired from Ukrainian territory hit two houses in Rostov region, Russian news agencies said, an attack denied by the Ukrainian authorities. (Reuters)
  • Slovenia: Voting began in snap parliamentary elections; center-left Miro Cerar is expected to win. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Meeting between President Poroshenko and Russian President Putin canceled after 12 civilians killed in recent clashes. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US Sec. of State Kerry arrived in Vienna ahead of talks concerning Iran’s nuclear program, said “significant gaps” remain unresolved. (AP)
  • Iraq: ISIS Militants seized part of the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah in fighting that killed six people, an official said, as a new drive towards the capital entered its third day. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Authorities began investigating the murder of a Syrian rebel commander Maher Rahhal in the capital Amman, a security official said, as the opposition blamed the Damascus regime for his killing. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Abed Rabo Mansour Hadi has fired Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Someli and Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ali al-Maqdishi after last week’s capture of a city by Shiite Hawthi rebels. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Privacy: Apple responded to China’s influential state broadcaster, which called the iPhone a “national security concern” because of a feature that learns the locations of places a user visits most frequently, saying it does not track users or share their locations with outsiders. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 09W (Rammasun)
    • Location: 268 NM NNW of  Yap, Federated States of Micronesia
    • Movement: W at 23 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, North Sumatra,  Indonesia (XIN)
    • Spewing ash, no casualties
  • 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 (14JUL)

  • France: Bastille Day
  • Kenya: National Police Service Commission to recruit 10,000 more police officers to help beef up security across the nation

 

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