ONS: 13 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  A new report by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea indicates that corruption remains a central problem for the government and that al-Shebab militants retain significant capabilities.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian President Morales won a third term, with some exit polls indicating he won as much as 61 percent of the vote.
  • ASIA: The DPRK said that the remains of thousands of American soldiers killed during the Korean War are in danger of getting lost after being moved from their burial sites because of construction work.
  • EUROPE: Chinese PM Li Keqiang is to meet with Russian President Putin during a visit to Moscow aimed at bolstering economic ties.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi troops stationed on the edge of Heet in Anbar province withdrew to another base, leaving the city under full jihadist control
  • TECHNOLOGY: An Associated Press investigation found that two of America’s biggest retail banks, Chase and Wells Fargo, are collecting and using some callers’ voiceprints to fight fraud.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters clash with anti-protest forces.
    • Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators clashed with dozens of masked men at the main protest site in the city center.
    • Other angry anti-Occupy groups gathered as police worked to separate the two groups demanding the demonstrators leave.
    • Earlier in the day police officers began to remove barricades and reduce the size of the protest area.
    • State-run media is increasingly alleging the Hong Kong protesters are being manipulated by the US.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The WHO said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times”. (AP)
  • Egypt: US Secretary Kerry met with President Sisi to press the former military leader to adopt greater democratic reforms. (AFP)
  • Madagascar: Former president Marc Ravalomanana, who has been living in exile in South Africa since his ouster in 2009, returned to the country. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A new report by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea indicates that corruption remains a central problem for the government and that al-Shebab militants retain significant capabilities. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales won a third term, with some exit polls indicating he won as much as 61 percent of the vote. (Reuters)
  • Chile: Police fired tear gas and water cannons to break up thousands of indigenous protesters demanding land rights and condemning Columbus Day. (AFP)
  • United States: A Texas health care worker who was in full protective gear while providing hospital care for an Ebola patient tested positive for the virus. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: PM Abbott said he intends to demand that Russian President Putin provide full cooperation with the Dutch investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner during an upcoming meeting. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul, killing a civilian but causing no casualties among foreign troops. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: National Police chief GEN Sutarman said police and armed forces (TNI) are to deploy 22,000 of their personnel to secure the inauguration of new president Widodo on 22OCT. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The government said that the remains of thousands of American soldiers killed during the Korean War are in danger of getting lost after being moved from their burial sites because of construction work. (NYT)
  • New Zealand: PM Key said that the country will tighten laws to address the potential threat posed by “foreign terrorist fighters” returning to the country from conflict hotspots. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: Polls indicated that nationalists are ahead in the general elections with over half of the votes counted. (AP)
  • Russia: Chinese PM Li Keqiang is to meet with President Putin during a visit to Moscow aimed at bolstering economic ties. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko is to name the country’s fourth defense minister of the year following the firing of defense chief Valeriy Geletey after only three months. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Hundreds of thousands of workers in the state-run National Health Service went on strike for the first time since 1982 following the government’s rejection of a blanket pay rise. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The Islamic State jihadist group said that it has given Yazidi women and children captured in the north of the country to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Government troops stationed on the edge of Heet in Anbar province withdrew to another base, leaving the city under full jihadist control. (AFP)
  • Israel: Police clashed with young Palestinian protesters demonstrating against Jews visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians to revive the peace process during a joint news conference in Ramallah with PM Hamdallah.(AFP)
  • Syria: Heavy fighting broke out between Islamist jihadists and Kurdish fighters close to the Turkish border just north of the town of Kobane. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: An Associated Press investigation found that two of America’s biggest retail banks, Chase and Wells Fargo, are collecting and using some callers’ voiceprints to fight fraud. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Vongfong)
    • Location: 84 NM SSE of Iwakuni, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 26 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03B (Hudhud)
    • Location: 30 NM WNW of Visakhapatnam, India
    • Movement: NW at9  mph
    • Winds: 121 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Fay
    • Location: 565 miles ENE of Bermuda
    • Movement: E at 26 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Gonzalo
    • Location: 65 miles ESE of Antigua
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 8376 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, US, Spain)
      • Deaths: 4024 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 02OCT: 852 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen, Austria)
      • Deaths as of 02OCT: 301 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14OCT)

  • China and Russia: Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
  • Liberia: Senate elections
  • Tanzania: Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Day – 1999
  • Russia: Open Innovations Forum (to 16OCT)

 

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