ONS: 13 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Boko Haram commander was reportedly killed in clash with Nigerian forces.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto expressed outrage at Texas Gov. Perry’s border control crackdowns.
  • ASIA: Residents revolted against state administrators for failing to provide them succor after worst flooding in more than a century.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk said the country is “still in a state of war.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: US SoS Kerry landed in Cairo, Egypt to discuss war against ISIS with President Sisi.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A major breakthrough brings information technology one-step closer to realizing a quantum algorithm for computers.

TOP STORY

  • West Africa: Global threat Ebola out of control, virologists fear mutation possible.
    • Ebola death toll rose to more than 2,400 out of 4,784 cases.
    • WHO scientists predict 12 – 18 month fight against Ebola.
    • WHO director says facilities in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone unable to manage Ebola outbreak.
    • Virologists secretly fear that Ebola could mutate and become airborne.
    • WHO head calls Ebola epidemic a “global threat”.
    • UNICEF to provide Guinea with large scale mobilization and communication support.
    • US to train Liberia’s security forces in isolation operations to contain ravaging Ebola epidemic.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, Reuters-2,  TIME, The Hill, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: A Boko Haram commander was reportedly killed in clash with Nigerian forces. (Guardian)
  • Nigeria: Soldiers killed scores of Islamic extremists in a rare victory as the insurgents advanced on a town near the northeast city of Maiduguri. (AP)
  • Uganda: Army began an operation against a “suspected terrorist cell in Kampala. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Government considers cutting key fiscal goals as economy teeters toward S&P “junk status”. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: President Nieto expressed outrage at Texas Gov. Perry’s border control crackdowns. (Reuters)
  • Unites States: Government imposed sanctions on lawyers linked to Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • India: Residents revolted against state administrators for failing to provide them succor after worst flooding in more than a century. (Reuters)
  • N Korea: KCNA published full report on the country’s human rights situation in response to the UN COI report filed in February 2014. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: Military specialists blew up dikes to divert swollen rivers from cities. (AP)
  • Pakistan: 200,000 continued to be stranded in Kashmir floods. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Moscow threatened swift retaliation to US-imposed sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: PM Yatsenyuk accused Russian President Putin of “trying to eliminate the country.” (REU)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko said the “truce is growing stronger.” (NYT)
  • Ukraine: PM Yatsenyuk said the country is “still in a state of war.” (AP)
  • Ukraine: Front-line troops are reportedly contemplating a Chechnya-style guerrilla war. (WP)
  • Ukraine: 8-day truce broken following a rebel assault on Donetsk airport. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US-led strikes on Iraq and Syria are expected as early as next week. (AP)
  • Egypt: US SoS Kerry landed in Cairo to discuss war against ISIS with President Sisi. (AFP)
  • Iran: The Supreme National Security Council accused the United States of violating the sovereignty of nations on the “pretext of fighting terrorism” in Iraq and Syria. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The government expelled senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders as region unites in support behind US-led war against Islamic extremism. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Information Technology: Scientists discovered a new way to run quantum algorithm in computers bringing quantum revolution one step closer to becoming a reality. (Science Daily)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm 15W (Kalmaegi)
    • Location: 201 mi E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: NW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm 15E (Odile)
    • Location: 195 mi SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 16E
    • Location: 665 mi SW of the Baja California, Mexico
    • Movement: NE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Edouard
    • Location: 1115 mi ENE of Northern Leeward Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kilauea – Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Volcanic lava flow moving 200 – 300 yards per day. (CBS)
  • Volcanoes: Barbarbunga – Iceland
    • Volcano has been erupting since August 31, sending sulfur as far as Norway, some 1,300 km away. (TWN)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 4784 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo)
      • Deaths: 2400 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 24JUL: 837 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths as of 24JUL: 291 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14SEP)

  • Maldives: Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit.
  • N Korea: Detained American citizen Matthew Miller to face trial.
  • Sweden: General elections.
  • Vietnam: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to visit Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang (to 17SEP)
  • Christianity: Triumph of the Cross.

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