ONS: 14 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said it had temporarily relocated some of its international staff out of Libya after heavy fighting broke out between rival militias vying for control of the main airport.
  • AMERICAS: UNSG Ban Ki-moon said the UN has a “moral responsibility” to help Haiti end a cholera outbreak some blame on peacekeepers.
  • ASIA: Afghanistan is set to begin an unprecedented audit of the 8.1 million votes cast in the June 14 presidential election, a process that is expected to take at least three weeks
  • EUROPE: Fighting intensified around the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk as government forces stepped up efforts to disrupt rebel lines.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A classified US military assessment of the Iraq’s security forces said that many units are so deeply infiltrated by extremist informants that any Americans assigned to advise could face risks to their safety.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Insurers are looking to significantly expand into the cyber market but are facing significant barriers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Clashes continue amid rocket strikes.
    • The military said it has downed an unmanned drone along its southern coastline.
    • A Palestinian young man was killed by Israeli fire during confrontations in the West Bank City of Hebron.
    • Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon in a fourth such attack on northern Israel since Friday.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to scrap plans for a potential ground offensive.
    • Gaza health officials said more than 166 Palestinians have been killed in seven days of fighting.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Officials reported that militants fired mortars at a military post in the northern Sinai capital of el-Arish, killing three civilians and injuring 20. (AP)
  • Libya: The UN said it had temporarily relocated some of its international staff out of the country after heavy fighting broke out between rival militias vying for control of the main airport. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The country’s Commissioner for Health Jide Idris said Lagos will remain on alert to prevent the Ebola virus from entering the state. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Police clashed with rioters in Buenos Aires after the country’s defeat to Germany in the football World Cup final. (BBC)
  • Cuba: Authorities arrested about a hundred women, breaking up a march by the opposition group Ladies in White. (AFP)
  • Haiti: UNSG Ban Ki-moon said the UN has a “moral responsibility” to help the country end a cholera outbreak some blame on peacekeepers. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The country is set to begin an unprecedented audit of the 8.1 million votes cast in the June 14 presidential election, a process that is expected to take at least three weeks. (WSJ)
  • Korea, North: The country fired 100 rockets and artillery shells off its east coast to within hundreds of yards of the border with South Korea. (NYT)
  • Philippines: President Aquino’s performance ratings fell to their lowest ever, two independent pollsters said, as a perception grew that he is not serious enough in efforts to fight corruption. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The military government said it would send home 100,000 refugees who have been living in camps for two decades and more along the border with Burma. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: PM Samaras met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for talks on bilateral relations. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: Fighting intensified around the eastern city of Luhansk as government forces stepped up efforts to disrupt rebel lines. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron discussed Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq and the status of Iran nuclear talks with US President Obama. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Officials said a car bomb exploded in a commercial area of central Baghdad, killing at least four civilians. (AP)
  • Iraq: A classified US military assessment of the country’s security forces said that many units are so deeply infiltrated by extremist informants that any Americans assigned to advise could face risks to their safety. (NYT)
  • Lebanon: Clashes between Syrian rebels and Hezbollah on the border have killed at least four fighters. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Insurers are looking to significantly expand into the cyber market but are facing significant barriers. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 09W (Rammasun)
    • Location: 487 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 20 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 22km W of Iquique, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 35.7 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 83km SSE of Pondaguitan, Philippines
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 22.5 km
    • 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 (15JUL)

  • Zambia: Three opposition activists to stand trial over presidential health rumors

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