ONS: 14 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian gunmen killed a police sergeant in Cairo, as security forces were on heightened alert for the first anniversary of the killing of hundreds of Islamist protesters.
  • AMERICAS: The UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination interrogated US officials in Geneva about a raft of issues.
  • ASIA: Pakistan braced for political unrest as two opposition leaders vowed to defy a court order and march on the city for a major protest aimed at bringing down the government.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine said it was sending its own aid convoys to the east of the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Activists reported that Syrian government forces have retaken most of a key Damascus suburb they have been fighting for months to recapture from rebel forces.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers broke into the Twitter account of Russian PM Medvedev and posted a spoof message saying he was quitting.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Clashes continue as US says evacuation mission most likely not required.
    • Clashes between the military and Sunni militants west of Baghdad killed at least four children.
    • The UN announced its highest level of emergency for the country’s humanitarian crisis.
    • The Pentagon said a team of 20 US troops and aid workers who landed on Mount Sinjar determined that a rescue operation is probably unnecessary.
    • Coverage: AP, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Gunmen killed a police sergeant in Cairo, as security forces were on heightened alert for the first anniversary of the killing of hundreds of Islamist protesters. (DPA)
  • Guinea: President Conde declared an Ebola outbreak that has killed 377 in the country a “health emergency”. (AFP)
  • Guinea-Bissau: UNSG Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Maria do Valle Ribeiro of Ireland as his Deputy Special Representative in the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Unidentified violent groups burned three cargo trucks on a road linking the town of Ocaña with the city of Cucuta. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: Security forces captured three alleged kidnappers in the northwestern part of the country. (EFE)
  • United States: The UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination interrogated US officials in Geneva about a raft of issues. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • China: A Tibetan rights group said that police opened fire on Tibetan demonstrators in Sichuan province wounding 10 people. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: Pope Francis said dialogue and not “displays of force” would bring peace to the divided Korean peninsula as he began a visit to the ROK that the DPRK marked with a series of rocket launches. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Islamabad braced for political unrest as two opposition leaders vowed to defy a court order and march on the city for a major protest aimed at bringing down the government. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino said he may try to change the constitution and serve a second term in office. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: US Chairman of the JCS GEN Dempsey held talks with officials aimed to boosting military ties. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Official data indicated that Germany’s economy contracted in the second quarter of the year and France stagnated, confirming fears that the eurozone was losing momentum. (NYT)
  • Spain: Hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants tried to enter Melilla from Morocco for the third day in a row. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The government said it was sending its own aid convoys to the east of the country. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Pro-Russian separatists said heavy shelling hit several neighborhoods around Donetsk. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The military has been securing supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon without the approval of the White House or State Department. (WSJ)
  • Israel: The military and Gaza militants were holding their fire after a new truce got off to a shaky start. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists reported that government forces have retaken most of a key Damascus suburb they have been fighting for months to recapture from rebel forces. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An influential al-Qaeda leader in the country praised Islamic State jihadists for their “victories in Iraq” but did not pledge allegiance. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hackers broke into the Twitter account of Russian PM Medvedev and posted a spoof message saying he was quitting. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Hurricane 10E (Julio)
    • Location: 528 NM N of Lihue
    • Movement: N at 2 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karina
    • Location: 510 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1975 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 1069 (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 (15AUG)

  • Bahrain: Bahrain Independence From the UK – 1971
  • India: Independence Day – 1947
  • Japan: Anniversary of Japan’s defeat in WWII -1945
  • Koreas: Both Koreas celebrate Liberation Day – 1945
  • Republic of the Congo: Independence Day – 1960
  • Russia: Finnish President Niinist meets with President Putin in Sochi
  • Thailand: National legislative assembly and national reform council to be appointed
  • Catholicism: Assumption of Mary

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