ONS: 14 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary Kerry will hold talks with Libyan FM al-Dairi on the “current security situation” in the country.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican protesters torched a state government building in Guerrero in a day of demonstrations over the disappearance of 43 students missing since gang-linked police attacked them.
  • ASIA: Hong Kong police said they would dismantle more barricades built by pro-democracy protesters after hundreds of officers using chainsaws and boltcutters partially cleared two major roads earlier in the day.
  • EUROPE: Turkish jets bombed targets in the southeast where members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are based in the first strikes on the outlawed group since a 2013 ceasefire.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, Huthi Shiite rebels captured the important Red Sea port city of Hudeida.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Russian hacking group probably working for the government has been exploiting a previously unknown flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to spy on NATO, the Ukrainian government, and other national security targets since 2009.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq and Syria: US-coalition to debate counter-IS strategy as IS-related violence spreads.
    • US President Obama is to develop a strategy to counter IS with military leaders from coalition countries amid growing pressure for the US-led coalition to do more to stop the militants’ advance.
    • Representatives from Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey and the UAE are expected to attend.
    • Kurdish fighters battling IS said they have recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane.
    • Amnesty International said that Iraq’s Shiite militias have abducted and killed “scores” of Sunni civilians in retaliation for the acts of IS.
    • A Syrian Kurdish official said Syrian Kurds have received a “symbolic” amount of military aid from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), but it is unable to access it because of Turkey’s border policy.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: US President Obama spoke with UNSG Ban Ki-moon about the need for a more “robust” international effort to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (AFP)
  • Liberia: The Philippine military said that over 100 of its peacekeepers deployed in the country will be repatriated next month due to the risk posed by the Ebola outbreak. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: US Secretary Kerry will hold talks with FM al-Dairi on the “current security situation” in the country. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: Opposition party Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) said it would take on the two traditional political parties by offering a non-violent alternative in polls taking place this week amid low-level conflict. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said that violence and displacement continue to affect civilians in the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Central America, killing at least one person in El Salvador and prompting a brief tsunami warning. (AFP)
  • Bolivia: President Morales said that the country does not have any further plans for nationalizations, following a landslide election victory that handed him his third consecutive term. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Protesters torched a state government building in Guerrero in a day of demonstrations over the disappearance of 43 students missing since gang-linked police attacked them. (AFP)
  • United States: More than 50 people were arrested in the fourth day of ‘Ferguson October’ protests in the greater St. Louis region. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Senior Pakistani and Indian military officials spoke by hotline after days of intense cross-border firing in the disputed region of Kashmir. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban militants killed six police officers in an attack on a police post in Logar province. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong police said they would dismantle more barricades built by pro-democracy protesters after hundreds of officers using chainsaws and boltcutters partially cleared two major roads earlier in the day. (AFP)
  • Japan: Dozens of politicians, possibly including cabinet ministers, are poised to visit a Tokyo shrine condemned by China and Korea as a symbol of Tokyo’s militarist past. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-Un appeared in public again after a prolonged, unexplained absence that fuelled speculation about his health or a coup. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: A UN employee infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa died after arriving in the country last week for treatment. (AFP)
  • Spain: Catalonia’s President Artur Mas said the region would press ahead with a vote on independence for the region on 09NOV under different laws after authorities challenged the plan in the courts. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The military bombed targets in the southeast where members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are based in the first strikes on the outlawed group since a 2013 ceasefire. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Parliament confirmed National Guard chief Stepan Poltorak as the country’s fourth defense minister since Russia’s annexation of its Crimea peninsula in March. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Counterterrorism police arrested six people in raids across southern England following other detentions in London and the English Midlands. (NYT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government rejected claims from Saudi Arabia that it has “occupying” forces in Syria. (AFP)
  • Israel: The foreign ministry warned that a vote by British parliament in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state risked undermining the prospects for peace. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: UNSG Ban Ki-moon made a brief visit to Gaza and urged the government and Israeli leaders to revive collapsed peace talks. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Huthi Shiite rebels captured the important Red Sea port city of Hudeida. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A Russian hacking group probably working for the government has been exploiting a previously unknown flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to spy on NATO, the Ukrainian government and other national security targets since 2009. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Vongfong)
    • Location: 111 NM SE of Misawa, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 46 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 02C (Ana)
    • Location: 819 NM ESE of Hilo
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Gonzalo
    • Location: 90 miles NNE of St. Thomas
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 430km NE of Whakatane, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 31.5 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 64km S of Intipuca, El Salvador
    • Magnitude: 7.3
    • Depth: 40.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 (15OCT)

  • Mozambique: Presidential, parliamentary and regional assembly general elections
  • Sierra Leone: Ebola survivors meet in the southeastern city of Kemena to help fight the disease
  • South Sudan: Ban on foreign workers to begin

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