ONS: 14 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Alpha fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian air force has gone missing following battles against Boko Haram in the north-eastern part of the country.
  • AMERICAS: 64 ‘rights group’ demonstrators arrested in Venezuela for political protests against President Maduro.
  • ASIA: S Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that S Korea and US intelligence agencies have detected ballistic missile launch tubes on North Korean submarines.
  • EUROPE: The UK’s 307-year-old union hangs in the balance as Scotland edges closer to independence.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  New Iraqi PM Abadi renounced his British citizenship from his 20 years in exile in the UK.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  SanDisk launched a 512 GB SD card, the largest ever released.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq and Syria: ISIS beheaded hostage British aid worker while international coalition plans military offensive to destroy them.
    • British PM Cameron condemned ISIS’s beheading of hostage British aid worker David Haines as an “act of pure evil”.
    • PM Cameron will chair emergency meeting with Cobra emergency committee.
    • US President Obama vowed to degrade and destroy ISIS.
    • US SoS Kerry, Egyptian FM Shukri, and Iraq PM Abadi attempt to win support of Sunni Muslims in Iraq as US-led coalition prepares to begin offensive operations against ISIS.
    • Egyptian President Sisi urged SoS Kerry to also take the fight to extremist groups beyond ISIS.
    • Australia PM Abbott announced commitment of 600 troops to support the US-led war against ISIS.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AP-3, AFP, Reuters, Reuters-2,  WSJ,

AFRICA

  • Congo: Opposition groups to President Kabila continue to protest his third term. (Reuters)
  • Liberia: President Johnson fired 10 government officials who have been missing from the country since the Ebola outbreak began. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: An Alpha fighter jet belonging to the country’s air force has gone missing following battles against Boko Haram in the north-eastern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: 50 Boko Haram militants attacked a market in Ngom village, killing many. (AFP)
  • Uganda: US embassy officials warned citizens to stay home following a foiled Al-Shabaab terror plot in Kampala. (CNN)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Prosecutors sought to freeze USD641 million in Eike Batista’s assets following criminal charges for market manipulation. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Santos presented a plan to improve security on island where two Argentine tourists were assaulted. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Police arrested 64 ‘rights group’ demonstrators for political protests against President Maduro. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Despite tensions, S Korea’s FM Yun attended a joint-cultural event with Japanese Ambassador Bessho for the first time. (Yonhap)
  • Hong Kong: More than 1000 activists staged a ‘black cloth’ protest against Beijing’s political interference in the elections process. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: 4 Turks arrested for suspected links to ISIS. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that S Korea and US intelligence agencies have detected ballistic missile launch tubes on N Korean submarines. (Korea Herald)
  • Korea, North: American tourist Matthew Todd Miller was sentenced to 6 years hard labor for “anti-DPRK acts”. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • United Kingdom: The county’s 307-year-old union hangs in the balance as Scotland edges closer to independence. (Reuters)
  • France: SoS Kerry arrived to attend a four-day regional security summit to which Iran was not invited. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel to address concerning rise in antisemitism at speech in Berlin. (BBC)
  • France: MI Cazeneuve reported ‘930 French residents fighting in the ISIS jihad’. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The country refrained from playing a direct role in the war against ISIS, but may provide information to the US-led coalition about ISIS fighters. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Deputy FM Takht-Ravanchi urged parties to respect red lines after top nuclear negotiator voiced serious concerns over latest talks. (RFE)
  • Iraq: New PM Abadi renounces British citizenship from his 20 years in exile in the UK. (AP)
  • Israel: Scores of veterans of elite intelligence unit 8200 rallied to its defense after 43 comrades said they would no longer take part in its “injustices” against millions of Palestinians. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Data Storage: SanDisk launched a 512 GB SD card, the largest ever released. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm 15W (Kalmaegi)
    • Location: 230 mi NE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 82 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Hurricane Odile
    • Location: 225 mi W of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 135 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 16E (Sixteen)
    • Location: 655 mi SSW of Baja California, Mexico
    • Movement: ESE at 12 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Edouard
    • Location: 950 mi ENE of Northern Leeward Islands, Caribbean
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kilauea – Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Volcanic lava flow moving 200 – 300 yards per day. (USGS)
  • Volcanoes: Bardarbunga – 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)

  • Global: International Day of Democracy
  • Central Africa Republic: MISCA to transfer authority to Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)
  • El Salvador: Independence Day – 1821
  • Guatemala: Independence Day – 1821
  • Honduras: Independence Day – 1821
  • Iran: Anniversary of Iran 7.7 earthquake that killed over 11,000 people. – 1978
  • Japan: Head of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, to travel to the US to attend the biennial International Seapower Symposium (to 21SEP)
  • Vietnam: 12th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting (AHMM) and related meetings to be held in the country (to 19SEP)

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