ONS: 15 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The WHO said that the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been vastly underestimated and “extraordinary measures” were needed to contain the disease.
  • AMERICAS: A Peruvian soldier and two civilians were wounded in an attack by an armed group in the southern region of Ayacucho.
  • ASIA: Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo in a move likely to anger China and South Korea.
  • EUROPE: A dozen Russian armored personnel carriers appeared near a large aid convoy that was parked near the Ukrainian border, poised to cross into rebel-held territory.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A ceasefire around Gaza held for a second day as Israel’s relations with the US showed new signs of strain.
  • TECHNOLOGY: T-Mobile has plans to throttle Internet access for some subscribers who pay for unlimited data and use the data in violation of the company’s policies.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Clashes amid anti-government rallies moving on Islamabad.
    • Clashes broke out as protesters led in convoys by Imran Khan and a populist cleric advanced on Islamabad to try to topple the government they say was elected by fraud.
    • Police and witnesses said activists from Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party clashed with supporters of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) in the town of Gujranwala.
    • Khan said shots were fired on his march while police said there were no shots and an AFP photographer at the scene also heard no gunfire.
    • Gunmen armed with automatic weapons, grenades and wearing suicide vests attacked two military airbases in the southwest of the country, leaving eight militants dead.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The WHO said that the scale of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been vastly underestimated and “extraordinary measures” were needed to contain the disease. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Heavy fighting broke out in Mogadishu government and AU troops battled a militia warlord in a bid to disarm him. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The country’s civil war entered its ninth month with rebels and government troops engaged in heavy battles. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The mayor of the western town of Huetamo was arrested on charges of homicide and extortion. (EFE)
  • Peru: A Peruvian soldier and two civilians were wounded in an attack by an armed group in the southern region of Ayacucho.
  • United States: Texas started deploying up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border with the aim of combating crime in a region. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: PM Abbott said the country’s border security is not good enough after a second suspected jihadist flew to the Middle East using a brother’s passport. (AP)
  • Japan: Two cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo in a move likely to anger China and South Korea. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: President Park Geun-Hye urged North Korea to accept Seoul’s offer for high-level talks, while condemning a recent series of “intolerable” rocket launches. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels said they had wrapped up talks aimed at ensuring the terms of a landmark peace deal would be enacted into law. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Turkey: President-elect Erdogan said he expects to announce his new prime minister as early as next Thursday following a meeting of his ruling AK Party’s senior leadership. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: A dozen Russian armored personnel carriers appeared near a large aid convoy that was parked near the border, poised to cross into rebel-held territory. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Local authorities said that shelling killed 11 civilians and wounded eight more over the past 24 hours in Donetsk. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is to visit the country on 17AUG for two days of talks on expanding humanitarian cooperation. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Foreign ministers of the EU are to meet in Brussels under pressure from some members of the 28-nation bloc to step up arms supplies to the country’s Kurdish minority. (NYT)
  • Israel: A ceasefire around Gaza held for a second day as the country’s relations with the US showed new signs of strain. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: T-Mobile has plans to throttle Internet access for some subscribers who pay for unlimited data and use the data in violation of the company’s policies. (Hillicon Valley)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10E (Julio)
    • Location: 603 NM N of Lihue
    • Movement: NNE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karina
    • Location: 715 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Noting 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 (16AUG)

  • Nothing to report

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