ONS: 15 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan government said it was considering calling for international forces to help re-establish security after deadly clashes closed Tripoli airport.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto enacted a law that aims to open up the country’s telecommunications industry to competition.
  • ASIA: An Afghan suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into a market killing at least 25 people and wounding around 50 others.
  • EUROPE: The US accused Moscow of providing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine with military equipment such as tanks and rocket launchers.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi security forces advanced into militant-held Tikrit in an assault aimed at revitalizing efforts to retake the city.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Eight social media activists in Iran were sentenced to a total of 127 years in prison after they criticized the country’s government on Facebook.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Rocket strikes continue as Hamas rejects ceasefire offer.
    • Hamas rejected an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire with Israel, moments after the Israeli Cabinet accepted the plan.
    • PM Netanyahu warned that Israel will expand its military campaign in the Gaza Strip if Hamas refuses to accept the ceasefire plan.
    • A Gaza rocket struck the southern port city of Ashdod.
    • Hamas said it had closed the Erez border crossing due to Israeli shelling, stranding a group of Palestinians planning to cross for medical treatment.
    • US Secretary Kerry urged Hamas to accept Egypt’s ceasefire proposal.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, AP-2, NYT

 

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The US invited the country to an African leaders summit in Washington next month, after initially barring Cairo following the military coup. (AFP)
  • Libya: The government said it was considering calling for international forces to help re-establish security after deadly clashes closed Tripoli airport. (AFP)
  • Mali: A French legionnaire was killed during a reconnaissance mission in the Al-Moustarat region. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least 38 people were killed following a raid by suspected Islamist Boko Haram gunmen on a village in the northeast and a military aerial bombardment of fleeing residents mistaken for insurgents. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The vice president of the ruling party said President Morales will run for re-election in October. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff told her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Brasilia was interested in obtaining air defenses from Moscow and cooperating on nuclear energy. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Nieto enacted a law that aims to open up the country’s telecommunications industry to competition. (AFP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on the need to resolve a decades-old border dispute during talks before the BRICS summit in Brazil. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into a market killing at least 25 people and wounding around 50 others. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: Police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators demanding authorities reopen the country’s main protest venue. (AFP)
  • Japan: Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is to leave on a visit intended to show support for Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea announced state funding for humanitarian projects in North Korea for the first time since Seoul imposed economic sanctions four years ago. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Jean-Claude Juncker called for a 300-billion-euro investment plan for Europe as he laid out his vision for the future if elected by parliament as the head of the EU executive. (AFP)
  • Region: Lithuania said it would oppose Italian FM Mogherini’s bid to become EU foreign policy chief. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The US accused Moscow of providing pro-Russian separatists with military equipment such as tanks and rocket launchers. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron announced that eurosceptic Philip Hammond will become new foreign secretary, replacing William Hague. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif said the country is offering to hold off from expanding its uranium enrichment program for about seven years in negotiations with world powers. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Security forces advanced into militant-held Tikrit in an assault aimed at revitalizing efforts to retake the city. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Lawmakers elected Sunni lawmaker Salim al-Jubouri as speaker of the parliament. (AP)
  • Kuwait: The opposition condemned a government decision to “revoke” the citizenship of nationals deemed to pose a risk to national security and called on the government to resign. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Eight social media activists in Iran were sentenced to a total of 127 years in prison after they criticized the country’s government on Facebook. (The Independent)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 09W (Rammasun)
    • Location: 236 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 14JUL: 834 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 14JUL: 288 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16JUL)

  • Balkans: European Union will host a donors’ conference to raise money for the Balkans affected by floods
  • Europe Region: European Union to hold special meeting over Commission president
  • Mali: Gov’t to meet northern Tuareg rebels in Algiers
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Saddam Hussein taking over as president of Iraq – 1979
  • Philippines: Asian Defense and Security exhibit
  • South Korea & Japan: Discussion in Japan regarding issues on North Korea (to 21JUL)

 

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