ONS: 15 October 014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US embassy in Ethiopia warned that Somali Islamist insurgents are plotting to attack an upmarket area of Addis Ababa.
  • AMERICAS:  A second health worker at the Texas hospital where the first case of Ebola contamination in the US occurred tested positive for the disease.
  • ASIA: Local television in Hong Kong showed footage of a handcuffed protester being kicked and beaten by police officers during clashes between police and protesters.
  • EUROPE: Russian PM Medvedev said that a reset in relations between Moscow and Washington is “impossible” while Western sanctions remain in force.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Activists and Kurdish officials said that police in Syria’s self-ruled Kurdish areas rounded up hundreds of young men to press them into military service.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Three Google researchers uncovered a security bug in widely used web encryption technology that they say could allow hackers to steal data in what they have dubbed a “Poodle” attack.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea hold high level talks.
    • North and South Korea held high-level military talks in the border truce village of Panmunjom to air grievances over recent exchanges of fire across their land and sea borders
    • GEN Kim Yong-chol, the chief of the General Bureau of Reconnaissance, the North’s top intelligence agency, met with LT GEN. Ryu Je-seung, chief of the Office of Planning and Coordination at the South’s Ministry of National Defense.
    • The talks followed a rare incident on the heavily-fortified land border, in which both sides traded heavy machine-gun fire after the North’s military tried to shoot down some leaflet-laden balloons.
    • ROK Defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said the North side at the talks had accused South Korean vessels of making incursions into their territorial waters, and urged Seoul to prevent further propaganda balloon launches.
    • Early reports indicated that the talks ended without significant progress.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: The US embassy warned that Somali Islamist insurgents are plotting to attack an upmarket area of Addis Ababa. (AFP)
  • Libya: Forces loyal to a former general leading an offensive against Islamist militia launched a new push to try to recapture Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: Voting started in a general election where the ruling Frelimo party is expected to lose some power amid an apparent popular swing towards the opposition. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: A military medic at the country’s peacekeeping training center in Freetown tested positive for the Ebola virus. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Twelve adults and five children suspected of involvement in human trafficking were arrested in a joint operation with the US. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: The government reached an agreement with 33 indigenous communities to pay them USD154 million for damages from the construction of a hydroelectric power station more than 30 years ago. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Attorney General Murillo said that none of the 28 bodies found in a mass grave in the southwest of the country belongs to a group of 43 missing students feared massacred by police. (Reuters)
  • United States: A second health worker at the Texas hospital where the first case of Ebola contamination in the country occurred tested positive for the disease. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Ghani called on the Taliban to drop the fight against education and engage in a peace process. (DPA)
  • China: Local television in Hong Kong showed footage of a handcuffed protester being kicked and beaten by police officers during clashes between police and protesters. (BBC)
  • Malaysia: National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said police had arrested 13 people believed to have “links” with the Islamic State. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a peace committee meeting in the Khyber tribal district, killing at least five people and wounding seven others. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Abu Sayyaf said that it is open to negotiating with FM Rosario for the release of two German hostages. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Austria: The director of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counterterrorism Peter Gridling said the country is under “a certain kind” of threat of terrorist attacks from Islamic State. (Xinhua)
  • Italy:  The government is set to unveil expansionary budget plans for next year aimed at lifting the country out of recession. (DPA)
  • Russia: PM Medvedev said that a reset in relations between Moscow and Washington is “impossible” while Western sanctions remain in force. (AFP)
  • Spain: At least 200 migrants tried to break through the border fences between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla for the second time in 24 hours. (EFE)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A senior US official said that the US is not discussing extending the deadline to strike a nuclear deal with the country beyond 24NOV. (AFP)
    Saudi Arabia: A court sentenced prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr to death after the one-time anti-government protest leader was convicted of “sedition”. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists and Kurdish officials said that police in the country’s self-ruled Kurdish areas rounded up hundreds of young men to press them into military service. (AP)
  • Syria: The state-run news agency and a government official said gunmen assassinated a lawmaker in the central province of Hama. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Three Google researchers uncovered a security bug in widely used web encryption technology that they say could allow hackers to steal data in what they have dubbed a “Poodle” attack. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 02C (Ana)
    • Location: 637 NM ESE of Hilo
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Gonzalo
    • Location: 665 miles SSW of Bermuda
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 125 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (16OCT)

  • Global: World Food Day
  • Europe: Asia-Europe Meeting held in Milan (to 17OCT)
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of assassination of Pakistan’s first prime minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, which triggered political instability – 1951
  • Russia and Serbia: Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit the Republic of Serbia

 

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