ONS: 15 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US President Obama plans to dramatically boost the US effort to mitigate the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including greater involvement of the US military.
  • AMERICAS: Hurricane Odile made landfall near the Mexican resort city of Cabo San Lucas as authorities evacuated high-risk areas.
  • ASIA: New Zealand’s PM Key denied that the country was preparing to conduct mass domestic surveillance last year.
  • EUROPE: US-led military exercises involving 15 countries were set to begin in Ukraine as fighting continues in the east between government forces and pro-Russian rebels.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The IAEA indicated that the attempted probe of allegations that Iran worked on nuclear arms is going slowly.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An executive working on Google’s efforts to deliver Internet service via satellite has jumped to a similar role at Facebook.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: International community pushes for coalition against IS.
    • Top officials from around the world, including US Secretary Kerry, met in Paris to fine-tune their strategy against Islamic State militants
    • France announced it was joining Britain in carrying out reconnaissance flights in support of the US air campaign.
    • French President Hollande said there was “no time to lose” in fighting IS in Iraq and called for a total backing for moderate rebels in Syria.
    • Iraqi President Fuad Masum urged world powers to take the fight against IS to neighboring Syria.
    • Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected a US request for cooperation against Islamic State group early in its advance in Iraq and Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: US President Obama plans to dramatically boost the US effort to mitigate the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including greater involvement of the US military. (WSJ)
  • Egypt: Relatives say that the country’s most prominent activist, Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who is standing retrial after being sentenced to 15 years in prison was released on bail. (AP)
  • Libya: Dozens of African migrants were missing and feared dead after their boat sank off the country’s coast. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A jetliner carrying 147 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing in Pereira city. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: DEA agents dismantled a drug lab in Suchitepequez, but no arrests were made. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Hurricane Odile made landfall near the resort city of Cabo San Lucas as authorities evacuated high-risk areas. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security forces killed a senior Taliban leader along with four other insurgents in the western province of Herat. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Police said that four suspected Islamic militants arrested over the weekend are members of China’s ethnic Uighur minority community. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s Defense Ministry said that North Korea appears to be developing a new weapons system capable of launching submarine-based ballistic missiles. (AFP)
  • New Zealand: PM Key denied that the country was preparing to conduct mass domestic surveillance last year. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Militants killed three people in attacks targeting police in the country’s northwest. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Air France pilots began a week-long strike against the company’s plan to develop its low-cost subsidiary. (AFP)
  • Russia: PM Medvedev said the country’s strength is being tested by sanctions imposed by the West and the country must react in a level-headed way. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: US-led military exercises involving 15 countries were set to begin in the country as fighting continues in the east between government forces and pro-Russian rebels. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: British PM Cameron is to make his last visit to Scotland ahead of this week’s independence referendum. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The IAEA indicated that the attempted probe of allegations that the country worked on nuclear arms is going slowly. (AP)
  • Israel: The Supreme Court postponed the start of former PM Olmert’s prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges. (AP)
  • Syria: The head of the Free Syrian Army is seeking support in the UAE for the group’s rebel fighters. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: An executive working on Google’s efforts to deliver Internet service via satellite has jumped to a similar role at Facebook. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 15W (Kalmaegi)
    • Location: 252 NM SSE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: WNW at 21 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Edouard
    • Location: 720 miles ESE of Bermuda
    • Movement: NW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Odile
    • Location: 65 miles NNW of Baja California
    • Movement: NNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (16SEP)

  • Global: 69th session of UN General Assembly (to 29SEP)
  • France: France’s prime minister to hold a parliamentary vote of confidence
  • Malaysia: Malaysia Day -1963
  • Mexico: Independence Day – 1810
  • Ukraine: Parliament (the Verkhovnaya Rada) will consider ratification of the Ukrainian association agreement with the EU

END

Comments on this entry are closed.