ONS: 16 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed that China will continue to help international efforts to control of the Ebola epidemic.
  • AMERICAS: Planned G77 + China meeting in Bolivia postponed until November due to “international events.”
  • ASIA: Sri Lankan court halted the deportation of Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani refugees before their asylum claims are fully assessed.
  • EUROPE: Der Spiegel reported that the German BND intelligence agency accidentally spied on Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zaif said more time is needed to work out the details of a final nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced that it is wrapping its trans-Pacific cables in polyethylene and steel armor to protect them from shark attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: ISIS attacked northern village of Kocho, massacring over 80 Yazidi men, according to Kurdish officials.
    • German FM Steinmeier visited Baghdad, discussed ISIS and political transition with President Fouad Massoum.
    • Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country will continue to support the Iraqi government in stabilizing the situation in the country as soon as possible.
    • Iraq risks being torn apart by warring sects unless Haider al-Abadi, the new prime minister, can gather the country’s estranged factions behind him and form a government, senior Iraqi politicians said on Friday.
    • Coverage: AP, Guardian, DPA, XIN

 

AFRICA

  • Region: In a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed that China will continue to help international efforts to control of the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa. (XIN)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Etienne Tshisekedi, an 81-year-old prominent opposition politician, was medivaced to Brussles (AFP)
  • Senegal: The U.S. national basketball team has canceled a trip to the country after the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Planned G77 + China meeting postponed until November due to “international events.” (XIN)
  • Mexico: The country’s Foreign Ministry protested Texas’s deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops along border (AFP)
  • Chile: Police difused a bomb planted at a bank in Santiago. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • South Korea: Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs at a mass in Seoul and challenged the massive crowd to ask what values they might be willing to die for in an increasingly materialistic, globalized world. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: Court halted the deportation of Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani refugees before their asylum claims are fully assessed. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the US could lift arms ban on country in the “near term.” (XIN)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Der Spiegel reported that BND intelligence agency accidentaly spied on Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Turkey. (DPA)
  • Russia: Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko claimed that NATO is exaggerating the “Russia threat” in order to prove the necessity of the alliance. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Russia: Hundreds of trucks carrying aid continue to wait at border with Ukraine as negotiations with Ukrainian government are ongoing. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and self-proclaimed caliph Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul into Syrian territory, fearing US airstrikes, a Kurdish official said. (Al-Awsat)
  • Iran: FM Mohammad Javad Zaif said more time is needed to work out the details of a final nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers. (XIN)
  • Yemen: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that 650 families, or 4,550 people, have been displaced by conflict which erupted in the northern part of the country five days ago. (XIN)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Pacific: Google announced that it is wrapping its trans-Pacific cables in polyethylene and steel armor to protect them from shark attacks. (LAT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karina
    • Location: 691 miles W of Socorro Island
    • Movement: W at 10mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mayon Volcano, Philippines
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 2127 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 1245 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, 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 (17AUG)

  • Iran: UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos to visit (to18AUG)
  • Mali: Peace talks between the Malian government and Tuareg separatists

 

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