ONS: 16 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A UN panel that monitors compliance with UN sanctions on Somalia accused the country’s president, a former minister, and a US law firm of conspiring to divert assets recovered abroad.
  • AMERICAS: Russia provisionally agreed to reopen a major Cold War listening post on Cuba that was used to spy on the US.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani military said its jets killed 35 suspected militants as part of an anti-Taliban offensive hours after US drones attacked another area nearby and killed up to 20 people.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders are to meet to decide on new sanctions against Russia and pro-Moscow separatists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian local media reported that President Assad was sworn in for a third seven-year term in office.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Thirteen US senators called on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers in order to protect net neutrality.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Military warns of new strikes on Gaza.
    • The army warned some 100,000 Palestinians in the eastern Gaza Strip with flyers and text messages to evacuate their homes.
    • Israeli warplanes bombed the house of senior Hamas leader Mahmud al-Zahar.
    • A woman and a child were among three people killed in an Israeli strike, raising the overall death toll to 208.
    • A US Senate panel approved a 50 percent funding boost for the Iron Dome anti-missile system.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, LAT, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Sisi ordered the formation of a parliamentary election commission to prepare for the upcoming parliamentary polls. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: A UN panel that monitors compliance with UN sanctions on the country accused the country’s president, a former minister, and a US law firm of conspiring to divert assets recovered abroad. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The UN reported that the worsening conflict in Darfur and an influx of people fleeing war in South Sudan pushed the number needing aid to almost seven million. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Russia provisionally agreed to reopen a major Cold War listening post on Cuba that was used to spy on the US. (AFP)
  • Brazil: A senior diplomat said the government is very optimistic about the future of its relationship with China ahead of a meeting between the two countries leaders. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Officials reported that an oil spill caused by rebels in the country’s southwest may not have been as big as originally thought. (AP)
  • United States: The White House said that the deportation of 40 women and children to Honduras was a sign that illegal immigrants would not be welcomed with “open arms”. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean and Japanese officials denied reports that the two countries are considering high-level talks at a regional forum next month. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Officials began investigating a suicide bombing at a busy market that killed at least 42 people. (AFP)
  • China: An oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea more than two months after its deployment damaged relations with Vietnam. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: The country and the US launched a five-day joint naval exercise in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) and off the southern port of Mokpo. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The military said its jets killed 35 suspected militants as part of an anti-Taliban offensive hours after US drones attacked another area nearby and killed up to 20 people. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: US President Obama spoke with Chancellor Merkel for the first time since a row over US spying prompted the country to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Local media and US officials reported that protesters denouncing Israel’s military operations in Gaza disrupted a Muslim fast-breaking dinner sponsored by the US Consulate. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Mediators on the crisis accused pro-Russian rebels of not being committed to truce negotiations after a planned videoconference to discuss talks fell through. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: EU leaders are to meet to decide on new sanctions against Russia and pro-Moscow separatists. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A spokesman for one of the country’s top Shiite clerics said the removal of PM Maliki would be an “important part” of the solution to the country’s political crisis, . (AFP)
  • Syria: Local media reported that President Assad was sworn in for a third seven-year term in office. (AP)
  • Yemen: Security officials said that two days of clashes between Shiite rebels and Islamist tribesmen in the country’s north killed at least 35 fighters on both sides. (AP)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda militants attacked a post office in Hadramawt province, killing a policeman and stealing USD10,000. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Thirteen US senators called on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers in order to protect net neutrality. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 09W (Rammasun)
    • Location: 114 NM WNW of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 964 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 603 (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 (17JUL)

  • China and Latin America: Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visit to Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba (to 23JUL)
  • Iraq: Iraqi National Day / Ba’ath Revolution Day – 1968
  • East Timor: Anniversary of Indonesia annexing East Timor – 1976
  • France and Africa Region: President Francois Hollande is due to travel to west Africa
  • Ukraine and United States: The U.S. and Ukrainian navies will start Sea Breeze exercises in the Black Sea (to 19JUL)

 

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