ONS: 16 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US President Obama is to order 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa to combat Ebola by launching a major health care training and hygiene program.
  • AMERICAS: Police in Rio de Janeiro arrested twenty-two of their own officers for alleged involvement in a bribery and extortion racket.
  • ASIA: Japan, South Korea and China are to hold a three-way meeting of their finance chiefs and central bankers this week in Australia.
  • EUROPE: The International Organization for Migration said human traffickers rammed a boat filled with migrants they were smuggling from North Africa to Europe “deliberately drowning” hundreds of the migrants.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jihadist fire downed a Syrian air force plane over the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FCC said it has received a record three million comments on proposed rules for how broadband providers must treat traffic flowing over their networks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government offers east increased autonomy.
    • Ukrainian lawmakers adopted legislation granting limited self-rule to parts of the pro-Russian east.
    • Lawmakers also ratified a 1,200-page political and economic association agreement in a simultaneous session with the European parliament.
    • The government called for local elections to be held on 07DEC.
    • Three civilians were killed in renewed shelling in Donetsk despite a ceasefire.
    • Russia’s currency dropped to an all-time low against the US dollar as it continues to suffer from the fallout of economic sanctions.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: US President Obama is to order 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa to combat Ebola by launching a major health care training and hygiene program. (AP)
  • Egypt: A bomb hit a security force convoy in the Sinai Peninsula killing six policemen. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Twelve soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired at their commanding officer in Maiduguri earlier this year. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The government released an opposition leader who was detained for three months after accusing counter-insurgency paramilitaries of abuses against civilians in Darfur. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police in Rio de Janeiro arrested twenty-two of their own officers for alleged involvement in a bribery and extortion racket. (BBC)
  • Panama: Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano said the widened portion of the canal will be ready for business in 2016 after a USD400 million cash injection. (AFP)
  • United States: Crews attempted to get better access to two wildfires in California that have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes. (AP)
  • United States: Homeland Security officials said in a written statement that “There is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border.” (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India said it would firmly defend its 3,500-km border with China after domestic media reported a new face-off on the disputed frontier. (Reuters)
  • Region: Japan, South Korea and China are to hold a three-way meeting of their finance chiefs and central bankers this week in Australia. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: ISAF said that three of its soldiers were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul that also injured at least 13 civilians. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea sent a message to the South Korean president’s office, demanding an end to anti-Pyongyang leaflet launches. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The military said it killed 31 militants in air strikes and ground clashes along its border with Afghanistan. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The International Organization for Migration said human traffickers rammed a boat filled with migrants they were smuggling from North Africa to Europe “deliberately drowning” hundreds of the migrants. (NYT)
  • France: The government faces a parliamentary confidence vote amid low support for President Hollande. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan said the country could take in leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group who have been asked to leave Qatar. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A security spokesman said that the first strike south of Baghdad in the US air campaign hit a jihadist target in Sadr al-Yusufiyah. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The World Bank said that the Palestinian economy is expected to shrink by 4 percent in 2014 after seven years of largely aid-driven growth. (AP)
  • Syria: Jihadist fire downed a Syrian government air force plane over the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The FCC said it has received a record three million comments on proposed rules for how broadband providers must treat traffic flowing over their networks. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 15W (Kalmaegi)
    • Location: 243 NM E of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Edouard
    • Location: 465 miles ESE of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Odile
    • Location: 25 miles WNW of Santa Rosalia, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Polo
    • Location: 360 miles SSE of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 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 (17SEP)

  • Fiji: General elections
  • Liberia: The African Union is to send a team of 30 health workers and other specialists to help fight the Ebola outbreak
  • Zimbabwe: An International Monetary Fund team is expected in Zimbabwe to conduct the third and final review of the Staff Monitored Program

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