ONS: 17 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 17, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suicide bomber in Mali kills two UN peacekeepers from Burkina Faso and wounds seven more in attack on UN camp.
  • AMERICAS: One shot, seven arrested after demonstrators protesting the police’s killing of an unarmed black teen defied a curfew in Missouri.
  • ASIA: Militants abducted 11 de-miners in Afghanistan, spokesman for the provincial government Shafiq Nang said.
  • EUROPE: Military spokesman reports that rebels in Lugansk shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet, pilot safely parachuted out and was rescued by government forces.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, arrived in Iran for meetings with the country’s leadership on its nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The ability to comment on net neutrality will be given an additional five days, with the Federal Communications Commission announcing that the reply comment period will move from Sept. 10 to Sept. 15.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories:Hopes dim for a lasting cease-fire at peace talks in Cairo.
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu said that Israel will not agree to any long-term ceasefire unless its security needs are clearly met.
    • Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the Palestinians would not back down from their demands, central of which is a lifting of Israel’s eight-year blockade on Gaza, leaving the outcome of talks in Israel’s hands.
    • An anonymous Palestinian negotiator told AP he is “less optimistic” about indirect peace talks.
    • Coverage: AFP,  AP, Bloomberg, XIN

 

AFRICA

  • Chad: Government troops rescued around 85 Nigerians kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists last weekend from fishing communities in Nigeria’s extreme northeast, security and human rights sources said. (AFP)
  • Libya:  The Phillipines government said that it will work to repatriate thousands more of its nationals from the nation after more than 700 were ferried to safety on a chartered ship. (AFP)
  • Mali: Suicide bomber kills two UN peacekeepers from Burkina Faso and wounds seven more in attack on a UN camp. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Victims of government-FARC conflict expressed support for peace talks in Cuba in UN-sponsored testimony. (REUT)
  • Cuba: The Ministry of Justice issued a new resolution establishing that lawyers, notaries and juridical consultants are obliged to report operations “suspicious” of being related to money laundering, financing terrorism or weapon trafficking. (XIN)
  • US: One shot, seven arrested after demonstrators protesting the police’s killing of an unarmed black teen defied a curfew in Missouri. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Militants abducted 11 de-miners in Ghazni province, spokesman for the provincial government Shafiq Nang said. (XIN)
  • Hong Kong: Thousands of demonstrators took part in a pro-China march. (BBC)
  • India: Amit Shah, head of the ruling BJP party, announced a new slate of party leaders dominated by hardline rightists from the RSS. (REUT)
  • Malaysia: The opposition coalition appeared to have averted a rift after its Islamic partner threw its support behind the other member parties after weeks of wrangling. (AFP)
  • South Korea: FM Yun Byung-se said the country may consider holding a long-delayed meeting with Japanese head of state if Tokyo takes sincere steps toward resolving bilateral issues, including the Japanese imperial army’s wartime enslavement of Korean women. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: Red Cross officials arrived at area where aid convoy is parked close to Ukrainian border. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Military spokesman reports that rebels in Lugansk shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet, but the pilot safely parachuted out and was rescued by government forces. (REUT)
  • Montenegro: Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President Filip Vujanovic at the Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. (XIN)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Ausralia announced that it would resettle 4,400 Iraqi and Syrian refugees. (AFP)
  • Iran: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, arrived in Tehran for meetings with the country’s leadership on its nuclear program. (RFE/RL)
  • Iraq: German FM Steinmeier told the Bild newspaper that his government opposed the formation of an independent Kurdish state. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Yemen: Five suspected Al-Qaeda militants and three government troops died in clashes in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, scene of many recent attacks on the army, a local official said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The ability to comment on net neutrality will be given an additional five days, with the Federal Communications Commission announcing that the reply comment period will move from Sept. 10 to Sept. 15. (Tech Times)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karina
    • Location: 691 miles WSW of Baja Californai
    • Movement: W at 12mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (18AUG)

  • Ghana: Public-Private Partnership (PPP) conference (to AUG24)
  • Kazakhstan: The CSTO Collective Operative Reaction Forces hold Interaction-2014 exercises (to 22AUG)
  • United States and South Korea: South Korea and US launch annual “Ulchi Freedom Guardian” joint military exercise (to 29AUG)

 

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