ONS: 17 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 17, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mali’s government and armed groups from the north of the country launched talks in Algiers for a peace deal.
  • AMERICAS: Russian President Putin denied reports that he made a deal with Cuba to reopen an electronic listening post.
  • ASIA: Pakistani security forces laid siege to a suspected militant hideout just a few kilometers from the family home of PM Sharif in Lahore.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin lashed out against what he called the US’s “aggressive foreign policy,” and new sanctions targeting the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Activists reported that Syrian government forces have heavily shelled the central town of Morek in an attempt to take it from rebels.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft Corp started taking requests from individuals in Europe who want to be removed from its Bing search engine results following a court judgment in May guaranteeing the “right to be forgotten.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Temporary truce with Hamas in Gaza begins amid reports of violations.
    • Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas began observing a temporary five-hour humanitarian ceasefire.
    • The Israeli Army reported that three mortar shells fired from Gaza hit southern Israel just over two hours after the ceasefire took effect.
    • Israeli tank fire killed three people in the Gaza Strip, taking the overall toll from 10 days of violence in the Palestinian territory to 230 deaths.
    • The Israeli military said it foiled a major attack from Gaza when its forces identified approximately 13 militants emerging from an underground tunnel.
    • Former US president Bill Clinton warned Israel about “isolating itself from world opinion” due to repeated conflicts in Gaza.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Sisi is to meet with Palestinian President Abbas amid intensifying efforts to end the Israeli military offensive on Gaza. (AFP)
  • Mali: The Bamako government and armed groups from the north of the country launched talks in Algiers for a peace deal. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Militants killed 14 soldiers in an attack on two posts near the border with Algeria. (AFP)
  • Uganda: HRW reported that street children face constant abuse from police and government officials. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: President Putin denied reports that he made a deal with Cuba to reopen an electronic listening post. (BBC)
  • Chile: Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President Bachelet on bilateral economic cooperation and political coordination. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: A road linking the country’s three southern jungle departments with the rest of the country was destroyed by the FARC. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: The government called for international efforts to fight organized crime to deter minors from leaving Central America seeking a new life in the US. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The country began an audit of 8.1 million ballot papers cast in the second round of presidential elections. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked Kabul International Airport. (Reuters)
  • Japan: The country and the UK are to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while Tokyo may also start exporting parts for US surface-to-air missiles. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Security forces laid siege to a suspected militant hideout just a few kilometers from the family home of PM Sharif in Lahore. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The military government gave permission for former premier Yingluck Shinawatra to travel overseas for the first time since they overthrew her government. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Kosovo: The county’s parliament convened for the first time since June polls, with the opposition seeking a majority to take power from outgoing PM Thaci. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Putin lashed out against what he called the US’s “aggressive foreign policy,” and new sanctions targeting the country. (NYT)
  • Ukraine: The government accused a Russian air force jet of shooting down a Ukrainian warplane over its territory. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US President Obama signaled that talks with the country on its nuclear program may need to extend beyond a weekend deadline. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Sunni insurgents and tribal leaders said after a closed meeting they would keep fighting until they take over the capital. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Activists reported that government forces have heavily shelled the central town of Morek in an attempt to take it from rebels. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Microsoft Corp started taking requests from individuals in Europe who want to be removed from its Bing search engine results following a court judgment in May guaranteeing the “right to be forgotten.” (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 09W (Rammasun)
    • Location: 333NM S of Hong Kong
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 86 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 (18JUL)

  • Egypt: Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to be in Egypt (to 19JUL)
  • Niger: French President Hollande visits for security talks
  • Ukraine: Ukrainian separatists agree to fresh talks via video

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