ONS: 17 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 17, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN officials said that the UN trust fund for Ebola barely has $100,000 in cash, a fraction of the USD1 billion that the world body says it needs to help tackle the outbreak.
  • AMERICAS:  A group of Caribbean and South American countries announced bans on entry to foreigners who have traveled through the three West African countries most affected by Ebola.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe sent an offering to a controversial war shrine as 100 lawmakers paid their respects there in a move that raised regional tensions.
  • EUROPE: Georgian Defense Minister Alasania said the country will host a NATO training center on its territory despite counter-pressure from Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  FBI Director Comey called for the law to be changed to require technology companies to provide investigators with a way to gain access to encrypted communications.

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Putin, Poroshenko hold meetings on ongoing instability.
    • Russian President Putin met his Ukrainian counterpart Poroshenko in Milan in the latest attempt to ease tensions over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
    • European leaders and Russia signaled cautious optimism over a peace deal for Ukraine, but emphasized details still need to be worked out.
    • Russian President Putin’s spokesman accused some leaders of refusing to accept “reality” in Ukraine.
    • Russia said that German Chancellor Merkel and Russian President Putin have major differences over the origin and causes of the conflict in Ukraine.
    • Further talks involving only Putin, Poroshenko, French President Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel were scheduled for later in the day.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: UN officials said that the UN trust fund for Ebola barely has $100,000 in cash, a fraction of the USD1 billion that the world body says it needs to help tackle the outbreak. (NYT)
  • Egypt: A roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded nine in the town of El Arish in the north of the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: Observers for the southern African regional bloc declared the country’s national elections free and fair, a day after the main opposition Renamo party rejected provisional results. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The World Food Program said that gunmen with unknown affiliations seized a UN worker in the country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: A group of Caribbean and South American countries announced bans on entry to foreigners who have traveled through the three West African countries most affected by Ebola. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Federal Police arrested five men in possession of drugs and military-grade weapons in the western state of Michoacán. (EFE)
  • Paraguay: President Cartes condemned as an attack on free speech the killing of journalist Pablo Medina. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: US ambassadors to Japan, China and South Korea are holding a regular meeting in Tokyo this week to discuss regional issues. (Reuters)
  • China: Hong Kong police partially cleared the Mongkok democracy protest site in a raid. (AFP)
  • India: The military successfully test-fired its first domestically built nuclear-capable long-range cruise missile Friday, marking another step in building up the country’s defense prowess. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto urged his supporters to back winner Joko Widodo as the pair met for the first time since the election. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe sent an offering to a controversial war shrine as 100 lawmakers paid their respects there in a move that raised regional tensions. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Belgium: The country’s right-wing coalition government won a vote of confidence just days after taking office, despite opposition demands for new PM Michel to sack two ministers over a Nazi collaboration row. (AFP)
  • Georgia: Defense Minister Alasania said the country will host a NATO training center on its territory despite counter-pressure from Russia. (Reuters)
  • Germany: A lawmaker said that the country may not send drones to help monitor the Ukraine-Russian border as promised, in part because the surveillance aircraft doesn’t work in very icy temperatures. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Security forces launched an operation aimed at regaining ground from Islamic State north of Tikrit. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu issued an order for the country to increase its Ebola safety measures with temperature checks on travelers arriving from risk zones. (AFP)
  • Syria: US-led warplanes launched fresh strikes on IS jihadists attacking Kobane as the Pentagon said there was no imminent threat to Baghdad. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: FBI Director Comey called for the law to be changed to require technology companies to provide investigators with a way to gain access to encrypted communications. (WP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Sorm 02C (Ana)
    • Location: 324 NM SSE of Hilo
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Gonzalo
    • Location: 240 miles SSW of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 130 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 8376 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, US, Spain)
      • Deaths: 4024 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 16OCT: 877 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen, Austria)
      • Deaths as of 16OCT: 317 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18OCT)

  • Pakistan: Pakistan People’s Party public meeting

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