ONS: 17 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 17, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Australia announced it will provide an additional USD6.4 million to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican military and commercial airplanes began to airlift tourists stranded in the Los Cabos resorts after Hurricane Odile damaged luxury hotels and communities.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s military said it killed 40 insurgents and destroyed five of their hideouts in fresh air attacks as part of a major offensive.
  • EUROPE: A special EU summit called by France and Italy for early October to boost jobs and improve the bloc’s stalling economy was postponed indefinitely.
  • MIDDLE EAST: EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton will meet Iranian FM Zarif in New York for further talks on Tehran’s contested nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US NSA director Michael Rogers said the US military is building a new cyber defense corps that can be used to protect the nation and possibly for offensive purposes.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: US to assess strategy to counter IS.
    • US Chairman of the JCS GEN Dempsey said that about half of Iraq’s army is incapable of partnering effectively with the US to roll back IS territorial gains.
    • GEN Dempsey said that the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with US training and additional equipment.
    • The NYT reported that the increasing power of factional militias pose a central challenge to the creation of a less sectarian Iraqi government.
    • The Islamic State group released a video warning the US that fighters await it in Iraq if US President Obama sends troops there.
    • The Defense Department said the US military pressed its expanded campaign against Islamic State militants with five airstrikes across Iraq.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AP-3, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Australia announced it will provide an additional USD6.4 million to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (AP)
  • Egypt: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed the killing of six policemen in a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP)
  • Libya: Clashes broke out between a former general’s forces and Islamist fighters in Benghazi, killing at least nine people. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The World Bank called for sweeping economic and bureaucratic reforms in the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government summoned the acting US ambassador over his comments on its failure to repay debt tied up in a US legal battle. (AFP)
  • Bolivia: The government rejected US allegations of its failure in combating drug trafficking and production. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: President Santos ordered the military and police to “intensify” operations against FARC guerrillas and criminal gangs following a joint attack in the north. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Military and commercial airplanes began to airlift tourists stranded in the Los Cabos resorts after Hurricane Odile damaged luxury hotels and communities. (AFP)
  • United States: The House Select Committee on Benghazi is to hold its first open hearing. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban fighters killed six policemen in an ambush in Herat province. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: The country’s highest court commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police. (AFP)
  • Fiji: Polls opened in the country’s first election since a 2006 coup, with officials declaring the poll trouble free and military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama saying he would win. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The military said it killed 40 insurgents and destroyed five of their hideouts in fresh air attacks as part of a major offensive. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The country carried out the island’s biggest naval drill in 25 years. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A special EU summit called by France and Italy for early October to boost jobs and improve the bloc’s stalling economy was postponed indefinitely. (AFP)
  • Region: Spanish PM Rajoy branded moves for independence such as those in Scotland and Catalonia a “torpedo” to European integration. (AFP)
  • France: Interior Minister Cazeneuve said five people were arrested on suspicion of belonging to a ring that recruits young women to join Islamic militants in Syria. (AP)
  • Spain: Interior Minister Diaz highlighted his country’s commitment to cooperating with the US to fight jihadist terrorism at the conclusion of his two-day visit. (EFE)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton will meet FM Zarif in New York for further talks on Tehran’s contested nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government airstrikes killed nearly 50 people in the rebel-held city of Talbiseh this week. (AP)
  • Yemen: A UNSC committee expressed readiness to urgently consider proposals to impose sanctions on individuals or entities who took part in triggering unrest in the country. (EFE)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US NSA director Michael Rogers said the US military is building a new cyber defense corps that can be used to protect the nation and possibly for offensive purposes. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 15W (Kalmaegi)
    • Location: 67 NM N of Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Movement: WNW at 23 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Edouard
    • Location: 575 miles ENE of Bermuda
    • Movement: NE at 20 mph
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Odile
    • Location: 85 miles S of Puerto Penasco, Mexico
    • Movement: NNE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Polo
    • Location: 200 miles S of Zihuatanejo
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 44km NW of Piti Village, Guam
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 136.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Mayon, Philippines
    • Lava flows, evacuations. (AP)
  • 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 (18SEP)

  • Global: Emergency UN Security Council meeting over the Ebola crisis
  • Asian Region: China-ASEAN cyberspace forum will commence in Nanning, China
  • Iran: Britain, France, Germany and Iran meet to discuss Iran’s nuclear program in NY
  • Scotland: Scotland independence vote
  • Ukraine and United States: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to visit United States

 

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