ONS: 18 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 18, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW reported that Kenya’s internationally funded anti-terrorism police have carried out a series of killings and “enforced disappearances” following a string of attacks in the country.
  • AMERICAS: Missouri Governor Nixon ordered National Guard troops to help police restore order in Ferguson
  • ASIA: Pakistani opposition parties distanced themselves from Imran Khan’s call for mass civil disobedience to unseat the government, as talks began to end a five-day political standoff.
  • EUROPE: Turkey summoned the German ambassador over a report that Germany has been spying on its NATO ally for years.
  • MIDDLE EAST: British Defense Minister Fallon was quoted as telling air force personnel that the campaign against insurgents in Iraq would last “weeks and months” and was no longer simply a humanitarian affair.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is testing out a feature that marks fake news stories from sites such as The Onion with “satire” in its News Feed.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Talks fail to produce consensus on cease-fire.
    • German FM Steinmeier said Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers ended “difficult” talks on the Ukraine crisis with no concrete advances but “some progress”.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said that no progress was reached on establishing a ceasefire or starting peace negotiation.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said that “all questions” regarding a humanitarian aid mission had been removed and that agreement had been reached with Ukraine and the international Red Cross.
    • Kiev accused pro-Russian rebels of killing “many” civilians trying to leave a conflict-torn area by shelling them with equipment provided by Moscow.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: One policeman was killed and another wounded in an attack at a checkpoint in the northern province of Gharbiya. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: HRW reported that the country’s internationally funded anti-terrorism police have carried out a series of killings and “enforced disappearances” following a string of attacks in the country. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The country’s journalist union urged the government to ensure a fair trial of three colleagues arrested when security forces stormed a major radio station for “negative” broadcasts. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: More than 130,000 mourners turned out to pay their respects to presidential candidate Eduardo Campos after the popular socialist politician’s death in a plane crash last week. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos said that a committee of senior military officials and members of the FARC will discuss the possibility of a final ceasefire and surrender of arms by the insurgents.  (Xinhua)
  • United States: Missouri Governor Nixon ordered National Guard troops to help police restore order in Ferguson. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: PM Abbott will hold talks with Islamic leaders in Sydney to discuss the government’s new counter-terrorism laws and gain support in condemning extremist groups in the community. (Xinhua)
  • China: The government said it regretted WTO members had failed to reach an agreement on simplifying global customs rules. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea unveiled its 2014 action plan to develop infrastructure in the (DPRK), indicating the lifting of the ‘May 24 sanctions’ if conditions are ripe. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Opposition parties distanced themselves from Imran Khan’s call for mass civil disobedience to unseat the government, as talks began to end a five-day political standoff. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Armed robbers attacked the motorcade of a Saudi prince in Paris, making off with 250,000 euros in cash and reportedly stealing “sensitive” documents. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The government summoned the German ambassador over a report that Germany has been spying on its NATO ally for years. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he would “soon” leave Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has sought asylum for over two years. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Norway announced that international donors will meet in Cairo to pledge funds for the reconstruction of Gaza as soon as a lasting ceasefire is reached between Israel and the Palestinians. (AFP)
  • Iraq: British Defense Minister Fallon was quoted as telling air force personnel that the campaign against the insurgents would last “weeks and months” and was no longer simply a humanitarian affair. (NYT)
  • Palestinian Territories: The health ministry said the death toll in the Gaza Strip rose above 2,000. (AFP)
  • Syria: The army denied allegations circulated on foreign media outlets that the US air force carried out airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State militants in al-Raqqa. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook is testing out a feature that marks fake news stories from sites such as The Onion with “satire” in its News Feed. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Twelve-E
    • Location: 685 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karina
    • Location: 1555 miles E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WSW at 12mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 36km SE of Abdanan, Iran
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 45km E of Dehloran, Iran
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 (19AUG)

  • Global: World Humanitarian Day
  • Afghanistan: Afghan Independence Day – 1919
  • Iraq: Anniversary of car bomb attack on UN headquarters in Iraq – 2003
  • Russia: Anniversary of Soviet coup – 1991
  • Russia: International Committee of the Red Cross arrives in Moscow to discuss humanitarian relief efforts

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