ONS: 18 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 18, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisian PM Jomaa announced a crackdown on networks recruiting people to fight jihad abroad and on imams who incite violence.

  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto and Peruvian President Humala presided over the signing of 10 bilateral cooperation accords.

  • ASIA: Thailand’s deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra ruled out going into self-exile to avoid possible criminal charges.

  • EUROPE: The IMF said it expected the Ukraine’s economy to shrink by 6.5 percent in 2014 instead of the 5.0 percent it forecast earlier this year.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The death toll in Gaza hit 264 as Israel pressed a ground offensive on the 11th day.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Tokyo police arrested an engineer for allegedly stealing massive amounts of personal data from an educational services firm, a leak that may ultimately affect more than 20 million people.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: International community reacts to downing of flight.

    • The OSCE called a special Permanent Council meeting on the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

    • German Chancellor Merkel called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine to permit a probe.

    • Australian PM Abbott called Russia’s response to the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over Ukraine “deeply, deeply unsatisfactory”.

    • Russian President Putin called for an urgent settlement of the Ukraine crisis as he expressed condolences to Dutch PM Rutte.

    • Rescue workers at the crash site said that they had found one of the black boxes from the passenger liner.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, BBC, NYT, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Militias battling for control of the Tripoli’s airport agreed on a ceasefire. (AFP)

  • Malawi: The electoral commission said arson cannot be ruled out in a warehouse fire that destroyed ballot boxes containing votes from a disputed election. (AFP)

  • Tunisia: PM Jomaa announced a crackdown on networks recruiting people to fight jihad abroad and on imams who incite violence. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A new poll indicates that President Rousseff is statistically tied with her main challenger in a second-round runoff. (Reuters)

  • Colombia: The Supreme Court sentenced in absentia a close ally of former President Uribe to more than 17 years in prison for diverting farm subsidies. (AP)

  • Colombia: Former intelligence chief Marquez was charged in the 1989 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan. (EFE)

  • Mexico: President Nieto and Peruvian President Humala presided over the signing of 10 bilateral cooperation accords. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Korea, South: The Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed a plan for the country to design its own mid-level fighter jet, which a state think tank estimated will cost up to USD8.24 billion to develop. (Reuters)

  • Pakistan: At least eight paramilitaries and five militants were killed in a gunfight near Peshawar. (AFP)

  • Thailand: Deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra ruled out going into self-exile to avoid possible criminal charges. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Parliament is to hold an extraordinary session to ratify the association agreement with the EU that was signed on 27JUN. (Itar-Tass)

  • Ukraine: The IMF said it expected the country’s economy to shrink by 6.5 percent in 2014 instead of the 5.0 percent it forecast earlier this year. (AFP)

  • United Kingdom: A new poll indicates that Scottish separatists are closing the gap on their unionist rivals ahead of a September independence referendum. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The death toll in Gaza hit 264 as Israel pressed a ground offensive on the 11th day. (AFP)

  • Iran: China’s chief negotiator said the country and world powers are “likely” to agree on the terms of extending the deadline on talks. (AFP)

  • Iraq: President Jalal Talabani, who has been in Germany for medical treatment since December 2012, will return to the country on 19JUL. (AFP)

  • Syria: Jihadists killed at least 90 regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees when they seized a gas field in Homs province. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Two soldiers and a suspected al-Qaeda gunman were killed in a clash following an ambush in the southern province of Shabwa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Tokyo police arrested an engineer for allegedly stealing massive amounts of personal data from an educational services firm, a leak that may ultimately affect more than 20 million people. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 09W (Rammasun)

    • Location: 217 NM SW of Hong Kong

    • Movement: NW at 14 mph

    • Winds: 155 mph

    • Map

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Matmo)

    • Location: 222 NM N of Koror, Palau

    • Movement: WNW at 3 mph

    • Winds: 46 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 (19JUL)

  • Colombia: Heroes of the Nation Day

  • Ireland: Anniversary of declared ceasefire by IRA – 1997

  • Nicaragua: Anniversary of Sandinista rebels’ overthrow of Nicaraguan government – 1979

 

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