ONS: 18 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 18, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sierra Leone prepared for a three-day nationwide lock-down to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts claimed could worsen the epidemic.
  • AMERICAS: The US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs said that the Venezuelan government has been making serious anti-trafficking efforts for more than a year.
  • ASIA:  Indian PM Modi expressed concern to visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping about “incidents” on the two countries’ disputed border.
  • EUROPE: Polls opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country becomes an independent state.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Zarif accused the US of being “obsessed” with sanctions against his country, on the eve of new bilateral talks on a nuclear deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China strongly denied a US congressional panel’s claim that Chinese government-linked hackers had launched dozens of cyber-attacks on American defense contractors, saying the charges were “fabricated out of thin air”.

TOP STORY

  • Global IS: Large-scale operation foils Islamic State terrorism plan amid concern in other countries.
    • Australia’s largest ever counter-terrorism raids detained 15 people and foiled an alleged plot by IS jihadists to conduct “demonstration killings”, including beheading a random member of the public.
    • The operation was carried out across Sydney and Brisbane by more than 800 officers acting on some 25 search warrants.
    • British Muslim leaders called for the immediate release of Alan Henning, the UK hostage threatened with death by IS extremists in Syria.
    • Kuwait has arrested several suspected members of IS and is monitoring dozens more.
    • Authorities in New York City and Las Vegas stepped up security at major tourist sites after IS called for “lone wolves” in the US to attack these cities.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, EFE, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: The WHO reported that Ebola patients are buying survivors’ blood on the black market. (CNN)
  • Ivory Coast: President Ouattara received the endorsement of former president Henri Konan Bedie for re-election in 2015. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The elected parliament rejected the new cabinet of PM Thinni. (Reuters)
  • Sierra Leone: The country prepared for a three-day nationwide lock-down to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in a controversial move which experts claimed could worsen the epidemic. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Front-running presidential candidate Marina Silva said that if elected she will work to repair ties with the US. (AP)
  • Ecuador: At least 15 officers were wounded and multiple arrests were reported in Quito as thousands gathered for rallies for and against President Correa. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs said that the government has been making serious anti-trafficking efforts for more than a year. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Indian PM Modi expressed concern to visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping about “incidents” on the two countries’ disputed border. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Lawmakers voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the constitution that grants parliament the authority to impeach Supreme Court judges. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Policymakers said that the new government plans to reduce fuel subsidies by as much as 3,000 rupiah by November to reduce its budget deficit. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Central Bank said that it had lent 82.6 billion euros to 255 banks under its new lending program. (NYT)
  • Region: Azerbaijani troops killed an ethnic Armenian soldier in fresh clashes with fighters from the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region. (AFP)
  • France: President Hollande is to hold a rare news conference later amid decreasing popularity. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Polls opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country becomes an independent state. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif accused the US of being “obsessed” with sanctions against his country, on the eve of new bilateral talks on a nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The Committee to Protect Journalists warned that the broad language of the new Anti-Cyber-crime Law could be used to restrict press freedoms and jail journalists. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists reported that government helicopter gunships attacked a northern town held by militants, killing at least a dozen people. (AP)
  • Yemen: Security officials said that Shiite rebels have reached a suburb of Sanaa where they are fighting Sunni militias. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-security: China strongly denied a US congressional panel’s claim that Chinese government-linked hackers had launched dozens of cyber-attacks on American defense contractors, saying the charges were “fabricated out of thin air”. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 16W (Fung-wong)
    • Location: 356n M E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Edouard
    • Location: 890 miles W of Fayal Island in the Western Azores
    • Movement: ENE at 28 mph
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Polo
    • Location: 165 miles SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (19SEP)

  • Asia Region: Asian Games to be held in the South Korean city of Incheon (to 04OCT)
  • Taiwan and Japan: Former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui, branded by China as a “splittist”, will visit Japan

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