ONS: 19 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 19, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The WHO said that the Ebola virus killed 84 people in three days, bringing the global death toll to 1,229.
  • AMERICAS: Two people were shot and wounded and 31 arrested in the latest night of unrest in the Missouri town of Ferguson.
  • ASIA: Tensions rose in Pakistan as an opposition rally prepared to march toward the Parliament and government headquarters.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian officials and military commanders said the government has captured swathes of another town near Donetsk.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi government troops and allied militiamen launched a major operation to retake the city of Tikrit from Sunni militants.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The National Association of Broadcasters filed a lawsuit arguing the FCC’s plan to auction off airwaves next year would hurt the coverage and profits of TV stations.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Gaza truce extended as talks continue.
    • The chief Palestinian delegate to truce talks with Israel warned that Gaza violence could resume unless progress is made toward a lasting deal.
    • An Israeli official said that “the Israeli delegation has been instructed to insist on security requirements. The moment there is an agreement, the cabinet will be called for discussions”.
    • Egypt said it would co-host an international fundraising conference for Gaza if a deal is reached.
    • Palestinian President Abbas will travel to Doha on Wednesday and hold talks the next day with the emir of Qatar and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Meshaal.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The WHO said that the Ebola virus killed 84 people in three days, bringing the global death toll to 1,229. (AFP)
  • Libya: The National Army, headed by renegade General Khalifa Haftar, claimed responsibility for early morning air raids that hit targets near Tripoli airport. (DPA)
  • Mali: The UNSC strongly condemned a suicide attack in the north of the country that killed two Burkinabe peacekeepers and wounded seven others. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Protesters blocked two border crossings into Venezuela to protest the latter’s decision to close its border in its fight against smuggling. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: Authorities seized 42 properties that belong to an alleged drug-trafficking family with links to Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel. (AP)
  • United States: Two people were shot and wounded and 31 arrested in the latest night of unrest in the Missouri town of Ferguson. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia and Indonesia agreed on a pact to put a damaging spy row behind them, paving the way for the resumption of full defense cooperation. (AFP)
  • Region: Chinese troops advanced in recent days into disputed territory claimed by India. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai appealed for the two presidential candidates to end their dispute over election results. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Police foiled plans for a wave of bombings drawn up by Islamic militants inspired by Iraq’s extremist jihad group ISIL. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Tensions rose in Islamabad as an opposition rally prepared to march toward the Parliament and government headquarters. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Turkey: A Kurdish protester died and two people were injured during clashes with security forces in the southeastern town of Lice. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Officials and military commanders said the government has captured swathes of another town near Donetsk. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Fifteen bodies were recovered from the site of a rocket strike on a refugee convoy of buses and cars. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: HRW urged authorities to release immediately and unconditionally dozens of prisoners jailed in a northern city “for exercising their basic rights”. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Government troops and allied militiamen launched a major operation to retake the city of Tikrit from Sunni militants. (AFP)
  • Syria: Small Arms Survey reported that armed groups have an estimated several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could easily be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying commercial planes. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The National Association of Broadcasters filed a lawsuit arguing the FCC’s plan to auction off airwaves next year would hurt the coverage and profits of TV stations. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lowell
    • Location: 705 iles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karina
    • Location: 1415 miles E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: WSW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 2240 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 1229 (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 (20AUG)

  • Hungary: Hungary National Day
  • Kenya: Hearing for Westgate Mall attackers
  • Morocco: Anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People
  • Poland and United States: Agricultural meeting regarding Russian sanctions against Poland
  • Qatar: Palestinian President Abbas and Hamas leader Meshaal meet

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