ONS: 19 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 19, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French President Hollande promoted a new military operation being rolled out in West Africa to take on Islamist groups that he warned threatened France’s interests and citizens.

  • AMERICAS: China has taken a key step toward closer political, economic and trade ties with Latin America, proposing a $35 billion fund to finance infrastructure and development projects.

  • ASIA: The death toll of typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines soared to 77, the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

  • EUROPE: Hundreds more immigrants arrived in Italy, a day after the navy said it had intercepted at least 1,400 asylum-seekers on six boats crossing from Libya.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli air strikes killed 11 people in Gaza, hiking the death toll above 300 as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region to bolster truce efforts.

  • TECHNOLOGY: A convicted hacker and Internet icon joined forces to thwart NSA spying in a new project called Dark Mail which plans to hide your metadata.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Investigation hindered amid accusations of evidence tampering.

    • U.S. President Obama said the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in a Ukrainian region controlled by Russian-backed separatists should be a “wake-up call for Europe and the world.”

    • Ukraine accused Russia of helping separatist insurgents they say shot down Malaysian airliner MH17 try to destroy evidence at the crash site.

    • A team of international observers say pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have limited their access to the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines plane with site access controlled by armed men.

    • Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels have agreed to set up a security zone around the crash site of a Malaysian jet, Ukraine’s security service chief said on Saturday.

    • Interpol said that they would send a team to help identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, IANS, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: French President Hollande promoted a new military operation being rolled out in West Africa to take on Islamist groups that he warned threatened France’s interests and citizens.  (Reuters)

  • Kenya: Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked Shebab claimed responsibility for an attack on a bus and police vehicle on the southeastern coast that killed at least seven people. (AFP)

  • Somalia: Six people were killed in a southern Somali port town after a suicide bomber targeted the house of a prominent anti-Shebab militia leader. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: China has taken a key step toward closer political, economic and trade ties with Latin America, proposing a $35 billion fund to finance infrastructure and development projects. (EFE)

  • Argentina: Chinese President Jinping and his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, agreed to upgrade bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership. (Xinhua)

  • United States: The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Gun battles between Taliban militants and security forces claimed 15 lives including 14 insurgents and one soldier in Khost province, a local official said Saturday. (Xinhua)

  • Cambodia: Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), returned home after spending more than a month overseas after authorities arrested eight CNRP politicians. (Xinhua)

  • Myanmar: Opposition gathered millions of signatures in support of changes to a constitution that bars its leader Aung San SuuKyi from becoming president. (AFP)

  • Philippines: The death toll of typhoon Rammasun soared to 77, the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: An 89-year-old man wanted for working as a concentration camp guard during the second world war said in court filingsthat he should not be deported because his service in the Waffen SS was involuntary. (Guardian)

  • Italy: Hundreds more immigrants arrived, a day after the navy said it had intercepted at least 1,400 asylum-seekers on six boats crossing from Libya. (AFP)

  • Turkey: Israeli FM Lieberman slammed the country’s handling of violent anti-Israeli protests in Ankara and Istanbul. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement, pledged to defeat Israel, who began a ground military operation in the Palestinian Gaza Strip a day earlier. (Xinhua)

  • Region: Israeli air strikes killed 11 people in Gaza, hiking the death toll above 300 as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region to bolster truce efforts. (AFP)

  • Iraq: Ailing President Al-Talabani will return to his country to resume his duties after a year and a half in Germany receiving medical treatment, his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party said Friday. (Al-Awsat)

  • Iraq: Officials say three car bombs in different neighborhoods of Baghdad have killed at least 15 people. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A convicted hacker and Internet icon join forces to thwart NSA spying through a new project called Dark Mail which plans to hide your metadata. (Wired)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 09W (Rammasun)

    • Location: 134 NM ENE of Hanoi, Vietnam

    • Movement: NW at 7.7 mph

    • Winds: 51 mph

    • Map

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Matmo)

    • Location: 644 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines

    • Movement: W at 5 mph

    • Winds: 33 mph

    • Map

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 01C (Wali)

    • Location: 648 NM ESE of Hilo

    • Movement: NW at 4.6 mph

    • Winds: 12.8 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 (20JUL)

  • Global: Anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon -1969

  • Colombia: Colombian Independence Day (from Spain) – 1810

  • United States: Anniversary of Aurora, CO movie theater where 12 people were killed and 59 injured during a showing of Batman – 2012

 

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