ONS: 19 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 19, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed several people in two attacks on Nigerian villages that occurred after the government announced a ceasefire to enable 200 abducted girls to be freed, security sources and witnesses said.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian President Evo Morales swept to a third term with 61 percent of the vote, electoral officials said in confirming the result.
  • ASIA: China pledged to work with the U.S. to overcome mistrust, manage differences and cooperate on key issues like combatting terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus as President Obama prepares to travel to Beijing next month.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Russia on a provisional price for gas deliveries during the coming winter months.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi lawmakers approved the appointment of Khaled Al-Obeidi as Defense Minister and Mohamed Al-Ghabban as Interior Minister, ending a political stalemate that had threatened to disrupt Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s new government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Federal Communications Division is in the final steps to begin developing deployment methods for fifth generation wireless services.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ebola: Authorities mobilize policy and defense mechanisms to contain Ebola amid mounting global fears of its spread.
    • French officials began screening air passengers arriving from Guinea for symptoms of Ebola on Saturday, as concern rose that the epidemic could spread to France.
    • The U.S. Coast Guard says it has retrieved a blood sample from a Dallas health care worker who is aboard a cruise ship and being monitored for signs of Ebola.
    • Canada said it would start shipping 800 vials of an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday to combat the deadly viral outbreak in Africa.
    • UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline says its Ebola vaccine will “come too late” for the current epidemic, warning full data will not be ready until late-2015.
    • Some of the biggest companies doing business in West Africa oppose a ban on travel to the U.S. from the countries hit hardest by Ebola, something a growing list of U.S. lawmakers are seeking.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Telegraph, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Ghana: The main opposition New Patriotic Party voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to retain Nana Akufo-Addo as its leader for the 2016 election. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The US and four European allies – Britain, France, Germany and Italy – have called for an immediate end to the fighting in Libya, saying there was “no military solution” to the crisis. (BBC)
  • Madagascar: Police fired teargas at supporters of ex-president Marc Ravalomanana, who was placed under house arrest this week after returning to the Indian Ocean island for the first time since he was deposed in a 2009 coup. (Reuters)
  • Mozambique: The country’s main opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama described Wednesday’s general elections as a “puppet show” at a Saturday press conference. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed several people in two attacks on Nigerian villages that occurred after the government announced a ceasefire to enable 200 abducted girls to be freed, security sources and witnesses said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bermuda: The country was “bruised” but came out of the storm better than expected, with only power cuts and minor injuries, according to Premier Michael Dunkley. (BBC)
  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales swept to a third term with 61 percent of the vote, electoral officials said in confirming the result. (AFP)
  • Canada: A Russian container ship carrying tons of fuel and diesel was drifting once again off Canada’s Pacific shore Saturday after a cable linking it to a tow ship ruptured. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodia and Australia have reiterated their commitment to comply with a refugee agreement they signed last month, despite persistent criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties. (Xinhua)
  • China: The country pledged to work with the U.S. to overcome mistrust, manage differences and cooperate on key issues like combatting terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus as President Obama prepares to travel to Beijing next month. (AFP)
  • Hong Kong: Police clashed with protesters early Sunday, with the government saying 20 people were injured in a fourth night of violence after nearly three weeks of largely peaceful pro-democracy rallies. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The country’s navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reiterated British observers will be permitted in the police investigation into the Koh Tao murders, disputing foreign media reports from London that stated British police were “allowed to help” with the probe. (The Nation)

 

EUROPE

  • Hungary: The country has no plans to investigate corruption allegations which have resulted in entry bans issued by the U.S. to several Hungarians, including unnamed government officials. (AP)
  • Lithuania: The country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal will sever Moscow’s grip on gas deliveries to the Baltic states, due to dock in the port of Klaipeda on OCT27. (CentNews)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Russia on a provisional price for gas deliveries during the coming winter months. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria. (AFP)
  • Iran: According to a government official, the country has proof that militants are entering the country from neighboring Pakistan to carry out attacks and will be pursuing the matter through “diplomatic channels.” (AFP)
  • Iraq: Lawmakers approved the appointment of Khaled Al-Obeidi as Defense Minister and Mohamed Al-Ghabban as Interior Minister, ending a political stalemate that had threatened to disrupt Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s new government. (Al-Awsat)
  • Syria: Airstrikes on Douma, arebel-held town near Damascus, have killed at least 16 people as part of intensified efforts by President Bashar Assad’s forces to secure approaches to the capital. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications:  The Federal Communications Division is in the final steps to begin developing deployment methods for fifth generation wireless services. (BetaWired)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Gonzalo
    • Location: 360 NM SW of Cape Race, Newfoundland
    • Movement: NE at 39 mph
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane 02C (Ana)
    • Location: 119 NM SSW of Hickam AFB
    • Movement: NW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 43 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 9191 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, US, Spain)
      • Deaths: 4546(Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 16OCT: 877 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen, Austria)
      • Deaths as of 16OCT: 317 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20OCT)

  • Azerbaijan: National Independence Day
  • China: The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee fourth plenary session to discuss rule of law (to 23OCT)
  • Indonesia: Presidential inauguration of Joko Widodo
  • Kenya: Mashujaa Day
  • Libya: Anniversary of death of Libyan president Gaddafi – 2011
  • United States: Trial hearing of Abu Khatallah, accused ringleader of 2012 Benghazi attack

 

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