ONS: 19 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 19, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ugandan President Museveni sacked PM Mbabazi and replaced him with Ruhakana Rugunda, the minister of health.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico’s Civil Rights Commission said it is investigating the circumstances of a June confrontation between the army and a suspected drug gang that left 22 people dead.
  • ASIA: Chinese troops began pulling back from the disputed border with India as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare summit in New Delhi.
  • EUROPE: PM Medvedev said that Russia would not change course due to Western sanctions imposed over Ukraine and did not want to close off itself off from the global economy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: French jets carried out their first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, successfully destroying their target.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian President Putin’s spokesman said Russia is considering measures to protect its cyberspace from the “unpredictable” West after a newspaper said Moscow was contemplating unplugging the Internet during protests or war.

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Scotland votes ‘No’ in independence referendum.
    • Final results showed Scotland rejected independence from the UK by 55.3 percent to 44.7 percent, with 84.6 percent turnout.
    • British PM Cameron promised to live up to commitments to Scotland made ahead of the independence vote, including plans for new powers on tax, spending and welfare.
    • PM Cameron said the new plans will be agreed by November, with draft legislation by January.
    • European Commission president Barroso said Scotland’s rejection of independence from Britain will help forge a “united, open and stronger” EU.
    • Spanish PM Rajoy said Spain is “very happy” Scotland voted against independence, as he faced down a bid by the Catalonia region for its own independence vote.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Lesotho: The police and military exchanged gunfire in Maseru when soldiers ‘suspiciously’ drove past the home of a police force commander. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: The country launched a controversial three-day shutdown to contain the spread of the Ebola virus, as the UNsC declared the outbreak a threat to world peace. (AFP)
  • Uganda: President Museveni sacked PM Mbabazi and replaced him with Ruhakana Rugunda, the minister of health. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A new poll indicates that President Rousseff gained support among voters and is almost even with opposition candidate Marina Silva. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The Civil Rights Commission said it is investigating the circumstances of a June confrontation between the army and a suspected drug gang that left 22 people dead. (AP)
  • United States: President Obama nominated Maria Echaveste for ambassador to Mexico and Richard Rahul Verma for ambassador to India.  (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro accused CNN and other international media of conspiring against his government by publishing what he called false reports of a mysterious illness. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese troops began pulling back from the disputed border with India as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare summit in New Delhi. (AFP)
  • Australia: PM Abbott said that federal police are to take over security at parliament, describing the building as a potential terror target. (AFP)
  • India: PM Modi dismissed al-Qaeda’s plan to set up a South Asia branch, saying it was “delusional” to think the country’s Muslim minority would follow orders to wage jihad. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The South Korean navy fired warning shots to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the maritime border. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Muslims across the country are holding a day of prayers and rallies to condemn Islamic extremism and a backlash against their faith that has seen arson attacks on mosques. (AFP)
  • Greece: Police arrested 63 people following violent demonstrations that broke out during an anti-fascist rally marking the first anniversary of the murder of a leftist rapper. (DPA)
  • Russia: PM Medvedev said that the country would not change course due to Western sanctions imposed over Ukraine and did not want to close off itself off from the global economy. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A senior US official said that bilateral discussions with the country over the last 24 hours have been “constructive.” (WSJ)
  • Iraq: French jets carried out their first air strikes against Islamic State militants in the country, successfully destroying their target. (AFP)
  • Iraq:  A car bomb in a Shiite-majority district of Baghdad and a motorcycle bombing in the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 16 people. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: A rocket attack on an army vehicle patrolling the outskirts of border town Arsal wounded at least two soldiers. (AFP)
  • Yemen: State television stopped transmitting after its studios came under fire during an overnight rebel advance on the capital. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russian President Putin’s spokesman said Russia is considering measures to protect its cyberspace from the “unpredictable” West after a newspaper said Moscow was contemplating unplugging the Internet during protests or war. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 16W (Fung-wong)
    • Location: 247 NM N of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Edouard
    • Location: 530 miles WNW of Fayal Island, The Azores
    • Movement: E at 7 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Polo
    • Location: 140 miles SW of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 70 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 (20SEP)

  • New Zealand: General election

 

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