ONS: 20 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 20, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Liberian President Sirleaf imposed a nighttime curfew and quarantined two affected neighborhoods in a bid to stem the spread of Ebola.
  • AMERICAS: In the US, police arrested 47 people during a night of protests in Ferguson.
  • ASIA: The US said it was “deeply disturbed” by Afghanistan’s refusal to let a New York Times reporter leave the country.
  • EUROPE: The Russian defense ministry said it was conducting fresh military exercises in the south of the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  A Hamas leader said that an Israeli airstrike had killed the wife and young child of the movement’s top military commander, Mohammed Deif, after Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip broke an agreed cease-fire.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Japanese and US defense officials agreed to step up cooperation to train experts in countering cyber attacks on government computers.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Protesters attempt to blockade parliament.
    • Parliament met as thousands of protesters gathered outside demanding the government resign.
    • Pakistani-Canadian cleric Tahirul Qadri told supporters “Don’t let all those inside come out and don’t let anyone go in.”
    • The military called for “All the stakeholders should immediately open dialogue to resolve differences.”
    • Imran Khan threatened that his supporters would invade the prime minister’s house.
    • Pakistan’s ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists, saying dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Liberia: President Sirleaf imposed a nighttime curfew and quarantined two affected neighborhoods in a bid to stem the spread of Ebola. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A senior doctor who treated the country’s first Ebola patient died, as the region’s total death toll reached 2,240. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: China’s foreign minister pressed the country over renewed internal violence, demanding an immediate ceasefire and political dialogue. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • United States: Police arrested 47 people during a night of protests in Ferguson. (AFP)
  • United States: Federal officials seized two acres of marijuana plants growing in South Texas. (AP)
  • Venezuela: VP Arreaza called for greater civic-military cooperation to stabilize the economy. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The US said it was “deeply disturbed” by Kabul’s refusal to let a New York Times reporter leave the country. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: At least 10 militants and one policeman were killed in a clash in eastern Ghazni province. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: Police reported that there are no immediate links between the 19 people arrested on suspicion of planning terror attacks on Putrajaya and the Islamic State. (CNN)
  • Thailand: Junta sources reported that the country’s coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the new army-dominated national assembly. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: The defense ministry said it was conducting fresh military exercises in the south of the country. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Local media reported that the country’s spy chief assured the imprisoned leader of the PKK in a secret meeting last week that the state will press ahead with the peace process. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Nine troops were killed in overnight fighting in the streets of the town of Ilovaysk, which lies just east of the rebel stronghold Donetsk. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Germany’s development aid minister, Gerd Mueller, accused Qatar of financing the jihadist group Islamic State operating in Syria and Iraq. (AFP)
  • Iraq: French President Hollande said he would arrange an international conference next month on the threat posed by Islamic extremists in Iraq, describing the current international situation as “the most serious since 2001”. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Kurdish ministers who suspended their participation in the government of outgoing PM Maliki rejoined the administration. (Reuters)
  • Israel: A Hamas leader said that an airstrike had killed the wife and young child of the movement’s top military commander, Mohammed Deif, after Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip broke an agreed cease-fire. (NYT)
  • Syria: Activists reported that Islamic extremists launched an attack on a major air base in the northeast of the country. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Japanese and US defense officials agreed to step up cooperation to train experts in countering cyber attacks on government computers. (Kyodo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lowell
    • Location: 775 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karina
    • Location: 1290 miles E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Winds: 50 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 (21AUG)

  • China and Mongolia: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming state visit to Mongolia (to 22AUG)
  • Moldova and Russia: Moldova and Russia are set to meet for talks in the capital Chisinau

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