ONS: 20 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 20, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Islamists resumed their assault on Libya’s main international airport two days after an abortive truce with the rival former rebels that control it.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jaua said his country and China should deepen trade and economic relations and strengthen cooperation in areas of common interests.
  • ASIA: The vote audit of Afghan presidential runoff was suspended due to differences between the observers of Abdullah Abdullah’s team with those of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s over votes in some ballot boxes.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters in Paris have clashed with police at a banned rally against Israel’s action in Gaza.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel said it widened its ground offensive, sending more troops into Gaza after demolishing more than a dozen Hamas tunnels and intensifying tank fire on border areas.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur the development of easy-to-use, anti-government surveillance technologies.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: International pressure mounts on Russia to be more cooperative.
    • Britain will push to tighten sanctions against Russia unless its position on the Malaysia Airlines crash changes, the foreign secretary Hammond has said.
    • The Ukrainian government and pro-Russia separatists who control the site of the Malaysian plane crash have reached a preliminary agreement to remove the bodies of the victims from the site, a senior Ukrainian official said.
    • A top Ukrainian rebel leader said that the pro-Russian fighters will guarantee the safety of international monitors at the crash site if Kiev agrees to a truce.
    • The U.S. has confirmed Russia supplied sophisticated missile launchers to separatists in eastern Ukraine and that attempts were made to move them back across the Russian border after the 17JUL shoot-down of a Malaysian plane.
    • World leaders heaped pressure on Russia to press Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine to allow investigators proper access to the crash site.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Unknown gunmen have killed at least 20 soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in western part of the country, security officials say. (BBC)
  • Egypt: Unknown militants blew up a natural gas pipeline south Arish city according to a security source. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Islamists resumed their assault on the country’s main international airport two days after an abortive truce with the rival former rebels that control it, a security official said. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Armed men raided the offices of a Sudanese newspaper and severely beat Osman Mirghani, chief editor of the Al-Tayar daily who had called for normalization of ties with Israel, a colleague said. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Touting the importance of the country’s diaspora, Haitian President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe brought their traveling government town hall to a US high school in North Miami, Florida. (Miami Herald)
  • Brazil: Leaders will meet Japanese officials on 01AUG to talk discuss the use of Japanese technology to build a mega offshore logistics hub for developing oil fields far out to sea. (Kyodo)
  • Venezuela: Foreign Minister Jaua said his country and China should deepen trade and economic relations and strengthen cooperation in areas of common interests. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The China Development Bank (CDB) opened an office in the country, a move that indicates the two countries will further strengthen their economic relations, boost Chinese investment and promote two-way trade. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea’s new top diplomat will likely attend a major regional conference scheduled for August in Myanmar, raising speculations of a possible inter-Korean encounter. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: Two Taliban militants have been killed while 42 suspects were detained in army operations, the Defense Ministry said. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The vote audit of the presidential runoff was suspended due to differences between the observers of Abdullah Abdullah’s team with those of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s over votes in some ballot boxes. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The death toll of typhoon Rammasun in the soared to 94, the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters in Paris have clashed with police at a banned rally against Israel’s action in Gaza. (BBC)
  • Spain: Basque separatist group ETA says it has dismantled the “logistical and operational structures” used in its armed campaign, a step closer towards full disarmament. (AFP)
  • Spain: Police say they have arrested one of Colombia’s most wanted men, Hernan Alonso Villa, known as “el Raton” (The Mouse), who is suspected of heading a gang of 200 people linked to international drug trafficking and extortion. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Almost 5,000 pro-Palestine protesters staged a demonstration against Israeli attacks in Gaza. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: According to US officials thousands of foreign fighters have bolstered the ranks of militant groups in Syria and Iraq in recent months, driving fresh concern about potential terrorist plots aimed at the US or its allies. (LAT)
  • Region: An Israeli airstrike on the home of Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayyah killed three members of his family and a neighbor in eastern Gaza city, medics said. (DPA)
  • Region: Israel said it widened its ground offensive, sending more troops into Gaza after demolishing more than a dozen Hamas tunnels and intensifying tank fire on border areas. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Monzer Al Hassan, a main terrorist suspect, was killed during a raid in the nation’s northern port city of Tripoli. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has claimed responsibility for four bombings in Baghdad which were among a string of attacks that left at least 27 people dead. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur the development of easy-to-use, anti-government surveillance technologies. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 10W (Matmo)
    • Location: 508 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 3.6 mph
    • Winds: 41 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Owen Fracture Zone region
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 72km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 219.8 km
    • Map
  • 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 (21JUL)

  • Belgium: Belgian National Day
  • Northern Ireland: Anniversary of Bloody Friday bombing around Belfast – 1972
  • South Korea and United States: Search and rescue exercise with South Korean and Japanese maritime forces in waters off the southern island of Jeju

 

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