ONS: 21 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 21, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on protesting crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family.
  • AMERICAS: Protests in the town of Ferguson cooled after US Attorney General Holder pledged a full investigation.
  • ASIA: Thailand’s junta-picked national assembly chose coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian military said its forces in the east of the country had captured two Russian armored vehicles with documents linking them to an elite army paratrooper unit.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Senior administration officials said US President Obama sent troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans but did not find the hostages.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Customers at UPS Stores in Orange and 50 other locations across the country may have had their personal information and credit or debit card details stolen by hackers from January to this month.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Gaza strikes targeting Hamas resume.
    • Three senior Hamas commanders and four children were among at least 15 Palestinians killed in Gaza as Israel stepped up air strikes.
    • The leaders in the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades were killed when Israeli missiles destroyed a four-story home in Rafah.
    • The top Unicef official for Gaza said the UN has drastically underestimated the devastation that could result from possible assaults by Israel on Gaza this year.
    • In an address to the nation PM Netanyahu said the military operation in Gaza will continue until Hamas militants end their rocket fire.
    • All flights were operating normally at Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv despite a warning issued by Hamas’s armed wing in Gaza.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, DPA, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Gambia and Guinea Bissau signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen bilateral ties and financial assistance. (Xinhua)
  • Liberia: Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in the capital when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on protesting crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family. (AFP)
  • Libya: Troops loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar, backed by some government forces, recaptured bases from a coalition of Islamist militias in Benghazi. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Socialist party named environmentalist Marina Silva their presidential candidate, replacing her late running mate Eduardo Campos. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Nieto said an energy reform package will generate USD150 billion over the next four years. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Protests in the town of Ferguson cooled after Attorney General Holder pledged a full investigation. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping began a two-day trip to Mongolia. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Police have fired tear gas to disperse protesters trying to get close to a court hearing a challenge to the legality of last month’s elections. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Parliament unanimously passed a resolution rejecting demands by two opposition leaders for the resignation of PM Sharif and dissolution of assemblies. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen in Khyber tribal district opened fire on tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding two others. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The junta-picked national assembly chose coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Slovenia: The head of the Party of Miro Cerar (SMC), which won July’s snap election, said the new government will be a three-party center-left coalition which will have 52 seats in the 90-seat parliament. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The ruling party is to meet to choose a new leader and premier to succeed incoming president Erdogan, with FM Davutoglu as the expected candidate. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Economy Minister Sheremeta announced his resignation following conflict within the government on how to turn around the national economic situation. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The military said its forces in the east of the country had captured two Russian armored vehicles with documents linking them to an elite army paratrooper unit. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The head of Interpol condemned the beheading of US journalist James Foley and called for a global response to the threat posed by Islamic extremists. (AFP)
  • Iran: A journalist who covered parliament for pro-reform media was released on bail almost three months after being detained. (AFP)
  • Syria: Senior administration officials said US President Obama sent troops to the country earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans but did not find the hostages. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Customers at UPS Stores in Orange and 50 other locations across the country may have had their personal information and credit or debit card details stolen by hackers from January to this month. (LAT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lowell
    • Location: 805 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karina
    • Location: 1275 miles E of HILO Hawaii
    • Movement: ESE at 2 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 2273 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 1350 (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 (22AUG)

  • Europe Region: EU experts to discuss European agrarian market situation
  • Iran: Iran’s National Day of the Defense Industry
  • Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan Declaration of State Sovereignty – 1990

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