ONS: 21 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 21, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rebels in Sudan’s Darfur denied killing 13 civilians, calling government claims of their involvement a fabrication.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos opened a new session of Congress, calling on lawmakers to back government efforts to strike a peace deal with FARC rebels.
  • ASIA: Twenty-eight Filipinos, including prominent activists, filed an impeachment complaint against President Aquino for implementing a major economic stimulus program that the Supreme Court has declared partly unconstitutional.
  • EUROPE: Dutch investigators inspected bodies recovered from downed passenger airliner MH17 in Ukraine which had been loaded onto a train under rebel control.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The IAEA reported that Iran has diluted its entire stock of medium-enriched uranium as required under a November deal with world powers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A false report about the loss of Air Force One was posted to The Wall Street Journal’s Facebook page with the newspaper later saying its page had been “compromised.”

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Gaza death toll increases as diplomatic efforts intensify.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-Moon and US Secretary Kerry headed to Cairo to try to end two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting that has killed at least 508 Palestinians and 20 Israelis.
    • The UNSC expressed “serious concern” about Gaza’s rising civilian death toll and demanded an immediate end to the fighting following an emergency session.
    • The Israeli military said it thwarted two more infiltrations into its territory via tunnels from the Gaza Strip and killed 10 militants.
    • Two American members of the Israeli Defense Force were killed in Gaza fighting.
    • Israel’s UN ambassador Prosor denied that an Israeli soldier had been abducted by Hamas militants.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, WP

 

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: At least four people were killed and eight wounded in Mombasa in an attack by armed men on a motorbike. (AFP)
  • Libya: Islamist-led militiamen stepped up their assault on Tripoli international airport, controlled by rival fighters, in clashes that left at least 47 dead in a week. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Rebels in Darfur denied killing 13 civilians, calling government claims of their involvement a fabrication. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos opened a new session of Congress, calling on lawmakers to back government efforts to strike a peace deal with FARC rebels. (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: At least five people were killed and more than 20 injured after the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution in Plaza Juan Pablo II in Managua. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and agreed to upgrade their countries’ relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership. (Xinhua)

 

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least two people were killed and nine wounded in a suicide car bombing in Lashkar Gah.  (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: The ruling and opposition parties said their leaders will hold a fresh round of talks to end a yearlong political deadlock. (AP)
  • Korea, North: South Korea reported that the country is preparing for large-scale landing exercises near its western city of Nampo. (Kyodo)
  • Philippines: Twenty-eight Filipinos, including prominent activists, filed an impeachment complaint against President Aquino for implementing a major economic stimulus program that the Supreme Court has declared partly unconstitutional. (AP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: PM Garibashvili fired five ministers and moved two to other ministerial positions in the first cabinet reshuffle since coming to power two years ago. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Intense shelling hit the area around the train station in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Dutch investigators inspected bodies recovered from downed passenger airliner MH17 which had been loaded onto a train under rebel control. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The IAEA reported that the country has diluted its entire stock of medium-enriched uranium as required under a November deal with world powers. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Officials said that overnight attacks in two cities killed at least 16 people. (AP)
  • Syria: More than 100 people were killed in two days in a continuing fight between government forces and militants for control of a gas-production facility east of Homs. (WSJ)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A false report about the loss of Air Force One was posted to The Wall Street Journal’s Facebook page with the newspaper later saying its page had been “compromised.” (Mashable)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 10W (Matmo)
    • Location: 516 NM S of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 81 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 94km SE of Kuril’sk, Russia
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 70.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1048 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 632 (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 (22JUL)

  • European Union: European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting
  • Norway: Anniversary of Oslo bombing and shooting – 2011

 

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