ONS: 21 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 21, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian authorities tightened security at 12 leading universities across the country to quash any repeat of Islamist-led protests.
  • AMERICAS: The rebel group ELN said that it and the FARC will hold separate peace talks with the Colombian government
  • ASIA: Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protest leaders met for talks aimed at ending weeks of pro-democracy rallies.
  • EUROPE: Reports by civilians in Donetsk suggest the Ukrainian Army fired cluster munitions on several occasions into the city.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi officials reported that two separate bombings killed at least nine people in Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple Inc’s iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria and Iraq: IS renews attack on Kobane as influence spreads.
    • Kurdish fighters in Kobane engaged in renewed fighting with Islamic State militants as they awaited promised reinforcements from Iraq.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that IS appeared to be trying to cut Kobane off from the border with Turkey before any reinforcements could arrive.
    • The influence of IS and other Islamist militias in Lebanon’s Tripoli, where army checkpoints come under gunfire or grenade attack almost nightly, is rapidly increasing.
    • Iraqi PM Abadi arrived in Tehran on his first visit to Iran since taking office.
    • British government said that drones deployed to counter IS jihadists in Iraq will also be used for surveillance over Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The US urged Kinshasa to reverse a decision to expel the UN’s rights envoy to the country after a critical report on police violence. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Authorities tightened security at 12 leading universities across the country to quash any repeat of Islamist-led protests. (AFP)
  • Liberia: The National Election Commission (NEC) announced plans to conduct the Special Senatorial election on 16DEC despite concerns about the spread of Ebola. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: Japan extended the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces personnel to the country’s UN mission by four months. (Kyodo)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The rebel group ELN said that it and the FARC will hold separate peace talks with the government. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The government announced a USD110,000 reward for information in the disappearance of 43 students. (AFP)
  • United States: The Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology theft. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least four soldiers were killed and 12 people wounded by a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban in the western part of Kabul. (AFP)
  • Burma: Electoral officials said the 2015 general election is due to be held in the final week of October or the first week of November. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protest leaders met for talks aimed at ending weeks of pro-democracy rallies. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo said he was re-evaluating some of his choices for cabinet jobs after an anti-graft agency raised concern about some candidates. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban said that spokesman Shahidullah Shahid had been fired after pledging allegiance to Islamic State. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian Energy Minister Novak and his Ukrainian counterpart Prodan met in Brussels for a new round of talks. (DPA)
  • Germany: Lufthansa pilots extended their industrial action to include long-haul flights, grounding almost all inbound and outbound services at the country’s Frankfurt airport. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities launched a new operation to arrest top police officers suspected of involvement in illegal eavesdropping on senior officials. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Reports by civilians in Donetsk suggest that the Ukrainian Army fired cluster munitions on several occasions into the city. (NYT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported the US said it might accept Tehran operating 4,000 centrifuges, up from the previous 1,300. (LAT)
  • Iraq: Officials reported that two separate bombings killed at least nine people in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood just hours after it was taken over by Jewish settlers. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Apple Inc’s iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 02C (Ana)
    • Location: 272 NM WW of Barking Sands
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 9km S of San Gabriel, Ecuador
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 9191 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, US, Spain)
      • Deaths: 4546(Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 16OCT: 877 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen, Austria)
      • Deaths as of 16OCT: 317 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22OCT)

  • Europe Region: European Union vote on cabinet member
  • Ivory Coast: Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo, who has been accused of genocide for her role in deadly post-election violence, will go on trial
  • Philippines: Business conference in Manila hosted by Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (to 24OCT)
  • United States: Anniversary of US President Kennedy’s announcement that Russia was deploying missiles to Cuba – 1962

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