ONS: 22 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 22, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudanese rebel forces agreed to let Uganda maintain its forces in the country until a regional body deploys a peace keeping force.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan courts dropped all charges against hundreds of demonstrators detained during spring anti-government protests.
  • ASIA: Australia and Singapore are to enhance intelligence sharing amid growing concerns about the threat posed by jihadist citizens returning after fighting in Syria and Iraq.
  • EUROPE:  The first 10 trucks of a massive and disputed Russian humanitarian aid convoy crossed the Ukrainian border and reached a customs point.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN human rights office said that the number of dead in Syria’s civil war more than doubled in the past year to at least 191,000.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Brazilian judge wants to ban popular app Secret from Apple’s App Store and Google Play, arguing it promotes anonymous bullying.

TOP STORY

  • Palestinian Territories: Gaza violence continues amid international concern.
    • Emergency services reported that Israeli air strikes killed four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, two in Deir al-Balah and two in Nusseirat.
    • Hamas said it shot dead 11 suspected informants for Israel and warned that “the same punishment will be imposed soon on others.”
    • Britain, France, and Germany launched a fresh bid at the UN to end the six weeks of violence in Gaza.
    • The bid calls for a lifting of the Israeli blockade and a monitoring mechanism to report on ceasefire violations and verify the flow of goods into the Gaza Strip.
    • UN diplomats said they hoped the initiative would shore up the Egyptian-led peace track and lead to a lasting ceasefire.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, CNN, LAT

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: The country’s main relief agency said 11,500 people from one town in the northeast are receiving emergency aid after fleeing Boko Haram militants. (AFP)
  • Senegal: The country closed its borders with Guinea over fears of the spread of the Ebola epidemic (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Rebels forces agreed to let Uganda maintain its forces in the country until a regional body deploys a peace keeping force. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB)’s lead campaign coordinator quit after its presidential candidate was officially changed. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Three policemen were killed in a FARC ambush in the southwestern Cauca department. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The government said that the number of people missing in the country’s drug wars is nearly three times higher than formerly estimated. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Courts dropped all charges against hundreds of demonstrators detained during spring anti-government protests. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The border guards of India and Pakistan fired on each other’s positions in Kashmir, wounding at least one civilian. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Australia and Singapore are to enhance intelligence sharing amid growing concerns about the threat posed by jihadist citizens returning after fighting in Syria and Iraq. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Security forces in eastern Laghman province killed four militants. (Xinhua)
  • Mongolia: Chinese President Xi Jinping said that Beijing respected the country’s independence and integrity as he concluded a visit focused on economic ties. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Bavaria accused the Italian government of contributing to the state’s migration problems by failing to undertake the proper procedures for dealing with the latest surge in asylum seekers. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Two soldiers were wounded in an attack by PKK rebels in the east of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: The first 10 trucks of a massive and disputed Russian humanitarian aid convoy crossed the border and reached a customs point. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government denied a report that it is ready to help counter IS insurgents in return for progress in negotiations over its nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Kurdish peshmerga forces launched an operation to retake the town of Jalawla from Islamic State jihadist fighters. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UN human rights office said that the number of dead in the country’s civil war more than doubled in the past year to at least 191,000. (NYT)
  • Syria: At least 70 Islamic State jihadist fighters were killed in 48 hours of clashes with the army in the northern province of Raqa. (AFP)
  • Yemen Thousands of supporters of Shiite rebels pressing the government to step down gathered in the capital as a presidential team was in the northern Huthi stronghold for crisis talks. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A Brazilian judge wants to ban popular app Secret from Apple’s App Store and Google Play, arguing it promotes anonymous bullying. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Marie
    • Location: 290 miles W of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 18 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Lowell
    • Location: 870 miles W of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karina
    • Location: 1315 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: E at 5 mph
    • Winds: 65 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 (23AUG)

  • Armenia: Soviet Republic of Armenia declares independence – 1990
  • Germany and Ukraine: German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Ukraine

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