ONS: 22 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 22, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sixteen people were killed and 81 injured in clashes between the Libyan army and Islamist fighters in Benghazi.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican Senate approved legislation in an 85-26 vote to implement constitutional reform that would open the country’s oil and gas industry to foreign investment for the first time since 1938.
  • ASIA: Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo won the Indonesian election with 53% of the vote; Prabowo Subianto withdrew from the two-man presidential race, calling the 09JUL vote “legally flawed.”
  • EUROPE: EU foreign ministers gathered to endorse a possible schedule of sanctions against Russia over the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UNSC denounced militant persecution of Christians and other minorities in Iraq, warning such actions can be considered crimes against humanity.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Campaign group Free Tibet claimed that Beijing has created at least 100 fake Twitter accounts to spread propaganda about Tibet and other Chinese concerns.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: International community pushes for cease fire as military confirms missing soldier.
    • The Israeli military announced that the remains of one of its soldiers presumed to have been killed on Sunday in Gaza had still not been found or identified.
    • A Hamas spokesman identified the soldier it had captured as Shaul Aharon, and provided an Israeli identity number.
    • French FM Fabius called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas to end violence in Gaza which has left nearly 600 Palestinians dead.
    • A police spokesman said Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in the Gaza Strip, including the home of the late leader of Hamas’ military wing, five mosques and a football stadium.
    • US Secretary Kerry pledged USD47 million in humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Villages that line the border with Nigeria reported that Islamist group Boko Haram has stepped up raids into the north of the country in recent days. (AFP)
  • Libya: Sixteen people were killed and 81 injured in clashes between the army and Islamist fighters in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan met with family members of the kidnapped girls. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Officials reported that homicides in the country fell to their lowest rate in a decade, plummeting more than nine percent in 2013 compared to the previous year. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the country in the last stop on a Latin American tour that has stressed trade and aid. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The Senate approved legislation in an 85-26 vote to implement constitutional reform that would open the country’s oil and gas industry to foreign investment for the first time since 1938. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: President Ortega slammed as a “massacre” an attack on his political supporters that killed five people and left 28 injured. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide attacker killed at least four foreigners in a compound in Kabul. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: The main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party announced that it had struck a deal with premier Hun Sen to end its year-long boycott of parliament triggered by a disputed election. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo won the election with 53% of the vote; Prabowo Subianto withdrew from the two-man presidential race, calling the 09JUL vote “legally flawed.” (AFP)
  • Thailand: The king endorsed the interim charter put forward by military junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Foreign ministers gathered to endorse a possible schedule of sanctions against Russia over the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine. (NYT)
  • Turkey: Authorities arrested 55 senior police officers in a criminal probe over alleged corruption and abuse of office. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Dutch experts prepared to take custody of some 280 bodies recovered from downed Malaysian flight MH17. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The British government announced a public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian dissident who was poisoned in London with radioactive tea in 2006. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The UNSC denounced militant persecution of Christians and other minorities in the country, warning such actions can be considered crimes against humanity. (AFP)
  • Syria: EU foreign ministers agreed to expand sanctions over the government’s “violent repression” of its civilian population. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda threatened to sever the hands of “corrupt” officials in the southeastern province of Hadramawt. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Campaign group Free Tibet claimed that Beijing has created at least 100 fake Twitter accounts to spread propaganda about Tibet and other Chinese concerns. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclons: Typhoon 10W (Matmo)
    • Location: 203 NM SSE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 99 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Two
    • Location: 1025 miles E of The Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 100km NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 616.4 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 (23JUL)

  • Ecuador: European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs to visit (to 24JUL)
  • Egypt: Egyptian Revolution Day – 1952+
  • Lebanon: Parliament to vote for new president
  • Oman: Renaissance Day – 1970
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of beginning of Sri Lanka civil war – 1983

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