ONS: 22 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 22, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: AU Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is to travel to Ebola-hit west African nations “to assess the situation first hand”.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court (TSE) said that 15,000 military personnel will be deployed around the country to ensure security during the 26OCT presidential runoff.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, supporters of a leading anti-government cleric ended a two-month sit-in in Islamabad.
  • EUROPE: The incoming head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, told the European Parliament that he would present his 300-billion-euro plan for investment by the end of this year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq’s Kurdish regional parliament is to hold a session on to vote on deploying peshmerga security forces to aid Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Department of Homeland Security is investigating two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Hong Kong protests set to continue as talks stall.
    • Hong Kong student leaders said they may shun further talks with the government, accusing it of failing to make any meaningful offers.
    • Fresh confrontations broke out between protesters and opponents who tried to remove demonstrators’ barricades in the Mongkok district.
    • Protesters planned to march to the home of the city’s Beijing-backed leader on to push their case for greater democracy.
    • The Youth League of China’s ruling Communist party opened a poll on possible sanctions against Hong Kong celebrities who support the city’s pro-democracy demonstrators.
    • The government said global economic recovery is beset by “downside risks” a day after economic growth in the country hit a five-year low.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: AU Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is to travel to Ebola-hit west African nations “to assess the situation first hand”. (AFP)
  • Region: The Red Cross said that the Ebola epidemic will take at least four months to contain even if all necessary steps are taken. (AFP)
  • Angola: Insiders from the country’s oil industry reacted skeptically to IEA predictions that the country may be about to overtake Nigeria as Africa’s largest oil producer. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Authorities banned a prominent activist of the 2011 uprising, Asma Mahfouz, from leaving the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama was excluded from a list of tax havens released by Colombia, while both countries agreed to negotiate a financial information sharing pact within a year. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) said that 15,000 military personnel will be deployed around the country to ensure security during the 26OCT presidential runoff. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Lawmaker Carlos Omar Navarro, a legislator with the Norte de Santander provincial assembly, was kidnapped and later released unharmed by ELN guerrillas. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The government Human Rights Commission said soldiers executed at least 12 people at a warehouse in the south of the country last summer. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan’s deputy prime minister Taro Aso met China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, as the countries pave the way for a possible summit next month. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government will send officials to North Korea to hold meetings 28OCT-29OCT for an update on the country’s investigation into citizens abducted decades ago to train spies. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea welcomed North Korea’s release of a US citizen, but immediately urged it to free two other American detainees and a South Korean missionary. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Supporters of a leading anti-government cleric ended a two-month sit-in in Islamabad. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The incoming head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, told the European Parliament that he would present his 300-billion-euro plan for investment by the end of this year. (Reuters)
  • Hungary: The government plans to levy a new tax on Internet data transfers, according to the draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Hundreds of migrants tried to jump the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. (EFE)
  • Ukraine: One civilian was killed and five inujured in shelling in the Kirov and Kalinin districts southwest and north of the Donetsk city center. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraq’s Kurdish regional parliament is to hold a session on to vote on deploying peshmerga security forces to aid Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State. (AFP)
  • Iran: US Secretary Kerry said the Obama administration has no intention of cutting Congress out of the loop on any possible deal with the country over its nuclear program. (AP)
  • Israel: The navy arrested seven Palestinian fishermen off northern Gaza, with the army claiming their boats had strayed beyond the permitted fishing limit. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A court has sentenced 13 people, including an Afghan and a Qatari, to between 18 months and 30 years in prison for plotting an al-Qaeda attack against US forces. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Department of Homeland Security is investigating two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 02C (Ana)
    • Location: 358 NM NNE of Johnston Island
    • Movement: NNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Nine
    • Location: 120 miles WSW of Campeche, Mexico
    • Movement: E at 6 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (23OCT)

  • Hungary: Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution – 1956
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of Beirut bombing that killed US and French troops – 1983
  • Hinduism: Diwali, the Festival of Lights

 

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