ONS: 22 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 22, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Authorities in Sierra Leone reported that the country’s Ebola lockdown uncovered some 150 new cases of the virus.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian President Morales held a massive rally in the central city of Cochabamba to win support for his re-election in October.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani army said it has appointed MAJ GEN Rizwan Akhtar as the new chief for the Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
  • EUROPE: French PM Valls is to meet with German Chancellor Merkel for talks on boosting Europe’s economy.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Iran and Saudi Arabia held their first foreign minister-level meeting since the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani.
  • TECHNOLOGY: According to interviews with current and former officials an exodus of top-level officials from the US DHS is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: IS calls for international attacks as Kurds flee into Turkey.
    • The Islamic State group called on Muslims to kill citizens of all countries taking part in the US-led anti-jihadist coalition by any available means, in a statement posted online Monday.
    • Turkish Deputy PM Kurtulmus said more than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey.
    • The PKK Kurdish rebel group called on fellow Kurds to cross into Syria and combat Islamic State jihadists besieging a town near the border.
    • US Secretary Kerry raised the threat of Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria directly with his Iranian counterpart in high-level talks in New York.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, LAT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Militant group Ajnad Misr claimed responsibility for a weekend bomb blast near the Foreign Ministry that killed two senior police officers. (AP)
  • Sierra Leone: Authorities reported that the country’s Ebola lockdown uncovered some 150 new cases of the virus. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Talks aimed at ending the country’s civil war resumed in Ethiopia as sporadic fighting continued between rebel and government fighters. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales held a massive rally in the central city of Cochabamba to win support for his re-election in October. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: The Philippines sent a 157-member all-navy peacekeeping contingent to the country. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Civil protection authorities confirmed new toxic spills in the northwest of the country, where a massive acid spill from a copper mine contaminated waterways. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said he plans to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban militants decried a pact by rival election candidates to form a government of national unity as a “sham” orchestrated by the US. (Reuters)
  • Australia: PM Abbott said that citizens fighting with extremist groups in the Middle East will face lengthy jail terms if they return home. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Militant group Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the murder of a farmer accused of being a police informant. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The army said it has appointed MAJ GEN Rizwan Akhtar as the new chief for the Inter-Services Intelligence agency. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: French PM Valls is to meet with German Chancellor Merkel for talks on boosting Europe’s economy. (AFP)
  • Region: Italian authorities said that some 600 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean over the past 24 hours. (DPA)
  • Poland: President Komorowski swore in Ewa Kopacz as prime minister to replace Donald Tusk.  (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran and Saudi Arabia held their first foreign minister-level meeting since the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that government air strikes killed at least 42 people, including 16 children, in Idlib province. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Shiite rebels held position around key government offices and army bases in Sanaa which they captured just hours before the signing of a UN-brokered peace agreement. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: According to interviews with current and former officials an exodus of top-level officials from the US DHS is undercutting the agency’s ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyberattacks. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 16W (Fung-wong)
    • Location: 188 NM S of Shanghai, China
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Polo
    • Location: 250 miles W of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 4784 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo)
      • Deaths: 2400 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 24JUL: 837 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths as of 24JUL: 291 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23SEP)

  • Global: UN Climate Change Summit
  • Saudi Arabia: National Day – 1932
  • Hinduism: Haryana Veer and Shahidi Divas

 

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