ONS: 23 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The World Health Organization has said the speed and extent of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “unprecedented”.

  • AMERICAS: The Colombian military has held its first meeting with FARC rebel leaders at peace talks in Havana.

  • ASIA: The Philippines will repatriate over 400 of its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia amid security threats and concerns over the Ebola virus.

  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to capital Kiev on Saturday for talks on the the escalating conflict with Russia over the pro-Russian separatist rebellion.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The U.S. sent its strongest signals yet that it is considering military strikes in Syria against Sunni extremists as the Defense Department worked to pinpoint leaders of the group and their training camps as potential targets for attack.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned businesses to watch for hackers targeting customer data with malicious computer code like that used against retail giant Target.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Turmoil continues with both internal political opposition and India

    • Government and opposition groups made little headway in overnight talks aimed at dispersing protesters seeking the fall of the prime minister, as their negotiations entered a fourth day on Saturday.

    • India has accused Pakistani troops of firing guns and mortar rounds on at least three villages in the Indian portion of Kashmir, killing at least two members of one family.

    • India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region early Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.

    • The party of Pakistan’s famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from parliament on Friday in its latest bid to drive Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power.

    • Coverage: AFPAPAP-2AP-3

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The World Health Organization has said the speed and extent of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “unprecedented”. (BBC)

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: A woman who was gang-raped and burned in her house has told a military court she saw an army colonel give the orders. (BBC)

  • Ghana: Cholera has killed at least 67 people in the country since June and infected more than 5,000 others in an outbreak that highlights the health and sanitation challenges facing one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Health authorities in Santa Cruz Friday presented a plan to detect and contain any case of Ebola at airports throughout the country. (Xinhua)

  • Canada: A Canadian imam known for his pacifist sermons warned Friday that Islamist militant group IS was actively recruiting in the country and said one member issued him a death threat. (AFP)

  • Colombia: The Colombian military has held its first meeting with FARC rebel leaders at peace talks in Havana. (BBC)

  • Mexico: The nation has witnessed a substantial fall in crimes such as murders, kidnappings, extortion and robbery in comparison with last year, President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Brunei and Indonesia have held the inaugural Joint Defense Cooperation Committee (JDCC) meeting at the Bolkiah Garrison, according to a report posted Saturday on the website of the Defense Ministry. (Xinhua)

  • China: Health authorities have stepped up control measures against Ebola in the past week, in wake of continuous epidemic in West Africa. (Xinhua)

  • Malaysia: The remains of two more passengers on a commercial airliner allegedly shot down by Ukrainian rebels were expected to return to the country, official media said Saturday. (DPA)

  • Myanmar: President U Thein Sein has called for the continued efforts on reform process, underlining that three years of the 5-year term of the union government have elapsed and that with only over a year of the tenure left. (Xinhua)

  • Philippines: The government said Saturday it will repatriate over 400 of its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia amid security threats and concerns over the Ebola virus. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The UN Security Council on Friday held emergency consultations on the latest developments in the eastern region — the entry of a Russian humanitarian aid convoy – – but failed to reach an agreement on any action or even a statement to the press. (Xinhua)

  • Region: Some of the trucks in a Russian aid convoy that entered Ukraine in a move denounced by Kiev as an invasion are returning to Russia. (AP)

  • Turkey: Rebels of the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) kidnapped two workers in Bingol province in eastern Turkey late Friday. (Xinhua)

  • Ukraine: Two civilians were killed Saturday apparently by artillery fire in Donetsk, the main separatist stronghold in the country’s eastern region. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to capital Kiev on Saturday for talks on the the escalating conflict with Russia over the pro-Russian separatist rebellion. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Britain, France and Germany have floated the idea of creating a monitoring and verification mechanism for any future ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to prevent future conflicts, a senior British diplomat said on Friday. (Reuters)

  • Region: Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday. Such a step could expose Israel — as well as Hamas — to war crimes investigations. (AP)

  • Region: Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas vigorously rejected any comparison to ISIL terrorists and pledged Hamas will start giving warnings to Israelis about impending rocket attacks in order to avoid the killing of innocent civilians. (Yahoo)

  • Syria: The U.S. sent its strongest signals yet that it is considering military strikes in Syria against Sunni extremists as the Defense Department worked to pinpoint leaders of the group and their training camps as potential targets for attack. (WSJ)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned businesses to watch for hackers targeting customer data with malicious computer code like that used against retail giant Target. (AFP)

 

WORLD

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24AUG)

  • Abkazhia: Elections

  • China: Peace Mission-2014 Shanghai Cooperation Organization joint military drill (to 29AUG)

  • Macau: Unofficial referendum on electoral reform

  • Russia: Russia Independence Day – 1991

  • Ukraine: Ukraine Independence Day – 1991

 

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