ONS: 23 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisia’s elections board extended the registration deadline for new voters in the 2014 elections to 28JUL, citing a low registration rate.
  • AMERICAS: US officials said the USAF is to launch new satellites to track those of other countries and counter possible threats to American spacecraft.
  • ASIA: Losing Indonesian presidential election candidate, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, plans to challenge the result in the Constitutional Court.
  • EUROPE: Russia announced that it had begun expanding and modernising its Black Sea fleet based in Crimea with new ships and submarines.
  • MIDDLE EAST: HRW reported that Iraqi government air strikes against jihadists, some with the use of barrel bombs, have killed at least 75 civilians since the start of June.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Computer systems containing the Wall Street Journal’s news graphics were hacked by outside parties and have been taken offline to prevent the spread of attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: US Secretary Kerry arrives in country amid flight bans.
    • US Secretary Kerry arrived in Israel in a bid to end more than two weeks of fighting between Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas.
    • Secretary Kerry is scheduled to meet with Israeli PM Netanyahu, Palestinian President Abbas and UNSG Ban Ki-moon during stops in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah.
    • Airlines in the US, Europe, and the Middle East suspended flights to and from Israel after a rocket fell about a mile from Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.
    • US Secretary Kerry said that diplomacy to end the Gaza conflict has made progress, but warned more time was needed.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, NYT-2, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: At least 20 people were killed in clashes between militias and army forces in Benghazi. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan met with a group of schoolgirls who escaped from Boko Haram and the parents of the abducted girls. (LAT)
  • Tunisia: The elections board extended the registration deadline for new voters in the 2014 elections to 28JUL, citing a low registration rate. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Mexican government expressed its “concern” over the decision by Texas authorities to send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border to help stem the arrival of undocumented child migrants. (EFE)
  • Brazil: A new poll indicates that President Rousseff would win a second-round runoff against either opponent and has 38 percent of voter support ahead of her October re-election bid. (Reuters)
  • United States: Officials said the USAF is to launch new satellites to track those of other countries and counter possible threats to American spacecraft. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Sources reported that India and Pakistan may hold foreign secretary-level talks next month. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing in Kunduz killed one police officer and wounded three others. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Losing presidential election candidate, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, plans to challenge the result in the Constitutional Court. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The military junta disclosed details of a royally-endorsed interim constitution which grants amnesty to coup makers and empowers the chief to give orders. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia announced that it had begun expanding and modernising its Black Sea fleet based in Crimea with new ships and submarines. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were delivered to Britain for expert analysis. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: British lawmakers said the country is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, despite the government’s call for tough sanctions over Moscow’s arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Officials reported that the death toll from a suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad climbed to 31 people. (AP)
  • Iraq: HRW reported that government air strikes against jihadists, some with the use of barrel bombs, have killed at least 75 civilians since the start of June. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists reported that six children from the same family were killed in an air strike by government forces on a village in the northern province of Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi called for unity during a visit to the northern city of Amran. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Computer systems containing the Wall Street Journal’s news graphics were hacked by outside parties and have been taken offline to prevent the spread of attacks. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 10W (Matmo)
    • Location: 103 NM Wof  Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Two
    • Location: 550 miles E of The Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: WNW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (24JUL)

  • South America Region: Simon Bolivar Birthday
  • Mormonism: Pioneer Day, commemorates the arrival in 1847 of the first Latter Day Saints pioneers in Salt Lake Valley
  • Islam: Lailat al Qadr, the Night of Power, marks the night in which the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by Allah. Muslims regard this as the most important event in history

 

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