ONS: 23 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, a bomb blast at a bus station in an area in the north previously targeted by Boko Haram killed five people.
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama spoke by telephone with Canadian PM Harper after an attack in Ottawa in which a soldier and an assailant were killed.
  • ASIA: North Korea issued fresh warnings that planned high-level talks with the South might be scrapped because of what it called Seoul’s arrogant and provocative behavior.
  • EUROPE: Russian authorities in Siberia’s Novosibirsk region seized more than 65.6 kilograms of heroin in one of the largest drug seizures since 2011.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jerusalem police vowed “zero tolerance” towards any act of violence as they stepped up security following a car ramming by a Palestinian that killed a baby.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia’s Communications and Mass Media Minister Nikolai Nikiforov called for state participation in managing Internet infrastructure.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Fresh airstrikes as coalition weighs increasing support.
    • Activists reported that the US-led coalition launched airstrikes on an oil field in Deir el-Zour.
    • The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes by US-led forces killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during the  month-long campaign in Syria.
    • Senior US and allied officials said that the Syrian opposition force to be recruited by the US military and its coalition partners will be trained to defend territory, rather than to seize it back from the Islamic State.
    • US envoy John Allen said that Britain may join the US “shoulder to shoulder” in operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Liberia: Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring are reportedly threatening to break out of an isolation center because they have no food. (AP)
  • Nigeria: A bomb blast at a bus station in an area in the north previously targeted by Boko Haram killed five people. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: The government lifted Ebola travel restrictions on travelers who had been in the US and Spain after President Kagame publicly told the health minister it was not necessary. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: A campaign for President Kagame to seek a third term began with allies suggesting a constitutional change to allow him to run in 2017. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: A member of the security forces was killed in a firefight with a “terrorist group” in a town near Tunis. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: US President Obama spoke by telephone with PM Harper after an attack in Ottawa in which a soldier and an assailant were killed. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The Defense Ministry said that alleged drug trafficker Marcos de Jesus Figueroa, captured in Brazil, is under investigation for more than 100 murders, including the killings of several politicians. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The government ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging they masterminded last month’s attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. (AFP)
  • United States: A 23-year-old Maryland man was in custody after he climbed over the White House fence and was apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents. (AP)

ASIA

  • China: Defense Minister Chang Wanquan told visiting Iranian Navy Commander Rear ADM Habibollah Sayyari that the country wants to develop closer military ties. (Reuters)
  • China: Hong Kong civil servants anonymously voiced support for ongoing democracy protests in social media. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea issued fresh warnings that planned high-level talks with the South might be scrapped because of what it called Seoul’s arrogant and provocative behavior. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: A court charged three men with supporting the Islamic State after they were arrested while attempting to leave the country to join the militants fighting in Iraq and Syria. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Shiites in the southwestern city of Quetta killing eight. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Region: German FM Steinmeier called for an end to the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia amid a fresh drive for peace. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: President Anastasiades was briefly hospitalized with high blood pressure in Brussels after flying in for an EU summit. (AFP)
  • Russia: Authorities in Siberia’s Novosibirsk region seized more than 65.6 kilograms of heroin in one of the largest drug seizures since 2011. (Tass)
  • United Kingdom: Polls indicate that the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is on course to win its second parliamentary seat. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty for their roles in a 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left at least 14 civilians dead. (AFP)
  • Israel: Jerusalem police vowed “zero tolerance” towards any act of violence as they stepped up security following a car ramming by a Palestinian that killed a baby. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The army killed three men and arrested several others during a raid on an apartment containing weapons and ammunition. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russia’s Communications and Mass Media Minister Nikolai Nikiforov called for state participation in managing Internet infrastructure. (Tass)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 02C (Ana)
    • Location: 503 NM WNW of Barking Sands
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Nine
    • Location: 75 miles SSW of Campeche, Mexico
    • Movement: ESE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 30 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 (24OCT)

  • Global: Anniversary of the start of the United Nations – 1945
  • Botswana: Botswana general elections
  • Sri Lanka: President to reveal national budget

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