ONS: 23 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The WHO reported that the number of Ebola infections will triple to 20,000 by November if efforts are not significantly increased.
  • AMERICAS: The Obama administration cracked down on certain overseas corporate mergers and acquisitions, aiming to curb American companies from shifting their ownership abroad to shirk paying US taxes.
  • ASIA: A Chinese court sentenced a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority to life in prison for “separatism.”
  • EUROPE: The imprisoned leader of Turkey’s PKK called for a mass mobilization of all Kurds against the Islamic State militant group.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel said it would act aggressively against any threat after its military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered its airspace over the Golan Heights
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU competition chief Joaquin Almunia said Google Inc. must improve its proposal to settle EU concerns over its search practices or face formal antitrust charges.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US, partners launch airstrikes on IS positions in country.
    • The US and Arab allies unleashed bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles on Islamic State targets in eastern Syria.
    • US media reported that Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE took part in the air raids.
    • Syria’s foreign ministry said Damascus was informed by Washington about imminent air strikes against the jihadist Islamic State (IS) on Syrian soil.
    • US forces who bombed IS in Syria also targeted the hardline Khorasan Group which is made up of experienced Al-Qaeda operatives.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said US-led air strikes killed 30 al-Qaeda militants and eight civilians.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The WHO reported that the number of Ebola infections will triple to 20,000 by November if efforts are not significantly increased. (AFP)
  • Algeria: The military scoured a mountainous eastern region for a Frenchman kidnapped by militants linked to the Islamic State group who have threatened to execute him. (AFP)
  • Libya: A group of 13 countries, the EU and the UN called for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire and political dialogue in the country. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Four Latin American presidents have called on the international business community to invest in their countries, grouped in the Pacific Alliance. (EFE)
  • Argentina: UNSG Ban Ki-moon met with President Fernandez on the country’s debt and its implications for sovereign debt restructuring efforts. (Xinhua)
  • Bolivia: President Morales met with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and agreed to expand cooperation between their countries. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The country said it will not endorse a global anti-deforestation initiative being announced at the UN climate summit, complaining it was left out of the consultation process. (AP)
  • United States: The Obama administration cracked down on certain overseas corporate mergers and acquisitions, aiming to curb American companies from shifting their ownership abroad to shirk paying US taxes. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea detained a Chinese fishing boat and demanded a fine for its release. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Outgoing President Karzai blamed the US for his country’s long war. (Reuters)
  • China: A court sentenced a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority to life in prison for “separatism.” (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A car bomb suicide attack in Peshawar targeting a senior military officer killed at least four people and wounded 24 others. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: PM Valls warned of a “real danger” for Air France as talks in an ongoing pilot strike hit an impasse. (AFP)
  • Italy: Authorities seized 30 million euros worth of assets belonging to a close associate of Russian President Putin in application of EU sanctions. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The imprisoned leader of the PKK called for a mass mobilization of all Kurds against the Islamic State militant group. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The prime minister of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk said that rebels have removed artillery from frontline areas where the government had also withdrawn. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel said it would act aggressively against any threat after its military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered its airspace over the Golan Heights. (WSJ)
  • Bahrain: Local media reported that the country will hold parliamentary and municipal elections on 22NOV. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: An attack by gunmen on an army post in the northern city of Tripoli killed one soldier (AFP)
  • Qatar: The government said that the country has no plans to pitch in as an alternative supplier as Europe seeks to reduce its reliance on Russian gas. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: EU competition chief Joaquin Almunia said Google Inc. must improve its proposal to settle EU concerns over its search practices or face formal antitrust charges. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 16W (Fung-wong)
    • Location: 402 NM WSW of Sasebo, Japan
    • Movement: N at 10 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (24SEP)

  • Global: President Barack Obama will lead a UN Security Council session on the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria
  • Cambodia: Cambodia’s Constitution Day
  • Guinea Bissau: National Day – 1973
  • Poland: The multi-nation military exercise “Anaconda” will begin
  • South Africa: Heritage Day – 1995
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Republic Day – 1962

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