ONS: 24 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s newly-elected parliament has condemned as terrorists the militia alliance which says it has captured Tripoli’s international airport.
  • AMERICAS: U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered an investigation into whether it is “appropriate” for the US military to sell battle-grade hardware to local police.
  • ASIA: Around 80 Taliban militants were killed and 47 others wounded in military operations in different provinces in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has vowed to boost military spending by 40 billion hryvnia ($3 billion) in the next three years.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Militants have launched a renewed push to seize Iraq’s main oil refinery north of Baghdad, battling security forces backed by air support.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s homegrown operating system will debut in October after concerns about U.S. surveillance and a monopoly probe of Microsoft.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel, Palestinian violence continues despite calls to return to talks
    • Rocket fire from Syria slammed into the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights Sunday but there were no reports of casualties.
    • Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks, but both sides kept up attacks.
    • Israeli aircraft pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, killing 12 people and toppling an empty high-rise building, after the army warned it would go after facilities and leaders of the territory’s ruling Hamas group.
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his ministers on Sunday that the military campaign against Gaza militants would continue until peace is restored to southern Israel.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Bloomberg, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The country’s newly-elected parliament has condemned as terrorists the militia alliance which says it has captured Tripoli’s international airport. (BBC)
  • Libya: The nation’s outgoing provisional General National Congress (GNC) is to resume operations despite being superseded by an elected national parliament, its spokesman said on Saturday. (AFP)
  • Niger: Abdou Labo, the nation’s agriculture minister has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a baby-trafficking network. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Authorities said Saturday they were investigating a first potential case of Ebola in the country. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: Authorities seized 7.8 tons of liquid drugs, likely a form of cocaine, disguised as “disinfectant” due to be shipped to Spain. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Six Mexican states were on high alert for a strengthening Hurricane Marie, warning that torrential rain could trigger mudslides and cause rivers to break their banks. (AFP)
  • United States: President Barack Obama has ordered an investigation into whether it is “appropriate” for the US military to sell battle-grade hardware to local police. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Around 80 Taliban militants were killed and 47 others wounded in military operations in different Afghan provinces within the last 24 hours, said the country’s Interior Ministry on Sunday morning. (Xinhua)
  • China: The Defense Ministry has rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a “dangerous intercept” on August 19 of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace. (AP)
  • China: Armed forces from the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) states began joint anti-terrorist military exercises dubbed Peace Mission 2014 on Sunday. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Japan: Four China Coast Guard vessels intruded into Japanese territorial waters Sunday morning near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea for the first time since August 12. (Kyodo)
  • Myanmar: Authorities arrested 15 men and seized around 2,400,000 pills of Ecstasy worth up to 20 million dollars, making it the largest shipment of illegal drugs in the nation’s history, officials said Sunday. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: Police forces on Saturday destroyed around 46 thousand cannabis roots during an anti-narcotics operation in the northern Shkodra region. (Xinhua)
  • Iceland: Authorities maintained a red alert warning for aviation as activity at the Bardarbunga volcano continues. (DPA)
  • Italy: The Italian navy Sunday found the bodies of 18 migrants aboard an inflatable dinghy adrift south of the island of Lampedusa. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a new ceasefire in crisis talks with President Petro Poroshenko, as the country prepared for Independence Day celebrations on Sunday. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to boost military spending by 40 billion hryvnia ($3 billion) in the next three years. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country has produced a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial drones, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday. (AP)
  • Iraq: Militants have launched a renewed push to seize the country’s main oil refinery north of Baghdad, battling security forces backed by air support. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The nation rejected accusations of giving financial support to fighters of the Islamic State group who have seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, and condemned their “barbaric” murder of a US journalist. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Syria: A U.S. offensive in the nation against the radical Islamist group that beheaded an American journalist would likely be constrained by persistent intelligence gaps and an inability to rely on fleets of armed drones, U.S. officials said. (WP)
  • Yemen: Talks with Shiite rebels have “failed” after they rejected a proposed government of technocrats, the president’s negotiating team said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is set to establish a new research organization to address the growth in cybercrime. (Kyodo)
  • Technology: China’s homegrown operating system will debut in October after concerns about U.S. surveillance and a monopoly probe of Microsoft. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Post-Tropical Cyclone Lowell
    • Location: 1110 miles W of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Marie
    • Location: 370 miles W of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Karina
    • Location: 1465 miles E of Hilo, Hawaii
    • Movement: NE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 18km WNW of Hacienda La Calera, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 35 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland
    • Strong earthquake at the volcano (DPA)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
        • Cases: 2615 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
        • Deaths: 1427 (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone)
        • Sourcing: WHO
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 24JUL: 837 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 24JUL: 291 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25AUG)

  • Iran: Tehran must respond to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on decade-old allegations of past nuclear weapons research

 

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