ONS: 24 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria and three other states pledged to speed up the creation of a 2,800-strong regional force to tackle militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez went on trial on charges of inciting violence during anti-government protests that left 43 people dead.
  • ASIA: The US, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific.
  • EUROPE: Police in Norway said security is being increased at airports and along the country’s borders because of a tip-off that people with fighting experience in Syria were planning a terrorist attack.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US national aviation authority lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a “very fluid situation”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The European Central Bank said that contact data was stolen from a database that serves its public website.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon in country amid instability.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-Moon is expected to meet with the outgoing PM Maliki, newly-elected Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, and other top officials.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-Moon said that “Iraq is facing an existential threat but it can be overcome by the formation of a thoroughly inclusive government.”
    • A large attack on a convoy transferring inmates north of Baghdad left at least 60 dead.
    • The Oil Ministry reported that the country exported 2.42 million barrels of oil per day in June, the month of a jihadist offensive, falling far short of a budgeted projection of 3.4 million bpd.
    • The US said the ongoing effort to form a new government “now has traction,” with the appointment of a new parliamentary speaker.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, WP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Nigeria and three other states pledged to speed up the creation of a 2,800-strong regional force to tackle militant Islamist group Boko Haram. (BBC)
  • Central African Republic: The warring parties in the country signed a ceasefire aimed at ending more than a year of conflict. (DPA)
  • South Sudan: Mediators said the country’s leaders would resume peace talks by the end of the month. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez said her country will not default because it has paid its debts to bondholders. (AP)
  • United States: The set of internal rules used by the federal government in compiling terrorism screening watch lists was made public amid protests from Attorney General Holder. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez went on trial on charges of inciting violence during anti-government protests that left 43 people dead. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The global anti-piracy watch group the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) warned about the rising number of hijackings of small oil tankers in South-East Asian waters. (DPA)
  • Region: The US, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed motorcycle in Takhar province killing six civilians and wounding more than 20. (AFP)
  • Burma: The government invited Doctors Without Borders to resume work in Rakhine state, which is gripped by a severe health crisis nearly five months after the group was ejected from the region. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Norway: Police said security is being increased at airports and along the country’s borders because of a tip-off that people with fighting experience in Syria were planning a terrorist attack. (WSJ)
  • Poland: The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the country had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing the CIA to detain two al Qaeda suspects in its territory. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Deputy Defense Minister Antonov called on the US to prove its claims that the Malaysian passenger airliner shot down last week was hit by a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Australian PM Abbott said the deployment of an international police force to secure the MH17 crash site is moving closer, with 50 Australian officers on standby in London. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry spoke to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire. (AFP)
  • Israel: The US national aviation authority lifted a ban on American flights to the country, but warned of a “very fluid situation”. (AP)
  • Syria: Activists reported that fighters from the extremist Islamic State group stormed parts of a besieged army base in the north of the country. (AP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda suspects on a motorbike shot dead an army officer in Lahij province. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The European Central Bank said that contact data was stolen from a database that serves its public website. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 10W (Matmo)
    • Location: 142 NM WNW of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 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 (25JUL)

  • Asia: The US, Indian and Japanese navies begin the Malabar Exercise in southern Japan.
  • Colombia: The government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia will meet to prepare for the sessions with victims’ groups.
  • Italy and Albania: Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini will pay an official visit to Albania.
  • United States: President Obama will meet with presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to curb a record-breaking exodus of Central American children, fleeing to the United States to escape violence and poverty.

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