ONS: 24 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Botswana, polls opened in general elections with some 800,000 registered voters eligible to choose a new parliament, which then elects a president.
  • AMERICAS: A doctor in NYC who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.
  • ASIA: China and 20 other countries signed a memorandum agreeing to start an international development bank.
  • EUROPE: Swedish authorities called off the hunt for a suspected submarine that sparked one of the largest mobilizations of the country’s naval forces since the end of the Cold War.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel deployed police in force in Jerusalem and restricted access to a flashpoint mosque, as clashes broke out for a second night.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook launched a new app that allows users to share interests with others anonymously called “Rooms”.

TOP STORY

  • Syria and Iraq: US reports IS no longer making progress on Kobane attack.
    • US officials said an attack by IS on Kobane has stalled in the wake of airstrikes and increased support.
    • French military chief GEN Pierre de Villiers said an overnight air raid destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.
    • US military officials said the Iraqi army is still months away from staging a major offensive to retake ground lost to IS.
    • The Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence David S. Cohen said the campaign against the IS has begun to cut into the group’s substantial oil revenues.
    • The Free Syrian Army said it would fight alongside Syrian Kurds in Kobane against IS.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, DPA, LAT, NYT, NYT-2

AFRICA

  • Botswana: Polls opened in general elections with some 800,000 registered voters eligible to choose a new parliament, which then elects a president. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Authorities launched a hunt for a Guinean health worker who may have fled his home country after possibly catching Ebola. (AFP)
  • Libya: At least 29 people were killed in Benghazi after units of the army, reinforced by armed supporters of retired MAJ GEN Hafter, raided the homes of leaders of Islamic militias. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The UNSC is set to approve a resolution allowing inspections of ships off the coast that are suspected of carrying arms and charcoal, in violation of a UN embargo. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: A federal judge in Manhattan heard arguments in the first court proceeding over cholera victims’ lawsuit against the UN. (NYT)
  • Mexico: The governor Guerrero state, where 43 students went missing after clashing with police last month, said he is standing down. (BBC)
  • United States: A doctor in NYC who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: China and 20 other countries signed a memorandum agreeing to start an international development bank. (NYT)
  • Australia: Police in Canberra said they had seized 28 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of USD22 million. (DPA)
  • China: Hong Kong’s former leader Tung Chee-hwa urged demonstrators to leave the streets calling their protest a “gross violation”. (AFP)
  • Japan: Former PM Yasuo Fukuda will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on 29OCT in Beijing. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: The US agreed to delay the return of wartime control of the military until Seoul 2020. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Poland: Former PM Tusk denied that Russian President Putin suggested that Russia and Poland divide up Ukraine. (AP)
  • Russia: The country’s biggest lender Sberbank said it has taken the EU to court over sanctions imposed on it over the Ukraine crisis. (Reuters)
  • Sweden: Authorities called off the hunt for a suspected submarine that sparked one of the largest mobilizations of the country’s naval forces since the end of the Cold War. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The UN reported that the conflict in the country has driven more than 824,000 people from their homes. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: A government official said that PM Cameron is protesting an EU request for an additional 2.1 billion euro contribution to the EU coffers. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The military and Pakistani forces exchanged mortar fire along the porous border. (BBC)
  • Israel: Authorities deployed police in force in Jerusalem and restricted access to a flashpoint mosque, as clashes broke out for a second night. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) made US1.06 billion dollars available to the government. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Facebook launched a new app that allows users to share interests with others anonymously called “Rooms”. (Techcrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 02C (Ana)
    • Location: 656 NM N of Johnston Island
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (25OCT)

  • Grenada: Anniversary of US troops invading Grenada – 1983
  • Somalia: Arms embargo to end
  • Zambia: Anniversary of Zambia gaining independence – 1964
  • Islam: Al-Hijira, Islamic New Year

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