ONS: 24 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UNSG Ban Ki-moon and British PM Cameron agreed on the need for “urgent and significant steps” to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
  • AMERICAS: US VP Biden reiterated America’s “firm support” for the ongoing peace negotiations between Colombia and the FARC.
  • ASIA: Australian police shot and killed a “known terror suspect” who attacked and wounded two officers in Melbourne.
  • EUROPE: An investigation launched in July against former French president Sarkozy for corruption and influence-peddling was suspended.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  A Jordanian court acquitted radical cleric Abu Qatada of terrorism charges and ordered his release.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The OSCE’s Representative on Freedom of the Media said that Russian proposals on protecting Internet users against threats from the West could be a ploy to crack down on critical voices.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: New airstrikes as international community weighs level of involvement.
    • The US-led coalition launched strikes against Islamic State militants besieging a Kurdish town, as world leaders prepared for talks at the UN on battling IS.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that planes carried out several strikes on IS positions and supply lines west of the northern border town.
    • Turkey said neither its airspace nor a strategic air base on its territory were used in the latest US-led strikes.
    • Britsh media reported that an emergency recall of parliament to decide whether to join US-led air strikes against the IS in Iraq could take place as early as Friday.
    • A UNSC committee added 16 names to its al-Qaeda sanctions list, including one with ties to the IS.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, WP, WP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: UNSG Ban Ki-moon and British PM Cameron agreed on the need for “urgent and significant steps” to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Security sources reported that seven people were killed in targeted attacks within 24 hours. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan said Boko Haram is having a “devastating” effect on the economies of three states in the northeast of the country. (Bloomberg)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: US VP Biden reiterated America’s “firm support” for the ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the FARC. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Soldiers killed five gunmen who were allegedly guarding a ranch in Veracruz used as an organized crime training camp. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: Hundreds of farmers demonstrated against a new USD50 billion waterway aimed at rivalling the Panama Canal. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro asked the US government to “rectify its erratic harassment policy” towards his country. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodia said it would sign an agreement to resettle Australia-bound refugees on its soil. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Four police were killed and four others wounded as Taliban militants launched an attack on a security checkpoint in Kunduz city. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Police shot and killed a “known terror suspect” who attacked and wounded two officers in Melbourne. (NYT)
  • Indonesia: Hundreds of Islamic hardliners protested against the incoming governor of the Jakarta, labelling the Christian, ethnic Chinese politician an “infidel”. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: US drones fired missiles at a compound and vehicle and killed at least eight militants in the border village of Lawara Mandi. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: PM Rama said the country has the most corrupt justice in Europe, which is “a national shame”. (Xinhua)
  • France: An investigation launched in July against former president Sarkozy for corruption and influence-peddling was suspended. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: Local media reported that three Iraqis arrested in the country in March are suspected of having planned an attack in the name of the Islamic State group. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Clashes broke out in and around Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound just hours before the start of Rosh Hashanah. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: US Secretary Kerry met with President Abbas to discuss the situation in Gaza. (AFP)
  • Jordan: A court acquitted radical cleric Abu Qatada of terrorism charges and ordered his release. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The OSCE’s Representative on Freedom of the Media said that Russian proposals on protecting Internet users against threats from the West could be a ploy to crack down on critical voices. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: 80% chance of cyclone formation
    • Location: several hundred miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Sumatra, Indonesia
  • 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 (25SEP)

  • North Korea and Japan: Ho Jong Man, head of General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, to take part in a session of North Korea’s parliament
  • Judaism: Rosh Hashanah

 

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