ONS: 25 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian FM Shukri called for an international push to disband militias in Libya, claiming that the escalation of inter-militia violence is a threat to the entire region.
  • AMERICAS: Arrested computer programmer Andres Fernando Sepulveda said that military personnel linked to former Colombian President Uribe spied on President Santos’ emails.
  • ASIA: A Chinese satellite spotted the country’s biggest ever marijuana plantation as well as dozens of illegal cross-border paths.
  • EUROPE: French President Hollande dissolved his government after senior ministers publicly criticized his shift to the right.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian mediators propose a new ceasefire in Gaza that would open the blockaded enclave’s crossings and allow in aid.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Conservationists released the website WildLeaks, an online whistle-blowing platform focused on wildlife and forest crime.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Army clashes with armored convoy on border.
    • Security spokesman Leonid Matyukhin said that “The Ukrainian border has been breached by a convoy of several dozen tanks and armored vehicles” in the area close to Mariupol.
    • Russian FM Lavrov dismissed the report as Ukrainian and Western media disinformation, telling a Moscow news conference: “I haven’t heard about it, but there has been more than enough disinformation about our invasion.”
    • Regional authorities issued a message stressing that both the governor and the administration are “functioning as usual” and not fleeing their offices.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said that parading Ukrainian prisoners of war through a crowd in the rebel-held city of Donetsk was not demeaning.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said that Moscow informed Kiev that it intends to send a second humanitarian aid convoy into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Egyptian FM Shukri called for an international push to disband militias in Libya, claiming that the escalation of inter-militia violence is a threat to the entire region. (AP)
  • Egypt: At least 14 suspected extremists were killed in a military raid in the Sinai Peninsula. (Xinhua)
  • Mozambique: The Frelimo government and the Renamo main opposition party signed a formal end to hostilities. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin warned that the warring sides face “punitive sanctions,” the rebels for killing a ceasefire monitor and the government for violating a truce. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Arrested computer programmer Andres Fernando Sepulveda said that military personnel linked to former President Uribe spied on President Santos’ emails. (EFE)
  • Dominican Republic: Emergency authorities said that at least 3,603 people were displaced and 606 homes damaged or destroyed as a result of intense rains over the past two days. (EFE)
  • United States: At least 172 people were injured in the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that shook northern California. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Vietnam is sending a senior Communist party official to China to try to improve damaged relations. (AP)
  • China: A government satellite spotted the country’s biggest ever marijuana plantation as well as dozens of illegal cross-border paths. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen in Khyber fired on tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding two others. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The country launched a fresh drive to vaccinate more than 700,000 children in its tribal belt against polio. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Military leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was endorsed as Prime Minister by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Opposition leader Raoul Khadjimba emerged victorious in the presidential vote in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, in an election denounced as illegal by the EU and Georgia. (AFP)
  • France: President Hollande dissolved his government after senior ministers publicly criticized his shift to the right. (WSJ)
  • United Kingdom: Deputy PM Clegg began a trade mission to India, where he will meet the country’s PM Modi in a bid to strengthen economic ties. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran said that it will “accelerate” arming Palestinians in the West Bank in retaliation for Israel deploying a spy drone over Iran. (AFP)
  • Iran: State TV broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country’s Revolutionary Guard claimed it shot down near a nuclear site. (AP)
  • Iraq: Kurdish forces backed by air power retook three villages from jihadist militants northeast of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Egyptian mediators proposed a new ceasefire in Gaza that would open the blockaded enclave’s crossings and allow in aid. (AFP)
  • Syria: Islamic State captured a major air base in the northeastern province of Raqqa, driving out regime forces and gaining full control of an entire province. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Conservationists released the website WildLeaks, an online whistle-blowing platform focused on wildlife and forest crime. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Cristobal
    • Location: 110 miles ENE of San Salvador
    • Movement: N at 3 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Marie
    • Location: 215 miles WSW Socorro Island
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 145 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Karina
    • Location: 1260 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: ESE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 5 miles SSW of Napa, California
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 11.3 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 27 miles ENE of Tambo, Peru
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 101.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • 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 (26AUG)

  • Eurasia Region: Presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and EU Foreign Affairs Head Ashton gather in Minsk, Belarus
  • Russia: Anniversary of Second Chechen War – 1999

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