ONS: 25 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  AU troops in Somalia said they had killed two “senior” commanders of the al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents.
  • AMERICAS: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe departed on a five-nation tour of Latin America to promote infrastructure exports and strengthen economic ties.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye held a rare meeting with a Japanese politician as she received visiting Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Deputy PM Arincurkish said that PM Erdogan will be an “active” head of state if he wins presidential elections in August and will play a particularly strong role in foreign policy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian Chief Justice Gholamhossein Esmaili confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, also a journalist.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  US Senator Leahy (D-VT) said that next week he would file a new version of a bill aimed at ending the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Diplomatic efforts for ceasefire increase.
    • Turkish FM Davutoglu cancelled a scheduled trip to France and flew to Qatar to help efforts for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
    • An Israeli defense official said the Security Cabinet was meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its ground operation in Gaza.
    • Hamas said it fired three rockets at Tel Aviv airport, a day after US and some European airlines had resumed flights after a two-day suspension.
    • Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons.
    • Security forces were on heightened alert as Palestinian factions in the West Bank declared a “Day of Rage”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, AP-2, BBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: UNSG Ban Ki-moon congratulated rebels and the government on the adoption of a consensual roadmap, urging them to cease all hostilities immediately. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: French officials say a military unit was sent to secure the site where an Air Algeria plane crashed with 116 people aboard. (AP)
  • Somalia: AU troops said they had killed two “senior” commanders of the al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe departed on a five-nation tour of Latin America to promote infrastructure exports and strengthen economic ties. (Kyodo)
  • Guatemala: President Molina said that to deal with the border crisis it will be necessary for the US to implement a plan similar to Washington’s multi-billion-dollar initiative in Colombia. (EFE)
  • United States: Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said operating costs for the service’s newest ships will decline and “become more normal” over time. (AP)
  • United States: President Obama said the Federal Aviation Administration took “prudent action” in temporarily banning US flights in and out of Israel. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye held a rare meeting with a Japanese politician as she received visiting Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in Ghor province and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: President Yudhoyono inaugurated Lt. General Gatot Nurmantyo as the new army chief of staff. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A bomb killed at least two soldiers in the country’s northwestern tribal district where the army is carrying out a major offensive against Taliban militants. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military said that soldiers attacked an Abu Sayyaf hideout on Basilan island, triggering a clash that killed three members. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: The Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations said the country’s industry would support “100 percent” tougher sanctions against Russia. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Deputy PM Arincurkish said that PM Erdogan will be an “active” head of state if he wins presidential elections in August and will play a particularly strong role in foreign policy. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko said that the military had reclaimed the strategically-important city of Lysychansk. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Australian PM Abbott said Australia will send 100 additional police and some defense force personnel to Europe to join a planned Dutch-led international security force to secure the Flight MH17 crash site. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Chief Justice Gholamhossein Esmaili confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, also a journalist. (AFP)
  • Iran: The IAEA said it needs one million euros in extra funding to help pay for its monitoring of a four-month extension of an interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: The military shot down a drone as it flew over the northeastern region of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. (AFP)
  • Syria: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that dozens of people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes  between regime forces and jihadist militants. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: US Senator Leahy (D-VT) said that next week he would file a new version of a bill aimed at ending the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Genevieve
    • Location: 1490 miles ESE of South Point Hawaii
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1093 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 660 (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 (26JUL)

  • Cuba: Anniversary of 26 of July Movement – 1953
  • Liberia: Liberian Independence Day – 1847

 

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