ONS: 25 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt declared a state of emergency in the north and center of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed at least 30 soldiers.
  • AMERICAS: At least two are dead and four critically wounded after a student opened fire at a US Marysville, Washington high school before killing himself.
  • ASIA: Hundreds of South Korean police were deployed near the border with North Korea on Saturday before the proposed launch of propaganda leaflets by activists, following threats of violent retaliation from Pyongyang.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the US of trying to “reshape the whole world” for its benefit, in a fiery anti-American speech.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian border guards fired five mortar shells on the Pakistani town of Mashkail, prompting a response from Pakistani forces, which fired two rockets into Iranian territory.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple CEO Tim Cook says he had a “very open” and “impressive” conversation with a top Chinese leader this week, just days after alleged Chinese cyber-attacks on Apple to steal users’ information.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ebola: Vaccine trials moved up to December as global challenges remain.
    • Ebola vaccine trials are to start in West Africa in December, a month earlier than planned, and hundreds of thousands of doses will be available by mid-2015, the World Health Organization says.
    • A doctor who tested positive in New York City for the deadly virus remained in hospital isolation Saturday while officials traced his recent travels.
    • The Center for Disease Control has shown a much more rapid response to the New York City Ebola case than their much-criticized handling of the Dallas case.
    • Authorities have confirmed the death of Mali’s first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl who had travelled by bus from Guinea.
    • Liberia’s presidential decree that Ebola victims must be cremated has resulted in families keeping sick people at home and secret burials, practices which threaten to spread the disease further.
    • Coverage: BBC, Guardian, Guardian-2, USA Today, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Benin: The UN has provided a grant of USD6.415 million to the country for projects intended to eliminate gender-based violence and promote human rights. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The country has declared a state of emergency in the north and center of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed at least 30 soldiers. (Al Jazeera)
  • Somalia: A Chinese envoy to the UN urged a new Security Council resolution aimed at cutting off revenue for Al Shebab in the country be implemented fully and “to the letter.” (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Tunisian security forces killed six people, including five women, ending a 24 hour stand-off with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis on Friday, two days before a parliamentary election. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff fought off challenger Aecio Neves’s accusations of corruption as the campaign for Sunday’s vote came to a close. (AFP)
  • Chile: The nation will apply a rarely-used anti-terror law in the case of a young man who was killed by a homemade explosive blast last month. (Xinhua)
  • United States: At least two are dead and four critically wounded after a student opened fire at a Marysville, Washington high school before killing himself. (NYT)
  • Uruguay: The political party of outgoing President Jose Mujica leads going into Sunday’s election to replace him but victory is far from assured. (AP)
  • Venezeula: President Nicolas Maduro tapped Carmen Melendez as minister of the Interior, Justice and Peace, and Vladimir Padrino Lopez as the country’s minister of defense. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is making his first overseas trip, fulfilling an election promise to undertake religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, where he will also discuss bilateral relations. (AP)
  • Japan: The country’s Hamagiri torpedo destroyer will arrive in Russian far-eastern Vladivostok on Saturday to take part in joint drills with Russia’s Pacific Fleet. (TASS)
  • North Korea: US General Curtis M. Scaparrotti said he believed the country had most likely attained the ability to shrink a nuclear weapon to fit atop a ballistic missile. (NYT)
  • South Korea: Hundreds of South Korean police were deployed near the border with North Korea on Saturday before the proposed launch of propaganda leaflets by activists, following threats of violent retaliation from Pyongyang. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea: US and country officials have decided to make shifting wartime operational control (OPCON) to conditions-based rather than based on a set timeline, a senior US Army official said. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Central Bank on Sunday will reveal the results of a yearlong search through the books of Europe’s 130 biggest banks, a key part of the region’s effort to recover from its debt and economic crisis. (AP)
  • Russia: The nation helped ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych to flee from violent protests in February, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has said. (BBC)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the US of trying to “reshape the whole world” for its benefit, in a fiery anti-American speech. (WP)
  • Turkey: Suspicious envelopes containing a yellow powder were sent on Friday to the Belgian, Canadian and German consulates in Istanbul, prompting a security alert, officials said. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Iraqi officials say Daesh militants used chlorine gas during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad. (AP)
  • Iran: Iranian border guards fired five mortar shells on the Pakistani town of Mashkail, prompting a response from Pakistani forces, which fired two rockets into Iranian territory. (Al-Awsat)
  • Iran: The country has executed Reyhaneh Jabbari, a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her, despite an international campaign urging a reprieve. (BBC)
  • Lebanon: Troops attacked Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of the northern city of Tripoli. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Apple CEO Tim Cook says he had a “very open” and “impressive” conversation with a top Chinese leader this week, just days after alleged Chinese cyber-attacks on Apple to steal users’ information. (Hillicon Valley)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 02C (Ana)
    • Location: 683 NM NW of Barking Sands
    • Movement: NE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 33 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 10,141 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo, United States, Spain)
      • Deaths: 4922 (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 (26OCT)

  • Austria: National Day
  • Brazil: Presidential run-off elections
  • Haiti: Legislative elections
  • Tunisia: Legislative elections
  • Ukraine: Supreme Council elections
  • Uruguay: General elections

 

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