ONS: 25 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sierra Leone ordered the quarantine “with immediate effect” of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms, affecting more than one million people.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and FARC rebels released parts of a draft peace agreement.
  • ASIA: Afghan election contender Abdullah Abdullah congratulated President-elect Ashraf Ghani on his victory and vowed to support him in a national unity government.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Poroshenko issued a decree instructing his government to consider temporarily closing the eastern border with Russia to help halt its “intervention”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: German Defense Minister Leyen arrived in northern Iraq to talk with Kurdish leaders about the fight against IS extremists and Berlin’s efforts to help with arms deliveries.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security experts drew attention to a Heartbleed-style vulnerability in many of the world’s Linux and Unix operating systems called Shellshock.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Kurds reclaim territory as US-led airstrikes continue.
    • US, Saudi and Emirati warplanes hit oil installations in eastern Syria controlled by IS, broadening the campaign beyond military targets to economic assets.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the series of strikes killed 14 IS jihadists and five civilians.
    • The Kurdish militia, the People’s Defense Units, or YPG, said they had reclaimed several villages, but the militants continued shelling the western suburbs of Ayn al-Arab.
    • French Defense Minister Le Drian said possible participation in air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is “on the table”.
    • Syrian government troops recaptured the key rebel-held town of Adra northeast of Damascus.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, LAT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said that Japan will arrange for the next round of Tokyo-led African development talks to be held on the continent for the first time. (Kyodo)
  • Egypt: Foreign Minister Shoukry cancelled a meeting with his Turkish counterpart scheduled after Turkish President Erdogan accused the army of overthrowing the Muslim Brotherhood’s government. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: A court sentenced 73 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to 15 years in prison for assaulting a police station a year ago. (Xinhua)
  • Sierra Leone: The government ordered the quarantine “with immediate effect” of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms, affecting more than one million people. (AFP

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government and FARC rebels released parts of a draft peace agreement. (AP)
  • Mexico: Figures released by Petroleos Mexicanos indicate that gangs are becoming more prolific and sophisticated, with thieves this year drilling 2,481 illegal taps into state-owned pipelines. (AP)
  • United States: President Obama pledged that the government would provide easier access to federal spending information, part of a global effort to create more open governments. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro called for a “re-founding” of the UN in his debut at the annual General Assembly. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia confirmed it will sign an asylum-seeker resettlement deal with Cambodia. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Election contender Abdullah Abdullah congratulated President-elect Ashraf Ghani on his victory and vowed to support him in a national unity government. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Parliament is to decide whether to scrap the direct election of local leaders. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government said it would not negotiate with Abu Sayyaf, as it threatened to behead one of two German hostages. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Finance Minister Schaeuble said he is unhappy about the European Central Bank’s plans to buy up asset-backed securities on a large scale. (Reuters)
  • Russia: A Moscow court ordered billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov to remain under house arrest, throwing out his appeal as he is investigated in a money-laundering probe.  (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko said he would present a plan of social and economic reforms which would allow the country to apply for EU membership in six years. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko issued a decree instructing his government to consider temporarily closing the eastern border with Russia to help halt its “intervention”. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: London’s Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism command arrested nine men on suspicion of being members of banned organizations as well as supporting and encouraging terrorism. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Washington Post reported that President Rouhani would not promise to intervene in or to speed up the legal case against a Washington Post reporter detained in that country for more than two months. (WP)
  • Iraq: German Defense Minister Leyen arrived in the country to talk with Kurdish leaders about the fight against IS extremists and Berlin’s efforts to help with arms deliveries. (AP)
  • Syria: French construction materials giant Lafarge said it has shut its cement plant in the north of the country as a security measure. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Authorities freed two Iranians said to be members of the Islamic republic’s elite Revolutionary Guards who were accused of links to Shiite rebels. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security experts drew attention to a Heartbleed-style vulnerability in many of the world’s Linux and Unix operating systems called Shellshock. (Wired)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 17W (Kammuri)
    • Location: 436 NM SE of Iwo TO
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Rachel
    • Location: 360 NM SSW of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 46km NNW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 189.3 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 160km SSW of Gizo, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (26SEP)

  • Europe: The EU, Ukraine and Russia will hold a trilateral ministerial meeting on energy security in Berlin
  • European Union and Canada: EU-Canada meeting in Ottawa

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