ONS: 26 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 26, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Liberian President Sirleaf fired all Cabinet ministers and other top officials who defied her order to return to the country as it struggles with an unprecedented Ebola outbreak.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican government said it would use satellite imagery to monitor key railway lines running toward the US border to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants.
  • ASIA: Afghan Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened to pull out of an audit of votes cast in the election.
  • EUROPE: EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Europe should ensure Ukraine’s gas supply if Russia cuts off deliveries.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US officials said that the US has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Obama gave approval.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Documents leaked by Edward Snowden indicate that the NSA uses a “Google-like” search engine designed to share more than 850 billion records about people’s communications with nearly two dozen other government agencies.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Russia claims that captured troops in country ‘by accident’.
    • An official in the Russian Defense Ministry said that “the soldiers were really taking part in patrolling a section of the Russian-Ukrainian border, they crossed it most likely by accident, on an unequipped, unmarked section”.
    • Ukrainian security services released video footage purporting to show Russian servicemen who were captured by government forces while fighting alongside pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine.
    • Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Russian President Putin are due to meet in Minsk alongside top EU officials and the leaders from Kazakhstan and Belarus.
    • US National Security Adviser Rice criticized Moscow for “military incursions” into Ukraine using artillery, air defense systems, tanks and troops, representing a “significant escalation” in the conflict.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Liberia: President Sirleaf fired all Cabinet ministers and other top officials who defied her order to return to the country as it struggles with an unprecedented Ebola outbreak. (AP)
  • Libya: The UAE had no comment after US officials said warplanes from the Gulf state had secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya flying from bases in Egypt. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram overran a border town in the northeast, forcing residents and soldiers to flee into Cameroon. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Defense Minister Burgos warned of the dangers of entering the country without authorization in response to news of a march from Peru on Wednesday. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Three soldiers were killed and four others wounded in a battle with the FARC in the northeastern Arauca Department. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The country’s No. 2 military officer, GEN. Javier Florez, is leaving his post as chief of the general staff to become part of the government delegation to peace talks with leftist FARC guerrillas. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The government said it would use satellite imagery to monitor key railway lines running toward the US border to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah threatened to pull out of an audit of votes cast in the election. (AFP)
  • Australia: The government said it will spend USD60 million on measures to counter violent extremism and radicalization. (AP)
  • Indonesia: A senior adviser said that President-elect Joko Widodo will announce his cabinet team in early October. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif met with army chief Raheel Sharif as a political deadlock over mass protests for the government’s resignation showed no signs of resolution. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: The air force scrambled fighter jets to track two Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol aircraft which intruded into the island’s airspace (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A NATO representative said that the measures NATO has taken and is considering are defensive and not directed against Russia. (Interfax)
  • Region: The head of the IMF faced a fourth round of questioning over a multi-million-euro corruption case relating to her time as French finance minister in 2008. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government approved injecting USD6.6 billion into two of the country’s largest, state-controlled banks that have been hit with Western sanctions. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Europe should ensure Ukraine’s gas supply if Russia cuts off deliveries. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A car bomb hit a crowded Baghdad intersection during morning rush hour, killing 10 and wounding 33 people. (AFP)
  • Iraq: US VP Biden called for the country’s leaders to call for the formation of a new government and encouraged their opposition to the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli air strikes on Gaza City killed two Palestinians when warplanes bombed two high-rise residential blocks. (AFP)
  • Syria: US officials said that the US has begun surveillance flights over the country after President Obama gave approval. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Documents leaked by Edward Snowden indicate that the NSA uses a “Google-like” search engine designed to share more than 850 billion records about people’s communications with nearly two dozen other government agencies. (Hillicon Valley)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Cristobal
    • Location: 610 miles SW of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 12 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Marie
    • Location: 550 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Karina
    • Location: 1185 mles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: E at 3 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (27AUG)

  • Moldova: Moldova Independence Day – 1991
  • Bangladesh: Opposition leaders & activists will stage demonstrations & human chains nationwide protesting current parliament, selected through a ‘voter-less’ election (to 30AUG)

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