ONS: 27 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 27, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Canada evacuated a three-member mobile laboratory team out of Sierra Leone after people in their hotel were diagnosed with Ebola.
  • AMERICAS: The US and Australia signed an information-sharing agreement to bolster each country’s ability to confirm identities of foreign travelers.
  • ASIA: Pakistan PM Sharif said he would not cave in to protests demanding his resignation in his first major speech since crisis erupted two weeks ago.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President-elect Erdogan said he would ask incoming PM Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A UN-mandated probe said that public executions, as well as amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion take place regularly in parts of Syria controlled by the Islamic State.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China is looking to launch its own operating system to compete with Microsoft, Google, and Apple in the country.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Tensions remain high after talks with Russia.
    • Ukrainian PM Yatseniuk said that Kiev knew of plans by Russia to halt gas flows this winter to Europe.
    • Kiev said a convoy of “up to 100” tanks, armored vehicles and rocket launchers was seen travelling on a road toward Telmanove, a town about 80 kilometers south of rebel stronghold Donetsk.
    • PM Yatsenyuk said that Kiev expected NATO to act to help Ukraine at a summit next week.
    • Russian President Putin agreed with the Ukrainian leader that Moscow will send aid to eastern Ukraine under the aegis of the International Red Cross and in cooperation with Kiev.
    • Rebel forces fired at least 10 shells at the government-held town of Novoazovsk in response to outgoing fire
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The Electricity Ministry said its headquarters in Tripoli were looted after a rocket attack. (DPA)
  • Sierra Leone: Canada evacuated a three-member mobile laboratory team out of the country after people in their hotel were diagnosed with Ebola. (AP)
  • South Sudan: Warring forces traded blame for the crash of a UN helicopter in which three crew died. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A former hit man for Pablo Escobar who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of the Colombian drug kingpin’s army of assassins has been freed from prison. (AP)
  • Mexico: Immigration officials pulled 6,000 migrants off the trains they call “The Beast”. (AP)
  • Peru: Police seized at least 3.3 tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of coal that was bound for Belgium and Spain. (AP)
  • United States: The government and Australia signed an information-sharing agreement to bolster each country’s ability to confirm identities of foreign travelers. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah pulled out of the election audit after his senior campaign officials dismissed the process for invalidating fake votes as “a joke”. (AFP)
  • Australia: PM Abbott told Parliament that new counterterrorism units now working at Sydney and Melbourne Airports would soon be introduced to all the country’s international airports. (AP)
  • Pakistan:  PM Sharif said he would not cave in to protests demanding his resignation in his first major speech since the crisis erupted two weeks ago. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Finance Minister Schaeuble said markets misinterpreted recent remarks by ECB Chief Mario Draghi as hinting at new measures to stave off deflation. (Reuters)
  • Region; Finland and Sweden said they will work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the countries in emergency situations. (AP)
  • France: New Economy Minister Macron vowed to put an end to mixed messages and infighting on the country’s economic policy. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: President-elect Erdogan said he would ask incoming PM Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar hailed the Gaza ceasefire accord and offered to help rebuild the enclave. (AFP)
  • Iran: The government said it has started to modify its Arak heavy water reactor and limit plutonium output. (AFP)
  • Syria: A UN-mandated probe said that public executions, as well as amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion take place regularly in parts of the country controlled by the Islamic State. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China is looking to launch its own operating system to compete with Microsoft, Google, and Apple in the country. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Cristobal
    • Location: 430 miles W of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 12 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Marie
    • Location: 810 miles W of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Karina
    • Location: 1185 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: SE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 30 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 (28AUG)

  • Belgium: Ukrainian President Poroshenko to meet with European Council President Van Rompuy in Brussels to discuss the Ukrainian issue
  • Germany: EU-Western Balkans meeting on regional cooperation to be held in Berlin
  • Turkey: Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan to be sworn in
  • United States: Anniversary of the March on Washington – 1963

 

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