ONS: 27 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 27, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Twenty-three Egyptian workers were killed in a rocket attack in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, where rival militias are locked in fierce fighting for control of a major airport.
  • AMERICAS: The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) appointed Nicolas Maduro as head of the party after the death of its former founder Hugo Chavez last year.
  • ASIA: Taliban suicide bombers attacked the home of a police chief in Kandahar, Afghanistan, killing a civilian, a police officer, and six attackers.
  • EUROPE: Security concerns forced a team of 30 Dutch forensic experts to cancel their plans to travel to the crash site of flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine, despite a deal was reached with pro-Russian separatists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two Yemeni soldiers and ten Al-Qaida fighters were killed in attacks on army posts in Abyan province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iranian students face expulsion from Norway for studying STEM fields at prestigious university due to sanctions on Iran meant to target country’s nuclear program.

 

TOP STORY

  • Gaza: Hamas called for 24-hour truce starting at 2pm local time.
    • Five Palestinians killed by Israeli strikes.
    • An Israeli soldier was killed by a Hamas mortar attack.
    • Hamas fired 7 rockets into Israel, 2 intercepted by Iron Dome defence system, 5 fell onto open ground with no casualties or damage reported.
    • The Egyptian Army destroyed 13 more tunnels between the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip.
    • Coverage: NBC, NYT, WSJ, AFP, XIN,

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The military announced that it killed 14 jihadists in shoot-outs in the restive Sinai Peninsula, scene of an insurgency since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. (AFP)
  • Liberia: Dr. Samuel Brisbane, a senior doctor working to stem the ongoing Ebola epidemic, died at an treatment center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital, Monrovia. (AP)
  • Libya: Twenty-three Egyptian workers were killed in a rocket attack in Tripoli, where rival militias are locked in fierce fighting for control of a major airport, the state-run Egyptian Middle East News Agency reported. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Spanish police said they had smashed a ring suspected of trafficking people, mainly Cubans, from Spain to the United States through Mexico, with the arrest of 14 people. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Federal forces arrested Eleno Salazar Flores, a high-priority drugs and people-smuggling suspect, in northeastern state of Tamaulipas. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) appointed Nicolas Maduro as head of the party after the death of its founder Hugo Chavez last year. (XIN)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bombers attacked the home of a police chief in Kandahar, killing a civilian, a police officer, and six attackers. (AP)
  • China: Ministry of Environmental Protection announced air pollution remains the most serious environmental threat to the country. (XIN)
  • Thailand: Polls showed the ruling military junta has the support of the Thai people. (XIN)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: The Emergency Situations Ministry announced the number of Ukrainian refugees in the Rostov region exceeds 40,000. (Itar-Tass)
  • Ukraine: Security concerns forced a team of 30 Dutch forensic experts to cancel their trip to the crash site of flight MH17, despite a deal was reached with pro-Russian separatists. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: Australian FM Julie Bishop announced the country would send a “non-threatening” force of security personnel to MH17 crash site to protect investigators. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Yemen: Two soldiers and ten Al-Qaida fighters were killed in attacks on army posts in Abyan province. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Residents of Mosul have started to count the costs of ISIS rule. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Norway: Iranian students face expulsion from country for studying STEM fields at prestigious university  due to sanctions on Iran meant to target country’s nuclear program. (BBC)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Hernan
      • Location: 415 mi S of the southern tip of Baja California
      • Movement: NW and 14 mph
      • Winds: 65 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Genevieve
      • Location: 1230 miles ESE of South Point Hawaii
      • Movement: W at 9 mph
      • Winds: 35 mph
      • Map
  • Earthquakes:  Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nishinoshima, Japan
    • Volcanic island is smouldering and growing. (NDTV)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1201 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 672 (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 (28JUL)

  • China: Anniversary of 8.3 earthquake that killed over 200,000 people – 1976
  • Ireland: Anniversary of IRA declaring an end to its armed struggle – 2005
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Airblue plane crash in Pakistan – 2010
  • Peru: Peruvian Independence Day -1824
  • Islam: Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

 

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