ONS: 27 October 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 27, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UNSG Ban Ki-moon announced that international donors had pledged USD8 billion in development aid for projects across eight countries in the Horn of Africa.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Rousseff promised to reboot the economy and fight corruption after narrowly winning reelection with 51.6 percent of the vote.
  • ASIA: Chinese defense officials are to meet a Japanese delegation in Beijing this week for informal talks on managing territorial disputes.
  • EUROPE:  Forty-four German riot police were injured in clashes with far-right protesters rallying against “Islamist extremism” in the western city of Cologne.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kurdish forces thwarted a new attempt by Islamic State group fighters to cut off the Syrian town of Kobane from the border with Turkey before Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements can deploy.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US called for the battle against the Islamic State group to be extended to the Internet, as coalition partners met for talks on how to stop the jihadists’ online propaganda.

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Pro-European parties lead poll as shelling in east resumes.
    • With one-third of votes counted, two allied pro-European parties have a joint lead in parliamentary elections.
    • Partial figures showed PM Yatsenyuk’s Popular Front with 21.7 percent of the vote and President Poroshenko’s party at 21.6 percent.
    • Heavy shelling broke out near Donetsk, ending a calm period during weekend parliamentary elections.
    • Russian Deputy FM Karasin said “It is already clear that parties which support a peaceful resolution of the internal Ukrainian crisis received a majority.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: UNSG Ban Ki-moon announced that international donors had pledged USD8 billion in development aid for projects across eight countries in the Horn of Africa. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: HRW reported that Boko Haram has used kidnapped young women and girls on the front lines of its insurgency. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The leading secular party Nidaa Tounes won more than 80 seats in an election for the new 217-member parliament against 67 seats for Islamist party Ennahda. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff promised to reboot the economy and fight corruption after narrowly winning reelection with 51.6 percent of the vote. (AFP)
  • United States: New York state eased its rules for how those arriving from West Africa must be treated, ending a mandatory isolation period for people who had no contact with an infected patient. (AFP)
  • Uruguay: Initial data from the official count of the general elections released by the electoral court confirmed a run-off between Tabare Vazquez and Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou in a second round. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: China’s top diplomat State Councilor Yang Jiechi arrived in Vietnam to repair ties damaged by disputes over the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Region: Chinese defense officials are to meet a Japanese delegation in Beijing this week for informal talks on managing territorial disputes. (AFP)
  • Australia: The government said it was suspending migration from West African nations to try to prevent Ebola from crossing its borders. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A group of suicide bombers stormed the office of the prosecuting attorney in Kunduz. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif accused anti-gov’t protesters of “creating anarchy” in the country. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Forty-four riot police were injured in clashes with far-right protesters rallying against “Islamist extremism” in the western city of Cologne. (AFP)
  • Serbia: Parliament passed a 2014 budget re-balance, stretching the deficit from the originally planned 4.6 to 5.7 per cent of gross domestic product. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The Hungarian consulate in Istanbul became the sixth diplomatic mission in the city to report receiving a suspicious powder through the post. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The government advanced construction plans to build 1,000 housing units in parts of Jerusalem that Palestinians claim for a future state. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The military entered a Tripoli neighborhood where thousands of civilians had fled fighting with al-Qaeda-linked militants. (AFP)
  • Syria: Kurdish forces thwarted a new attempt by Islamic State group fighters to cut off the town of Kobane from the border with Turkey before Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements can deploy. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US called for the battle against the Islamic State group to be extended to the Internet, as coalition partners met for talks on how to stop the jihadists’ online propaganda. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04A (Nilofar)
    • Location: 384 NM SSE of Masirah Island
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 10,141 (DR Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone,  Spain, United States)
      • 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 (28OCT)

  • China and Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, will pay a state visit to China (to 31OCT)
  • Cuba: Anniversary of the end of the Cuban missile crisis – 1962
  • Japan and North Korea: Japan will send officials to North Korea to hold meetings
  • Malaysia: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim final appeal to be freed on charges of sodomy (to 29OCT)

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