ONS: 27 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 27, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian court has postponed a verdict in the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of corruption and killing protesters during the 2011 uprising.
  • AMERICAS: Over 10,000 students from Mexican National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) gathered in different parts of Mexico City for a staged protest for the second day against changes to school regulations and study programs.
  • ASIA: Hong Kong police arrested six pro-democracy protesters after clashes overnight outside the government headquarters in the center of the city that left at least one officer injured.
  • EUROPE: Artur Man, the president of Spain’s powerful northeastern region of Catalonia, has formally called an independence referendum in the latest secession push in Europe and one of the most serious challenges to the Spanish state of recent years.
  • MIDDLE EAST: World powers and Iran remain at loggerheads over differences blocking a nuclear deal ahead of a November deadline, a senior US official warned despite days of talks in New York.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced that it will take up at its meeting next month a series of proposals to explore ways for companies to use more of the nation’s airwaves and build new antenna systems.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: US leads continuous bombing as Britain, others join in airstrikes.
    • Islamic State fighters besieging the Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border have been targeted by air strikes.
    • US aircraft were flying “near continuous” bombing raids against Islamic State militants in Syria, officials said late Friday, after Britain and two more EU nations agreed to join the US-led air armada.
    • The Obama administration has not ruled out establishing a no-fly zone over the northeastern region to protect civilians from airstrikes by the Syrian government, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.
    • The US armed forces chief General Martin Dempsey says Islamic State (IS) militants are being damaged by air strikes in Syria but air power alone is not enough to defeat them.
    • Thousands of civilians and rebels across Syria protested allied airstrikes against extremist militants that continued on Friday, underscoring the challenge the US-led campaign faces in dealing with complex ties among rival rebel factions.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, BBC-2, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A court has postponed a verdict in the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of corruption and killing protesters during the 2011 uprising. (BBC)
  • Ghana: President John Dramani Mahama said that a deal his country is hashing out with the International Monetary Fund could help it by improving its image with foreign investors. (Reuters)
  • Guinea-Bissau: At least 19 people aboard a minibus were killed and another 10 were seriously injured, when a landmine exploded in the country’s northern region, police said Saturday. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: President Alassane Ouattara said his country will lift the controversial suspension of flights to countries stricken by the Ebola virus to show solidarity with the nations affected by the lethal outbreak. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The governments of Barbados and El Salvador have agreed on a mutual visa waiver with an eye on bolstering trade and cooperation, the Salvadoran Foreign Affairs Ministry said Friday. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff gained on opposition candidate Marina Silva, increasing her chance to win a hotly contested runoff to the 05OCT presidential election, a new poll showed on Friday. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Over 10,000 students from Mexican National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) gathered in different parts of Mexico City for a staged protest for the second day against changes to school regulations and study programs. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The government announced it was temporarily taking control of a Clorox factory, after the US-based firm said this week it was leaving the country and selling its assets. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A senior North Korean diplomat left for China on Saturday to brief Japan on progress that has been made over the last three months in investigating Japanese nationals believed to have been abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. (Kyodo)
  • Hong Kong: Police arrested six pro-democracy protesters after clashes overnight outside the government headquarters in the center of the city that left at least one officer injured. (Bloomberg)
  • New Zealand: Opposition leader David Cunliffe bowed to mounting pressure and quit as head of the Labour Party on Saturday, saying he took responsibility for last week’s general election rout. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least one person was killed and 15 injured as a blast hit the country’s southwestern district of Sibi on Saturday morning, local media reported. (Xinhua)
  • South Korea: Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se has held a meeting with his Iranian counterpart in New York and discussed ways to boost bilateral relations, the South Korean foreign ministry said. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) should sentence Radovan Karadzic to life in prison if he is convicted of “a substantial portion” of the charges against him, prosecutors argued in a written brief published on Friday. (AFP)
  • Bulgaria: Chinese Ambassador Wei Jinghua and caretaker PM Georgi Bliznashki emphasized on Friday evening the two countries will further deepen their bilateral cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Serbia: President Tomislav Nikolic said Friday that seeking the membership of the European Union (EU) is a foreign policy priority for his administration. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Artur Man, the president of the country’s powerful northeastern region of Catalonia, has formally called an independence referendum in the latest secession push in Europe and one of the most serious challenges to the Spanish state of recent years. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the United Nations, in which he accused Israel of “genocide” against the Palestinians, saying it was “offensive” and undermined peace efforts. (AFP)
  • Iran: World powers remain at loggerheads with the nation over differences blocking a nuclear deal ahead of a November deadline, a senior US official warned on Friday despite days of talks in New York. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Shi’ite Muslim rebels attacked the home of the country’s intelligence chief in Sanaa on Saturday, residents and security sources said, showing the fragility of a power-sharing accord that has failed to halt fighting in the capital. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced that, at its meeting next month, it will take up a series of proposals to explore ways for companies to use more of the nation’s airwaves and build new antenna systems. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 17W (Kammuri)
    • Loction: 162 NM ESE of Iwo To
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Rachel
    • Location: 465 miles SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Ontake, Japan
    • Volcanic smoke running down southern slope of mountain, injuring 11, trapping 250. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • 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 (28SEP)

  • Global: World Economic Forum on Europe, MENA, and Eurasia (to 30SEP)
  • Switzerland: Referendum

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