ONS: 28 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 28, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  French President Hollande called on the UN to provide special support for Libyan authorities.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian police broke up an Amazon deforestation gang considered the worst currently active.
  • ASIA: Pakistani Cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri said he has “shut the door” on further talks with the government.
  • EUROPE: Outgoing Turkish PM Erdogan is to be sworn in as president.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Activists reported that Islamic State fighters executed “dozens” of Syrian soldiers fleeing Tabqa military airport in the north, with the jihadists boasting on Twitter they had killed 200 troops.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US FBI said it is investigating media reports that several US financial firms have been victims of recent cyber attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government claims Russian troops seized southern city.
    • Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council wrote on Twitter that “Yesterday Russian soldiers took control of the town of Novoazovsk” and a number of surrounding villages.
    • US AMB to Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt said that “an increasing number of Russian troops are intervening directly in fighting on Ukrainian territory”.
    • Lithuania accused Russia of a military “invasion” of Ukraine and called for a UNSC meeting over the issue.
    • The European security body OSCE will hold a special meeting to discuss developments in Ukraine, following reports of Russian troops on the ground there.
    • French President Hollande warned it would be “intolerable and unacceptable” if Russia troops were to be operating on Ukrainian territory.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Liberia: The US CDC said that the Ebola epidemic in the country is set to get worse and many cases of the deadly disease are not included in the official tally. (AFP)
  • Libya: French President Hollande called on the UN to provide special support for authorities in the country. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said two more Ebola cases exist in the country, raising the number of confirmed cases to 15. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police broke up an Amazon deforestation gang considered the worst currently active. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: A court sentenced six police officers to imprisonment for attempting to kill President Correa during a protest in 2010. (AP)
  • United States: Authorities captured a boat that was trying to smuggle 20 people into the country from Mexico. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesia and Australia signed an agreement aimed at paving the way for the resumption of full intelligence cooperation. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Security forces killed 21 Taliban militants in Chardara and Khanabad district in the northern Kunduz province. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: The government agreed to host a special ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Countries to discuss the worst ever Ebola virus outbreak. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: Cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri said he has “shut the door” on further talks with the government. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: New Economy Minister Macron touched off a political debate with comments about the controversial “35-hour” labor law. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Outgoing PM Erdogan is to be sworn in as president. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: British PM Cameron heads to Scotland to make the business case for it remaining part of Britain as 200 business leaders signed an open letter backing independence. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Russia said chances have emerged to lift sanctions on the country as a result of international talks. (Reuters)
  • Syria: French President Hollande rejected any cooperation with President al-Assad whom he accused of being a “de-facto ally” of jihadists in Syria and Iraq. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists reported that Islamic State fighters executed “dozens” of soldiers fleeing Tabqa military airport in the north, with the jihadists boasting on Twitter they had killed 200 troops. (AFP)
  • Syria: The US NSC said it was aware of media reports that a second American associated with Islamic State militant fighters had been killed in the country, but it could not confirm the death. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The FBI said it is investigating media reports that several US financial firms have been victims of recent cyber attacks. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Cristobal
    • Location: 285 miles NW of Bermuda
    • Movement: NE at 29 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Marie
    • Location: 820 miles WSW of Punta Eugenia, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 50 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, DR Congo)
      • 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 (29AUG)

  • Bali: Sixth Global Forum of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (to 30AUG)
  • Iran: FM Zarif to meet with Russian FM Lavrov in Moscow
  • Russia: Russian energy minister Alexander Novak and European Commissioner for energy Guenther Oettinger will meet in Moscow
  • Russia & India: The Aviaindra joint Russian-Indian maneuvers will be launched
  • Ukraine: Country to receive $1.4 billion installment of financial aid from the IMF
  • United States: Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting Louisiana – 2005
  • Hinduism: Ganesh Chaturthi (birth of Ganesh)

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