ONS: 28 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 28, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Liberian government closed most of the country’s border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the Ebola virus.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s former military intelligence head Hugo Carvajal, wanted by the US over drug accusations and arrested four days ago in Aruba, was released.
  • ASIA: A top-ranking North Korean military official threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.
  • EUROPE: Russian FM Lavrov said the country will use every means to defend itself after the arbitration court in the Hague ordered it to pay USD50 billion compensation to Yukos shareholders.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UNSC called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to allow for urgent aid to reach civilians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US House of Representatives approved the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which allows users to unlock handsets and switch carriers without fear of prosecution.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: UN says downing of MH17 may be ‘war crime’.
    • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay said “This violation of international law, given the prevailing circumstances, may amount to a war crime.”
    • A team of Dutch and Australian police will again attempt to reach the crash site of flight MH17.
    • Russia said that observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) would be deployed at its border checkpoints with rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine.
    • Officials in eastern Ukraine said at least eight civilians were killed by fighting and shelling in two cities held by separatist militants.
    • The US released what it said was evidence that Russia had supplied weapons to separatists Ukraine.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The World Bank announced a USD100 million donation to boost the country’s agriculture sector and another USD100 million for micro-dams. (AP)
  • Liberia: The government closed most of the country’s border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the Ebola virus. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Firefighters failed to put out a huge oil tank blaze started by clashes around Tripoli airport and called for an air intervention is needed to avert a catastrophe. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela’s former military intelligence head Hugo Carvajal, wanted by the US over drug accusations and arrested four days ago in Aruba, was released. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Three people were arrested in the south of the country, accused of trafficking in more than 850 archaeological relics. (AFP)
  • Mexico: More than 30 police officers were arrested for alleged organized crime ties and possible involvement in the killing of fellow officers. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Korea, North: A top-ranking military official threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula. (AFP)
  • Pakistan:  A mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Sixteen people were killed when Abu Sayyaf militants opened fire on two vehicles in a remote southern town. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The chief of the military government said he expected an interim parliament to be in place by mid-August. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The Socialist Party elected outgoing parliamentary speaker Mihail Mikov as its new leader ahead of snap general elections in the country on 05OCT. (AFP)
  • Georgia: The chief prosecutor’s office summoned the country’s former president Mikheil Saakashvili for questioning, the second time in four months. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov said the country will use every means to defend itself after the arbitration court in the Hague ordered it to pay USD50 billion compensation to Yukos shareholders. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A government raid on jihadist targets in a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad killed 17 people. (AFP)
  • Iraq: China said that Muslim extremists from Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The UNSC called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to allow for urgent aid to reach civilians. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US House of Representatives approved the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which allows users to unlock handsets and switch carriers without fear of prosecution. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Hernan
    • Location: 360 mi SW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Genevieve
    • Location: 792 NM ESE of Hilo
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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

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