ONS: 28 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 28, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya on Saturday at the United Nations asked the world either to give it more weapons and other support to help restore security and rebuild its institutions or to declare the conflict-torn North African state “must face terrorism alone.”
  • AMERICAS: Cuba slammed the United States for applying unilateral sanctions as a foreign policy instrument — like the five-decade US embargo on Havana.
  • ASIA: Pro-democracy Hong Kong activists announced the launch of a much anticipated protest to bring the territory’s financial center to a halt in response to Beijing’s plan for the territory’s 2017 leader election that they see undemocratic.
  • EUROPE: French President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and their allies appear on track to lose control of the upper house of parliament in Senate elections on Sunday, threatening to further thwart the unpopular leader’s agenda.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Forces with links to Iran and Hezbollah, a Shi’ite Lebanese militia, are supporting Houthi rebels to boost their control of Yemen’s capital Sana’a, according to intelligence sources.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China called on Saturday for a worldwide crackdown on the use of the Internet by religious extremists and terrorists to stamp out their ability to communicate their ideas and raise funds.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq & Syria: Campaign against ISIS widens, results begin to ripple through region
    • The Pentagon said it had conducted its first strikes against Islamic State targets in a besieged Kurdish area of Syria along the Turkish border, an area that has been the subject of a weeklong onslaught by the Islamic State.
    • British jets sent to join the fight against ISIS have conducted reconnaissance missions but have not yet targeted any militant positions, the country’s Ministry of Defense announced.
    • A jihadist who once fought in the Khorasan group offered messages of condolences on Twitter over the death of the Al-Qaeda offshoot group’s alleged leader, the SITE monitoring group said Saturday.
    • The rise of violence and brutality committed by terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria poses a threat to the Middle East and, if left unchecked, the world, according to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
    • Syria’s Kurdish fighters, who are battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in a strategic border town, have threatened to disrupt the peace process with Turkey if it fails to provide them with military support.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al-Awsat, Bloomberg, CNN, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Liberia: The country’s chief medical officer has put herself under quarantine for 21 days, after one of her assistants died from the deadly Ebola virus. (BBC)
  • Libya: The country on Saturday at the United Nations asked the world either to give it more weapons and other support to help restore security and rebuild its institutions or to declare the conflict-torn North African state “must face terrorism alone.” (Al-Jazeera)
  • Tanzania: Protests broke out in at least two Tanzanian towns, after opposition leaders called for nationwide demonstrations to oppose an assembly writing the country’s constitution, leading to the arrest of several protesters, police. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The country slammed the United States for applying unilateral sanctions as a foreign policy instrument — like the five-decade US embargo on Havana. (AFP)
  • Cuba: A court in Cuba has sentenced Cy Tokmakjian, the president of a Canadian transport company, to 15 years in jail for bribery. (BBC)
  • United States: An in-depth report from The Washington Post details how the Secret Service reportedly failed to identify and respond to a 2011 shooting attack on the White House. (Business Insider)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A bomb hit a military vehicle in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul on Sunday, wounding one person a day before the inauguration of a new president expected to be attended by foreign dignitaries. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai’s last major act as president may well be his order to execute five men who were convicted of rape after a trial that the United Nations’ top human rights official has denounced as unfair. (NYT)
  • Hong Kong: Pro-democracy activists announced the launch of a much anticipated protest to bring the territory’s financial center to a halt in response to Beijing’s plan for the territory’s 2017 leader election that they see undemocratic. (Kyodo)
  • Philippines: The difficult process of disarming Philippine Muslim rebels after a decades-long insurgency has started, negotiators said Sunday, with the decommissioning of a first batch of firearms expected before year-end. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and their allies appear on track to lose control of the upper house of parliament in Senate elections on Sunday, threatening to further thwart the unpopular leader’s agenda. (AP)
  • Latvia: The nation is concerned about becoming the next target of Russian action as top Kremlin officials have warned they will defend ethnic Russians wherever they live. (WP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Saturday that the war against extremists in the Middle East may take years and must not stop before all terrorist organizations are eliminated. (AP)
  • Iran: With the deadline only eight weeks away, the US is increasingly reshaping the nuclear talks it joined five years ago into a series of bilateral meetings with the nation as the two governments race to seal a deal. (AP)
  • Yemen: Hundreds demonstrated in Sanaa, urging state security forces to return to the streets and demanding Shiite rebel militias leave the city. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China called on Saturday for a worldwide crackdown on the use of the Internet by religious extremists and terrorists to stamp out their ability to communicate their ideas and raise funds. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 17W (Kammuri)
    • Loction: 400 NM SSE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Winds: 20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Rachel
    • Location: 455 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Ontake, Japan
    • Eruption continued, killing one hiker, 30 more feared dead. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • EGlobal 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 (29SEP)

  • India and United States: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit (to 30SEP)
  • Philippines and United States: Philippine-U.S. Amphibious Landing Exercise (to 10OCT)
  • United States: ASIS 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (to 02 OCT)

 

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