ONS: 29 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 29, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan Islamist militia in control of Tripoli said it agrees with a UN call for a cease-fire but vowed to resist any foreign interference in the country’s affairs.
  • AMERICAS: The US Coast Guard said that it seized a shipment of 970 kilograms of cocaine valued at USD32.4 million on 10AUG.
  • ASIA: The Japanese Defense Ministry submitted its largest ever budget request amid ongoing maritime tensions with China.
  • EUROPE: Newly-elected Turkish President Erdogan designated new PM Davutoglu to form a government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN reported that the number of refugees from Syria’s civil war has risen above 3 million, calling the crisis “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Tencent and Baidu are teaming up with conglomerate Wanda to form a USD814 million e-commerce joint venture in a bid to challenge Alibaba’s.

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Country to seek NATO membership amid tensions with Russia.
    • Ukraine’s PM Yatsenyuk said that the government is seeking to join NATO and is submitting a relevant bill to parliament to end the country’s official ‘non-bloc’ policy.
    • Russian President Putin hailed the success of a recent rebel offensive in a direct address to the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon expressed concerns about the intensifying conflict in the country after Kiev and the West said Russian troops were actively involved in fighting in the country’s east.
    • EU foreign ministers are weighing the bloc’s stance in the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to increase economic sanctions against Russia.
    • The UN reported that the conflict has killed nearly 2,600 people since mid-April.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, NYT

AFRICA

  • Kenya: President Kenyatta directed security agencies to sink a ship which was seized while carrying USD11.3 million in heroin in Mombasa. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The Islamist militia in control of Tripoli said it agrees with a UN call for a cease-fire but vowed to resist any foreign interference in the country’s affairs. (AP)
  • Namibia: Parliament passed the Third Constitutional Amendment Bill causing concentration of power concerns amongst opposition groups and in civil society. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Coast Guard said that it seized a shipment of 970 kilograms of cocaine valued at USD32.4 million on 10AUG. (EFE)
  • Colombia: GEN Flórez, the second-in-command of the country’s armed forces, sat down with FARC negotiators in Havana. (Economist)
  • Uruguay: 22 companies submitted bids to supply marijuana under a new law legalizing production, sale and distribution of the drug. (AFP)

ASIA

  • China: Hong Kong democracy advocates expressed concern after army vehicles were photographed travelling down a major thoroughfare ahead of expected protests.(AFP)
  • Japan: The Defense Ministry submitted its largest ever budget request amid ongoing maritime tensions with China. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Pirates commandeered a Thai tanker off the country’s east coast and pumped out its cargo of oil. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The army recovered prominent academic Ajmal Khan who was held for four years by the Taliban in the country’s northwest. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: A leftist group claimed responsibility for an arson attack on Berlin’s subway system to call attention to the conditions of illegal refugees in the country. (AP)
  • Iceland: The country’s Meteorological Institute raised its alert to red after Bardarbunga volcano erupted overnight. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Newly-elected President Erdogan designated new PM Davutoglu to form a government. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The chief of the Revolutionary Guard navy ADM Fadavi confirmed that a US Coast Guard vessel fired on a fishing boat in the Persian Gulf but insisted the incident was not a “clash.” (AP)
  • Iraq: UNSG Ban Ki-moon strongly criticized the “brutal killings of civilians” by Islamic State jihadists in the north of the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UN reported that the number of refugees from the country’s civil war has risen above 3 million, calling the crisis “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • E-commerce: Tencent and Baidu are teaming up with conglomerate Wanda to form a USD814 million e-commerce joint venture in a bid to challenge Alibaba’s. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Cristobal
    • Location: 325 miles SSE of Cape Race, Newfoundland
    • Movement: NE at 49 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Post-tropical Cyclone Marie
    • Location: 985 miles WSW of San Diego, California
    • Movement: NW at 14
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland
    • Eruption, flight ban around country. (AFP)
  • Volcanoes: Tavurcur Volcano, Papua New Guinea
    • Eruption, ash plume and flight disruption. (BBC)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 3069 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DR Congo)
      • Deaths: 1552 (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 (30AUG)

  • Azerbaijan: Anniversary of Soviet republic of Azerbaijan declaring independence and begins forming its own army – 1991
  • Iran: Anniversary Iran’s president and prime minister are killed when bomb explodes in government offices in Tehran – 1981
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko to meet EU Council President Van Rompuy in Brussels

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