ONS: 29 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 29, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Islamist gunmen in Algeria killed two soldiers in the town of Telagh less than a week after jihadist-linked militants beheaded a French hostage.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities searched for 58 students who went missing after protests turned violent in the southern state of Guerrero.
  • ASIA: Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks.
  • EUROPE: HRW reported that Turkey is undergoing a “worrying rollback” on human rights under the rule of President Erdogan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said US-led strikes hit IS group targets in Raqa and Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft Corp will unveil a new name for its upcoming operating system on Tuesday when it offers the first official preview.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Hong Kong democracy protesters continue demonstration following clashes.
    • Thousands of Hong Kong protesters rejected calls to disperse after facing tear gas and riot police in overnight clashes.
    • State media the Global Times said that pro-democracy demonstrators are “doomed” as Beijing moved to wipe social media coverage of the mass protests.
    • Hong Kong’s authorities announced they were withdrawing riot police.
    • Hong Kong’s shares fell and the local dollar hit a six-month low against the USD.
    • Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said the protesters’ call for free elections had his full backing.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, BBC, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A Spanish court remanded in custody the suspected leader of a militant cell based in north Africa that recruited fighters for the Islamic State jihadists. (AFP)
  • Algeria: Islamist gunmen killed two soldiers in the town of Telagh less than a week after jihadist-linked militants beheaded a French hostage. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: The UN-backed tribunal for Rwanda upheld the life sentences for two former heads of the ex-ruling party for genocide crimes committed in 1994. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Jamaica: Health Minister Ferguson said that the government is doing all it can to combat the newly arrived chikungunya virus that is increasingly disrupting life in the country. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities searched for 58 students who went missing after protests turned violent in the southern state of Guerrero. (AFP)
  • Peru: President Humala declared a state of emergency in the rural localities of Paruro Province in Cuzco which were struck by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake leaving eight people dead. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thousands of Philippine and US marines began military exercises close to flashpoints in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Region: Negotiators from North Korea and Japan are meeting in China for talks on the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe pressed on with a diplomatic offensive aimed at securing his first-ever summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Poland: US Secretary for Commerce Pritzker identified six areas in which the country and the US should intensify their commercial ties. (AP)
  • Spain: The government is holding a special cabinet meeting and is expected to announce it intends to challenge the decision of Catalonia to call an independence referendum. (AP)
  • Turkey: HRW reported that the country is undergoing a “worrying rollback” on human rights under the rule of President Erdogan. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: At least seven soldiers were killed when a separatist shell hit their armored personnel carrier near the main airport at Donetsk. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Deputy FM Araqchi said nuclear negotiations would resume in Vienna or Geneva within two weeks. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu left for the UN, saying he will refute “all of the lies directed at us” with regard to the recently concluded war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said US-led strikes hit IS group targets in Raqa and Aleppo. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Microsoft Corp will unveil a new name for its upcoming operating system on Tuesday when it offers the first official preview. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 18W (Phanfone)
    • Location: 325 NM ESE of Saipan
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 17W (Kammuri)
    • Location: 320 NM ESE of Narita Airport, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 16 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Rachel
    • Location: 485 miles W of Baja California
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (30SEP)

  • Japan and South America: Prince Akishino, the younger son of Emperor Akihito, and his wife Princess Kiko will pay an official visit to Mexico and Guatemala (to 10OCT)
  • Haiti: Anniversary of Aristide being ousted – 1991

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