ONS: 30 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 30, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Lesotho military has occupied police stations and jammed radio signals and is spreading to other districts in the county.
  • AMERICAS: In Nicaragua, 11 of 24 gold miners trapped in a mine were rescued.
  • ASIA: China warned foreign powers not to use Hong Kong as a ‘bridgehead’.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders set to pick new foreign policy chief.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi king warned the West will be jihadists’ next target.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft will not hand over overseas email, despite court order, while appealing the ruling.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: EU foreign ministers set to propose new sanctions on Russia.
    • EU Commission President Barroso said the crisis was reaching a “point of no return”.
    • Ukrainian President Poroshenko expressed confidence the new restrictive measures would be imposed.
    • ‘It’s best not to mess with us,’ Russian President Putin said in response to comments by US President Obama about the dangers of escalating the conflict.
    • A Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down by a Russian anti-aircraft system in the east of the country.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, DPA, LAT, AFP-1

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A Cairo court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and seven others to life in prison for riots, murder and sabotage following Morsi’s ouster (AP)
  • Lesotho: The military has occupied police stations and jammed radio signals throughout Lesotho and is spreading to other districts in the county. (AP)
  • Senegal: While riots broke out in neighboring New Guinea, the country became the fifth to be hit by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Somali and African Union forces have launched a long-awaited fresh offensive against al-Shebab Islamist fighters aimed at capturing remaining ports from the extremists. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Police seized a shipment of weapons en route to the most powerful Brazilian criminal organization of Sao Paolo. (EFE)
  • Nicaragua: The first 11 of 24 gold miners trapped in a collapsed mine in northern Nicaragua have been rescued. (AP)
  • United States: Counterintelligence officials, along with their counterparts in Europe and are preparing to deal with the return of radicalized citizens who’ve fought with foreign insurgencies. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Unknown gunmen shot to death 11 civilians, while wounding four others, in the Western Farah province. (Xinhua)
  • China: An unidentified government spokesman warned against any foreign interference ahead of a crucial ruling on Hong Kong’s political future on Sunday, saying Beijing will not tolerate the use of the city “as a bridgehead to subvert and infiltrate the mainland”. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Hundreds gathered in the city of Saga to protest against the Osprey deployment plan. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: French President Hollande announced EU leaders would gather for an economic summit in October to discuss boosting growth and jobs. (AFP)
  • Belgium: EU leaders are set to pick a new foreign policy chief to succeed Catherine Ashton. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan appointed his close aide Yigit Bulut as economics adviser, a divisive figure who supports a distancing from Europe. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Gaza: An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel. (AP)
  • Golan Heights: The Philippine government said on Saturday that the country has put in place contingency plans for the 75 Filipino peacekeepers trapped at a standoff with Syrian rebels. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A suicide attack killed nine at an army checkpoint in the town of Youssifiyah. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah warned terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • UPDATE: Microsoft will not hand over overseas email, despite court order, while appealing the ruling. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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, WHO-1
    • 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) – See more at: http://www.rendon.com/ons-29-august-2014/#sthash.uKOdNzc8.dpuf
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-1

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31JUL)

  • India and Japan: India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head to Japan (to 03SEP)
  • Indonesia: Indonesia is scheduled to hold second mass run, called 2014 Independence Day Run
  • Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan Independence Day – 1991
  • Malaysia: Merdeka Day/Independence Day
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago become independent nation within British Commonwealth – 1962
  • Uzbekistan: Anniversary of declaration of independence – 1991
  • China: Romanian PM Victor-Viorel Ponta will visit (to 02SEP)

 

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