ONS: 30 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 31, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan rebels accused the army of violating a cease-fire, just hours after it came into effect, by bombarding their positions along the White Nile river.
  • AMERICAS: More than 8,250 Colombians have left Venezuela since the border crisis between the two countries began 10 days ago, with some deported and others going voluntarily, according to the latest figures from the Colombian government.
  • ASIA: Thousands of Malaysian demonstrators turned central Kuala Lumpur yellow for a second straight day with a rally demanding the prime minister’s resignation over a corruption scandal, as the government threatened action against organizers.
  • EUROPE: Germany, France and Britain made a joint call for an urgent meeting of EU interior and justice ministers to find concrete measures to cope with an escalating migration crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to pardon him and two colleagues handed three-year prison sentences, describing the Saturday court decision as “politically motivated”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Founder Mark Zuckerberg said more than 1 billion people logged on to Facebook on Monday, marking the first time the social media giant had surpassed 1 billion users in a single day.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Violent exchanges across the country occurred between the different Taliban factions and Afghan security forces.
    • A total 51 militants have been killed in the Afghan army’s latest operations, according to the Afghan Defense Ministry.
    • Afghan security forces recaptured Musa Qala district in the southern Helmand province, two days after the Pushtun-inhabited district was taken by the Taliban, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
    • Taliban insurgents killed three prominent local government officials and at least nine other people in three separate attacks in southern Afghanistan.
    • Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five dead in southern Afghanistan, a top official with the insurgent group said as its members meet in Pakistan to resolve a leadership crisis following the death of its former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
    • NYTAPXinhuaXinhua-1

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: The constitutional council dismissed two election candidates close to ousted President Blaise Compaore, but allowed other members of the political old guard to stand. (Reuters)
  • Chad: The government executed 10 alleged members of Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram, a day after they were found guilty of a double suicide killing that left 38 people dead in the capital N’Djamena. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste called on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to pardon him and two colleagues handed three-year prison sentences, describing the court decision as “politically motivated”. (AFP)
  • Guinea: Justice Minister Cheick Sacko denied his country had played any role in preventing exiled former junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara from returning home, where he hopes to run for president. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Rebels accused the army of violating a cease-fire, just hours after it came into effect, by bombarding their positions along the White Nile river. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Erika broke up as it raked Cuba, bringing the drought-parched island heavy rains after the tropical storm left at least 20 dead in the tiny island nation of Dominica the day before. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: More than 8,250 Colombians have left Venezuela since the border crisis between the two countries began 10 days ago, with some deported and others going voluntarily, according to the latest figures from the Colombian government. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Malaysia: Thousands of demonstrators turned central Kuala Lumpur yellow for a second straight day with a rally demanding the prime minister’s resignation over a corruption scandal, as the government threatened action against organizers. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen armed with automatic weapons attacked a small airport in the remote and restive southwest, killing an officer and abducting another, officials said. (AFP)
  • Tajikistan: Officials have accused the country’s beleaguered Islamic party of ties with the Islamic State group based mainly in Iraq and Syria. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Police said a foreigner arrested in connection with the deadly Bangkok bombing was part of a people-smuggling gang who may have launched an attack in response to a crackdown on their trade. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European ministers called for more multinational patrols on major continental rail journeys as well as tickets marked with passengers’ names, in the wake of last week’s foiled jihadist attack on an Amsterdam-Paris train. (AFP)
  • Region: Germany, France and Britain made a joint call for an urgent meeting of EU interior and justice ministers to find concrete measures to cope with an escalating migration crisis. (AFP)
  • Hungary:  A razor-wire barrier along the country’s border with non-EU member Serbia, aimed at keeping out migrants, has been completed, the defense ministry said. (AFP)
  • Latvia: Russia says the country has refused permission to a Russian state news agency to open a bureau in the country — a case that Moscow says is open discrimination. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran:  President Hassan Rouhani said he opposes a parliamentary vote on the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers because terms of the agreement would turn into legal obligations if passed by lawmakers. (AP)
  • Iraq: A total of 24 people were killed and 29 others wounded in bomb attacks and clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants in the western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen:  Unidentified gunmen opened fire and killed a high-ranking security official in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Founder Mark Zuckerberg said more than 1 billion people logged on to Facebook on Monday, marking the first time the social media giant had surpassed 1 billion users in a single day. (Fortune)

 

WORLD

  • Hurricane: Hurricane Ignacio
    • Location: 517 miles ESE of Hilo
    • Winds:  144 mph
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
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  • Hurricane: Hurricaine Storm Kilo
    • Location: 474 miles WNW of Johnston Island
    • Winds: 138 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
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  • Hurricane: Hurricane Jimena
    • Location: 1365 miles WSW from the southern tip of Baja California
    • Winds:  130 mph
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
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  • Hurricane: Tropical Storm Fred
    • Location: 405 miles ESE from the Southernmost Cape Verde Islands
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 28,041 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths: 11,302 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2BBC
  • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
  • § Suspected Cases as of 21AUG: 514,534 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
  • § Confirmed Cases: 17,118
  • § Deaths as of 21AUG: 63 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)

Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

  • § Cases as of 27AUG: 1474 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
  • § Deaths as of 27AUG: 515 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31AUG)

  • Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan Independence Day – 1991
  • Malaysia: Malaysia Independence Day – 1957
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Independence Day – 1962
  • United States: Fall 2015 Mobile Payments Conference (to 02SEP)

 

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