ONS: 30 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 30, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Obama administration pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to US markets.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said continuing attacks perpetrated by FARC guerrillas could bring an end to peace negotiations with the government.
  • ASIA:  An exile group said that a clash in China’s Xinjiang left nearly 100 people dead and wounded.
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian army said that it had retaken a town on the outskirts of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, and intercepted another convoy of vehicles crossing over from Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hundreds of Yemeni protesters took to the streets across several cities on as a government decision to raise fuel prices in the country came into effect.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft said it seeks to comply with Chinese law, after Beijing announced an anti-monopoly investigation of the US company giant over its business practices.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Gaza shelling continues amid pushback to cease-fire.
    • Israeli tank shells hit a crowded UN school sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90.
    • Palestinian factions were to head to Cairo to discuss a temporary humanitarian ceasefire.
    • Gaza Health Ministry officials said 40 people were killed in Israeli strikes overnight and more than 110 injured, pushing the Palestinian death toll to more than 1,270.
    • Senior Israeli officials denied US Secretary Kerry’s claim that Israel had requested the US to promote a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, WP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Obama administration pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to US markets. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Three people were killed when two bombs they were carrying in a pick-up truck went off prematurely south of Cairo. (AFP)
  • Libya: Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the army’s special forces in Benghazi after several days of heavy fighting. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US accused Venezuela of using economic pressure to apply pressure on the Netherlands not to extradite an official wanted on drugs charges. (Reuters)
  • Argentina: Last-ditch talks aimed at averting the country’s second default in 13 years are set to resume after Tuesday’s session failed to reach a deal. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos said continuing attacks perpetrated by FARC guerrillas could bring an end to peace negotiations with the government. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Police arrested four Taiwanese men over the seizure of crystal methylamphetamine worth USD$122 million. (AFP)
  • China: Two influential former leaders gave their consent for President Xi Jinping to investigate ex-domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang. (Reuters)
  • China: An exile group said that a clash in Xinjiang left nearly 100 people dead and wounded. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Voters went to the polls for the country’s largest-ever parliamentary by-elections. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: At least six militants were killed when the military thwarted an attack on its check posts near the Afghan border. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: The central bank said that USD6.75 million was stolen from its reserve storage building. (AP)
  • Spain: The head of the Catalan regional government is to hold talks with PM Rajoy. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: International observers turned back from another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed(AP)
  • Ukraine: The army said that it had retaken a town on the outskirts of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, and intercepted another convoy of vehicles crossing over from Russia. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A US District Court Judge ordered the seizure of a vessel carrying one million barrels of Kurdish crude oil about 60 miles off the Galveston coast following a complaint filed by the government (AP)
  • Israel: Police arrested three youths over the beating of two Palestinians by a Jewish mob in the east Jerusalem settlement of Neve Yaakov. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets across several cities on as a government decision to raise fuel prices in the country came into effect. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Microsoft said it seeks to comply with Chinese law, after Beijing announced an anti-monopoly investigation of the US company giant over its business practices. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 38 NM NW of Andersen AFB
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 07E (Genevieve)
    • Location: 565 NM SE of Hilo
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 19km SW of Juan Rodriguez Clara, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 95.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 1201 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria)
      • Deaths: 672 (Guinea, Liberia, 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 (31JUL)

  • Cyprus: U.N. peacekeeping force in Cyprus to end
  • Malaysia: Malaysia’s Warriors’ Day
  • Russia and United States: Anniversary of the USSR and the US signing the START treaty – 1991

 

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