ONS: 30 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 30, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian police colonel was killed and six people wounded when two bombs exploded near the main Cairo presidential palace.
  • AMERICAS: Honduran police seized at least 400 kilos of cocaine hidden in the cab of a truck in San Pedro Sula.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani military launched a ground assault in North Waziristan, beginning a new phase in its offensive against Taliban militants.
  • EUROPE: The European Commission said that it has approved a state credit line of USD2.3 billion for Bulgaria’s troubled banks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Activists reported heavy clashes between several Syrian rebel factions and al-Qaeda breakaway group ISIS fighting for control of a border crossing with Iraq.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand “emotional contagion”.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Journalist killed as peace efforts falter.
    • A veteran cameraman working for Russia’s Channel One was killed when a bus carrying journalists and soldiers’ mothers was hit by gunfire.
    • Interior minister Avakov said that an ammunitions depot on a military base in Donetsk was blown up on his orders.
    • Five soldiers were killed and at least 12 others wounded in the past 24 hours in fighting with pro-Russian separatists.
    • The leaders of Germany and France warned Russian President Putin that Russia could be hit with sanctions within days unless he forced Ukrainian rebels to suspend their deadly uprising.
    • Some 400 Russian marines arrived in France where they were to undergo training as part of a controversial warship deal between Paris and Moscow.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, EFE, I-Tass, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A police colonel was killed and six people wounded when two bombs exploded near the main Cairo presidential palace. (AFP)
  • Kenya: A governor facing charges of terrorism and murder after massacres this month in coastal regions was released on bail. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A police official said that two people were killed by a land mine explosion at a business center in Mogadishu. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Severe flooding forced more than 50,000 people from their homes. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A recent attack allegedly conducted by the ELN in the northeast injured 13 people. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: Police seized at least 400 kilos of cocaine hidden in the cab of a truck in San Pedro Sula. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Police and army units killed 14 Taliban militants during operations in Helmand province. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea demanded that South Korea cancel annual military drills with the US this summer to promote a reconciliation atmosphere ahead of the Asian Games. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The military launched a ground assault in North Waziristan, beginning a new phase in its offensive against Taliban militants.  (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military and US conducted joint drills focused on amphibious operations amid the country’s territorial dispute with China. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Finance Minister Schaeuble said it would be “unimaginable” for Britain to leave the EU. (AFP)
  • Bulgaria: The European Commission said that it has approved a state credit line of USD2.3 billion for the country’s troubled banks. (AFP)
  • Italy: The deaths of 30 boat migrants sparked anger and frustration as critics accused the government of failing to deal with an immigration crisis. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli PM Netanyahu asked the international community to support Jordan in the fight against “Islamic extremism” and to back the independence of Iraq’s Kurds. (AFP)
  • Region: Activists reported heavy clashes between several Syrian rebel factions and al-Qaeda breakaway group ISIS fighting for control of a border crossing with Iraq. (AP)
  • Iraq: The NYT reported that Blackwater’s top manager in the country in 2007 threatened to kill a State Department investigator. (NYT)
  • Israel: At least 14 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip landed in the south of the country. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand “emotional contagion”. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Douglas
    • Location: 480 miles SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 240 miles SSE of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 210 miles ESE of St. Augustine, Florida
    • Movement: SW at 1 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 197km SSE of Mata-Utu, Wallis and Futuna
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Ash plume and evacuations (Xinhua)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 599 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 339 (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26JUN: 820 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26JUN: 286 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01JUL)

  • Europe: Italy to begin presidency of EU
  • Bangladesh: Bank holiday
  • Canada: Canada Day
  • China: CPC Founding Day – 1921
  • Hong Kong: “Occupy Central”, a demonstration calling for full democratic rights, is planned
  • Pakistan and India: Planned prisoner exchange

END

Comments on this entry are closed.