ONS: 30 September 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 30, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Liberia and Sierra Leone issued a collective appeal at the UN for fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela launched a gun swap program asking citizens to exchange firearms for scholarships, medicine, free surgery or construction materials.
  • ASIA: Afghan officials said the country will sign a long-delayed security deal to allow some US troops to stay in the country next year.
  • EUROPE: The EU introduced a new aid package worth 165 million euros to help farmers hit by Russian sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kurdish troops launched offensives against the Islamic State jihadist group on three fronts in northern Iraq.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China gave permission for Apple to begin selling the iPhone 6 on 17OCT after Apple said the smartphones did not have security “backdoors” through which US agencies can access users’ data.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Government calls Hong Kong protests “illegal”.
    • Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said “We fully believe in and support the Hong Kong SAR government to deal with this issue,” adding “We oppose all illegal acts in Hong Kong.”
    • Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying called on protesters to return home “immediately” in his first public statement since police tear gassed protesters on Sunday.
    • Leung Chun-ying said that “the central government will not rescind its decision” on election policies.
    • British PM Cameron said he was “deeply concerned” about the escalating protests and reminded China of its obligations towards the former British colony.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Liberia and Sierra Leone issued a collective appeal at the UN for fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (EFE)
  • Region: Amnesty International said that the EU’s new leadership must boost air and naval power in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka said the country is in talks with private investors to set up a national airline as it revamps airport infrastructure and expands air capacity.  (Bloomberg)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: A US judge ruled that the country is in contempt of court for its attempts to skirt his block on payments to holders of its restructured debt. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Classmates of more than 50 college students who went missing over the weekend in Guerrero demanded the resignation of Gov. Angel Aguirre. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The government launched a gun swap program asking citizens to exchange firearms for scholarships, medicine, free surgery or construction materials. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials said the country will sign a long-delayed security deal to allow some US troops to stay in the country next year. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government relaxed visa requirements for visitors from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. (Kyodo)
  • Philippines: Abu Sayyaf rebels threatened to kill a Malaysian captive after his family failed to raise ransom money. (DPA)
  • Thailand: The government announced plans to give tourists wristbands carrying their personal details, as the kingdom falls under intense scrutiny over visitor safety. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU introduced a new aid package worth 165 million euros to help farmers hit by Russian sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. (AFP)
  • France: The government declared a state of natural disaster in 60 southern towns hit by torrential downpours. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Revised official data indicated that the recovering economy grew more than expected in the second quarter. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said Tehran will supply the Lebanese army with military equipment to be used in fighting Muslim extremist groups. (AP)
  • Region: Israeli PM Netanyahu claimed Iran is a greater threat than IS at his speech to the UN General Assembly. (Reuters)
  • Region: French Interior Minister Cazeneuve said the number of French radicals joining extremists in Syria and Iraq has grown 74 percent this year, to about 1,000 people. (AP)
  • Iraq: Kurdish troops launched offensives against the Islamic State jihadist group on three fronts in the north of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: China gave permission for Apple to begin selling the iPhone 6 on 17OCT after Apple said the smartphones did not have security “backdoors” through which US agencies can access users’ data. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 18W (Phanfone)
    • Location: 117n M NE of Saipan
    • Movement: NW at 18 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Rachel
    • Location: 485 miles W of Baja California
    • Movement: nearly stationary
    • Winds: 40 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 (01OCT)

  • Europe Region: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to step down
  • Botswana: Botswana Day
  • China: National Day – 1949
  • Kazakhstan: Senate elections
  • Nigeria: Nigeria Independence Day – 1960

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