ONS: 31 August 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 31, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Boko Haram gunmen killed scores of residents in a Nigerian town on the border with Cameroon that they captured in recent raids.
  • AMERICAS: 7.6 tons of cocaine worth USD300,000 million were seized in Peru.
  • ASIA: Protests in Pakistan turned deadly as PM Sharif refused to resign.
  • EUROPE: Italian FM Mogherini to become the 28-nation bloc’s top diplomat for the next five years.
  • MIDDLE EAST: PM Netanyahu agreed to truce with Gaza to “focus on larger regional threats”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US is implementing a social media campaign against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.

 

TOP STORY

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry calls for a global coalition to defeat ISIS.
    • US President Obama authorized the “limited” military operation to prevent an ISIS attack.
    • UK PM Cameron upgrades national threat level to “highest in years” as more than 300 British ISIS terrorists return home after serving in Iraq and Syria.
    • Germany’s domestic intelligence chief says Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq likely to commit terror attack in region on their return.
    • An Australian military aircraft flying guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city Irbil to help Kurds fight ISIS militants as part of a US-led multination mission.
    • Coverage: NYT, AlJazeera, AP, AP-1, WashingtonPost

 

AFRICA

  • Lesotho: PM Thabane said he had fled for his life across the border to South Africa, accusing the military of seizing power in a coup and leaving the country in flux. (AFP)
  • Libya: A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying more than 100 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen killed scores of residents in a town on the border with Cameroon that they captured in recent raids. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A Somali police officer says heavily armed suspected Islamic militants have attacked a high security prison in the capital. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A union leader in the oil industry in the central province of Meta was killed by an assassin on a motorcycle. (EFE)
  • El Salvador: Leaders of five of the country’s powerful gangs announced they would uphold a truce with police and military, agreed two years ago. (BBC)
  • Peru: Peru’s interior ministry said the final tally of a record cocaine seizure this week totaled 7.6 tons worth more than USD300,000 million. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi will attend the NATO summit in September, should the incoming president not assume office by then, said a government spokesperson. (AFP)
  • China: The country plans to roll out its national market for carbon permit trading in 2016. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: FM Ri Su-yong is scheduled to visit the US in mid-September for the UN general assembly in New York. (KBS)
  • Pakistan: Protesters took to the streets demanding a solution to political crisis that has gripped the nation. (CNN)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU leaders picked Italian FM Mogherini to become the bloc’s top diplomat for the next five years. (AP)
  • Region: Polish Premier Donald Tusk was appointed as president of the European Council. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russia and Ukraine exchanged troops each had captured a week ago. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: PM Netanyahu said Israel agreed to a permanent truce in its 50-day Gaza war with Hamas in order to keep focused on the threat from regional militants. (AFP)
  • Golan Heights: Dozens of Filipino UN peacekeepers performed the “greatest escape” from besieging Syrian rebels, slipping away under the cover of night after rebels rammed their Golan Heights outpost with armed trucks. (AFP)
  • Iran: FM Zarif said he would meet with his Saudi counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September. (AP)
  • Iraq: The US military dropped humanitarian aid to the besieged by jihadist rebels town of Amerli, at the request of the Iraqi government. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The government is implementing a social media campaign against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland
    • An eruption of lava caused an aviation alert (BBC).
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-1

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01SEP)     

 

  • Global: Prince Zeid al Hussein will take over from Navi Pillay as U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Global: Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa (to 04SEP)
  • China: China-Eurasia Expo in Urumqi (06SEP)
  • France: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) committee meeting (to 02SEP)
  • Germany and Iraq: Germany’s parliament is to hold a special sitting on Monday to vote on sending military equipment to northern Iraq
  • Iran: EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton will meet Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif in Brussels
  • Latvia: Latvia will hold military exercises codenamed “Steadfast Javelin II” (to 10SEP)
  • Mali: Peace talks between the Malian government and six rebel groups will resume
  • Mozambique: Mozambique general campaign begins
  • Philippines: Start of hearings for nine Chinese fishermen arrested in disputed waters for poaching in a case that has frayed relations between the Philippines and China
  • Russia: Anniversary of Beslan hostage crisis; a three-day hostage-taking of over 1,100 people which ended in the deaths of over 380 (to 03SEP) – 2004
  • Ukraine and Russia: Experts from Russia, Ukraine and the EU are expected to meet in Brussels to discuss a possible adjustment of the EU-Ukraine association deal

 

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