ONS: 31 July 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 31, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sierra Leone’s President Koroma declared a state of emergency and cancelled a planned trip to the US-Africa summit as the country struggled to contain the Ebola epidemic.
  • AMERICAS: Argentina entered into default for the second time in 13 years after the failure of last ditch talks with US hedge funds it has branded “vultures.
  • ASIA:  US Secretary Kerry pressed New Delhi to drop its opposition to global trade reforms, saying it was a test of the country’s commitment to advance economic liberalization.
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian parliament voted not to accept the resignation of PM Yatsenyuk.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  A battle between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State jihadists killed nearly 50 fighters from both sides as the Kurds seized several IS positions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A researcher with Berlin’s SR Labs said that USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Military mobilizes reservists as operation continues.
    • The military mobilized 16,000 additional reservists, taking their total to 86,000, as operations in the Gaza Strip continued.
    • PM Netanyahu said that the army will continue its work to destroy tunnels used by Gaza militants for cross-border attacks with or without a ceasefire.
    • UN human rights chief Navi Pillay slammed what she said was Israel’s “deliberate defiance” of international law during the Gaza conflict.
    • The US confirmed it had restocked Israel’s supplies of ammunition, hours after issuing a strong condemnation of an attack on a UN school in Gaza.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, BBC, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The government rejected reports the ruling party is carrying out a crackdown against the opposition ahead of elections, calling an Amnesty International report “biased and partisan. (AFP)
  • Cameroon: President Biya dismissed two senior army officers deployed in the country’s north after at least 15 people died in attacks blamed on Nigeria’s Boko Haram. (AFP)
  • Libya: A health official said that the health service stands on the brink of collapse amid the militant clashes in its major cities. (Xinhua)
  • Sierra Leone: President Koroma declared a state of emergency and cancelled a planned trip to the US-Africa summit as the country struggled to contain the Ebola epidemic. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The country entered into default for the second time in 13 years after the failure of last ditch talks with US hedge funds. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The son of a former governor said he will obey an order to testify before prosecutors after a video surfaced of him meeting with Knights Templar cartel boss Servando “La Tuta” Gomez. (AFP)
  • United States: The House of Representatives voted to sue President Obama for overstepping the powers of the presidency 225-to-201. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Police units backed by the army killed more than two dozen Taliban militants during series of operations across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: Authorities seized 140 kilograms of heroin packed into blocks and hidden in a car in the “Golden Triangle” area near the Thai border. (AFP)
  • India: US Secretary Kerry pressed New Delhi to drop its opposition to global trade reforms, saying it was a test of the country’s commitment to advance economic liberalization. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Obama administration officials said that a six-week army offensive succeeded in disrupting the militant groups in the North Waziristan tribal region. (LAT)
  • Thailand: An army general was arrested on suspicion of extortion in a rare case of authorities prosecuting a member of the military. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Portugal: Lisbon stock market authorities suspended trading in Banco Espirito Santo after the bank announced historic loss of USD$4.78 billion. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Turks living abroad began casting votes in the country’s first direct presidential elections. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The military announced a day-long pause to its offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels in the east. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Parliament voted not to accept the resignation of PM Yatsenyuk. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The chief of Iran’s Quds Force MAJ GEN Suleimani ridiculed calls for Hamas to be disarmed and urged Hamas to “turn the land and skies into hell” for Israel. (AFP)
  • Syria: A battle between Kurds and Islamic State jihadists killed nearly 50 fighters from both sides as the Kurds seized several IS positions. (AFP)
  • Syria: A new report indicates that cluster bombs have been frequently used for the past two years by government forces. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A researcher with Berlin’s SR Labs said that USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 11W (Halong)
    • Location: 230 NM WNW of Navsta Guam
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 07E (Genevieve)
    • Location: 505 NM SE of Hilo
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (01AUG)

  • Israel: Anniversary of Israel annexation of East Jerusalem – 1967
  • Malaysia: National Independence Day

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