ONS: 01 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Seven militants were killed in an airstrike on the Sinai Peninsula, the Egyptian army said.
  • AMERICAS: Tens of thousands of people marched in Mexico City to protest reforms by Mexican President Nieto that open the oil and gas industry to foreign investment.
  • ASIA: Violence between pro- and anti-government protesters erupted in Bangkok on the eve of elections.
  • EUROPE: Police in Germany and Poland detained five Russian nationals with suspected links to illegal migration, Europol reported.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Clashes between Huthi Shiite rebels and gunmen from the Hashid tribe killed at least 60 people in Yemen’s northern Omran province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter acquired more than 900 patents from computing giant IBM, ending a dispute between the two companies.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Tensions remain high as anti-government protesters gather international support.
    • Opposition leader Yatsenyuk warned European officials that the army could intervene in the protests.
    • The opposition turned down an offer by the UN to mediate between the country’s government and opposition groups.
    • US Secretary of State Kerry said the US and the EU “stand with the people of Ukraine” amidst the protests against President Yanukovych.
    • EC President Van Rompuy renewed the offer for Ukraine to partner with the EU, saying its future was with the bloc.
    • Sources: AFP, DPA-2, AFP-2, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Seven militants were killed in an airstrike on the Sinai Peninsula, the army said. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The trial of former President Morsi is to resume in Cairo. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Secret police rescued three Indians who were kidnapped from a cargo ship off the coast of Equatorial Guinea. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Authorities ordered the Red Cross to suspend its activities, marking the latest restriction to be placed on foreign aid workers in the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC guerrillas burned two trucks and a crane belonging to the Canadian oil company Gran Tierra Energy. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Tens of thousands of people marched in Mexico City to protest constitutional reforms by President Nieto that open the oil and gas industry to foreign investment. (AFP)
  • Panama: FM Fabrega resigned, citing personal reasons, and his deputy was appointed to take the post. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • India: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of New Delhi after a student from the northeast was beaten to death in an apparent hate crime. (AFP)
  • Philippines: A bomb, likely set off by Muslim rebels, wounded 12 people in Maguindanao Province, including six soldiers and two television journalists. (AP)
  • Thailand: Violence between pro- and anti-government protesters erupted in Bangkok on the eve of elections. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Police in Germany and Poland detained five Russian nationals with suspected links to illegal migration, Europol reported. (Itar-Tass)
  • Germany: FM Steinmeier said the country would take on more responsibility in global issues. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov accused European countries of encouraging anti-government protesters in Ukraine to commit violence. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia: US President Obama will meet with King Abdullah in March to discuss Iran’s nuclear program and the civil war in Syria. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UN Secretary General pressed the US and Russia to help ensure that peace talks aimed at stemming the country’s civil war can resume on 10FEB. (AP)
  • Yemen: Clashes between Huthi Shiite rebels and gunmen from the Hashid tribe killed at least 60 people in the northern Omran province. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twitter acquired more than 900 patents from computing giant IBM, ending a dispute between the two companies. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 02W (Kajiki)
    • Location: 284 miles SE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 22 mph
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 13 km SSW of Visokoi Island
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 126.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Powerful bursts of hot ash, lava and gas left at least 14 dead and others injured. (DPA)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 27JAN: 180 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 27JAN: 77 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02FEB)

  • Costa Rica: Presidential election
  • Costa Rica: Legislative Assembly election
  • El Salvador: Presidential election
  • Thailand: House of Representatives snap election
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of President Chavez being sworn in to office – 1999
  • United States: Groundhog’s Day
  • Yemen: Anniversary of former President Saleh announcing that he’ll step down in 2013 – 2011

 

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