ONS: 01 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suspected militants blew up a gas pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai area, officials said.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian soldiers killed at least six leftist ELN guerrillas in an operation in the northeastern region of Catatumbo.
  • ASIA: Thousands rallied in the Chinese city of Hong Kong as part of an escalating battle for democracy in response to planned direct elections for 2017.
  • EUROPE: Bulgarians and Romanians became eligible to live and work anywhere within the EU as temporary controls in place since 2007 expired.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian helicopters launched attacks in eastern Lebanon wounding at least three people, officials said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple said it was unaware of NSA efforts to hack into the iPhone and never facilitated agency efforts to install backdoors into its products.

 

TOP STORY

  • Sudan, South: Rebels seize key town of Bor as peace talks near.
    • Rebels loyal to former Vice President Machar officially seized control of Bor, the town’s mayor said.
    • Government and rebels said they were preparing to send delegates to Ethiopia for peace talks.
    • The White House said it was “deeply concerned” and welcomes an agreement to peace talks by the country’s government and rebel leaders.
    • UNHCR says 190,000 South Sudanese have been uprooted since the deadly clashes broke out.
    • Sources: Reuters, AFP, Xinhua, Xinhua-2, NYT, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: UNICEF says children in the country are victims of “unprecedented” violence, with at least 16 killed and more than 60 wounded as a result of unrest. (UPI)
  • Egypt: Suspected militants blew up a gas pipeline in the Sinai area, officials said. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The National Constituent Assembly is to begin voting on the future constitution Friday, three years after the country’s popular uprising. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Assailants attacked a forestry company facility in the southern Araucania region, throwing Molotov cocktails at helicopters used in firefighting. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Soldiers killed at least six leftist ELN guerrillas in an operation in the northeastern region of Catatumbo. (EFE)
  • Dominican Republic: Officials destroyed more than 11.2 tons of illicit drugs in 2013. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: India and Pakistan exchanged lists of their nuclear facilities as part of a long-standing pact preventing them from attacking each other’s nuclear installations. (AP)
  • China: Thousands rallied in Hong Kong as part of an escalating battle for democracy in response to planned direct elections for 2017.(Reuters)
  • Philippines: The government pledged to continue pursuing peace negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF following the end of a holiday truce. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: President Ma Ying-jeou said the country must open its markets wider in order to secure free trade deals that are badly needed. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Bulgarians and Romanians became eligible to live and work anywhere within the EU as temporary controls in place since 2007 expired. (BBC)
  • Albania: Border police seized 11 immigrants in the southern town of Gjirokaster who were arriving from Greece and were of Eritrean and Somali descent. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Putin called the country’s recent bombings an “abomination” as he visited the site of the two suicide attacks in the city of Volgograd. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A recent poll suggests the majority of Israelis and Palestinians support a two-state solution. (AP)
  • Iraq: Authorities lifted a curfew on the western province of Anbar where security forces recently cleared out a Sunni protest camp. (DPA)
  • Lebanon: Army Intelligence officials arrested a member of an al-Qaeda linked group wanted by Saudi Arabia and the US on terrorism charges. (DPA)
  • Lebanon: Syrian helicopters launched attacks in the eastern region of the country wounding at least three people, officials said. (DPA)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Apple said it was unaware of NSA efforts to hack into the iPhone and has never facilitated agency efforts to install backdoors into its products. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06S (Bejisa)
    • Location: 233 NM N-NW of St. Denis, La Reunion
    • Movement: S at 11 mph
    • Winds: 103 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 27DEC: 170 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 27DEC: 72 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02JAN)

  • Falkland Islands: Anniversary of British occupation – 1833

 

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