ONS: 02 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian authorities imposed a curfew in Maiduguri and a no-fly-zone over Borno state after overnight attacks by Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: Defeated Honduran leftist presidential candidate Castro marched with thousands of supporters to protest election results
  • ASIA: Thai PM Shinawatra rejected the demands of anti-government protesters who look to replace her government with a ‘People’s Council.’
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian protesters launched a nationwide strike and began to blockade government buildings after violent clashes in which more than 100,000 sought early elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Zarif said Iran wants stronger cooperation with Saudi Arabia during his tour of Gulf states.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Defense Department said it is actively working to improve the identity management and authentication process for its mobile devices.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Region ups tests of newly declared air defense zone.
    • The South Korean government said it would expand its country’s air defence zone.
    • Taiwan said its military planes made 30 flights into a part of China’s new air defence zone.
    • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said “China has communicated with related countries over the ADIZ… and urges them to understand China’s legitimate security concerns and right to self-defense.”
    • The US Navy’s P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft arrived in Japan in the start of a deployment that will upgrade anti-submarine capabilities.
    • US VP Biden arrives in the region for visits to Japan, China and South Korea.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, Xinhua, Yonhap

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The constitutional panel will hold a final meeting before handing over the final draft to interim President Mansour. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: A UN report said the country sent hit squads to Ghana to kill followers of former strongman Laurent Gbagbo and paid Liberian mercenaries not to stage cross-border attacks for Gbagbo. (AFP)
  • Libya: The country deported 360 Egyptians who arrived on two flights with forged visas. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Authorities imposed a curfew in Maiduguri and a no-fly-zone over Borno state after overnight attacks by Boko Haram. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: Police arrested a naval engineer for allegedly trying to sell classified information to the Chinese government about the country’s warship building procurement strategy. (AP)
  • Colombia: The ICRC reported the ELN released another hostage in a move seen as an overture to starting peace talks. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: Defeated leftist presidential candidate Castro marched with thousands of supporters to protest election results. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Four police officers were killed and 17 wounded in a suicide car bombing in Wardak province. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: The Guardian Australia reported that Snowden disclosed the country’s spy agency offered to share information about its own citizens with foreign intelligence partners. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: The opposition confirmed it would boycott a general election scheduled for 05JAN14 ahead of the final deadline for nomination. (AFP)
  • China: Premier Li Keqiang met with British PM Cameron in talks that emphasized expanding trade relations. (AFP)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra rejected the demands of anti-government protesters who look to replace her government with a ‘People’s Council.’ (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Thousands of demonstrators marched on the Finance Ministry to demand a “fiscal revolution.” (DPA)
  • Italy: Coast guards attempted to reach a fishing boat carrying 100 migrants adrift off the southern coast in gale-force conditions. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Protesters launched a nationwide strike and began to blockade government buildings after violent clashes in which more than 100,000 sought early elections. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian FM Zarif said Iran wants stronger cooperation with Saudi Arabia during his tour of Gulf states. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Bombings near the homes of government employees in Baghdad killed three while an attack in the self-ruled Kurdish region injured two senior security officers. (AP)
  • Israel: Troops in the Golan Heights came under mortar and small arms fire from Syria and returned fire. (AP)
  • Yemen: Clashes in Hadramawt province left at least three suspected al Qaeda militants and two soldiers dead. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Defense Department said it is actively working to improve the identity management and authentication process for its mobile devices. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • 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 29NOV: 160 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 29NOV: 68 (Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03DEC)

  • Global: WTO Ministerial Conference to begin in Bali (to 06DEC)
  • Global: World BORDERPOL Congress 2013 in London, England
  • Asia: ASIS 7th Asia-Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition in Macau (to 05DEC)
  • China: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will make a working visit to China (to 06DEC)
  • Guinea: Anniversary of LT Diakite assassinating Camara
  • Belgium: US Secretary Kerry will meet with NATO FMs in Brussels.
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of President Chavez’s re-election – 2006

 

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