ONS: 02 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An attack by gunmen on a church in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Adamawa killed at least 11 people.
  • AMERICAS: A FARC bomb attacked was foiled when the Colombian Navy seized 20 grenades in Narino District.
  • ASIA: Bomb and shooting attacks killed four people in the southern Thai province of Pattani.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian opposition protesters will hold a new rally amid concern about military intervention.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Shiite Huthi rebels overran strongholds of powerful tribes in the northern region of Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: All of Germany’s government ministries and 17 MPs were hit in a large-scale data-theft operation by Eastern European hackers last year.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Government holds national elections amid ongoing tensions.
    • Authorities canceled voting in 42 constituencies due to lack of ballots, insufficient election officials, or protests at polling stations.
    • Around 12 million people, out of a total electoral of 48.77 million, failed to vote during the general election.
    • Clashes between pro and anti-government groups continued in Bangkok.
    • Anti-government protest leader Thaugsuban threatened to sue PM Shinawatra for financial waste in the general election.
    • Sources: Xinhua, Xinhua-2, Xinhua-3, Xinhua-4

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Peacekeepers said they recaptured the key town of Sibut from rebel fighters. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A Muslim cleric who previously criticised Boko Haram was shot dead with his wife and child in the northern city of Zaria, locals said. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least 11 people were killed in an attack by gunmen on a church in the northeastern state of Adamawa. (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: A former army captain will this week become the first Rwandan to be put on trial in France over the 1994 genocide that left 800,000 dead. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A FARC bomb attacked was foiled when the Navy seized 20 grenades in Narino Department. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: President Matelly will meet US President Obama at the White House next week. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Gunmen killed two aides of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah. (Al Jazeera)
  • Philippines: Five people were injured in a grenade attack on a church in Zamboanga, a city known for Muslim rebel activity. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: The government rejected allegations by the US that its human rights record had deteriorated in the five years since the end of a separatist war. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Four people were killed in bomb and shooting attacks in the southern province of Pattani. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Police arrested 13 suspects and seized 67 kilograms of marijuana in a major counter-narcotics operation. (Xinhua)
  • France: Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to rally in Paris and Lyon to defend their vision of the traditional family. (AFP)
  • Portugal: Thousands staged a demonstration against government austerity measures in Lisbon. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: Opposition protesters will hold a new rally amid concern about military intervention. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: The Al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least three people in the town of Hermel. (AP)
  • Syria: Al-Qaeda fighters killed the military leader of a rival Islamic brigade in a bomb attack near Aleppo. (AP)
  • Syria: Regime air raids on Aleppo killed at least 85 people on 01FEB. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Shiite Huthi rebels have overrun strongholds of powerful tribes in the northern region of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: All of Germany’s government ministries and 17 MPs were hit in a large-scale data-theft operation by Eastern European hackers last year. (DPA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 38 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • At least 50 people are still missing after eruptions of rocks and gas that left 14 people dead. (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 (03FEB)

  • Iran: Anniversary of 1972 Iran blizzard, the deadliest snowstorm in history – 1972
  • Iran: Swedish FM Bildt to visit the country (until 06FEB)
  • Japan: Swiss President Didier Burkhalter will visit Japan to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (to 06JAN)
  • Paraguay: Anniversary of military coup overthrowing Alfredo Stroessner

 

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