ONS: 02 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A grenade attack on a restaurant in the Kenyan resort town of Mombasa left ten people wounded.
  • AMERICAS: China’s FM criticized the US for sending three Uighur Chinese inmates from Guantanamo Bay to Slovakia, saying they were “terrorists” who posed a security danger.
  • ASIA: Clashes erupted in Cambodia between security forces and striking workers, leaving several wounded and 15 detained.
  • EUROPE: Turkish security forces seized a truck filled with weapons bound for Syria, resulting in the arrest of three people.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq took majority control of Fallujah and partial control of Ramadi, security officials and witnesses said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Syrian Electronic Army hacked into Skype’s social media accounts as part of a NSA spying protest.

 

TOP STORY

  • Sudan, South: Warring parties gathered in Ethiopia for peace talks.
    • Government and rebel negotiators met in the city of Addis Ababa to discuss solutions to the three weeks of conflict that has left thousands dead.
    • President Salva Kiir Mayardit declared a state of emergency in Unity and Jonglei States, the government said.
    • The UN peacekeeping mission called for an end to fighting in the country and for peace talks to be given a chance.
    • Heavy fighting continues amidst discussions to end the country’s widespread violence.
    • Sources: AFP, Xinhua, BBC, AP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: A grenade attack on a restaurant in the resort town of Mombasa left ten people wounded. (AFP)
  • Mauritius: PM Ramgoolam rejected the overhaul of the electoral system recommended by the UN, saying it will divide the country. (Xinhua)
  • Senegal: The first group of 259 Senegalese nationals from the Central African Republic arrived in the city of Dakar aboard a special flight. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: In the wake of a deadly bombing in Mogadishu, PM Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed says his government is committed to fighting against terrorism. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales said the country will have a nuclear power industry in the near future. (EFE)
  • Cuba: Raul Castro warned that someone is waging a “permanent political and ideological campaign” in a bid to dismantle the island nation’s socialism from within. (Xinhua)
  • US: China’s FM criticized the country for sending three Uighur Chinese inmates from Guantanamo Bay to Slovakia, saying they were “terrorists” who posed a security danger. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: Clashes erupted between security forces and striking workers, leaving several wounded and 15 detained. (Kyodo)
  • China: Authorities announced police seized three tonnes of crystal meth in the southern Guangdong Province. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: FM Yun Byung-se repeated his condemnation of Japanese politicians for their visit to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: A military spokesman confirmed that members of the rebel group BIFF attacked two military installations in the southern region of the country. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The Coast Guard rescued a group of 85 undocumented migrants from a ship in the southeastern Aegean Sea. (AFP)
  • Italy: The Navy rescued 233 mostly African migrants from a boat in Mediterranean waters off Sicily. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Authorities arrested at least 150 people in connection with two recent terrorist attacks in Volgograd that left 35 people dead and many wounded. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Security forces seized a truck filled with weapons bound for Syria, resulting in the arrest of three people. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Al-Qaeda-linked militants took majority control of Fallujah and partial control of Ramadi, security officials and witnesses said. (AFP)
  • Israel: Officials said the Jordan Valley must remain the country’s eastern border in any peace negotiations with the Palestinians. (AP)
  • Syria: A missile strike in the city of Aleppo left at least 20 people dead. (LAT)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen killed an intelligence officer in the southern port city of Aden, an official said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Syrian Electronic Army hacked into Skype’s social media accounts as part of a NSA spying protest. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06S (Bejisa)
    • Location: 85 NM W-NW of La Reunion
    • Movement: S-SW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Sola, Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 196 km
    • Map
  • 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 (03JAN)

  • Malaysia: Lantern Fest
  • United States and Russia: Anniversary of US and Russia cutting nuclear warheads in half – 1993

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