ONS: 03 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South African President Zuma lent support to a pan-Africa free-trade area, which he said could be worth as much as USD2.6 trillion.
  • AMERICAS: Salvador Sanchez Ceren won 48.9 percent of votes in the first round of El Salvadoran presidental elections, short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a run-off.
  • ASIA: Thai anti-government protesters planned to continue with efforts to topple PM Shinawatra a day after blocking balloting in a fifth of the country’s constituencies.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, the trial of four policemen accused of beating to death a demonstrator in nationwide protests last June began under elevated security precautions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Abbas proposed to US Secretary Kerry that an American-led NATO force patrol a future Palestinian state indefinitely.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A group of computer hackers and human rights campaigners in Germany said they are suing the government for allegedly breaking the law by aiding foreign spies.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: President Yanukovich set to return as protests continue.
    • President Yanukovych is to return to work after four days of sick leave caused by an “acute respiratory infection”.
    • EU foreign policy chief Ashton said the EU is working with the US on a plan to offer a significant aid package to the country.
    • Former Economy Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a protest rally of over 60,000 people that Western officials had assured him that funding imminent.
    • Parliament is due to meet on Tuesday, with the opposition seeking a broader amnesty in which all those detained would be released, and the return to the previous constitution.
    • Russia called on the opposition to accept curbs on power and to stop what it called “threats and ultimatums.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: South African President Zuma lent support to a pan-Africa free-trade area, which he said could be worth as much as USD2.6 trillion. (AFP)
  • Region: The UNSC increased efforts over the last week to counter ivory hunters and traffickers who finance armed groups in Africa with two resolutions focused on DR Congo and the CAR. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Agang party leader Mamphela Ramphele said she decided not to run for the opposition Democratic Alliance in elections this year. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Negotiators for the Colombian government arrived in Cuba to resume peace talks with FARC rebels. (AFP)
  • El Salvador: Salvador Sanchez Ceren won 48.9 percent of votes in the first round of presidental elections, short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a run-off. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: VP for Economic Affairs Ramirez said the government is to adopt new measures to better regulate the country’s foreign currency. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK and ROK settled on 05FEB for preparatory talks to set up a family reunion event at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban named the members of a five-man team to enter into peace talks with the government on their behalf. (BBC)
  • Philippines: The Military said it is bracing for retaliatory attacks from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters ( BIFF) after a recent military offensive in Maguindanao. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Anti-government protesters planned to continue with efforts to topple PM Shinawatra a day after blocking balloting in a fifth of the country’s constituencies. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Lithuania: Incumbent President Grybauskaite said she would run for a second five-year term in an upcoming May elections. (Reuters)
  • Russia: An armed student entered a Moscow school and took more than 20 students hostage in an incident that resulted in the death of a policeman and a teacher. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The trial of four policemen accused of beating to death a demonstrator in nationwide protests last June began under elevated security precautions. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Israel offered USD20 million in compensation to the families of those killed and wounded in its 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Al Qaeda’s general command said it had no link with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and that it was not responsible for the actions of the group. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Former US Secretary of State Clinton urged Congress to resist imposing new sanctions on the country over its nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A series of attacks in and around Baghdad killed 16 people as the military pressed an assault against militant-held areas of Anbar province. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas proposed to US Secretary Kerry that an American-led NATO force patrol a future Palestinian state indefinitely. (NYT)
  • Yemen: Shiite Huthi rebels overran strongholds of powerful tribes in the north of the country in a major advance following a month of clashes. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A group of computer hackers and human rights campaigners in Germany said they are suing the government for allegedly breaking the law by aiding foreign spies. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 12km NW of Lixourion, Greece
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 13.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Ongoing eruptions. (NYT)
  • 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 (04FEB)

  • Global: Anniversary of founding of social network site Facebook – 2004
  • Global: World Cancer Day
  • Angola: Anniversary of War of Independence – 1961
  • Sri Lanka: Independence Day – 1948
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of attempted coup by Hugo Chavez against President Perez
  • United States: Senate hearing “Privacy in the Digital Age: Preventing Data Breaches and Combating Cyber-crime”

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