ONS: 03 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the DRC, visiting French Defense Minister Le Drian called for “closer cooperation” between French and African troops within the International Support Mission for Central African Republic (MISCA).
  • AMERICAS: Panama’s President Martinelli said he would go to Europe to seek a resolution to a consortium’s demand for USD1.6 billion in cost overruns to fulfill its contract to expand the Panama Canal.
  • ASIA: In Cambodia, police opened fire on protesting garment workers, killing at least three.
  • EUROPE: In Belarus, officials of the country’s main military court sentenced two Belarussians to eight and 10 year jail terms for spying for Lithuania.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli army said its war planes carried out strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket from the Palestinian enclave.
  • TECHNOLOGY: NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: Ceasefire negotiations started in Ethiopia.
    • The S. Sudanese military said rebels were forcibly recruiting civilians, even as peace talks were underway.
    • The US Embassy in Juba ordered the evacuation of more staff from the country.
    • The Kenyan government announced it would complete the evacuation of its citizens today.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • DRC: Visiting French Defense Minister Le Drian called for “closer cooperation” between French and African troops within the International Support Mission for Central African Republic (MISCA). (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Security sources said a Briton and a New Zealander were found dead, with gunshot wounds in the western coastal area of the country. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Officials said the country is importing 150,000 tons of maize from South Africa to stave off hunger for the 2.2 million people at risk. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Colombian VP Garzon called on the FARC and the NLA to stop planting landmines in the country.
  • Haiti: The Inter-American Development Bank plans to award $40.5 million to help an industrial park in northern Haiti with its expansion.
  • Panama: President Martinelli said he would go to Europe to seek a resolution to a consortium’s demand for USD1.6 billion in cost overruns to fulfill its contract to expand the Panama Canal. (AFP)
  • United States: Arson attack on Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, California. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: Police opened fire on protesting garment workers, killing at least three. (AFP)
  • China: Health authorities said they found no link between a hepatitis B vaccine and the deaths of 17 children who were recently immunized. (AFP)
  • India: PM Singh said he would not seek a third term in office in the upcoming general election in May. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: Police said six suspected terrorists killed in a raid on New Year’s Eve near Jakarta planned to attack the US embassy, a church, and Buddhist temples. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Catalonia’s president called on EU prime ministers to support the region’s vote on independence from Spain in November of this year. (Reuters)
  • Belarus: Officials of the country’s main military court sentenced two Belarussians to eight and 10 year jail terms for spying for Lithuania. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The deputy prime minister said no amnesty can be expected for the army officers convicted of plotting to oust PM Erdogan’s government. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli army said its war planes carried out strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket from the Palestinian enclave. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Al-Qaeda-linked militants continued advancing into Ramadi, while holding onto their positions in Fallujah. (AFP)
  • Syria: UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos warned that aid agencies increasingly struggle to reach communities trapped in conflict areas in the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: Danish and Norwegian ships left the Cypriot port of Limassol in a mission to escort a delayed shipment of Syrian chemical weapons for destruction. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security: NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption. (Washington Post)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06S (Bejisa)
    • Location: 184 miles SSE of Saint Denis, La Reunion
    • Movement: SSE at 9 mph
    • Winds: 86 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 (04JAN)

  • Turkey: Iranian FM Zarif visits seeking to improve political and economic ties

 

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