ONS: 04 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Dutch and Swedish researchers reported that children in Eritrea are being kidnapped by senior military officers, smuggled into Sudan and held to ransom or sold.
  • AMERICAS: The IAEA reported that thieves in Mexico stole a truck containing potentially “extremely dangerous” radioactive material used in medical treatment.
  • ASIA: The US stopped shipments out of Afghanistan, citing the risk to truckers from protests along part of the route in neighboring Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: Russian FM Lavrov held talks with NATO SG Rasmussen.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hezbollah said one of its leaders had been assassinated near Beirut by Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: YouTube will push back the launch of its subscription music service until the first quarter of 2014.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Western diplomats visit country amid heightened tensions.
    • US VP Biden arrived in Beijing to discuss the air zone and bilateral relations.
    • British PM Cameron faced demands for the return of artifacts taken from Beijing in the 19th century on the last day of his visit.
    • Australian FM Bishop will hold talks in the country on the air zone later in the week.
    • French PM Ayrault is to begin a visit to the country lasting from 05DEC to 09DEC.
    • State run media said that US VP Biden should not expect to make much progress on the air zone if he plans to repeat “erroneous and one-sided remarks” on the issue.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Eritrea: Dutch and Swedish researchers reported that children in the country are being kidnapped by senior military officers, smuggled into Sudan and held to ransom or sold. (The Guardian)
  • Mali: Twenty-one bodies believed to be those of soldiers close to ousted President Toure were found in a mass grave near Bamako. (AFP)
  • Mali: China sent 135 peacekeepers to the country, marking the first time China has dispatched security forces for a peacekeeping mission. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The ongoing activity of militants and criminal networks are derailing the government’s efforts to hire a foreign firm to manage the port of Kismayu. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: People looted stores in Cordoba after police demanding pay raises refused to leave their barracks. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The FARC renewed their call for a ceasefire amid peace talks with the government. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The IAEA reported that thieves stole a truck containing potentially “extremely dangerous” radioactive material used in medical treatment. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero sent President Nieto a letter asking for a “fair trial.” (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he had proof that a massive power outage was caused by saboteurs, while critics of the government faulted a lack of maintenance. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US stopped shipments out of Afghanistan, citing the risk to truckers from protests along part of the route in neighboring Pakistan. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: US Secretary Kerry suggested that the Defense Minister or government could sign the BSA instead of President Karzai. (Reuters)
  • Japan: The country launched a US-style National Security Council designed to strengthen the office of the Prime Minister in directing foreign and defense policies. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: South Korea reported that a power rearrangement is under way in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Military leaders said that the political situation is returning to normal and ruled out the possibility of a coup. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Syria’s Information Minister Zoubi said that some European countries are in contact with Damascus regarding the growing number of Western fighters in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov held talks with NATO SG Rasmussen.  (Itar-Tass)
  • Ukraine: PM Azarov called on the opposition to stop escalating tensions. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Authorities arrested a soldier on suspicion of terrorist offences. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: Hezbollah said one of its leaders had been assassinated near Beirut by Israel. (AFP)
  • Qatar: The government stressed that it has had no direct or indirect contact with Syria’s regime. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Intelligence Chief Sultan held a meeting with Russian President Putin on the Syrian conflict. (AFP)
  • Syria: The government said President Assad will remain president and lead any transition agreed upon in scheduled Geneva peace talks. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: YouTube will push back the launch of its subscription music service until the first quarter of 2014.  (Mashable)

 

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 02DEC: 163 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 02DEC: 70 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05DEC)

  • China: French PM Ayrault will pay an official visit to China (to 09DEC)
  • Israel: US Secretary Kerry meets with PM Netanyahu (to 06DEC)
  • Philippines: Anniversary of Maguindanao placed under martial rule – 2009
  • Russia: Anniversary of Russian nightclub fire killing 102 – 2009
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of President Chavez announcing Venezuela’s transformation to a socialist state – 2006

 

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