ONS: 04 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan police detained 77 Chinese nationals accused of running a cybercrime center in Nairobi, who police believe were “preparing to raid the country’s communication systems”.
  • AMERICAS: Honduran President Hernandez and Guatemalan President Perez said their countries will set up a joint military force to battle drug trafficking on their shared border.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Ghani and chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah are to seek to build bridges with the West and outline reform policies at a conference in London.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian FM Klimkin stressed the need for a real ceasefire for the east of the country, not the “hybrid” version subject to frequent violations.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula threatened to execute a US hostage who called for help in a video released by the jihadist group, SITE Intelligence reported.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama said China is indisputably engaging in cybertheft and encouraged US CEOs to speak out about China’s behavior.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Putin addresses country in wake of militant activity in Chechnya.
    • Heavily-armed gunmen in Chechnya attacked a police post, killing at least 10 officers before storming buildings including a school in the capital Grozny.
    • President of Chechnya Kadyrov said that the office building, called the House of Publishing and used by newspapers and other media, had been recaptured by morning, and that all militants inside had been killed.
    • Russian President Putin told lawmakers that the time had come to push back against what he described as a “speculative attack” on the ruble.
    • President Vladimir Putin said the West had used the Ukraine crisis and the annexation of Crimea as a pretext to levy sanctions against Russia.
    • US Secretary Kerry said Washington did not want to see Russia isolate itself “through its own actions,” calling on Moscow to help halt the Ukraine crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Police detained 77 Chinese nationals accused of running a cybercrime center in Nairobi, who police believe were “preparing to raid the country’s communication systems”. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al-Shebab insurgents said they had assassinated a former lawmaker and his bodyguard and wounded another MP in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu to show the government they remained a threat. (AFP)
  • South Africa: President Zuma kicked off a state visit to China months after his government refused the Dalai Lama a visa. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Honduran President Hernandez and Guatemalan President Perez said their countries will set up a joint military force to battle drug trafficking on their shared border. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff won a victory in Congress with the passage of legislation that frees her administration from complying with its fiscal savings goal for this year. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The government and the FARC said they have overcome a crisis stemming from the capture of an army general and that the next round of negotiations will take place from 10DEC-17DEC. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Ghani and chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah are to seek to build bridges with the West and outline reform policies at a conference in London. (AFP)
  • China: The government reiterated that foreign countries should not promote unrest in Hong Kong after a top US official gave Washington’s strongest backing yet to democracy protesters. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno said that starting 06DEC the government will sink foreign ships conducting illegal, unreported and undocumented fishing operations along the country’s sea borders. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: A bomb on the outskirts of Quetta killed at least one person and wounded eight others, including two schoolchildren. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Amnesty International reported that torture of suspected criminals by police in the country has thrived under the administration of President Aquino. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: PM Renzi claimed a “historic” victory after parliament gave its final approval to a controversial labor reform aimed at reviving the jobs market. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: FM Klimkin stressed the need for a real ceasefire for the east of the country, not the “hybrid” version subject to frequent violations. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Police arrested seven people suspected of terrorism offenses, with five in Wales and two in London. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An oil pipeline rupture has caused thousands of cubic meters of crude oil to spill into the Arava desert in southern Israel near the border with Jordan. (AFP)
  • Iran: Authorities extended the detention of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian at Tehran’s Evin prison for up to an additional 60 days. (WP)
  • Syria: Activists reported that Islamic State militants launched an attack on the last major military air base in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. (AP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula threatened to execute a US hostage who called for help in a video released by the jihadist group, SITE Intelligence reported. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US President Obama said China is indisputably engaging in cybertheft and encouraged US CEOs to speak out about China’s behavior. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 22W (Hagupit)
    • Location: 221 NM NNW of Koror
    • Movement: WNW at 18 mph
    • Winds: 178 mph
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  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 15,935 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 6,928 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 13NOV: 885,926 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Deaths as of 13NOV: 153 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 02DEC: 927 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey and the U.S)
      • Deaths as of 02DEC: 338 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05DEC)

  • Thailand: The King’s birthday
  • United States and Jordan: US President Barack Obama will host Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House

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