ONS: 04 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US urged South Sudan to implement a 23JAN ceasefire between the government and rebels as an advance team of regional monitors arrived in the country.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian President Rousseff swore in four new ministers as part of a cabinet shuffle caused by two top aides leaving to run for public office in October elections.
  • ASIA: In Japan, a government panel will urge the country to allow its military to help allies that come under attack in a major reversal of the country’s ban on collective defense.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan will discuss bilateral relations with German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian National Council chief Jarba met with Russian FM Lavrov in a bid to persuade Moscow to pressure Damascus to agree to a transitional government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A recent credit card data breach using tools similar to the Target breach targeted guests at certain Marriott, Holiday Inn, Sheraton and other hotel properties.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Government delays Taliban peace talks.
    • The government said it required further clarification from the team nominated by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) before talks could begin.
    • The teams were due to begin discussions in Islamabad at 0900 GMT to chart a “roadmap” for talks.
    • The government said the TTP had not yet put forward any formal demands for the talks.
    • Afghan President Karzai has been engaged in secret contacts with the Afghan Taliban about reaching a peace agreement.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The military reopened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip after keeping it closed for 12 days. (Xinhua)
  • Liberia: The UNHCR said that thousands of Ivorians sheltered in the country would run out of supplies within three months. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Police said they used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse 3,000 “violent” striking miners. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The US urged the country to implement a 23JAN ceasefire between the government and rebels as an advance team of regional monitors arrived in the country. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: A firefight between security forces and suspected Islamists in a Tunis suburb left at least one policeman and four militants dead. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Local experts reported that the country is suffering from a “severe foreign currency crisis” that calls for “a change in strategy” by the government. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff swore in four new ministers as part of a cabinet shuffle caused by two top aides leaving to run for public office in October elections. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: Dissidents claimed the government waged a campaign of detention to intimidate political opponents ahead of a regional summit. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The National Directorate for Security (NDS) said it captured two militants along with four suicide vests in Kabul. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: A government panel will urge the country to allow its military to help allies that come under attack in a major reversal of the country’s ban on collective defense. (AP)
  • Korea, South: The chief of the US Cyber Command GEN Alexander visited the country for talks on countering possible cyber threats from the DPRK. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) denied that it is working with al Qaeda in the wake of government accusations. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The opposition is set to demand the annulment of recent elections and the dissolution of the ruling party. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish PM Erdogan will discuss bilateral relations with German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin. (DPA)
  • Italy: The US DOD and the national military police signed a memorandum of understanding to promote joint training and education for peacekeeping operations. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych’s representative in parliament said the President could call early elections if there are no other ways out of the crisis. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into the south of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Kuwait: HRW urged the government to amend laws that officials are using to crack down on free speech. (AFP)
  • Syria: SNC chief Jarba met with Russian FM Lavrov in a bid to persuade Moscow to pressure Damascus to agree to a transitional government. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Gunmen fired on a military bus in Sanaa moments before it was hit by a bomb, leaving two soldiers dead and 12 wounded. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A recent credit card data breach using tools similar to the Target breach targeted guests at certain Marriott, Holiday Inn, Sheraton and other hotel properties. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 318km (198mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 18.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (05FEB)

  • Burundi: Unity Day
  • Mexico: Anniversary of Mexican Constitution – 1917
  • Pakistan: Kashmir Solidarity Day

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