ONS: 04 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The number of displaced persons in the Central African Republic more than doubled to 935,000 since December.
  • AMERICAS: Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, a top enforcer for the Sinaloa drug cartel, was arrested in the Netherlands.
  • ASIA: Anti-election activists torched at least 24 polling stations across Bangladesh.
  • EUROPE: Italian coast guard and navy vessels rescued more than 1,000 migrants off the coast of Lampedusa in a span of 24 hours.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A senior Iraqi security official said the government has lost control of the city of Fallujah.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US intelligence court approved the government’s request to continue collecting bulk information about Americans’ phone calls.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: Ceasefire talks between government and rebel delegations delayed
    • Information Minister Makui said discussions would not happen until an agenda was drafted by negotiators and agreed upon by both sides.
    • Over 180,000 people have been displaced since the start of the conflict.
    • US Marines evacuated approximately 20 Embassy staff.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, NYT, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The number of displaced persons has more than doubled to 935,000 since December. (BBC)
  • DR Congo: Authorities shut down the church of prophet Joseph Mukungubila, who was linked to deadly attacks in Kinshasa. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Clashes between police and pro-Morsi protesters killed at least 13 people. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Electoral authorities set a referendum to recall Bogotá Mayor Petro for 02MAR. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Police in the Netherlands arrested Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, a top enforcer for the Sinaloa drug cartel. (AP)
  • Mexico: An attack on a prison in Iguala, Guerrero State, killed five assailants and four inmates. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An attack on a military camp in Nangarhar Province killed one NATO soldier and six insurgents. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Anti-election activists torched at least 24 polling stations across the country. (DPA)
  • Cambodia: Police in Phnom Penh disbanded anti-government protests and barred new demonstrations. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The upcoming Munich Security Conference will focus mainly on the situation in Ukraine and Syria. (Itar-Tass)
  • Italy: Coast guard and navy vessels rescued more than 1,000 migrants off the coast of Lampedusa in a span of 24 hours. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Presient Gul warned the country’s judiciary to stay impartial as it pursues a major corruption investigation. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A senior security official said the government has lost control of the city of Fallujah. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Majid al-Majid, a suspected al Qaeda leader, died from kidney failure in prison. (AP)
  • Syria: A newly formed rebel alliance declared war on the al-Qaeda linked ISIL militants. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least 13 people died in a clash between troops and armed saboteurs that attempted to block oil pipeline repairs in Marib Province. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: A secretive intelligence court approved the government’s request to continue collecting bulk information about Americans’ phone calls. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01B (One)
    • Location: 300 miles SE of Chennai, India
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Cyclone 06S (Bejisa)
    • Location: 284 miles SSW of Saint Denis, La Reunion
    • Movement: SW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Continued eruptions forced approximately 1,000 people to evacuate. (AFP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 03JAN: 177 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 03JAN: 74 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05JAN)

  • Bangladesh: National presidential elections
  • Cuba: Dutch FM visit to strengthen ties (to 07JAN)
  • Kenya: IMF Director Lagarde to visit with policymakers and private sector leaders (through 08JAN)

 

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