ONS: 04 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 4, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least 100 rebels have been killed after a cross-border attack against the central African nation of Burundi from the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a top military source.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities investigating the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero state have arrested a further 10 municipal police officers.
  • ASIA: Japan will continue pushing North Korea to report its investigation findings regarding Japanese abduction victims as soon as possible after seeing no tangible progress over the past six months.
  • EUROPE: Police in Italy believe traffickers earned roughly USD 3 million from the 359 illegal migrants found abandoned on a cargo ship in the Mediterranean.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel froze the transfer of about USD 127 million in taxes as a sanction against the Palestinian government following its decision to join the International Criminal Court, raising the threat of war crimes suits against Israeli officials.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that digital connectivity should become a basic right in the country just like the right to schooling.

 

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Violence, kidnappings continue as international intervention is considered
    • Masked gunmen in the country’s central region kidnapped 13 Coptic Christians on Saturday after seven were abducted days earlier, said a witness and a priest.
    • Supporters of Islamic State, the militant group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria, have killed 14 Libyan soldiers in the south of the country.
    • Rival militias now control most of the country including the two largest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, and Sirte has become a safe haven for Islamist fighters.
    • Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognized government on Saturday staged airstrikes on the commercial port of Misrata, a western city allied to a group that holds Tripoli.
    • France may undertake military intervention in the country within the next three months, according to an Arab diplomatic source.
    • Coverage: Al-Awsat, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Ending the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is a difficult task, but it is “within our reach”, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN’s new mission chief on the disease said, warning that the world has no choice but to beat back the infection. (AFP)
  • Region: The “Arab Spring” prompted the biggest migrant wave since World War Two as people continue to flee the Middle East and North Africa. (Guardian)
  • Region: At least 100 rebels have been killed after a cross-border attack against the central African nation of Burundi from the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a top military source. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Dozens of soldiers were killed in an attack suspected to be a perpetration of Boko Haram on the Multinational Joint Task Force base in the northeastern state of Borno, local media reported on Sunday, citing top ranking security sources. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Argentina’s Supreme Court has ruled that an American who took refuge and started a new life in the South American country can be extradited to face charges that he killed his wife more than a decade ago. (GUARD)
  • Mexico: Mexican authorities investigating the disappearance of 43 student teachers in Guerrero state have arrested a further 10 municipal police officers. (BBC)
  • United States: Nebraska medical officials say a health care provider who had high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone will be observed at a biocontainment unit in Omaha. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan will continue pressure on North Korea to report its investigation findings regarding Japanese abduction victims as soon as possible after seeing no tangible progress over the past six months. (Kyodo)
  • Region: Indonesian search and rescue teams have located a fifth large object on the seabed, agency chief Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo said on Sunday. (Xinhua)
  • India: Indian intelligence agencies have warned that a Delhi-Kabul flight of the country’s carrier Air India may be hijacked by terrorists. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: The country slammed fresh U.S. sanctions, calling them hostile and repressive policies by Washington. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Security officials claimed a U.S. drone strike targeting a Taliban-linked warlord killed at least six militants in the country’s tribal region near the Afghan border. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, reportedly believes that the Eurozone is now robust enough to cope with a potential exit of Greece. (Telegraph)
  • Greece: The Greek police said they had arrested a convicted terrorist, Christodoulos Xiros, whom recently released a video criticizing the handling of the country’s financial crisis, threatening politicians and journalists, and vowing more attacks. (AP)
  • Italy: Italian police believe traffickers earned roughly USD 3 million from the 359 illegal migrants found abandoned on a cargo ship in the Mediterranean. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: A tank wagon with petroleum products exploded at the Peresyp railway station near Odessa on Saturday in what was classified as a terrorist act. (TASS)
  • United Kingdom: A British health worker who is being treated for Ebola in a London hospital is now in critical condition. (NYT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel froze the transfer of about USD 127 million in taxes as a sanction against the Palestinian government following its decision to join the International Criminal Court, raising the threat of war crimes suits against Israeli officials. (WSJ)
  • Region: Palestinian officials are demanding that the Egyptian government investigate the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy from Gaza who was killed by Egyptian soldiers. (NYT)
  • Iran: Pres. Rouhani said that foreign investors should no longer be viewed as a threat and signaled the country’s isolation from the world economy may soon end. (AFP)
  • Iraq: An eighth propaganda video of British hostage John Cantlie giving a tour of the city of Mosul has been released by the Islamic State group. (Guardian)
  • Iraq: Australian PM Abbott visited Baghdad on Sunday for talks on aiding the country in its fight against the Islamic State group. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Indian PM Modi stated that digital connectivity should become a basic right in the country just like the right to schooling. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 20,206 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 7,905 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 29DEC: 1,071,696 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, 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, Paraguay, 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..) Confirmed Cases: 22,796
      • Deaths as of 29DEC: 169 (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 26DEC: 941 (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 US)
      • Deaths as of 17DEC: 347 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05JAN)

  • Kenya: Kenya National Teachers Union (Knut) has called for a nationwide teachers strike
  • Libya: UN-sponsored talks between rival governments set
  • Sikhism: Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti – 1666

 

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