ONS: 05 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 5, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes broke out in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui ahead of a scheduled UNSC vote on dispatching French peacekeepers to the country.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities found stolen radioactive material outside of the truck that was carrying it north of Mexico City.
  • ASIA: US VP Biden criticized China’s tightening of controls on foreign journalists.
  • EUROPE: The meeting of the OSCE security group opened in Ukraine amid ongoing anti-government protests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry held talks on security with Israeli PM Netanyahu.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security firm Trustwave reported in the past month more than two million accounts have been compromised from popular sites such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn after malware captured login credentials from users.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Militants attack Defense Ministry.
    • Militants launched a two-pronged attack on the Defense Ministry, with a car bomb on one side of the complex as attackers on foot opened fire with automatic rifles on another.
    • Defense Ministry officials said at least 20 people had been killed and dozens wounded, including both militants and Yemeni soldiers.
    • The gunmen were armed with assault rifles, hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades and wore Yemeni army uniforms.
    • Defense Minister Ahmed was in Washington for talks with US officials.
    • No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, LAT, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Clashes broke out in Bangui ahead of a scheduled UNSC vote on dispatching French peacekeepers to the country. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The public prosecutor referred three political activists to trial for protesting without permission in the first case of activists being charged under new restrictive protest laws. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Lawmakers rejected a bill that would place NGOs under de facto government management and restrict their ability to receive funds from overseas donors. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: VP Sambo vowed to end the security threats posed by Boko Haram and Ansaru. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: At least eight people were killed when a car bomb rammed a convoy in Bossasso. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Jamaica: PM Miller said the government launched an infrastructure repair and upgrade program. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities found stolen radioactive material outside of the truck that was carrying it north of Mexico City. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: Ten people were killed in a confrontation between police and an armed group in the north of the country. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro signed a decree controlling the price of new and second-hand cars. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesia and Australia announced that they would set up a hotline as part of their efforts to repair relations. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korea said that it would proceed with a joint naval exercise off of its coast with the US and UK from 08DEC to 09DEC. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: At least six civilians were injured as a suicide bombing hit a foreign troops’ convoy in Kandahar province. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: The government destroyed a total of 6,027 hectares of illicit poppy plantations across the country during 2013-14 poppy cultivation season. (Xinhua)
  • China: US VP Biden criticized the country’s tightening of controls on foreign journalists. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The meeting of the OSCE security group opened in Ukraine amid ongoing anti-government protests. (AFP)
  • Moldova: US Secretary Kerry met with President Timofti, Parliament Speaker Corman and PM Leanca in a brief visit to the country. (Xinhua)
  • Sweden: Documents leaked by Snowden indicate that the country provided the US with “unique” intelligence on Russia’s leadership. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A member of Israel’s government visited Istanbul in the first cabinet level visit since ties ruptured in 2010. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: US Assistant Secretary of State Nuland voiced US support for protesters calling for closer ties with the EU. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Police stormed a mall in Kirkuk that gunmen used to attack a police station killing three militants and ending a standoff. (AP)
  • Israel: US Secretary Kerry held talks on security with Israeli PM Netanyahu. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government ruled out any compromise on security in the Jordan Valley. (AFP)
  • Syria: Jihadists in the north of the country kidnapped at least 50 Kurds in the past three days. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security firm Trustwave reported in the past month more than two million accounts have been compromised from popular sites such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn after malware captured login credentials from users. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 450 miles S of The Azores
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (06DEC)

  • Africa: African Security Summit in Paris, France
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the attack on the Shiite holy day of Ashura – 2011
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Pakistan severing ties with India following New Delhi’s recognition of Bangladesh – 1971

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