ONS: 05 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Associated Press investigation found mounting evidence that many ordinary Kenyan police are killing unarmed terror suspects, extortion victims and children.
  • AMERICAS: A White House official said President Obama will name former Pentagon deputy chief Ashton Carter to be his new defense secretary.
  • ASIA: US officials said the Obama administration plans to keep hundreds of extra troops in Afghanistan on a temporary basis next year, above the previously announced force of 9,800.
  • EUROPE: French Defense Minister Le Drian suggested that two warships ordered by Russia may never be delivered.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  French Defense Minister Le Drian said French fighter jets were conducting a “major” raid in Iraq as part of the US-led coalition offensive against the Islamic State group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Justice Department created a new cybersecurity unit within its criminal division to deter, investigate and prosecute criminals carrying out cyberattacks or other digital crimes.

 

TOP STORY

  • Philippines: Widespread evacuations ahead of Typhoon Hagupit.
    • Tens of thousands of people fled coastal villages and landslide-prone areas as ports were shut across the archipelago, leaving more than 2,000 travelers stranded.
    • The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Management in Geneva said 200,000 people had been evacuated in the central island province of Cebu.
    • Government meteorologists reported Hagupit as 250 miles off the Philippines and expected it to make landfall on Saturday on eastern Samar island.
    • President Aquino criticized some local news media outlets for reporting that the incoming storm would be comparable to Typhoon Haiyan.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: An Associated Press investigation found mounting evidence that many ordinary police are killing unarmed terror suspects, extortion victims and children. (AP)
  • Liberia: The UN peacekeeping force in the country said one of its members was infected with Ebola in the mission’s third case of the disease. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The government said that a decision to cancel US training of its soldiers to fight Boko Haram was a logistical, not a political decision. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The Kenyan army said that a Kenyan fighter pilot whose jet crashed in an area controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab fighters in the south of the country is missing. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Navy ADM Bill Gortney is to formally take charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and US Northern Command from Army GEN Charles Jacoby Jr. (AP)
  • Brazil: Indigenous tribes protested over a lack of rights and land, shooting arrows at pictures of President Rousseff outside her executive building. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police shot and killed six suspected drug cartel members and arrested another seven during a raid in Veracruz. (AP)
  • United States: A White House official said President Obama will name former Pentagon deputy chief Ashton Carter to be his new defense secretary. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US officials said the Obama administration plans to keep hundreds of extra troops in the country on a temporary basis next year, above the previously announced force of 9,800. (WP)
  • Burma: A leader of ethnic Kachin rebels fighting in the north of the country said that trust in the country’s military-dominated government is at an all-time low. (AP)
  • China: A founder of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement branded the occupation of the city’s main roads as “high-risk”, urging protesters to turn to new methods of civil disobedience. (AFP)
  • India: A militant attack on an army camp in Kashmir killed at least seven soldiers and three police. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: French Defense Minister Le Drian suggested that two warships ordered by Russia may never be delivered. (AP)
  • Germany: A court jailed a jihadist militant for three years and nine months in the country’s first trial of a member of the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and Iraq. (AFP)
  • Russia: The country’s main investigative agency has announced the conviction and sentencing of four men accused of involvement in twin suicide bombings in Volgograd a year ago. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: French Defense Minister Le Drian said French fighter jets were conducting a “major” raid in the country as part of the US-led coalition offensive against the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Abu Ali al-Shishani, a Sunni militant commander in Syria who pledged allegiance to IS, threatened to “retaliate” against the country’s Shiites over the arrest of his wife and two children. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that IS  jihadists are closing in on the government-held Deir Ezzor air base in the east of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Justice Department created a new cybersecurity unit within its criminal division to deter, investigate and prosecute criminals carrying out cyberattacks or other digital crimes. (LAT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Hagupit)
    • Location: 489 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 144 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (06DEC)

  • Indonesia: The Indonesian government will begin sinking foreign ships conducting illegal, unreported and undocumented fishing operations along the country’s sea borders
  • Palestinian Territories: Agreement on establishing Russia-Palestine intergovernmental commission to be signed
  • Spain: Constitution Day – 1978

 

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