ONS: 05 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Niger urged the international community to intervene in southern Libya, saying the region had become an “incubator for terrorism”.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos dismissed the army’s intelligence head over allegations of spying on government officials negotiating with FARC rebels at peace talks in Cuba.
  • ASIA: The Obama administration has sharply curtailed drone strikes in Pakistan after a request from the government there for restraint as it pursues peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.
  • EUROPE: A lawmaker in Kosovo who is also son of late President Rugova is being questioned by EU police and justice workers for alleged involvement in organized crime and fraud.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Multiple bombings in central Baghdad near the Green Zone killed at least 16 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: German media reported that US intelligence agencies began spying on current Chancellor Merkel’s predecessor in 2002 because of his opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: International community calls for progress amid stall.
    • US VP Biden urged President Yanukovych to pursue dialogue and compromise to end the country’s crisis as he called for the “immediate” pulling back of riot police.
    • EU foreign policy chief Ashton met with President Yanukovych in a fresh effort to resolve the crisis.
    • Russian President Putin and President Yanukovych will discuss the political crisis in Kiev when the two meet on the sidelines of the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi on Friday.
    • Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko urged the EU to meditate in the country‘s political crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, AP-2, DPA, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Niger urged the international community to intervene in southern Libya, saying the region had become an “incubator for terrorism”. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: Locals reported that a dozen civilians were killed during clashes between Muslim Seleka fighters and Christian vigilante groups in the north of the country. (DPA)
  • Egypt: A Cairo court resumed the trial of ousted President Morsi. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: A blast at a primary school in Benghazi wounded six children. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: Protesters demanding lower electricity prices burned down several buildings east of Pretoria. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos dismissed the army’s intelligence head over allegations of spying on government officials negotiating with FARC rebels at peace talks in Cuba. (BBC)
  • Mexico: President Nieto announced plans to spend USD3.4 billion to build roads, schools and other infrastructure in Michoacan. (AFP)
  • United States: A Senate committee heard that a fraudulent reward system for enlisting new recruits into the Army National Guard may have involved hundreds of officials during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US President Obama met with top Afghanistan war advisors on US plans for a post-2014 military force in light of President Karzai’s refusal to sign the BSA. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK and ROK agreed to hold a reunion of separated families from 20FEB to 25FEB. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The Obama administration has sharply curtailed drone strikes in the country after a request from the government there for restraint as it pursues peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. (WP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino called for nations around the world to support the country in resisting China’s assertive territorial claims. (NYT)
  • Thailand: The UN said that it would not condone any action that undermines the democratic process in the country. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Romanian President Basescu called on Turkey to play a greater role in the Black Sea Region. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: President Gauck is to begin a state visit to India. (DPA)
  • Kosovo: A lawmaker who is also son of late President Rugova is being questioned by EU police and justice workers for alleged involvement in organized crime and fraud. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif revealed he has “no authority” to discuss the war in Syria with US Secretary Kerry. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Multiple bombings in central Baghdad near the Green Zone killed at least 16 people. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli soldiers shot and injured two Palestinians during an operation in the al-Faraa refugee camp in Tubas city. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: UN investigators reported that children in the country have been recruited to fight with opposition forces, tortured and used as civilian shields. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: German media reported that US intelligence agencies began spying on current Chancellor Merkel’s predecessor in 2002 because of his opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq. (AP)

 

WORLD

 

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Edilson)
    • Location: 219 NM NE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: S at 8 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 12P (Edna)
    • Location: 89 NM W of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: SSE at 23 mph
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 27JAN: 181 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 27JAN: 79 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06FEB)

  • Global: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
  • Serbia and Kosovo: Anniversary of presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, Tomislav Nikolic and Jahjaga for the first time in talks mediated by the EU – 2013
  • Pakistan: Date by which USD352 million will be released to the country by the US under the Coalition Support Fund.

 

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