ONS: 05 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Supporters of ousted Madagascar President Ravalomanana threatened protests if election officials declared victory for the opposition party.
  • AMERICAS: Nicaragua delayed construction of a planned canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean to 2015.
  • ASIA: A Cambodian municipal court summoned opposition leaders on suspicion of inciting civil unrest.
  • EUROPE: Russian narcotics officers busted a major drug ring that trafficked Afghan heroin to Eastern Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Secretary of State Kerry vowed support for Iraq’s battle against Al Qaeda-linked militants, but not with US troops
  • TECHNOLOGY: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will sue the NSA over its surveillance and data collection practices

 

TOP STORY

  • Bangladesh: Continued violence amidst parliamentary polls
    • An elections official and at least 12 other people were killed in the upheaval.
    • Approximately 150 polling centers have been firebombed since the start of the unrest.
    • The Bangladesh Election Commission postponed voting at 160 polling centers due to safety concerns.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua-1, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: An IED blast in a store in Nairobi injured one person. (Xinhua)
  • Madagascar: Supporters of ousted President Ravalomanana threatened protests if election officials declared victory for the opposition party. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Residents of the capital Juba continued to flee to Uganda following overnight clashes. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Gangs in the northern city of Sao Luis torched four buses and attacked a police station. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested six police officers in connection with the death of a US citizen in Cancún. (Reuters)
  • Nicaragua: The start of construction of a planned canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans was delayed to 2015. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security forces in Ghazni Province killed 15 Taliban fighters, including their commander Mullah Alam. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: A municipal court summoned opposition leaders on suspicion of inciting civil unrest. (AFP)
  • Japan: US Defense Secretary Hagel called on Tokyo to improve relations with its neighbors. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian narcotics officers busted a major drug ring that trafficked Afghan heroin to Eastern Europe. (Itar-Tass)
  • Italy: The country confirmed the availability of its ports for the transfer of Syrian chemical materials to an American ship. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: A judge lifted a temporary ban on journalists entering police buildings and gave the National Police Department seven days to justify its imposition. (UPI)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Secretary of State Kerry vowed support for the country’s battle against Al Qaeda-linked militants, but not with US troops. (AFP)
  • Israel: The country rejected a US proposal to deploy a mixed Israeli-Palestinian military presence in the Jordan Valley. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Religious clashes in northern provinces killed at least 23 people over two days. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will sue the NSA over its surveillance and data collection practices. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01B (One)
    • Location: 235 miles SSE of Chennai, India
    • Movement: W at 3.45 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Cyclone 06S (Bejisa)
    • Location: 604 miles SSW of Saint Denis, La Reunion
    • Movement: SW at 24 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Authorities extended the danger zone after the volcano spewed gas farther than expected. (AP)
  • Mount Raung, Indonesia
    • Authorities raised the emergency alert level due to increasing seismic activity. (Xinhua)
  • 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 (06JAN)

  • Africa: Chinese FM Wang Yi will visit Eithiopia, Djibouti, Gana and Senegal (to 11JAN)
  • China and South Korea: The two countries to hold a new round of talks for a bilateral free trade agreement (to 10JAN)
  • Iraq: Army Day – 1921
  • Japan: Tokyo Stock Exchange holds year’s first session
  • Pakistan: Saudi Arabian FM Prince Saud al Faisal will visit the country (to 07JAN)
  • Panama: Pres. Ricardo Maratinelli and Spanish Public Works  Minister Ana Pastor will meet with Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano to resolve a dispute with a consortium threatening to halt expansion work on the Panama Canal.
  • Turkey and Japan: Turkish PM Erdogan to visit Japan (to 08JAN)

 

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