ONS: 06 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Death toll rises to 20 after twin suicide bombings in the Somali town of Baidabo.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico City’s Chief of Police resigned amid criticism regarding his department’s handling of protests over the death of 43 students in September.
  • ASIA: The Pakistan military Saturday killed a senior Al-Qaeda leader in the northwestern tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, it said in a statement.
  • EUROPE: French Pres. Hollande plans an unscheduled stop in Moscow to discuss the Ukraine crisis with his counterpart Pres. Putin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Islamic State fighters began storming a major regime airbase in eastern Syria, another step in the group’s bid to fully control the oil-rich province of Deir al-Zour.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI is investigating threatening emails sent to some employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which was hit by a cyberattack last week.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: American hostage killed by militants during attempted rescue operation
    • Nine suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a drone strike believed to have been carried out by the United States.
    • Reports surfaced that a new military operation took place to rescue journalist Luke Somers, who was taken hostage in 2013, after an attempt earlier this month by US officials to rescue Somers failed.
    • Lucy Somers, sister to the American photojournalist, claimed that she had learned of her brother’s death from FBI agents early Saturday morning, with no immediate comment from Washington, nor Yemeni security officials.
    • Yemen’s Defense Ministry later reported in a statement that the American hostage was freed on Saturday during an operation in which approximately 10 al Qaeda fighters were also killed.
    • US Def. Sec. Hagel confirmed early Saturday morning that al Qaeda militants killed Somers and a second non-US citizen hostage during the course of the operation.
    • The South African hostage killed in the failed raid to free captives held by militants in Yemen, was killed a day before he was due to be released after more than a year in captivity.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, Guardian, LAT, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A Japan Air Self-Defense Force transport plane carrying 20,000 sets of anti-Ebola protective gear left for West Africa. (Kyodo)
  • Mali: A group of UN peacekeepers trapped in a clinic when it was quarantined after an outbreak of Ebola have been allowed to leave, the UN said Saturday. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The death toll has risen to 20 and 40 have been injured after twin suicide bombings in the town of Baidabo. (DPA)
  • Somalia: PM Ahmed lost a vote of confidence in parliament, amid warnings that the political turmoil could damage efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Uruguayan Pres. Mujica reaffirmed in an open letter to Pres. Obama the country’s willingness to accept six detainees from the Guantanamo Naval Base. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Mexico City’s Chief of Police resigned amid criticism regarding his department’s handling of protests over the death of 43 students in September. (UPI)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested the uncle of one of the countries most notorious drug lords, the head of the Knights Templar cartel. (AFP)
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Labor unions staged a national march against corruption, gathering hundreds of workers and other citizens in the capital, Port-of-Spain. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US Def. Sec. Hagel arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit in the final weeks of NATO’s US-led war against the Taliban. (AFP)
  • China: 21 workers trapped in a collapsed tunnel in the Fujian Province for more than a day were rescued. (XIN)
  • India: Authorities have sounded an alert in New Delhi, the capital city, following a series of deadly attacks in Indian-controlled Kashmir. (XIN)
  • Pakistan: The military reported that a senior al Qaeda leader was killed in a raid near Wazirastan in the northwestern tribal areas. (AFP)
  • Phillipines: Major airlines have canceled at least 177 domestic flights as the country braces for Typhoon Hagupit. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia’s ban on the supplies of Belarusian products goes against all earlier agreements, Belarusian Justice Minister Slizhevsky told local media. (XIN)
  • Russia: French Pres. Hollande will make an unscheduled stop in Moscow to discuss the Ukraine crisis with his counterpart Pres. Putin. (AFP)
  • Russia: Pres. Putin expressed his staunch support to a controversial law regulating NGOs, while promising some adjustment to meet current conditions. (XIN)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A senior Iranian official has confirmed his country carried out air strikes in neighboring Iraq against Islamic State fighters at the request of Iraqi authorities. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Authorities stated that two bombings targeting Shiites have killed seven people around the capital, Baghdad. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Heavy clashes erupted between the army and militants, hours after the al-Nusra Front announced it had executed a captured Lebanese soldier. (DPA)
  • Syria: Islamic State fighters stormed a major regime airbase, another step in the militant group’s bid to fully control the oil-rich province of Deir al-Zour. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The FBI is investigating threatening emails sent to some employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which was hit by a cyberattack last week. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Hagupit)
    • Location: 360 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 17,145 (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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07DEC)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of Afghan President Karzai sworn in – 2004
  • United States: Anniversary of the raid on Pearl Harbor – 1941

 

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