ONS: 06 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian Army said that a Kuwaiti newspaper “misinterpreted” remarks by Field Marshal Sisi in which he said he would seek the presidency.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos called the surveillance of government peace negotiators “totally legal.”
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, the first formal meeting between the government and a Taliban-nominated team opened.
  • EUROPE: Italian FM Bonino defended Germany against charges its austerity demands were the cause of suffering in the crisis-hit eurozone.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Six car bombs hit primarily Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad killing at least five people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Turkish MPs adopted new Internet legislation that extends hefty Internet curbs in place under a controversial 2007 law.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels annouce new push ahead of peace talks.
    • The largest rebel coalition, known as the Islamic Front, joined forces with the Nusra Front for a new military campaign in Aleppo.
    • The opposition Syrian National Coalition has agreed to attend the second round of peace talks but the government has not yet decided.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon said he was confident the country would meet a 30JUN deadline to eliminate its entire chemical weapons program.
    • Russia’s UN ambassador said Moscow is against a UNSC resolution that would push for greater humanitarian access to Syria.
    • The UN reported that the number of people displaced by the civil war is expected to nearly double from 3.5 million now to 6.5 million by the end of the year.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Reuters, Reuters-2, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The US urged all groups in the country to “break the cycle of violent retribution”. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The Army said that a Kuwaiti newspaper “misinterpreted” remarks by Field Marshal Sisi in which he said he would seek the presidency. (AFP)
  • Mali: German Defence Minister Leyen is to visit German soldiers in the country after holding talks with the government. (DPA)
  • Sudan, South: MSF reported that the public health situation in the biggest camp for displaced people in Juba is a “ticking time bomb.” (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The human rights commissions of Bolivia and Mexico agreed to mutually protect migrants from both countries. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: President Santos called the surveillance of government peace negotiators “totally legal.” (EFE)
  • El Salvador: The Supreme Court ordered the country’s top prosecutor to investigate the alleged massacre of dozens of civilians in 1981 by army troops. (Reuters)
  • United States: Defense analysts predicted that budget cuts over the next decade will force the Pentagon to make cuts that could make it hard to execute a global security strategy. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Local media reported that Russia has rejected a Chinese offer to cooperate on their separate territorial rows with Japan. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Electoral Complaints Commission reported that it may not be ready in time for a presidential vote in April because of funding and staffing problems. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK said it may reconsider plans to hold reunions between families in the North and the South if the US and ROK carry out planned annual military drills. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The first formal meeting between the government and a Taliban-nominated team opened. (BBC)
  • Thailand: Rice farmers mounted a protest against a controversial plan to guarantee farmers above-market rates for rice. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Italian FM Bonino defended Germany against charges its austerity demands were the cause of suffering in the crisis-hit eurozone. (AFP)
  • Russia: The US advised airlines with direct flights serving the country to be aware of the possibility that explosive materials could be concealed in toothpaste or cosmetic tubes. (CNN)
  • Spain: Moroccan authorities said at least seven migrants drowned while trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from a beach in Morocco. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Opposition leader and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko said the country’s security services are investigating him for an alleged attempt to “overthrow the state”. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s nuclear chief Salehi said the unfinished Arak nuclear reactor could be modified to produce less plutonium, in a bid to reassure the West. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Six car bombs hit primarily Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad killing at least five people. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UN reported that illegal excavations are taking place at important archaeological sites all over the country that are “extremely dangerous” and “lethal” to the country’s cultural heritage. (AP)
  • Yemen: Shiite rebels battled pro-government tribes and Sunni Islamists close to the capital overnight before a truce was restored. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Turkish MPs adopted new Internet legislation that extends hefty Internet curbs in place under a controversial 2007 law. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Edilson)
    • Location: 266 NM E of ST Denis, La Reunion
    • Movement: S at 10 mph
    • Winds: 52 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 04FEB: 181 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 04FEB: 79 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07FEB)

  • Global: Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia
  • Colombia: Civil Resistance Day – 2003
  • Cuba: Anniversary of US embargo against Cuba – 1962
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ex militia boss Germaine Katanga is to face an ICC judgement for war crimes
  • Grenada: Independence Day – 1974
  • Japan: Japan and the US will hold joint antidisaster drills in southwestern Japan
  • Japan: Japanese FM Fumio Kishida plans to visit the United States on Feb. 7 to hold talks with his US counterpart, John Kerry
  • Maldives: Anniversary of Maldives coup – 2012
  • Russia: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich hopes to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi

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