ONS: 06 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir left for Juba for official talks with his S. Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit.
  • AMERICAS: The US Senate is set to vote on Janet Yellen’s appointment as head of the Federal Reserve – the first woman to hold the post, if confirmed.
  • ASIA: The ruling Awami League of Bangladesh secured 232 of 300 total seats in Sunday’s violently boycotted general election.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan said he would not be opposed to retrials for hundreds of military officers jailed for coup-plotting.
  • MIDDLE EAST: After four days of diplomacy, US Secretary of State Kerry headed home, without a framework for Israeli-Palestinian talks, but saying progress was made.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An Internet security firm discovered an alleged malware infection of Yahoo’s servers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: PM al-Maliki called on Fallujah residents to expel “terrorists” from the city to avoid an army assault.
    • Government officials said about 9,000 families have fled the city already.
    • Iran’s deputy chief of staff General Mohammad Hejazi said his government could provide military equipment and advice in battle against Al-Qaeda.
    • US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US would help the Iraqi government but stressed that would not involve sending troops.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, Bloomberg, CNN

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Algerian President Bouteflika received the visiting Egyptian FM Nabil Fahmi to discuss bilateral relations. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Official media reported authorities would recall the ambassador to Qatar to protest the country’s interference in Egyptian domestic affairs. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: The government is repatriating over 1,600 citizens seeking refuge in its embassy in Bangui, to flee violence in the Central African Republic. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Omar al-Bashir left for Juba for official talks with his S. Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff is considering a decree opening the internal airline market to foreign airlines during the football World Cup, to prevent abusive price hikes. (BBC)
  • US: The Senate is set to vote on Janet Yellen’s appointment as head of the Federal Reserve – the first woman to hold the post, if confirmed. (Reuters)
  • US: New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport temporarily stopped all flights on Sunday after a plane skidded into a snowbank. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The board reviewing the cases of 88 prisoners, said they are to be released as planned despite US opposition to the decision. (Reuters)
  • Bangladesh: The ruling Awami League secured 232 of 300 total seats in Sunday’s violently boycotted general election. (AP)
  • Japan: PM Abe said he wanted to meet Chinese and South Korean leaders to explain his visit to a controversial war shrine. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Officials said at least 10 were killed and another nine wounded in an accidental explosion at a tribal leader’s house in Tirah Valley. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, freed by Moscow after a decade in jail, vowed to fight for Russian political prisoners from his new home in Switzerland. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said he would not be opposed to retrials for hundreds of military officers jailed for coup-plotting. (AFP)
  • UK: Former defense chiefs warned that parts of southern Afghanistan could fall to the Taliban after British troops’ pull-out this year. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: UNSG Ban named American Jane Holl Lute a special adviser charged with assisting Iranian exiles living in Iraq to relocate elsewhere. (UPI)
  • Region: After four days of diplomacy, US Secretary of State Kerry headed home, without a framework for Israeli-Palestinian talks, but saying progress was made. (AFP)
  • Syria: The opposition Syrian National Coalition re-elected Ahmad Jarba as its leader. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels were laying siege to Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Raqa, freeing 50 people that were detained. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security: An Internet security firm discovered an alleged malware infection of Yahoo’s servers. (USA Today)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07P (Ian)
    • Location: 404 miles E of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: W at 1.15 mph
    • Winds: 40 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 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 (07JAN)

  • Haiti and Dominican Republic: Haitian and the Dominican Republic representatives will meet to discuss the migration problem in Haiti
  • Latvia: President Andris Berzins will name his own candidate for prime minister should parties fail to come up with an acceptable leader
  • Pakistan: A Pakistani court is expected to resume hearing in a case against former Pakistan ruler Pervez Musharraf over the killing of a cleric during a deadly raid on a radical mosque in 2007
  • Coptic Christianity: Christmas

 

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