ONS: 06 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 6, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Turkish Airlines, the last remaining foreign carrier offering flights to Libya, said it was suspending all flights amid the worsening security situation.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos called for the ELN to join FARC guerrillas in declaring a unilateral ceasefire as peace talks advance.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s defence ministry said that North Korea appeared to have achieved a “significant” level of technology to miniaturize a nuclear device.
  • EUROPE: A senior Turkish diplomat said the country is ready to conclude an agreement this month to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, two suicide bombings followed by clashes in Anbar province killed at least 23 security personnel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: One of the largest bitcoin exchanges temporarily suspended its services after losing some 19,000 bitcoins (USD 5.1 million) in what the company said was a breach of its system.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Parliament votes to amend constitution amid increasing tension with India.
    • Pakistan’s lower house of parliament approved the setting-up of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases in a vote of 247 legislators with members from two parties abstaining.
    • The law is now expected to be passed by the upper house and signed into law by the president this week.
    • Thousands of villagers have fled from their homes on either side of the India-Pakistan border amid ongoing exchanges of fire.
    • Four Pakistani civilians and an Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier have been killed in firings since Sunday.
    • Two paramilitary soldiers were killed and a passer-by injured during a shootout with Taliban militants in Karachi.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, BBC-2, DPA, DPA-2, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Gunmen dressed in military fatigues shot dead three ruling party activists before torching the local party office. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Pres. Kabila said he would trust citizens to scrutinize his rule when his current mandate ends in 2016, amid rumors of another term in office despite a constitutional ban. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Gunmen shot dead two policemen in a pre-dawn attack while they were on patrol in the southern city of Minya. (AFP)
  • Libya: Turkish Airlines, the last remaining foreign carrier offering flights to the country, said it was suspending all flights amid the worsening security situation. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Pres. Santos called for the ELN to join FARC guerrillas in declaring a unilateral ceasefire as peace talks advance. (Reuters)
  • Cuba: Local media reported that the State Council convened municipal elections with voting scheduled for 19APR. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The wife of the former mayor of the city where 43 students went missing was charged with organized crime and money laundering. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A Taliban rocket attack on a village in Helmand province killed three civilians and wounded two others. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Police arrested the deputy leader of the country’s main opposition party over accusations that he incited a series of violent protests by supporters. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong’s leader warned against fresh pro-democracy protests ahead of the next step in the city’s contentious political reform process. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s defence ministry said that North Korea appeared to have achieved a “significant” level of technology to miniaturize a nuclear device. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The junta warned that the military will “take action” under martial law if protests occur as a result of impeachment proceedings against former Premier Yingluck Shinawatra. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: French and German borrowing rates hit all-time lows amid fears over the prospect of Greece leaving the eurozone. (AFP)
  • Germany: Supporters and opponents of a group campaigning against what it sees as the “Islamisation” of Europe held rival rallies across the country. (BBC)
  • Turkey: A senior diplomat said the country is ready to conclude an agreement this month to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels. (NYT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two suicide bombings followed by clashes in Anbar province killed at least 23 security personnel. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State group said it has killed eight men in Salahuddin province for allegedly cooperating with the government. (AP)
  • Israel: Hamas announced that it opposes the visits of Arabs and Muslims to Jerusalem and to the al-Aqsa Mosque. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A top figure in the Islamic State group’s self-declared police force was found decapitated in Deir-al-Zor province. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: One of the largest bitcoin exchanges temporarily suspended its services after losing some 19,000 bitcoins (USD5.1 million) in what the company said was a breach of its system. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 20,206 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 7,905 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 29DEC: 1,071,696 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, 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, Paraguay, 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..) Confirmed Cases: 22,796
      • Deaths as of 29DEC: 169 (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 05JAN: 945 (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 US)
      • Deaths as of 05JAN: 348 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JAN)

  • Pakistan: PM Sharif to visit Bahrain at the invitation of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and PM Khalifa (until 08JAN)

 

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