ONS: 07 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese officials said at least 25 people were killed and 26 others injured in tribal clashes in the West Kordofan State.
  • AMERICAS: Hundreds of protesters in Haiti gathered to criticize a recent court decision in the Dominican Republic that could strip the citizenship of Haitians living in the country.
  • ASIA: North Korea confirmed the country deported an American veteran of the Korean War who had been detained since October.
  • EUROPE: Outraged Ukrainians rallied in Kiev after President Yanukovych discussed a new strategic partnership agreement with Russia’s Putin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hundreds of Iraqi demonstrators staged a protest in Kabul demanding the government act against those inciting ethnic rivalry and undermining “national unity”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cloud storage startup Box raised $100 million in new capital to help fund a global expansion.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Political unrest continues as demonstrators rally in Bangkok.
    • Thai protesters prepare for their final push towards toppling the government.
    • PM Shinawatra said she sees no quick end to the country’s political unrest but is still willing to negotiate with opponents.
    • Authorities said they would rebuild barricades around key state buildings in Bangkok.
    • Sources: DPA, AP, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: National radio says the death toll from violence in the country has increased to at least 280 people. (AP)
  • Egypt: State judges begin hearing the appeals of 21 women and teenage girls handed heavy jail terms on charges related to an Islamist protest. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Officials said at least 25 people were killed and 26 others injured in tribal clashes in the West Kordofan State. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Regional: Bolivia and Paraguay announced their agreement to reestablished bilateral ties. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: Hundreds of protesters gathered to criticize a recent court decision in the Dominican Republic that could strip the citizenship of Haitians living in the country. (AP)
  • US: Defense Secretary Hagel visited with American forces in Afghanistan amid a stand-off between the American and Afghan leaders over a security agreement. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region:  Trade ministers from 12 countries opened talks in an attempt to meet a US deadline to forge a trans-Pacific trade pact before the end of the year. (AFP)
  • North Korea: Sources confirmed the country deported an American veteran of the Korean War who had been detained since October. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Gunmen aboard a speedboat shot dead five members of a fishing crew in a mysterious attack in the seas south of the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Turkey: Two protesters were killed in armed clashes with state police over claims Kurdish rebel cemeteries had been destroyed. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Outraged citizens rallied in Kiev after President Yanukovych discussed a new strategic partnership agreement with Russia’s Putin. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Twelve criminal cases have been opened into beatings of journalists at rallies in Kiev. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Hundreds of demonstrators staged a protest in Kabul demanding the government act against those inciting ethnic rivalry and undermining “national unity.” (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Foreign jihadist fighters are using safe houses in southern Turkey to cross into the country and fight against government forces. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Investigators said militants who carried an assault on the nation’s defense ministry that killed 56 people were mostly Saudis. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cloud Computing: Cloud storage startup Box raised $100 million in new capital to help fund a global expansion. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06B (Madi)
    • Location: 285 miles NM of Chennai, India
    • Movement: N-NW at 2 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 250 miles S of The Azores
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 02DEC: 163 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 02DEC: 70 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08DEC)

  • Europe: Anniversary of President Reagan and USSR Chairman Gorbachev nuclear agreement – 1987
  • Russia: Anniversary of USSR declared dead – 1991
  • Somalia: Anniversary of Operation Restore Hope – 1992
  • United States: Anniversary of President Clinton signing NAFTA into law – 1993
  • Venezuela: Municipal elections
  • Christianity: Immaculate Conception

 

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