ONS: 07 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An overnight attack by suspected Ugandan rebels in the area of Beni in east of DR Congo has left 14 people dead.

  • AMERICAS: Around 5,000 demonstrators marched through downtown Sao Paulo against government corruption and the recent re-election of Brazil’s President Rousseff.

  • ASIA: South Korea and Vietnam will open a fresh round of negotiations this week for a bilateral free trade agreement.

  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel has accused Russia of interfering in the affairs of Eastern European countries seeking closer ties with the EU.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Seven Iraqi police officers were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in an explosive-rigged car north of Baghdad.

  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea denied responsibility for hacking the computers of Sony Pictures.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Military opens probe into Gaza war

    • The Israeli military has ordered eight new criminal investigations into cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer’s Gaza war.

    • The internal inquiries could help Israel challenge the work of a U.N. Human Rights Council commission of inquiry into possible war crimes committed by its forces and Palestinian militants

    • The new probes will also examine the deaths of two Palestinian ambulance drivers on July 25 in Israeli strikes and a July 29 incident in which, according to a rights group, a Palestinian carrying a white flag was killed.

    • More than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed during the 50-day conflict, according to Palestinian and UN estimates.

    • Coverage: Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera, Jerusalem Post, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: An overnight attack by suspected Ugandan rebels in the area of Beni in the east has left 14 people dead. (AFP)

  • Sudan: Security forces have arrested two opposition figures who joined an alliance aimed at uniting opposition to the government. (AFP)

  • Zimbabwe: Pres. Mugabe promoted his wife to the top ranks of his ZANU-PF party but delayed filling vacant senior posts, prolonging anxiety over his lack of successor. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US says it has released six Guantanamo Bay detainees and sent them to Uruguay for resettlement. (BBC)

  • Brazil: Around 5,000 demonstrators marched through downtown Sao Paulo against government corruption and the recent re-election of Pres. Rousseff. (AFP)

  • Mexico: Forensic experts have identified one of 43 missing Mexican students among a set of charred remains found in a landfill. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Ten rebel fighters from the Pakistani Taliban were killed in a NATO drone strike. (DPA)

  • China: An army general has warned that the country will not leave the Taiwan problem “unresolved for a long time.” (AFP)

  • Maldives: Pres. Yameen cut short a trip to Malaysia to deal with a drinking water crisis in the capital that triggered unrest on the streets. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel has accused Russia of interfering in the affairs of Eastern European countries seeking closer ties with the EU. (BBC)

  • Spain: The country’s political party Podemos lost its lead to the opposition Socialists in a major opinion poll, with the ruling People’s Party continuing to lag both. (Reuters)

  • Ukraine: Five civilians have been killed in fresh violence in the east. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US Sec. Kerry said he was “deeply disappointed” by reports that a US journalist had been charged and denied bail more than four months after his arrest. (AFP)

  • Iraq: Nine were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in an explosive-rigged car north of Baghdad. (AP)

  • Israel: PM Netanyahu met with FM Lieberman in an attempt to prevent the early elections scheduled for upcoming March. (XIN)

  • Syria: Army troops have repelled an attack by jihadists from the Islamic State group on a key military airport in the eastern Deir Ezzor province. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: North Korea denied responsibility for hacking the computers of Sony Pictures. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Hagupit)

    • Location: 228 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines

    • Movement: NW at 8 mph

    • Winds: 52 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, Haití, 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 (08DEC)

  • Global: Conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons in Vienna, Austria

  • Europe Region: Anniversary of the USSR declared dead – 1991

  • Mexico: The Ibero-American summit in Veracruz, Mexico

  • Russia: Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders to visit (to 9DEC)

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