ONS: 07 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French Defense Minister Le Drian said the UN would probably have to renew a mandate for French troops in the CAR when it expires in May.
  • AMERICAS: At least 1,000 Brazilian demonstrators protesting hikes in public transport fares overran the main train, metro and bus station in Rio.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Park warned North Korea not to renege on its agreement to host a reunion for families divided by the Korean War.
  • EUROPE: The EU refused to comment on controversial remarks by a senior US diplomat about its efforts to help resolve the Ukraine crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Attacks around Baghdad killed nine people, including an election candidate.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Committee to Protect Journalists reported that US mass surveillance, restrictive legislation and a wave of global cyberattacks drastically restricted online press freedom during 2013.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government and UN establish temporary ceasefire in Homs.
    • A US official said aid operations are to start in besieged areas of Homs, as Syria and the UN agreed to hold a “humanitarian pause” on fighting.
    • Homs Governor Talal Barrazi said the first group of 200 civilians will leave the rebel-held neighborhood of Jouret el-Shayah.
    • Deputy Foreign Minister Muqdad said that Damascus will take part in a second round of peace talks in Geneva due to start on 10FEB.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that government forces launched a counteroffensive against rebels in Aleppo.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: French Defence Minister Le Drian said the UN would probably have to renew a mandate for French troops in the country when it expires in May. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: A bombing at a police checkpoint in Giza wounded at least three police. (AP)
  • Libya: Security forces braced for protests against the country’s protracted political transition. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Government forces backed by AU peacekeepers pushed al Shabaab fighters out of an outpost in the southern town of Hagar. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: President Zuma announced that the country will hold its fifth democratic general election on 07MAY. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan FM Jaua said the country and Colombia will implement security plans to control food and fuel smuggling across the border. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: At least 1,000 demonstrators protesting hikes in public transport fares overran the main train, metro and bus station in Rio. (AFP)
  • Panama: An international consortium, in a dispute with the country over work to expand the Panama Canal, presented a new proposal as work remained at a stand still. (AFP)
  • United States: Authorities announced a temporary ban preventing travelers from bringing any liquids, gels or aerosols aboard Russia-bound flights. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • China: President Xi Jinping met with UNSG Ban Ki-moon. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The Johns Hopkins University’s US-Korea Institute said the country has almost completed enlargement of its main satellite launch pad. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: President Park warned North Korea not to renege on its agreement to host a reunion for families divided by the Korean War. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino appointed MAJ GEN Iriberri as the new chief of the Philippine Army. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Rice farmers gathered in protest of a delay in payments drew a 15FEB deadline for the government to pay. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU refused to comment on controversial remarks by a senior US diplomat about its efforts to help resolve the Ukraine crisis. (AFP)
  • Azerbaijan: The military said one of its soldiers had been shot dead by Armenian forces along the border. (AFP)
  • Romania: Finance Minister Chitoiu resigned from his post in the coalition government after losing the support from his Liberal Party in a policy row. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Drug police seized a 30 kilogram batch of heroin, worth USD28.8 million, in Irkutsk. (Itar-Tass)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Government representatives and the IAEA will hold talks in Tehran on 08FEB. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Attacks around Baghdad killed nine people, including an election candidate. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Workers at the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency in the West Bank ended a two-month strike over low wages and poor conditions. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Committee to Protect Journalists reported that US mass surveillance, restrictive legislation and a wave of global cyberattacks drastically restricted online press freedom during 2013. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Fourteen)
    • Location: 814 NM ENE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: S at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Edilson)
    • Location: 375 NM SSW of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: SW at 21 mph
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 27km E of Port-Olry, Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 117.7 km
    • Map
  • 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 (08FEB)

  • Iran: Meeting with IAEA on nuclear program

 

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