ONS: 07 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Peace talks between the South Sudanese government and rebels continued in Ethiopia with discussions on a possible ceasefire and the release of prisoners.
  • AMERICAS: US investigators arrested a Chinese-born man over an arson attack on China’s consulate in San Francisco, officials said.
  • ASIA: UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged fueling Bangladeshi parties to negotiate a way out of the current political crisis as violence continued.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish government fired 350 police officers in the capital city Ankara overnight, including heads of major departments.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least three killed and 57 wounded in a truck bomb explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, local police said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Intel unveiled a major development into wearables and connecting everyday devices as it seeks to surpass its competitors.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Talks of coup, blackout as the country’s political crisis continues.
    • PM Shinawatra dismissed rumor about an impending military coup and vowed to handle a massive “shutdown” scheduled for 13JAN.
    • A recent poll shows most people in Bangkok were concerned there could be violence if the PDRC shuts down the capital.
    • The country’s National Counter-Corruption Commission is to press charges against 308 politicians from the Puea Thai Party for trying to change the constitution.
    • Anti-government protest leader Thaugsuban said the planned shutdown would only have minor impacts on the country’s economy.
    • Source: Kyodo, Xinhua, Reuters, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: FM Fahmi urged the AU to restore the country’s membership suspended after the ouster of former President Morsi. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan spoke highly of outgoing Chinese ambassador Deng Boqing for boosting bilateral ties. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan, South: Peace talks between the government and rebels continued in Ethiopia with discussions on a possible ceasefire and the release of prisoners. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales praised his country’s diplomatic ties with China and Russia and lamented a “lack of trust” in relations with the US. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Gunmen ambushed a military patrol in the western city of Morelia, killing two soldiers. (AFP)
  • US: Investigators arrested a Chinese-born man over an arson attack on China’s consulate in San Francisco, officials said. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged feuding parties to negotiate a way out of the country’s current political crisis as violence continued. (DPA)
  • China: Officials urged the US to safeguard its diplomatic and consular institutions after an arson attack on the country’s consulate last week. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Over 350 people across the country have fallen ill after eating pesticide-contaminated food produced by the nation’s largest seafood firm. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government is to triple the size of a special forces military unit that operates against Islamist militants responsible for bombings and kidnappings of Westerners. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Dutch FM Timmermans urged the EU to reevaluate its relationship with Cuba, suggesting dialogue over isolation. (BBC)
  • Greece: A member of one of the country’s most lethal terrorist groups is at large after breaking terms of a prison furlough. (AP)
  • Turkey: The government fired 350 police officers in the capital city Ankara overnight, including heads of major departments. (AFP)
  • UK: A Parliament delegation arrived in Iran, marking the first visit by the country’s lawmakers in years. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: At least three killed and 57 wounded in a truck bomb explosion in the northern city of Kirkuk, local police said. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Officials said attacks have killed at least 4 people as government troops continued their siege of two cities overrun by al-Qaeda in the western Anbar province. (AP)
  • Syria: At least 34 jihadists from Iraq and the Levant and another group have been killed in clashes with other rebel movements in the country’s Idlib province, an NGO said. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UN said it has officially stopped updating the country’s death toll, which was last placed at over 100,000. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mobile Computing: Intel unveiled a major development into wearables and connecting everyday devices as it seeks to surpass its competitors. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07P (Ian)
    • Location: 214 miles E of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Winds: 57 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 (08JAN)

  • Egypt: Trial of former President Morsi to resume.
  • Libya: New hearing in the trial of the deposed Libyan regime’s last prime minister, Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, who is accused of murder and corruption.
  • Malaysia: Anniversary of church bombings – 2011
  • North Korea: Kim Jong Eun’s birthday – 1983
  • Poland: German Chancellor Merkel to visit.
  • Somalia: Parliamentary and presidential elections.
  • US: Anniversary of Tucson shooting  – 2011

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