ONS: 07 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 7, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Ugandan army confirmed that a man who surrendered to US-African forces in the Central African Republic was Dominic Ongwen, a senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government passed a law to allow a popular referendum on a possible peace agreement with the FARC rebel group on the same day as elections in the country.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Supreme Court re-imposed a detention order on the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
  • EUROPE: In France, at least 10 people were killed when gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher opened fire in the offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The EU said that Iran and six world powers will hold talks on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program in Geneva on 18JAN.
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korea said that North Korea has a 6,000-member cyber army dedicated to disrupting the South’s military and government.

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Applicants at police academy in Sanaa targeted by car bombing.
    • An Interior Ministry official said that at least 31 people were killed and that more than 70 were wounded.
    • Investigators said there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.
    • A witness said that hundreds of people had been lined up outside the police academy, including many who had camped out for days in search of work.
    • Police had used water cannons several days earlier in an attempt to disperse the applicants, fearing the applicants were an easy target for attack.
    • The US embassy condemned the attack, saying it showed the “nihilistic vision and depravity of terror groups operating in Yemen.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: Mali’s FM Diop called for the UNSC to consider forming an international force to help stabilize Libya and the Sahel region. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Shebab militants executed four people accused of spying for the US, Ethiopia and the country’s internationally-backed government. (AFP)
  • Uganda: The army confirmed that a man who surrendered to US-African forces in the Central African Republic was Dominic Ongwen, a senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government passed a law to allow a popular referendum on a possible peace agreement with the FARC rebel group on the same day as elections in the country. (EFE)
  • Mexico: At least 10 decapitated bodies and 11 heads were discovered in Guerrero state in suspected cartel-linked violence. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: The US Embassy said it was concerned by a lack of information surrounding a planned USD50 billion, Chinese-led canal that would bisect the country. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Insurgent attacks across the country killed at least seven people, including a provincial judge. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: A court banned local media from reporting speeches by the son of the opposition leader amid a wave of anti-government protests. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong announced new proposals for how the city should choose its next leader. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Supreme Court re-imposed a detention order on the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: The election commission said it is investigating claims that troops are being deployed in the Tamil-dominated north before a closely-fought presidential vote. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM David Cameron and German Chancellor Merkel are set to meet on plans for renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the EU. (AFP)
  • France: At least 10 people were killed when gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher opened fire in the offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. (Reuters)
  • France: Economy minister Macron said that Europeans should work together to pressure Russia for a solution over Ukraine so that all sides can ease sanctions. (AP)
  • Germany: Local media reported that the government has made preparations for the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone, including any run on Greek banks. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at an Istanbul police station on that killed an officer and wounded another. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The EU said that the country and six world powers will hold talks on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program in Geneva on 18JAN. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: Authorities detained a former liberal opposition lawmaker for allegedly insulting the Gulf state’s ruler and criticizing a visit by the Egyptian president. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UNHCR reported that the number of refugees grew by 704,000 in the first six months of last year. (AFP)
  • Syria: A report by the OPCW chemical watchdog concluded “with a high degree of confidence” that chlorine gas was used in attacks on three villages last year. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: South Korea said that North Korea has a 6,000-member cyber army dedicated to disrupting the South’s military and government. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 214km S of Punta de Burica, Panama
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Soputan volcano, Indonesia
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08JAN)

  • North Korea: Birthday of Kim Jong Il’s youngest son Kim Jong Eun – 1983
  • Sri Lanka: Presidential elections
  • United States: Anniversary of Tucson shooting which killed 6 and injured 20, including US Rep Gabrielle Giffords – 2011

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