ONS: 08 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian state court acquitted 155 people arrested during clashes between Islamist protesters and police in October.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s President Santos said nine people died in an attack on a police post that’s being blamed on rebels.
  • ASIA: South Korea declared an expanded air defense zone overlapping one recently announced by China.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian opposition protesters called for a million-strong rally in a new push to wring concessions from President Yanukovych.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital of Baghdad killed at least 28 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple launches new app iBeacons to guide users through its stores.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: MPs resign as government braces for a massive opposition demonstration in the nation’s capital city.
    • Government officials invited foreign diplomats to observe what measures will be taken to handle a massive anti-government rally.
    • Democrat Party spokesman Intarakomalyasut said all of the party’s MPs would formally step down “as soon as possible”.
    • PM Shinawatra said she was ready to resign or dissolve the parliament to end the ongoing political turmoil.
    • The country’s main opposition party announced it was resigning from Parliament to protest “the illegitimacy” of the government.
    • Sources: XIN, AFP, XIN-2, AP, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: French FM Fabius said nearly 400 people were killed in the last three days in violence in Bangui. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A state court acquitted 155 people arrested during clashes between Islamist protesters and police in October. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Bashir appoints two new vice presidents and unveils new Cabinet in the beginning of a government reshuffle. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said nine people died in an attack on a police post that’s being blamed on rebels. (AP)
  • Mexico: A Senate committee proposed opening the country’s state-run oil sector to greater private investment. (AP)
  • Uruguay: As part of a strategy to combat drug trafficking the country will become the first nation in the world to legalize marijuana. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • China: Three coast guard ships entered Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
  • Philippines: Seventeen hostages are still being held in the southern province of Sulu by Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Abu Sayya.(Xinhua)
  • South Korea: Government officials declared an expanded air defense zone overlapping one recently announced by China. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Citizens begin voting in a primary election for the new head of the center-left Democratic Party. (AFP)
  • Greece: A police sergeant and two Albanians died in an exchange of fire in Thessaloniki. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Opposition protesters called for a million-strong rally in a new push to wring concessions from President Yanukovych. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A series of bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 28 people. (AFP)
  • Israel: President Peres said he is prepared to meet Iranian President Rouhani amidst Israeli tensions surrounding Iran’s recent nuclear deal. (AP)
  • Yemen: LNG gas company evacuated hundreds of workers from its Balhaf terminal on the Gulf of Aden after a mortar round hit the site. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Apple launches new app iBeacons to guide users through its stores. (USA-T)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06B (Madi)
    • Location: 260 miles NM E of Chennai, India
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
    • An aviation warning was issued for the area around the Klyuchevskoi volcano due to an ash cloud 4 miles high
  • 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 (09DEC)

  • Global: International Anti-Corruption Day
  • Greece: Greece hopes to strike a deal that would allow release of a new loan installment of 1 billion euros ($1.35 billion)
  • Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood chief and senior officials of the movement to face trial on new incitement charges
  • Europe: Eurogroup meeting of eurozone finance ministers
  • Kosovo: Anniversary of EU’s police and justice mission Eulex implemented – 2008
  • Mexico: Anniversary of leader of La Familia cartel killed – 2010
  • South America: Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador celebrate “Gran Colombia” – 1819

 

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