ONS: 08 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 8, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Canada joined the UK in closing its embassy in Cairo to the public for security reasons, with neither country providing details about any specific threat.

  • AMERICAS: Caribbean leaders urged the US to lift its 54-year-old “senseless” embargo against Cuba as they convened in Havana for the regional CARICOM summit.

  • ASIA: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that opium production in Burma fell by nearly a quarter this year.

  • EUROPE: Russian Deputy FM Ryabkov accused the US of trying to bring down President Putin by imposing sanctions on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rouhani criticized widening corruption in the country in unusually blunt terms, saying money once “given under the table now is being given on the table.”

  • TECHNOLOGY: Iran’s Telecommunications Minister Vaezi said his technicians are developing a system to identify any Internet user in the country at the moment of log-on.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community moves to act against militants.

    • Israel stressed that it has a policy of preventing arms transfers to militant groups, a day after Syria accused the Jewish state of bombing Damascus airport.

    • Israeli Intelligence Minister Steinitz refused to comment directly on Sunday’s incident, as was also the case with Israeli officials questioned in the aftermath of previous strikes.

    • New EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was to meet Turkish leaders for talks expected to focus partly on the war against the Islamic State insurgency in Syria.

    • More than 30 humanitarian organizations launched an appeal for countries to take in around 180,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict.

    • Qatar halted its bid to broker the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen captured by Islamist militants during a raid on a Lebanese border town in August.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Canada joined the UK in closing its embassy in Cairo to the public for security reasons, with neither country providing details about any specific threat. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: French AMB Labriolle said that two military helicopters on a Russian-made aircraft seized in the north of the country belong to France and soon will be allowed to leave the country. (AP)

  • Somalia: The UN reported that more than three million people in the country, 20 percent more than last year, need urgent help because of malnutrition, war and other crises. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Caribbean leaders urged the US to lift its 54-year-old “senseless” embargo against Cuba as they convened in Havana for the regional CARICOM summit. (AFP)

  • Colombia: The navy seized 1,123 kg of cocaine near Tumaco that allegedly belonged to the FARC. (Xinhua)

  • Colombia: Authorities captured two alleged FARC rebels who were planning to attack Bogota’s bus-based mass transit system. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least five people were killed after Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked government buildings in Kandahar province. (Xinhua)

  • Burma: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that opium production in the country fell by nearly a quarter this year. (AFP)

  • China: The foreign ministry rebuked the US Congress after legislators passed a bill allowing the sale of second-hand warships to Taiwan. (Reuters)

  • Malaysia: Pirates shot dead a crew member of a Vietnamese tanker off the eastern coast of the country. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Officials and militant sources said that airstrikes have killed at least 30 militants including “important commanders” of a local warlord in the country’s northwest. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel added to the pressure for France and Italy to do more to bring their economic plans in line with EU guidance. (AP)

  • Greece: Parliament approved a budget for 2015 that foresees extensive tax cuts and solid growth despite ongoing negotiations with creditors over economic policy. (NYT)

  • Kosovo: Lawmakers are to vote in a new government led by former Pristina mayor Isa Mustafa, with outgoing PM Thaci becoming foreign minister. (Reuters)

  • Russia: Deputy FM Ryabkov accused the US of trying to bring down President Putin by imposing sanctions on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani criticized widening corruption in the country in unusually blunt terms, saying money once “given under the table now is being given on the table.” (AP)

  • Iraq: Militants attacked a police station north of Baghdad, killing at least nine people. (AP)

  • Yemen: President Hadi fired armed forces chief of staff with General Hussein Naji Hadi Khairan replacing Ahmed Ali al-Ashouel. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Iran’s Telecommunications Minister Vaezi said his technicians are developing a system to identify any Internet user in the country at the moment of log-on. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Hagupit)

    • Location: 81 NM SE of Manila, Philippines

    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph

    • Winds: 58 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: 8km ESE of Punta de Burica, Panama

    • Magnitude: 6.6

    • Depth: 20.0 km

    • Map

  • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09DEC)

  • Middle East Region: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) General Summit in Qatar

  • Russia: Geneva-based consultations on security in Transcaucasia

  • Singapore and Ukraine: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is expected to visit Singapore (to 10DEC)

  • Tanzania: Republic Day – 1961

  • Ukraine: Ukraine’s army will halt fire across the separatist east

  • United States: The European Union’s new trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom to meet with US trade representative Michael Forman

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