ONS: 08 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 8, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she started a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in the Central African Republic.
  • AMERICAS: The Guatemalan Supreme Court upheld its controversial ruling that the attorney general must step down in May, seven months before her term’s end.
  • ASIA: Chinese officials urged the US to stop commenting on the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea to avoid destabilizing the region.
  • EUROPE: In Russia, the 22nd Winter Olympics opened in the resort city of Sochi.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Official Iranian state media reported the government resumed talks on its nuclear program with the IAEA.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter said government requests for user information increased 6 percent in the past 24 months, marking a strong increase.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: The first civilians were evacuated from Homs under a UN-brokered deal.
    • The Syria conflict has become a US domestic security concern, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson after returning from talks in Europe.
    • Activists said government military aircraft dropped barrels bombs on a rebel-held area in Aleppo, killing at least 15.
    • Aid convoys with food and medical supplies are due to enter Homs today, on the second of a three-day ceasefire between government forces and rebels.
    • Coverage: WaPo, AFP, AP, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Australian navy seized and destroyed 353 kilograms of heroin worth over USD627 million near the coast of Tanzania. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she started a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in the country. (BBC)
  • Egypt: At least two were killed and several others injured when security forces clashed with Morsi supporters across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Officials said armed men from the ethnic Peul community massacred at least 30 Tuaregs in a revenge attack in the northern part of the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: The country’s Supreme Court upheld its controversial ruling that the attorney general must step down in May, seven months before her term’s end. (AP)
  • Panama: The Spanish-led consortium working to widen the Panama Canal confirmed that work on a project was halted over a disagreement on cost overruns. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Armed forces seized 3.6 tons of marijuana from a truck near the border with Colombia, in the western state of Apure. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Police said unknown armed men wounded an election campaign worker of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in Herat province. (Xinhua)
  • China: Officials urged the US to stop commenting on the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea to avoid destabilizing the region. (Xinhua)
  • India: Local media said one security personnel was killed and three others injured in an ambush by suspected rebels in the state of Manipur. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Local police reported two frontier police were killed and another three wounded in a shooting attack in the province of Pattani. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: More than 150 people were wounded when protesters rallying against poor economic conditions stormed government buildings and clashed with riot police. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Special Task Forces arrested a Ukrainian man aboard a plane, after he attempted to hijack and divert it to Sochi, Russia, where the Winter Olympics Games are taking place. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Azeri media reported Turkish authorities expelled one of its journalists for tweets criticizing the government. (AFP)
  • Russia: The 22nd Winter Olympics opened in the resort city of Sochi. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Official state media reported the government resumed talks on its nuclear program with the IAEA. (AlJazeera)
  • Israel: Clashes between Israeli forces and worshippers at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem caused one injury. (AlJazeera)
  • Jordan: Media reported a man in the kingdom died from the MERS virus, the first fatality from the respiratory disease in over a year. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Twitter said government requests for user information increased 6 percent in the past 24 months, marking a strong increase. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Fobane)
    • Location: 575 miles SSW of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: ESE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 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 07FEB: 182 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 07FEB: 79 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09FEB)

  • Nothing to report.

 

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