ONS: 08 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 8, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudanese rebels indicated there would be no imminent truce in the country unless the government freed a detained group of suspected rebels.
  • AMERICAS: Sixteen alleged FARC guerrillas surrendered to Colombian navy troops in the southwestern part of the country, the military said.
  • ASIA: Thai officials announced plans to disperse 15,000 police and soldiers in Bangkok next week for the planned shutdown by demonstrators.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish government fired police chiefs in 16 provinces as it continued its purge of law enforcement amid a country-wide corruption scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iraqi army began a large-scale campaign to expel militants linked to al-Qaeda from Jazeera in the western province of Anbar.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Obama will meet NSA leaders as he finalizes decisions on reining in US spy agencies over mass phone-data sweeps.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Decision on Geneva talks pushed back as rebel violence continues.
    • Opposition leaders officially postponed their decision on whether or not to take part in UN-hosted peace talks until 17JAN.
    • Fighters from several rebel brigades seized the headquarters of the jihadist ISIL in the northern city of Aleppo, an NGO said.
    • Activists say a suicide bombing by an al-Qaeda-linked group killed at least 20 rebels in the northern city of Darkoush.
    • Ministers from the “Friends of Syria” grouping will meet leaders of the country’s mainstream opposition movement in Paris on 12JAN.
    • Sources: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AFP-3

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The trial of former President Morsi has been postponed due to bad weather preventing his transfer from Alexandria to Cairo, state media reported. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Self-rule activists who have been blockading key oil terminals said they would resume exports outside of central government control. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Former PM Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas was elected President of the semi-autonomous Puntland region. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Rebels indicated there would be no imminent truce in the country unless the government freed a detained group of suspected rebels. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Authorities said at least four were killed and 10 arrested in an anti-narcotics operation in the northeastern city of Maceio. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Sixteen alleged FARC guerrillas surrendered to navy troops in the southwestern part of the country, the military said. (EFE)
  • Panama: Officials offered to share the burden in a USD283 million fund to end threats by a consortium to halt the waterways expansion due to huge cost overturns. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Key Taliban commander Mullah Momin gave up fighting and joined the government in the southern Uruzgan province, police said. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Asylum seekers claimed members of the navy subjected them to verbal and physical mistreatment as their boat was towed back to Indonesia. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: The government defended its crackdown on street protests in the face of international alarm, denouncing the rallies as violent and illegal. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Officials announced plans to disperse 15,000 police and soldiers in Bangkok next week for the planned shutdown by demonstrators. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The US is expected to exert renewed pressure on Germany to support economic recovery by boosting domestic demand. (DPA)
  • Greece: The country’s main opposition leftist party SYRIZA said it will boycott a ceremony in Athens marking the start of the country’s presidency of the EU. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The government fired police chiefs in 16 provinces as it continued its purge of law enforcement amid a country-wide corruption scandal. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The army began a large-scale campaign to expel militants linked to al-Qaeda from Jazeera in the western province of Anbar. (AFP)
  • Israel: Suspected Jewish extremists torched two cars in the city of Nablus a day after Palestinians beat and detained Israeli settlers in a nearby village. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: An Islamic Jihad militant was killed near Gaza City in an Israeli air strike, a Hamas official said. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: President Obama will meet NSA leaders as he finalizes decisions on reining in US spy agencies over mass phone-data sweeps. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07P (Ian)
    • Location: 275 miles N-NE of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: N at 2 mph
    • Wind: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Continuous eruptions of hot gas and rock have displaced more than 22,000 people. (DPA)
  • 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 (09JAN)

  • Bosnia: Anniversary of creation of Republika Srpska – 1992
  • Cuba: The governments of Cuba and the United States will meet about migration in Havana
  • Mozambique: Japanese PM Abe is expected to promise USD577 million in loans when he visits Maputo

 

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