ONS: 09 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: One killed and five wounded after a car exploded in a cemetery in Libya’s Benghazi.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro’s government won a majority of votes in local elections.
  • ASIA: Hundreds of foreign workers riot in Singapore following a fatal road accident involving an Indian worker.
  • EUROPE: PKK militants released four Turkish soldiers who were kidnapped in southeast region of Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kuwaiti state court acquitted 70 opposition activists on charges of storming the country’s Parliament building two years ago.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Eight prominent technology companies band together to form the Reform Government Surveillance coalition.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Protests spread across the country despite the dissolution of Parliament and the announcement of election date.
    • PM Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament in an attempt to halt protests.
    • Thai government sets early election date as 02FEB.
    • Anti-government protesters proceed with mass demonstrations despite the dissolution of House of Representatives.
    • Pro-government “Red Shirts” cancelled a massive planned rally in Bangkok scheduled for 10DEC.
    • Protesters urged not to stop until they have gained “the people’s victory.”
    • Sources: AP, Xinhua, NYT, Xinhua-2, Xinhua-3

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The new rebel-leader-turned-president said he does not have total control over country’s fighters. (AP)
  • Libya: One killed and five wounded after a car exploded in a Benghazi cemetery. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Bashir approved a decision by the ruling NCP on a partial cabinet reshuffle. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: At least eight died and eight others missing following a storm in the northeastern state of Bahia. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Senate committee’s energy bill debate stretches into Monday as lawmakers debated allowing private investments in the oil industry. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro’s government won a majority of votes in local elections. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Thirty Taliban militants surrendered in southern Kandahar. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: HRW urged the country to immediately shut down eight ‘unjust’ detention centers. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif hosted US Defense Secretary Hagel for talks on drone strikes and Islamabad’s role in Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government banned its workers from Yemen following an attack there that killed multiple Filipino workers. (AFP)
  • Singapore: Hundreds of foreign workers riot in the country’s Little India district following a fatal road accident involving an Indian worker. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Ukraine: Demonstrators keep up protests against President Yanukovych after symbolically toppling Lenin’s statue during a rally in Kiev. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PKK militants released four Turkish soldiers kidnapped from the southeast region of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: At least 10 people injured in Diyarbekir in a police crackdown on a protest to denounce the death of two demonstrators. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Representatives of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians will sign an agreement to link the Red Sea with the Dead Sea. (AFP)
  • Region: The WHO and UNICEF launched a polio vaccination campaign for 23 million children in the region after discovering 17 cases in Syria. (AFP)
  • Iran: President Rouhani hosted Afghan President Karzai for the start of negotiations on an economic and security “pact of friendship.” (NYT)
  • Iraq: At least 15 killed and 24 injured from bombings in the greater Baghdad area. (AP)
  • Kuwait: The state court acquitted 70 opposition activists on charges of storming the parliament building two years ago. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Security: Eight prominent technology companies band together to form the Reform Government Surveillance coalition. (USA-T)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06B (Madi)
    • Location: 260 miles NM E-NE of Chennai, India
    • Movement: N at 6mph
    • 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 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 (10DEC)

  • Global: Human Rights Day
  • Cambodia: The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to stage protest to call inquiry to July’s election
  • Ukraine: EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton will travel to the country to meet with the main stakeholders on both sides (to 11DEC)

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