ONS: 09 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said it will widen a new round of talks aimed at ending Libya’s escalating political crisis by including a rival assembly challenging the recognized government.
  • AMERICAS: Haitian PM Lamothe urged thousands of protesters demanding his resignation and that of President Martelly to avoid being used by destabilizing forces.
  • ASIA: Pakistani police said they had killed a Taliban commander responsible for a bomb attack in 2007 that killed 139 people in an attempt to assassinate ex-premier Benazir Bhutto.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Poroshenko said a ceasefire along the front line in the east of the country appeared to be holding after Kiev declared a “day of silence” in the war with pro-Russian separatists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The newly reconciled Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) gathered for its annual summit in Qatar to develop a common strategy to fight the threat from Islamic extremism and plunging oil prices.
  • TECHNOLOGY: McAfee Labs reported that 2015 will see an increase in the amount and severity of cyber-attacks as hackers use more advanced techniques to infiltrate networks.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: US Defense Secretary Hagel to review counter-IS strategy.
    • US Defense Secretary Hagel visited Baghdad in the first visit to Iraq by a defense secretary since December 2011.
    • He reviewed efforts against the Islamic State group but insisted it was up to the Iraqis themselves to win the war against the jihadists.
    • He arrived in Iraq from Kuwait, where US LT GEN Terry told reporters that members of the coalition made initial pledges that would bring “close” to 1,500 additional forces to Iraq to train and assist the country’s army.
    • The White House said that security has been stepped up at US facilities around the world ahead of the release of a report on CIA interrogations.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, NYT, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: The WHO reported that the number of people dying from malaria has almost halved since 2000, although progress in West Africa risks being reversed by the Ebola outbreak. (AFP)
  • Libya: The UN said it will widen a new round of talks aimed at ending the country’s escalating political crisis by including a rival assembly challenging the recognized government. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: Minister of State for Ethics Lokodo said the country will launch a five year strategy to combat corruption. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: VP Mujuru protested “a well-orchestrated smear campaign and gross abuse of state apparatus” that led to the loss of her ruling party post. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: An indigenous leader was killed just days before he planned to travel to UN climate talks in Peru to protest a Chinese-owned open-pit copper mine. (AP)
  • El Salvador: President Ceren fell ill during a visit to Mexico, forcing him to miss the start of the Ibero-American summit. (AFP)
  • Haiti: PM Lamothe urged thousands of protesters demand his resignation and that of President Martelly to avoid being used by destabilizing forces. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Indian and Pakistani troops violated a cease-fire agreement and targeted each other’s positions on Line of Control dividing Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry said that the country’s national security forces are entirely ready to take charge of security from the US and NATO forces by the end of this month. (Xinhua)
  • China: Authorities said that the clearance of Hong Kong’s main pro-democracy camp is set to begin Thursday. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Police said they had killed a Taliban commander responsible for a bomb attack in 2007 that killed 139 people in an attempt to assassinate ex-premier Benazir Bhutto. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Rubber farmers defied a law banning political gatherings, testing the junta’s resolve to end the kingdom’s subsidy culture. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture said the country needs to take action aimed at alleviating overcrowding at the country’s sole prison complex. (AP)
  • Russia: The World Bank predicted that the country’s economy would shrink by 0.7 percent in 2015, but warned that the contraction would be worse if oil prices were to keep sliding. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities denied reports that three soldiers guarding the Syrian border were killed by gunfire from Syria, claiming that one of the soldiers shot and killed two of his colleagues before turning the gun on himself. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko said a ceasefire along the front line in the east of the country appeared to be holding after Kiev declared a “day of silence” in the war with pro-Russian separatists. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The newly reconciled Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) gathered for its annual summit in Qatar to develop a common strategy to fight the threat from Islamic extremism and plunging oil prices. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: A bomb blast killed one person in a Shiite village shortly after a policeman was killed in a separate attack in a nearby village. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Military officials said al-Qaeda militants killed seven soldiers in two suicide car bomb attacks on a military encampment in the southern city of Sayoun. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: McAfee Labs reported that 2015 will see an increase in the amount and severity of cyber-attacks as hackers use more advanced techniques to infiltrate networks. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Hagupit)
    • Location: 134 NM SW of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WSW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10DEC)

  • Global: International Human Rights Day
  • Mauritius: National assembly elections
  • Thailand: Constitution Day – 2007

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