ONS: 09 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisian security forces arrested a suspect in the murder of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi after a fierce gun battle during an overnight raid on a militant hideout.
  • AMERICAS: Vigilantes entered a western Mexican city dominated by a quasi-religious drug cartel and are working with government forces to clear it of cartel gunmen.
  • ASIA: Pakistani gunmen attacked the house of a pro-government tribal elder, killing him and eight members of his family.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Riot police used tear gas grenades and water cannons to disperse more than 2,000 people demonstrating against new Internet that have sparked alarm.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Six policemen and four anti-Qaida militiamen were killed by gunmen in two incidents in the Iraqi Salahudin province, a provincial police source said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian authorities have issued warning against using Bitcoin, saying that using it as a parallel currency is illegal.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Yanukovych faces new protests, sanctions after meeting Putin in Sochi.
    • President Yanukovych met Russian President Putin on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
    • 70,000 protesters gathered on central Kiev’s Independence Square to rally against the President.
    • German Chancellor Merkel said there were a possibility of sanctions against officials if the state encroached on the principles of democracy.
    • Sources: AP, AFP, Itar-Tass, AFP-2, AFP-3

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Leftists politician Hamdeen Sabahi said he decided to run for the presidency in a forthcoming election that army chief al-Sisi is widely expected to win. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: The US raised alarm over repeated claims that both government and rebels are breaking a deal to stop weeks of bloodshed that left thousands dead. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Security forces arrested a suspect in the murder of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi after a fierce gun battle during an overnight raid on a militant hideout. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The 8th Summit of Latin American trade bloc Pacific Alliance began Colombia with the aim of strengthening trade and agreeing on tariff reductions. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Nine family members were shot to death in the northern region, a military spokesman said. (AP)
  • Mexico: Vigilantes entered a western city dominated by a quasi-religious drug cartel and are working with government forces to clear it of cartel gunmen. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: An Indonesian anti-drug group said the country’s decision to parole an Australian drug trafficker could put “the safety of the nation” at risk. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Two owners of a garment factory where 112 workers were killed in a 2012 fire turned themselves in to authorities and were jailed pending trial. (AFP)
  • India: Most of Indian-controlled Kashmir is under curfew to prevent protests marking the first anniversary of the hanging of a local separatist. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen attacked the house of a pro-government tribal elder, killing him and eight members of his family. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: Defense Minister Kodheli said the country will continue its ongoing demilitarization process. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Gunmen opened fire in a cathedral on the island of Sakhalin killing a nun and a churchgoer and wounding six others. (Reuters)
  • Switzerland: Voters will decided on whether to curb immigration by EU citizens in a referendum seen as a test of the neutral country’s ties with EU members. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Riot police used tear gas grenades and water cannons to disperse more than 2,000 people demonstrating against new Internet that have sparked alarm. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The UN atomic watchdog began its second day of talks in Tehran on safeguards to enhance transparency on the country’s nuclear drive. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Six policemen and four anti-Qaida militiamen were killed by gunmen in two incidents in the Salahudin province, a provincial police source said. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The military reported it had carried out an airstrike on a Palestinian militant, associated with the Popular Resistance Committees group, in the Gaza strip. (AP)
  • Yemen: A bomb planted in the car of an intelligence colonel exploded near the oil ministry, killing the officer and wounding three people, a security official said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: Britain’s data watchdog launched a probe after confidential files relating to Barclays Bank customers were allegedly stolen then sold to rogue brokers. (AFP)
  • Finance: Russian authorities have issued warning against using Bitcoin, saying that using it as a parallel currency is illegal. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Fobane)
    • Location: 501 miles S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: ESE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Scotia Sea
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 18.3 km
    • Map
  • 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 (10FEB)

  • Cuba: EU foreign ministers meeting discussing upgrading the bloc’s trade relations with Cuba
  • Syria: The Syrian government will take part in the next round of peace talks with the opposition in Geneva
  • Ukraine: The EU Foreign Affairs Council will discuss the issue of possible sanctions against Ukraine

 

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