ONS: 09 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 9, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said that the group would defeat the proposed AU regional force in a newly released video.
  • AMERICAS: Argentine forensic experts raised concerns about a Mexican government probe into the abduction and suspected massacre last year of 43 trainee teachers.
  • ASIA: The US said its relationship with Thailand was going through a “challenging” period as the two sides began a major military exercise.
  • EUROPE:  German Chancellor Merkel is to brief US President Obama on the latest peace plan for Ukraine ahead of a four-way summit.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, Shiite rebels met with political rivals for the first time since dissolving parliament and making their top security body the de facto government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A new report claimed that serious gaps in security and customer privacy affect nearly every vehicle that uses wireless technology.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: At least 22 killed in stampede and riot outside Cairo soccer stadium.
    • The Cabinet indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after at least 22 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside a Cairo stadium.
    • Authorities said the violence began when hundreds of Zamalek fans tried to force their way into the stadium to attend the soccer match without tickets.
    • Zamalek fans claim that the stampede was caused by police, who fired tear gas at the tightly packed crowd.
    • Russian President Putin is to begin a two day visit to Egypt for talks on regional stability and bilateral cooperation.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Niger: Boko Haram militants raided a prison in the southeastern border town of Diffa but were repelled after a heavy exchange of fire. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said that the group would defeat the proposed AU regional force in a newly released video. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A lawmaker was killed in Mogadishu by al Shabaab gunmen. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: Carnival is to begin amid heightened political tension with a call for a general strike on Monday and Tuesday to demand deeper cuts in fuel prices and the resignation of President Martelly. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Argentine forensic experts raised concerns about a government probe into the abduction and suspected massacre last year of 43 trainee teachers. (Reuters)
  • United States: Government officials and technology security experts are to intensify the debate on the use of “offensive” cyberattacks. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A drone strike in Helmand province killed six people, including a veteran militant suspected of having defected to the Islamic State from the Taliban. (Reuters)
  • Australia: PM Abbott promised to adjust his approach to governance after surviving a confidence vote on his leadership. (AFP)
  • China: Officials confirmed that President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to the US later this year. (NYT)
  • India: Hundreds of armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled the disputed region of Kashmir where anti-India separatists called a strike. (AP)
  • Thailand: The US said its relationship with the country was going through a “challenging” period as the two sides began a major military exercise. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel is to brief US President Obama on the latest peace plan for Ukraine ahead of a four-way summit. (AFP)
  • Region: Spanish FM Garcia-Margallo said the EU suffered 21 billion euros in lost exports as a result of sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Greece: European Commission President Juncker advised the country’s new government not to assume the euro zone would accept all of the policies proposed by PM Tsipras. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The Kremlin said that President Putin would not tolerate ultimatums over Ukraine after a report said Germany had given him until Wednesday to agree to a peace plan or face new sanctions. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bomber attacked a Shiite-majority area of north Baghdad killing 14 and wounding at least 43. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Military officials said the country’s Air Force carried out 56 airstrikes against Islamic State weapon depots and training camps in Syria and Iraq in recent days. (WP)
  • Yemen: Shiite rebels met with political rivals for the first time since dissolving parliament and making their top security body the de facto government. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A new report claimed that serious gaps in security and customer privacy affect nearly every vehicle that uses wireless technology. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 02W (Higos)
    • Location: 658 NM E of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 22,495 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 8,981 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 06FEB: 1,172,787(Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, 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.) Confirmed Cases: 25,255
      • Deaths as of 06FEB: 181 (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 03FEB: 965 (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 US)
      • Deaths as of 03FEB: 357 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10FEB)

  • Iran: Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution – 1979
  • Libya: The country’s warring factions will resume U.N.-sponsored talks to defuse a power struggle between two governments
  • Sweden and Palestine: Palestinian President Abbas to visit Stockholm

 

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