ONS: 09 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudanese FM Barnaba Benjamin reiterated that the army would soon recapture Bor and Bantio, towns held by rebel groups.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian President Morales assumed chairmanship of the Group of 77 nations and said he would work towards removing coca leaf from the list of internationally banned drugs.
  • ASIA: Bangladeshi opposition members went into hiding as police carried out sweeping raids after the country’s violent national election.
  • EUROPE: The Russian government launched a counter-terrorism operation after five bodies were found in a southern region bordering the Olympic host city Sochi.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, at least twelve people are dead after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a military recruiting center in Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: France’s data protection watchdog fined Google USD205,000 for failing to comply with its privacy guidelines for personal data.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Fighting spreads as the international community responds to violence.
    • Rebels extended their fighting to the central province of Homs, activists said.
    • Jihadists battled rebels in the north in an attempt to recover turf lost nearly a week ago.
    • A car bomb killed eighteen people in the village of Kafat in the country’s central Hama province.
    • Chinese FM Wang Yi said the Syria’s issues can only be resolved politically.
    • Russia blocked a UNSC statement condemning Syrian government attacks on Aleppo, diplomats said.
    • Sources: DPA, AFP, AFP-2, Xinhua, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Sudan, South: FM Barnaba Benjamin reiterated that the army would soon recapture Bor and Bantio, towns held by rebel groups. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The country’s ruling Ennahdha party expressed understanding over ongoing protests and called on the government to revise taxation measures. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The country’s constitutional assembly appointed a new commission to oversee elections in 2014. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Bolivian President Morales assumed chairmanship of the Group of 77 nations and said he would work towards removing coca leaf from the list of internationally banned drugs. (AP)
  • US: German Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted an invitation of President Obama to visit Washington. (AP)
  • US: FBI agents arrested seventeen members of a San Francisco gang running a vast prostitution ring that spanned 46 cities and 23 states. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Opposition members went into hiding as police carried out sweeping raids after the country’s violent national election.  (AP)
  • Japan: A team of nuclear scientists said they plan to create a controlled reactor meltdown in a bid to learn how to deal with future disasters. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government rejected a South Korean proposal for resuming reunions for families separated by the Korean War. (NYT)
  • Philippines: President Aquino III ordered members of his Cabinet to speed up the rehabilitation of areas struck by Super Typhoon Haiyan. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A European Parliament committee approved plans to hear testimony from US whistleblower Edward Snowden. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government launched a counter-terrorism operation after five bodies were found in a southern region bordering the Olympic host city Sochi. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Oil deliveries from Iraqi Kurdistan via the country’s new pipeline are set to begin by the end of the month. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The government moved to impose strict controls on Internet freedom by monitoring online activity and blocking certain keywords. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: At least twelve people are dead after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a military recruiting center in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Iraq: HRW condemned abuses by all sides in a days-long standoff in the country’s Anbar province which has left more than 250 people dead. (AFP)
  • Israel: Settlement watchdog Peace Now urged the government to dismantle an illegal outpost in the West Bank after violent clashes between Jewish and Palestinian settlers. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: France’s data protection watchdog fined Google USD205,000 for failing to comply with its privacy guidelines for personal data. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07P (Ian)
    • Location: 320 miles ENE of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: ESE at 2 mph
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Intensifying eruptions of gas, ash and smoke continue to displace inhabitants. (CNN)
  • 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 (10JAN)

  • El Salvador: Anniversary of FMLN attack on government – 1981

 

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