ONS: 10 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian government said the country will hold a referendum on a new constitution in the middle of January.
  • AMERICAS: Senior US lawmakers said they reached a compromise deal on Guantanamo transfers.
  • ASIA: Thai PM Shinawatra refused demands by anti-government protesters to resign ahead of upcoming elections.
  • EUROPE: EU foreign policy chief Ashton voiced concern that attempts to end the stand-off between Ukrainian security forces and demonstrators could be derailed by a raid on opposition party offices.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian regime forces increased attacks on the rebel-held town of Yabrud after taking Nabak.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Computer security company FireEye reported that computer breaches in 2010 at the foreign ministries of the Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Latvia and Hungary have been traced to Chinese hackers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Central African Republic: Two French soldiers killed in peacekeeping mission.
    • Two French paratroopers were killed in a combat operation in Bangui, in the first reported deaths of French soldiers.
    • French President Hollande is to meet with President Djotodia and PM Tiangaye later in the day.
    • US President Obama called on the country to discontinue the escalating violence.
    • US Defense Secretary Hagel ordered the US military to transport troops from Burundi into the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, DPA, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The government said the country will hold a referendum on a new constitution in the middle of January. (Reuters)
  • Libya: A UN nuclear team will visit the country this month to assess the safety of its milled uranium stockpiles. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Five state governors announced their official defection to the opposition party. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities found the dismembered bodies of eight people who had been kidnapped by gunmen in Guerrero state. (Reuters)
  • United States: Senior lawmakers said they reached a compromise deal on Guantanamo transfers. (AFP)
  • United States: Two NYT reporters sued the Department of Homeland Security after they were questioned at an airport as they headed to overseas assignments. (AP)
  • United States: Former chief of staff to President Clinton John Podesta is expected to serve as an advisor to President Obama. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Trade ministers said talks on the TPP will resume in January, missing a deadline to agree a deal this year. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The National Directorate for Security said it captured 22 militants over the past two weeks. (Xinhua)
  • China: The government criticized the US after US Secretary Kerry expressed concern for the rights of two prominent dissidents. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The government announced it had agreed with Iran to speed implementation of a gas pipeline project. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra refused demands by anti-government protesters to resign ahead of upcoming elections. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: The new leader of the Democratic Party, the government’s biggest coalition partner, pledged to back PM Letta. (AP)
  • Russia: President Putin ordered the military to step up its presence in the Arctic after Canada signaled its intention to claim the North Pole and surrounding waters. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: EU foreign policy chief Ashton voiced concern that attempts to end the stand-off between security forces and demonstrators could be derailed by a raid on opposition party offices. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Qatar: US Secretary of Defense Hagel held talks with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and reaffirmed US military ties with the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: Regime forces increased attacks on the rebel-held town of Yabrud after taking Nabak. (AFP)
  • Syria: The OPCW said the destruction of the country’s chemical weapons could begin in late January. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Computer security company FireEye reported that computer breaches in 2010 at the foreign ministries of the Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Latvia and Hungary have been traced to Chinese hackers. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06B (Madi)
    • Location: 327 NM ENE of Chennai, India
    • Movement: NE at 4 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • 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 (11DEC)

  • Algeria: Anniversary of twin bomb attacks on UNHCR offices and Algeria’s Constitutional Council – 2007
  • Egypt: Trials of Muslim Brotherhood to resume
  • Japan: Anniversary of Kyoto Protocol – 1997

 

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