ONS: 10 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Kenyan government said it wants to strengthen security laws after a string of attacks by Somalia’s Shebaab insurgents, but the media and opposition warned some ideas are overly severe.
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama said that the US has offered to help Mexico figure out what happened to 43 college students who have been missing since September.
  • ASIA: In Indonesia, thousands of workers rallied in Jakarta demanding higher salaries after a recent increase in fuel prices pushed up inflation.
  • EUROPE: The UN reported that a record 3,419 people died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe since January.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A senior Palestinian official died after being beaten by Israeli forces during a protest march in the West Bank.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Internet companies like Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cyber-security law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.

TOP STORY

  • United States: US embassies on alert as the international community reacts to report on the CIA.
    • US embassies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Thailand warned of the potential for anti-American protests and violence after the release of a Senate report outlining harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA on terror suspects.
    • The UN’s top special investigator for counterterrorism Ben Emmerson called for the prosecution of senior US officials who authorized and carried out torture.
    • The report said that Poland threatened to halt the transfer of al Qaeda suspects to a secret CIA jail on its soil 11 years ago, but became more “flexible” after the CIA gave it a large sum of money.
    • Former Polish President Kwasniewski said during his term Poland offered the CIA a site for a secret prison but did not authorize the harsh treatment of inmates.
    • The report claims that the CIA leaked classified material to reporters to shape the perception that its detention and interrogation program was an effective tool in thwarting terrorism.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AP-3, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Kenya: The government said it wants to strengthen security laws after a string of attacks by Somalia’s Shebaab insurgents, but the media and opposition warned some ideas are overly severe. (AFP)
  • Lesotho: UN SG Ban Ki-moon welcomed the country’s political progress, calling for an environment conducive to peaceful and credible elections on 28FEB15. (Xinhua)
  • Mauritius: Polls opened in parliamentary elections with rival parties promising to boost the economy and battling over the proposed strengthening of presidential powers. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Latin American nations and their ex-colonial powers, Portugal and Spain, wrapped up a summit again marked by major absences, with the leaders of Argentina, Brazil and Cuba shunning the event. (AFP)
  • Mexico: US President Obama said that the US has offered to help the country figure out what happened to 43 college students who have been missing since September. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro denounced a US Senate bill that would lead to sanctions on senior officials and officers, warning of “severe” countermeasures if it is finally approved. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • China: Hong Kong’s student protest leaders said that they would “stay to the end” as police prepared to move on the city’s main rally site. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Thousands of workers rallied in Jakarta demanding higher salaries after a recent increase in fuel prices pushed up inflation. (AFP)
  • Japan: A law giving the government greater powers to classify and protect state secrets took effect, a year after the controversial bill was approved by parliament. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The military said it had killed 11 militants in air strikes in the Tirah area of Khyber district. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military said it suspected the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters of carrying out a bus bombing that killed ten people. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The UN reported that a record 3,419 people died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe since January. (AFP)
  • Greece: Police defused a bomb outside a bank in Athens after a local newspaper received a warning call. (DPA)
  • Russia: PM Medvedev urged the country to be patient as the ruble plunges due to falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The army and pro-Russian rebels were due to start pulling back heavy weapons from the frontline, a day after a new ceasefire went into effect. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The autonomous Kurdish region said that 727 of its fighters have been killed and 3,564 injured in the conflict against the Islamic State group since June. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber driving a tanker truck targeted a security checkpoint in a village north of Baghdad, killing eight soldiers and Shiite militiamen. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A senior official died after being beaten by Israeli forces during a protest march in the West Bank. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov arrived in Damascus for a two-day diplomatic visit. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Internet companies like Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cyber-security law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Hagupit)
    • Location: 572 NM ENE of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Winds: 52 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 (11DEC)

  • Global: Anniversary of Kyoto Protocol to combat global warming – 1997
  • Asia Region: 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit to be held in Korea (to 12DEC)
  • Australia and Ukraine: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is expected to visit Australia (to 12DEC)
  • Burkina Faso: National Day – 1958
  • Hong Kong: The clearance of the city’s main pro-democracy camp is set to begin

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