ONS: 10 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The government of South Sudan and rebels are to open a new round of peace talks in the Ethiopia
  • AMERICAS: The 8th Summit of Latin American trade bloc Pacific Alliance opened in the northern Colombian city of Cartagena.
  • ASIA: Thai police made their first arrest of a senior leader of anti-government protests for violating the country’s emergency law.
  • EUROPE: The EU warned it will review ties with Switzerland after it voted to restrict EU immigration.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The IAEA said Iran’s promise to clarify its use of detonators marks only an initial step by Tehran to address long-standing allegations of past nuclear weapons research.
  • TECHNOLOGY: First Look Media, a news organization founded by eBay billionaire Perre Omidyar, launched its first web magazine, The Intercept, which will initially focus on the disclosures of Snowden.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Peace conference set to begin as violence in country continues.
    • UN AL envoy Brahimi is to chair separate sessions with the two delegations on the first two days of the resumed talks, with possible joint sessions on Wednesday.
    • Activists reported that 20 civilians and 20 village fighters were killed in an attack by extremist Islamic rebels on an Alawite village.
    • Activists said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had pulled back to the eastern provinces of Raqqa and Hassaka from the province of Deir al-Zor
    • France said it will propose a UNSC resolution demanding the immediate opening of humanitarian corridors to besieged cities.
    • Aid teams prepared to resume the evacuation of civilians from Homs.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The ICC is to decide whether warlord Bosco Ntaganda should stand trial. (AFP)
  • Libya: French FM Fabius said there are no plans to send Western troops to the south of the country. (AFP)
  • Mali: The government said terrorists killed 30 Tuaregs in the north of the country, contradicting reports of clashes between local Tuareg and Peul communities. (AP)
  • Sudan, South: The government and rebels are to open a new round of peace talks in the Ethiopia. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The 8th Summit of Latin American trade bloc Pacific Alliance opened in the northern Colombian city of Cartagena. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities detained Tirso Martinez Sanchez, a suspected drug trafficker sought by the US. (AFP)
  • United States: GEN Dempsey promised to launch a military ethics campaign in the wake of recent scandals. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China condemned US Pacific Air Force Commander Carlisle for “irresponsible remarks” after he warned it would be provocative if Beijing declared an ADIZ over the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The US is set to unveil USD300 million in new aid initiatives for the country. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Separatist rebels from Baluchistan province blew up three gas pipelines, cutting supplies to the country’s most economically important province. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Marines killed at least six Abu Sayyaf militants and captured one of their bases in the south. (AP)
  • Thailand: Police made their first arrest of a senior leader of anti-government protests for violating the country’s emergency law. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU foreign ministers are due to meet to discuss efforts to help Ukraine out of its political crisis. (DPA)
  • France: President Hollande issued a joint call with US President Obama for other nations to join them in seeking an “ambitious” agreement to curb climate change. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: The EU warned it will review ties with the country after it voted to restrict EU immigration. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The IAEA said the country’s promise to clarify its use of detonators marks only an initial step by Tehran to address long-standing allegations of past nuclear weapons research. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government said that PM Netanyahu will meet with US President Obama in Washington next month. (Xinhua)
  • Kuwait: An MP proposed a law that would target citizens who fight in conflicts abroad or encourage such actions with up to 30 years in jail. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: First Look Media, a news organization founded by eBay billionaire Perre Omidyar, launched its first web magazine, The Intercept, which will initially focus on the disclosures of Snowden. (DPA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Fobane)
    • Location: 973 NM E of St. Denins, La Reunion
    • Movement: SW at 24 mph
    • Winds: 63 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 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 (11FEB)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of President Hosni Mubarak stepping down – 2011
  • Georgia: NATO Military Committee will visit Georgia on military cooperation (to 12FEB)
  • Iran: Iran Revolution Day – 1979
  • Japan: National Foundation Day -1966
  • Taiwan and China: Taiwanese Chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council is scheduled to fly to China to meet with China’s Taiwan Affairs Office chief in first official visit in six decades
  • United States and France: French President Hollande to meet with US President Obama at White House

 

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