ONS: 10 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 10, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rebel fighters in South Sudan bombarded government positions in the oil town of Bentiu, where 53,000 civilians are sheltering inside a UN camp.
  • AMERICAS: In Haiti, police clashed with anti-government protesters in Port-au-Prince demonstrating against the high cost of fuel.
  • ASIA: China expressed concern about renewed fighting between rebels in Burma and government forces which forced civilians to cross the border into China.
  • EUROPE: Greek Defense Minister Kammenos said that if the country failed to get a new debt agreement with the euro zone, it could look to Russia or China.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian President Assad said that Damascus receives “information” about air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration is establishing a new agency, the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, to combat the deepening threat from cyberattacks.

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Military launches new offensive ahead of summit on ongoing instability.
    • Government forces reported gains in the rebel-held east near Mariupol as the parties in the conflict gear up for internationally mediated talks.
    • About 2,000 Russian reconnaissance troops started exercises in southern Russia near the Ukrainian border.
    • Russian President Putin said the country would pursue an independent foreign policy despite pressure in what he called “today’s challenging international environment.”
    • Polish Defense Minister Siemoniak said supplying arms to Ukraine is a final option, but one worth avoiding, as it could trigger an escalation of the conflict.
    • US President Obama put off a decision on whether to send arms to Ukraine, saying he will allow time for diplomacy to play out.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Islamic State affiliate Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis released a video purporting to show the beheading of eight Bedouin men it accused of working for the military. (AFP)
  • Lesotho: South African President Zuma said that the country will go ahead with early elections as planned at the end of this month despite recent renewed tensions. (AFP)
  • Libya: Special forces said they had retaken the main military base in Benghazi from Islamist fighters. (Reuters)
  • Niger: Parliament voted unanimously to send troops to Nigeria to join a regional fight against Boko Haram. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Rebel fighters bombarded government positions in the oil town of Bentiu, where 53,000 civilians are sheltering inside a UN camp. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Uruguayan media reported that the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) is seeking to reorient regional drug policy to combat large cartels instead of consumers. (Xinhua)
  • Canada: PM Harper announced a cabinet shuffle amid turmoil in his Conservative government. (AP)
  • Haiti: Police clashed with anti-government protesters in Port-au-Prince demonstrating against the high cost of fuel. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: US Deputy NSA Ben Rhodes said the country’s accusations of alleged US interference in its internal affairs were “ludicrous”. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: China expressed concern about renewed fighting between rebels in Burma and government forces which forced civilians to cross the border into China. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: At least five Taliban militants were killed after gunmen stormed a police station in Kunduz province. (Xinhua)
  • India: PM Modi conceded defeat in Delhi state elections after vote counting showed anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal’s party heading for a landslide victory. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: Prosecutors charged 118 people over protests last year that saw demonstrators occupy the country’s parliament for several weeks. (NYT)
  • Thailand: Junta leader Chan-ocha told a Japanese newspaper that the military could carry out another coup “if something cannot be solved” by the new government. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU foreign policy chief Mogherini said that Serbia and Kosovo reached an agreement that paves the way for a war crimes court in Kosovo. (DPA)
  • Greece: Defense Minister Kammenos said that if the country failed to get a new debt agreement with the euro zone, it could look to Russia or China. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Twitter released data that showed the country nearly tripled its requests in the past six months to remove posts critical of the government. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Syrian government accused Jordan of sponsoring terrorist groups on Syrian soil. (LAT)
  • Iran: President Rouhani said that world powers must “seize the opportunity” of a landmark nuclear deal, saying Tehran had taken the “necessary steps” for an accord. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas will meet Sweden’s new PM Lofven to discuss the issue of Palestinian recognition. (Reuters)
  • Syria: President Assad said that Damascus receives “information” about air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in the country. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Obama administration is establishing a new agency, the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, to combat the deepening threat from cyberattacks. (WP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 02W (Higos)
    • Location: 424 NM NNE of Chuuk
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 121 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 (11FEB)

  • Belgium: Verdict for country’s biggest anti-terrorist case to be decided
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Mubarak stepping down as president – 2011
  • Europe Region: Eurogroup finance ministers to hold an extraordinary meeting on Greece
  • Iran: Iran Revolution Day – 1979
  • Japan: Foundation Day – 1872
  • Liberia: Armed Forces Day – 1956
  • United States and Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to address a joint meeting of the US Congress
  • Vatican City: Anniversary of the foundation of Vatican City

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