ONS: 10 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Kenyan Defense Force killed at least 30 Al-Shebab rebels in an air strike on a training camp in Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: Three suspected members of the Mexican Zetas drug cartel were found dead in the eastern state of Veracruz, authorities said.
  • ASIA: Thai pro-government Red Shirt activists said they will hold rallies this weekend in a stand against anti-government protesters’ move to occupy Bangkok.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s top judicial board slammed government plans to curb its power saying the proposed reforms were unconstitutional.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iraqi oil ministry criticized the autonomous Kurdish region for its move to sell oil independently saying it was a violation of the constitution and amounts to smuggling.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Singapore officials said the country was monitoring trade in Bitcoin, metals and precious stones as a way of deterring new forms of illicit financing.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Battles between rebels and al-Qaeda-linked jihadists continue as the death toll rises.
    • Army troops killed dozens of rebels who tried to break the military’s siege on opposition-held areas of Homs.
    • Jihadists advanced on rebel fighters in the battle for the northern city of Raqa, activists said.
    • A pro-opposition watchdog said at least 500 people have been killed in a week-long battle between rebels and rivals from an al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group.
    • Sources: AP, AFP, DPA

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Kenyan Defense Force killed at least 30 Al-Shebab rebels in an air strike on a training camp in Somalia. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: President Djotodia resigned after intense pressure over his failure to stem deadly sectarian violence. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: The chief mediator in peace talks between the government and rebels said he was optimistic a ceasefire would be signed soon. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Authorities discovered an incomplete smuggling tunnel along the US-Mexico border in Nogales. (AP)
  • Bolivia: The government announced the establishment of diplomatic relations with Fiji. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Three suspected members of the Zetas drug cartel were found dead in the eastern state of Veracruz, authorities said. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro appointed seven new ministers after all 23 ministers resigned as part of the government reshuffle. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Korea, South: The country again requested North Korea to agree to the resumption of reunions of families that remain separated since the Korean War. (Kyodo)
  • Philippines: Three members of the leftist rebel group NPA surrendered to government troops in the southern town of Bansalan. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The country’s pro-government Red Shirt activists said they will hold rallies this weekend in a stand against anti-government protesters’ move to occupy Bangkok. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: A nationwide manhunt for an escaped member of one of the country’s most lethal terrorist group escalated. (DPA)
  • Turkey: During PM Erdogan’s visit to Malaysia the countries pledged to conclude a free-trade deal this year. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The country’s top judicial board slammed government plans to curb its power saying the proposed reforms were unconstitutional. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The oil ministry criticized the autonomous Kurdish region for its move to sell oil independently saying it was a violation of the constitution and amounts to smuggling. (AFP)
  • Israel: According to a new poll, the vast majority of Israelis believe US-brokered negotiations with Palestinians will fail to bring any peace agreement. (AFP)
  • UAE: Three arrested in Dubai over the disappearance of an Iranian-British businessman feared to have been abducted and murdered. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Finance: Singapore officials said the country was monitoring trade in Bitcoin, metals and precious stones as a way of deterring new forms of illicit financing. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Colin)
    • Location: 737 miles ESE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: WSW at 15 mph
    • Wind: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07P (Ian)
    • Location: 371 E of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: SE at 7 mph
    • Wind: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Eruptions and evacuations continue. (Reuters)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 09JAN: 178 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 09JAN: 75 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11JAN)

  • Algeria: Anniversary of 100 people killed in attacks by Islamic extremists – 1998
  • Central African Republic: Anniversary of formation of Government of National Unity – 2013
  • Peru: Anniversary of deadly landslide that killed 2000 people – 1962
  • South Africa: African National Congress presents its programme for general elections in April-May
  • Syria: US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend a ministerial meeting of the London 11 to coordinate with key international partners on Syria in advance of the Geneva II conference

 

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