ONS: 11 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ugandan troops captured 19 LRA rebels in the CAR.
  • AMERICAS: The Uruguayan Senate approved legislation legalizing the production and sale of marijuana.
  • ASIA: German Defense Minister Maiziere urged President Karzai to quickly sign the BSA while visiting the country.
  • EUROPE: Italian PM Letta is set to win a confidence vote amid a significant shift in the balance of political power in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US suspended all non-lethal assistance into northern Syria after Islamist rebel forces seized armed depots belonging to the opposition Free Syrian Army.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China rejected a US computer security firm’s accusation of Chinese hacking against European countries before the G20 Summit.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Police and protesters clash in Kiev.
    • Police tore down barricades surrounding the camp at Independence Square, but were forced to move back after resistance from thousands of protesters.
    • EU Chair Lithuania said that the authorities had lost credibility after security forces clashed with protestors.
    • Ukrainian Orthodox Patriarch Filaret warned that continued violence in Kiev could lead to a civil conflict and called on the government to sign a pact with the EU.
    • US Secretary Kerry said the US voiced its “disgust” at the government’s repression of demonstrators.
    • PM Azarov said Ukraine would like to secure a EUR20 billion loan from the EU before it signs an association pact.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AFP-5, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: US President Obama asked the State Department to spend up to USD60 million for defense supplies to assist the AU mission in the country. (AP)
  • Central African Republic: Ugandan troops captured 19 LRA rebels in the country. (AFP)
  • Gabon: The country’s land and sea borders will be closed on 13DEC and 14DEC as the government holds local elections. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: France assumed the leadership of the EU operation against piracy off the coast of the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Thousands of supporters of leftist Bogota Mayor Petro gathered to protest his ouster and 15-year ban from holding political office. (Reuters)
  • United States: Congressional negotiators reached a deal on US federal spending. (AFP)
  • Uruguay: The Senate approved legislation legalizing the production and sale of marijuana. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle near an ISAF convoy entering Kabul airport, killing himself but causing no other casualties. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: German Defense Minister Maiziere urged President Karzai to quickly sign the BSA while visiting the country. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: The Supreme Court adjourned until Thursday a hearing to decide if an Islamist opposition leader can appeal against his death penalty. (Reuters)
  • Burma: The government freed 44 political detainees. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Supporters of PM Shinawatra said they could take to the streets to protect the government from protesters. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: The Social Democrats reached a governing coalition deal with two other parties. (Reuters)
  • France: A key trial begins over the legality of a ban on veils in public places. (AFP)
  • Italy: PM Letta is set to win a confidence vote amid a significant shift in the balance of political power in the country. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Government officials and the IAEA are to meet to discuss the next steps in broadening inspections of the country’s nuclear program. (DPA)
  • Syria: The US suspended all non-lethal assistance into the north of the country after islamist rebel forces seized armed depots belonging to the opposition Free Syrian Army. (AFP)
  • Syria: Gulf Arab states called for the withdrawal of “all foreign forces” from Syria. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: China rejected a US computer security firm’s accusation of Chinese hacking against European countries before the G20 Summit. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06B (Madi)
    • Location: 202 NM ENE of Chennai, India
    • Movement: SW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 46 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12DEC)

  • Armenia: Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu will visit the country in a bid to improve the two countries’ strained relations
  • Kenya: Anniversary of Independence from UK – 1963
  • Kuwait: Anniversary of Kuwait Embassy bombings -1983
  • Libya: Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam to stand trail
  • Mexico: Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Day
  • North Korea: Anniversary of North Korea acceding to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty – 1985

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