ONS: 11 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian army said that French forces killed a high-ranking member of jihadist group Al-Murabitoun.
  • AMERICAS: The US Congress gave its final approval to new sanctions against Venezuelan officials accused of violating the human rights of anti-government protesters this year.
  • ASIA: Indian PM Modi said the country is to build at least 10 more nuclear reactors with Russia after talks with Russian President Putin in New Delhi.
  • EUROPE: Polish Defense Minister Siemoniak said that there has been “unprecedented” activity by Russia’s navy and air force in the Baltic Sea region in recent days.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaeda blamed US President Obama for the deaths of a US journalist and a South African in Yemen during a failed hostage rescue attempt, warning “the lives of all Americans are in danger”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Senate passed multiple measures directing the Department of Homeland Security to deal with cybersecurity and anti-terrorism issues.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Hong Kong police disperse protest camp as government criticizes US.
    • Hong Kong police dismantled the city’s main pro-democracy site, clearing tents and barricades and leading away more than 100 demonstrators.
    • Thousands gathered on Wednesday night for one final mass rally at the site, but the number fell to hundreds by Thursday morning.
    • China criticized the US over human rights, accusing Washington of mudslinging, hypocrisy and double standards after US Secretary Kerry voiced concerns over the issue.
    • Authorities in the capital of the mainly Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang voted to ban the wearing of burqas in public.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Liberia: President Sirleaf said the country is making progress against Ebola but stamping out the final cases will be difficult in an address by video to a US Senate subcommittee. (AP)
  • Libya: PM Thinni said the recognized government will continue a military campaign to claim back Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The army said that French forces killed a high-ranking member of the jihadist group Al-Murabitoun. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan was nominated as the ruling party’s leader for the February 2015 elections while the opposition coalition was still voting for a candidate. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Congress gave its final approval to new sanctions against Venezuelan officials accused of violating the human rights of anti-government protesters this year. (AFP)
  • Argentina: Four men accused of crimes against humanity during the country’s dictatorship decided to break a pact of silence among ex-members of the military who are on trial and collaborate with authorities. (AP)
  • Honduras: President Hernandez pledged his support to a group of lawmakers who are seeking to lift sanctions from a discussion on re-election. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed at least six soldiers in the suburbs of Kabul. (AFP)
  • Australia: A new report claims that the government failed in its duty to protect asylum-seekers at a camp in Papua New Guinea where a riot left one dead and 69 injured. (AFP)
  • India: PM Modi said the country is to build at least 10 more nuclear reactors with Russia after talks with Russian President Putin in New Delhi. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least 10 people were injured when a bomb went off near the office of a political party in Balochistan. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Deputy Police Commissioner GEN Jakthip Yomjinda said that he has instructed the Metropolitan Police Bureau to tighten security for the US embassy. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Central Bank said that 306 banks borrowed 129.8 billion euros in the second round of its lending program aimed at boosting the eurozone economy. (AFP)
  • Austria: Parliament passed a law outlawing the symbols of the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda, as well as creating the possibility of issuing travel bans on minors suspected of seeking to join Islamic radicals in the Mideast. (AP)
  • Poland: Defense Minister Siemoniak said that there has been “unprecedented” activity by Russia’s navy and air force in the Baltic Sea region in recent days. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The military said that three soldiers were killed and eight injured in the past 24 hours, marking the first casualties since a ceasefire was introduced earlier this week. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Stock markets of the energy-rich Gulf States fell sharply, many of them breaking key psychological barriers, after oil dived to new lows. (AFP)
  • Iran: The IAEA said that it needs 4.6 million euros to continue inspections of the country’s nuclear activities. (DPA)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli and Palestinian pathologists disagreed on whether a blow to the body or a bad heart was the main cause of death of a Cabinet minister who collapsed shortly after scuffling with Israeli troops during a West Bank protest. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda blamed US President Obama for the deaths of a US journalist and a South African during a failed hostage rescue attempt, warning “the lives of all Americans are in danger”. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Senate passed multiple measures directing the Department of Homeland Security to deal with cybersecurity and anti-terrorism issues. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Hagupit)
    • Location: 354 NM ENE of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Movement: WSW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 86km NE of Keelung, Taiwan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 254.4 km
    • Map
  • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12DEC)

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Ivorian Popular Front to hold congress (to 14DEC)
  • Italy: 8-hour general strike to be held in public and private sectors
  • Kenya: Anniversary of Kenya’s independence from the UK – 1963
  • Japan: House of Representatives elections
  • Christianity: Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico)

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