ONS: 11 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Islamist militant group MUJAO kidnappped a team of Red Cross workers in northern Mali.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro called on all revolutionary forces to be alert following an outbreak of violence linked to the opposition in some states.
  • ASIA: Taiwan and China began their highest-level of official talks since 1949.
  • EUROPE: A joint Italian-US anti-Mafia blitz is underway with numerous arrests reported oboth countries.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A pre-dawn assault on an Iraqi army camp in Nineveh left 15 soldiers dead.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Kaspersky Labs discovered a new, highly sophisticated spy operation launched by a group of nation-state hackers that has infected more than 380 high-profile targets in 31 countries.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels and regime to hold direct meetings.
    • Regime and opposition negotiators opened their first face-to-face talks this month at a session chaired by UN-AL mediator Brahimi.
    • Aid teams launched fresh efforts to evacuate civilians from besieged districts of Homs.
    • The opposition delegation warned it would not return for a third round of talks if no progress was made in the current session.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said that a draft of a new humanitarian resolution on Syria was “absolutely unacceptable.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: UNSG Ban Ki-moon spoke with French FM Fabius on increasing the number of European and African troops in the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Suspected al Qaeda inspired militants blew up a natural gas pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Mali: Islamist militant group MUJAO kidnapped a team of Red Cross workers in the north of the country. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Rebels said they will not participate in new talks unless the government meets certain conditions, including withdrawal of Ugandan troops. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff condemned violence during a protest against bus fare hikes last week. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Congress formed a commission to pick a replacement to take over from the country’s attorney general in May. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro called on all revolutionary forces to be alert following an outbreak of violence linked to the opposition in some states. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China and Taiwan began their highest-level of official talks since 1949. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The US military has revised plans to withdraw troops from the country to allow the White House to wait until President Karzai leaves office. (WSJ)
  • India: The US ambassador plans to meet opposition candidate for PM Narendra Modi. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea agreed to hold rare high-level talks on Wednesday on a range of “major” issues. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A member of the Election Commission said parliamentary elections may need to be re-run. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are scheduled to relaunch peace talks. (DPA)
  • France: National auditors warned the country runs a “significant risk” of overshooting its budget deficit target for 2013 and must do more to cut spending. (AFP)
  • Italy: A joint Italian-US anti-Mafia blitz is underway with numerous arrests reported oboth countries. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani called on world powers to match Tehran’s “fair and constructive attitude” in nuclear negotiations due to resume in Vienna next week. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A pre-dawn assault on an army camp guarding an oil pipeline in Nineveh left 15 soldiers dead. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israel carried out two air strikes overnight on the Gaza Strip, but caused no casualties. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Northern Shiite rebels rejected a six-region federation plan for the country, saying that the proposed division of the republic does not distribute wealth evenly. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Kaspersky Labs discovered a new, highly sophisticated spy operation launched by a group of nation-state hackers that has infected more than 380 high-profile targets in 31 countries. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Fobane)
    • Location: 602 NM ESE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: SSW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 52 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 (12FEB)

  • Burma: Union Day – 1947

 

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