ONS: 11 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 11, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  US officials reported that the US is preparing to withdraw all but 100 of its troops fighting Ebola in West Africa by 30APR.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos met with Turkish President Erdogan for talks on boosting trade, defense and cultural cooperation.
  • ASIA: Clashes broke out in Indian-controlled Kashmir after authorities blocked pro-independence protesters from marching to a UN office.
  • EUROPE: Greek PM Tsipras announced plans to work with the OECD to draft a program of reforms to boost growth in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US, Britain, and France said they were closing their embassies in Yemen and urged their citizens to leave.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Local media in the Netherlands reported that the outage that downed Dutch government websites was caused by a cyber-attack.

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Clashes escalate as international leaders commit to attending Minsk conference.
    • Government officials and rebel authorities reported that fighting in the country killed at least 45 people in the last 24 hours.
    • French President Hollande said that he and German Chancellor Merkel will travel to the peace summit in Minsk and “try everything right to the end”.
    • EU President Tusk said that President Poroshenko will attend the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the war in his country.
    • The Kremlin confirmed that Russian President Putin would travel to Minsk for the four-way talks.
    • British defense think tank The International Institute of Strategic Studies said Ukraine’s military is “unsuited” to the current conflict against pro-Russian separatists and needs more armored vehicles and artillery rockets.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, BBC, LAT, Reuters, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Region: US officials reported that the US is preparing to withdraw all but 100 of its troops fighting Ebola in West Africa by 30APR. (AP)
  • Mali: PM Keita urged a swift agreement in negotiations with rebels restarting this week in Algiers, saying progress was “looking very good” toward a definitive peace deal. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram militants attacked Chadian troops stationed at the border town of Gamboru before being repulsed. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The Committee to Protect Journalists reported that journalists in the country are facing growing pressure from security forces. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC announced that it would maintain its unilateral cease-fire in accordance with a request from the Broad Front for Peace coalition. (EFE)
  • Colombia: President Santos met with Turkish President Erdogan for talks on boosting trade, defense and cultural cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Federal prosecutors announced the arrest of the brother of former Guerrero state governor Aguirre in a corruption case. (AP)
  • Nicaragua: Army spokesman GEN Zepeda said the country plans to buy several Russian warplanes to fight drug trafficking in coastal areas. (Tass)
  • Peru: Protestors trying to take control of an Amazon oil drilling installation clashed with police, leaving at least 20 injured and 40 arrested. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Australia: Two men were charged with planning to launch an imminent terrorist attack in the country. (AP)
  • Burma: Hundreds of people demonstrated in Yangon to protest a government decision to allow people without full citizenship to vote in an upcoming constitutional referendum. (AP)
  • China: President Xi Jinping spoke with US President Obama about the possibility of an investment treaty that could redefine bilateral trade ties. (AFP)
  • India: Clashes broke out in Kashmir after authorities blocked pro-independence protesters from marching to a UN office. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The International Organization for Migration reported that at least 200 migrants are missing after their boats sank in the Mediterranean Sea near Italian territory. (AFP)
  • Belgium: A court convicted the leader of an Islamist group and several of his followers on terrorism charges for sending fighters to Syria. (AFP)
  • France: Justice Minister Taubira said the government dismantled 15 terrorist networks as part of its campaign to eradicate terrorism in the country. (AP)
  • Greece: PM Tsipras announced plans to work with the OECD to draft a program of reforms to boost growth in the country. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani said the world needs the country’s help to help stabilize the Middle East. (AFP)
  • Syria: State media and an activist group reported that government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters captured several villages south of Damascus. (AP)
  • Yemen: The US, Britain, and France said they were closing their embassies in the country and urged their citizens to leave. (AP)
  • Yemen: A group of Islamist fighters renounced their loyalty to al Qaeda’s and pledged allegiance to the head of the Islamic State. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Local media in the Netherlands reported that the outage that downed Dutch government websites was caused by a cyber-attack. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 02W (Higos)
    • Location: 471 NM ENE of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 58 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 (12FEB)

  • Global: European Union summit on anti-terror efforts
  • Chile: Chilean Declaration of Independence – 1818
  • Myanmar: Myanmar Union Day, president wishes National Ceasefire Agreement to be signed

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