ONS: 11 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An armed group clashed with Tunisian security forces after attacking their post on the border with Algeria, leaving one assailant dead.

  • AMERICAS: Near Mexico City, eight people were fatally shot in two separate incidents.

  • ASIA: In Thailand, a shootout near anti-government demonstrators’ main rally site in Bangkok wounded at least seven.

  • EUROPE: Albanian President Nishani said European integration remains a priority and the country will continue to push reforms to that end.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian jihadists fighting against rebels killed at least five opposition fighters during a bomb attack in Idlib province, activists said.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The Target Corporation said personal information was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in a data breach, upping their previous estimate of 40 million.

 

TOP STORY

  • Sudan, South: Fighting continues as the UNSC pushes efforts for a ceasefire.

    • Authorities disarmed a fleeing battalion of rebels after they entered the Al-Kharasan area near the country’s border.

    • Loyalist troops prepared for an offensive on the last major town held by rebels.

    • The UNSC urged the country’s President to release political detainees in an effort to start a ceasefire.

    • Sources: AFPAFP-2BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The speaker of the NTC said the recent change in the country’s leadership was not a coup. (Xinhua)

  • Nigeria: At least 71 people were confirmed dead after an outbreak of cholera in the northwestern state of Kano, an official said. (AP)

  • Nigeria: The US issued a travel warning against its citizens traveling to 16 Nigerian states, citing security concerns. (Xinhua)

  • Sudan: Five people were killed and six others injured when armed groups attacked the Al-Salam camp in Darfur state. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: An armed group clashed with security forces after attacking their post on the border with Algeria, leaving one assailant dead. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A US delegation in Cuba had “very constructive” migration talks with its counterparts and called for the release of a jailed US government contractor. (Miami Herald)

  • Brazil: A Protestant pastor died after being gunned down inside his church in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte. (EFE)

  • Colombia: Five people died in a helicopter crash near the town of Anori, the country’s Air Force said. (DPA)

  • Mexico: Eight people were fatally shot in two separate incidents near the capital. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • China: FM Wang Yi and Senegalese President Macky Sall agreed to deepen mutual trust and practical cooperation between the two countries. (Xinhua)

  • India: The country’s anti-graft Aam Aadmi Party signed up tens of thousands of members in a nationwide recuritment drive as it seeks to build support for elections. (AFP)

  • Philippines: A UK-based charity asked the country to investigate the suspected recruitment of child workers for sex trafficking in a region affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. (AFP)

  • Thailand: A shootout near anti-government demonstrators’ main rally site in Bangkok wounded at least seven. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: President Nishani said European integration remains a priority and the country will continue to push reforms to that end. (Xinhua)

  • Russia: The US issued a travel alert to citizens planning to attend the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, pointing to recent terrorist acts as the reason for concern. (AP)

  • Ukraine: The country’s ex-interior minister was among those injured during clashes between pro-EU demonstrators and state police. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen held crucial territory in Baghdad despite tribesmen and police retaking militant-held areas west of the capital. (AFP)

  • Palestinian Territories: A senior official stressed that it is impossible to reach a peace agreement with Israel without having east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: Jihadists fighting against rebels killed at least five opposition fighters during a bomb attack in Idlib province, activists said. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Government troops were deployed in the northern province of Saada to monitor a ceasefire between Shiite rebels and hardline Sunni Salafists. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Security: The Target Corporation said personal information was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in a data breach, upping their previous estimate of 40 million. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Colin)

    • Location: 721 miles SE of Diego Garcia

    • Movement: SW at 12 mph

    • Wind: 58 mph

    • Map

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07P (Ian)

    • Location: 412 SSW of Pago Pago

    • Movement: SSE at 13 mph

    • Wind: 52 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Mt. Sinabung, Indonesia

    • Continuous eruptions of ash force further evacuations. (Xinhua)

  • 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 (12JAN)

  • Haiti: Anniversary of 7.0 earthquake – 2010

  • Syria: Ministers from the “Friends of Syria” grouping will meet in Paris with leaders of the mainstream opposition to President Bashar al-Assad ahead of peace talks due later this month

 

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