ONS: 12 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, Boko Haram’s leader Shekau claimed responsibility for a 02DEC raid on military installations in Maiduguri.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico’s lower house of Congress voted 354-134 to give general approval to a disputed energy reform bill.
  • ASIA: The navies of Japan and South Korea carried out a joint maritime rescue drill in international waters covered by China’s new ADIZ.
  • EUROPE: The Armenian parliament approved a 2014 budget intended to ease entry into a Russia-led Customs Union.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry is to arrive in the region on his ninth trip of the year to promote the peace process.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An association grouping web giants such as Google and Facebook criticized the adoption in France of a bill that gives intelligence agencies wider access to personal data without prior authorization from a judge.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: EU says government considering signing association agreement.
    • EU foreign policy chief Ashton said that President Yanukovych “intends to sign” the trade and cooperation agreement with the EU that he rejected last month.
    • Russian President Putin said Ukraine is still welcome but not obliged to work with Russia on its Customs Union.
    • Protesters in Kiev rebuilt barricades that had been torn down earlier by riot police.
    • The US warned of possible sanctions over the government’s crackdown on opposition protests.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, CNN, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Authorities heightened security in Mombasa after an unsuccessful grenade attack on a tourist van by suspected al Shabaab militants. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The US said it was “concerned” by reports the government threatened to shut down a Malian website after it published an AP article critical of the government. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram’s leader Shekau claimed responsibility for a 02DEC raid on military installations in Maiduguri. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: HRW said communal violence is being perpetuated in the center of the country by a government failure to address root causes and enforce rule of law. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Honduras and Cuba ratified a bilateral maritime border treaty. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: FARC rebels warned of new attacks before their unilateral ceasefire begins later this month. (AFP)
  • Honduras: The High Electoral Court (TSE) reconfirmed that Juan Orlando Hernandez of the governing National Party won the 24NOV presidential election. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The lower house of Congress voted 354-134 to give general approval to a disputed energy reform bill. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The navies of Japan and South Korea carried out a joint maritime rescue drill in international waters covered by China’s new ADIZ. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: An accidental explosion in an arms depot close to ISAF headquarters triggered heightened security. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: The country’s highest court upheld the death sentence for a top Islamist leader convicted of war crimes. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: New Chief Justice Jillani was sworn in by President Hussain. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Anti-government protesters cut off electricity to the PM’s office compound and demanded that police abandon the premises. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: Police in Durres seized 850 kg of drugs in a truck in the port area. (Xinhua)
  • Armenia: The parliament approved a 2014 budget intended to ease entry into a Russia-led Customs Union. (AFP)
  • Denmark: PM Thorning-Schmidt reshuffled the government, naming four new ministers. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government said it freed two Slovak paragliders arrested in May for allegedly spying. (AFP)
  • Israel: US Secretary Kerry is to arrive in the region on his ninth trip of the year to promote the peace process. (AP)
  • Kuwait: HRW criticized a ruling by the top court to uphold a disputed law that sends people to jail for up to five years for criticizing the ruler. (AFP)
  • Syria: Severe winter weather delayed the start of the first UN airlift of aid items from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region to Syria. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: An association grouping web giants such as Google and Facebook criticized the adoption in France of a bill that gives intelligence agencies wider access to personal data without prior authorization from a judge. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06B (Madi)
    • Location: 115 NM ESE of Chennai, India
    • Movement: SW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 40 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 (13DEC)

  • Asia: Japan-ASEAN Summit in Tokyo (to 15DEC)
  • China: Anniversary of Nanjing Massacre – 1937
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s capture – 2003
  • Malta: Republic Day – 1974

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