ONS: 12 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 12, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, the Plateau state government said a double bomb attack that killed 31 people in a crowded market in Jos was likely to have been carried out by Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: The US House of Representatives approved a government-wide spending bill with a 219-206 vote, clearing the way for a final showdown in the Senate.
  • ASIA: Indian police said that a Bangalore businessman was under investigation for allegedly running the Islamic State’s most popular Twitter account.
  • EUROPE: The Greek government condemned as a “terrorist assault on democracy” a night-time gun attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens that saw the building sprayed with gunfire but no one hurt.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The EU confirmed that talks between Iran and world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program will resume on December 17 in Geneva.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The EU antitrust authority sent questionnaires this month to companies in areas like online mapping and travel as part of its long-running investigation into Google’s business practices.

TOP STORY

  • Peru: US praises ties with Peru as climate talks hit blocks.
    • Climate talks in Lima entered their final day with long-running issues still dividing the parties, despite an appeal from US Secretary Kerry.
    • US Secretary Kerry told the negotiators that the world was “still on a course leading to tragedy.”
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged governments to listen to scientists “shouting from the roof tops” and accelerate talks on a global pact to fight climate change.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon told the Associated Press that countries must get down to substance and produce a draft text that can be refined into a solid agreement at a key climate summit next year in Paris.
    • US Secretary Kerry praised Peru’s economic success and the fight against drug trafficking while the Peruvian President Humala highlighted good bilateral relations.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, The Guardian, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Gunmen killed one policeman and wounded two others in an overnight attack on the Kilifi coastal region. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Plateau state government said a double bomb attack that killed 31 people in a crowded market in Jos was likely to have been carried out by Boko Haram. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe reshuffled his cabinet and appointed replacements for eight ministers sacked in a purge targeting his former deputy’s allies. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The White House said that US President Obama plans to sign into law a bill that would levy sanctions against some Venezuelan officials over human rights violations. (NYT)
  • Colombia: President Santos said that his government’s talks with FARC in Cuba were going in the right direction. (EFE)
  • United States: The House approved a government-wide spending bill with a 219-206 vote, clearing the way for a final showdown in the Senate. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The UN voiced “serious concern” about the Taliban’s persistent threat after the group killed seven people in two suicide attacks in Kabul. (AFP)
  • Australia: Central bank governor Stevens called on the country’s politicians to tackle the “real issue” of the country’s growing budget deficit. (AFP)
  • China: State-run media declared the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement “defeated” and warned domestic and foreign “hostile forces” against destabilizing the city. (BBC)
  • India: Police said that a Bangalore businessman was under investigation for allegedly running the Islamic State’s most popular Twitter account. (DPA)
  • Korea, North: The chief US envoy for the country said that Pyongyang is showing no clear sign of steps that would permit international talks on ending it nuclear program to resume. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The government condemned as a “terrorist assault on democracy” a night-time gun attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens that saw the building sprayed with gunfire but no one hurt. (AFP)
  • Italy: Thousands of union workers staged a general strike in 50 cities to protest proposed economic reforms. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko criticized India over a visit by the leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The EU confirmed that talks between the country and world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program will resume on December 17 in Geneva. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: A salvo of mortar rounds killed one person outside the city of Karbala, where millions of Shiite pilgrims have been gathering ahead of the Arbaeen commemoration. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy Matthew Spence reiterated US support for the country’s military. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The UN special envoy for the country said it faces extensive security, economic and political challenges. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The EU antitrust authority sent questionnaires this month to companies in areas like online mapping and travel as part of its long-running investigation into Google’s business practices. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Bakung)
    • Location: 1214 NM E of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: WSW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 22W (Hagupit)
    • Location: 194 NM E of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Movement: SSW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13DEC)

  • Malta: Republic Day – 1974

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