ONS: 12 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 12, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian Army Chief Sisi headed to Russia accompanied by FM Fahmy to discuss bilateral cooperation.
  • AMERICAS: The Haitian government is launching a program to register its migrants who live without documentation abroad.
  • ASIA: A Taiwan official visiting China said the two sides were “actively discussing” setting up liaison offices.
  • EUROPE: The Bulgarian government survived a no-confidence vote called for by the opposition that accuses it of failing to deal with a massive influx of refugees and a rise in crime.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, the UN reported that violence in Anbar province has displaced up to 300,000 people in six weeks
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google joined Internet rights activists in a virtual protest aimed at getting US lawmakers to rein in online snooping.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: North and South begin high level talks.
    • The discussions in Panmunjom had no fixed agenda, but aimed to cover a range of “major” issues, including a planned 20FEB – 25FEB reunion.
    • The South delegation was led by top NSC official Kim You-Hun, who said Seoul’s focus was on ensuring that the reunion went ahead as scheduled.
    • The DPRK was expected to make another push for the ROK to cancel its annual military drills with the US scheduled for 24FEB.
    • It was the first such high-level meeting since 2007 and came a day before US Secretary Kerry’s arrival in Seoul.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN is set to launch an airlift of emergency food supplies to the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Army Chief Sisi headed to Russia accompanied by FM Fahmy to discuss bilateral cooperation. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Gunmen killed three policemen near Ismailia and seized their weapons. (AFP)
  • Libya: The Tripoli headquarters of a privately owned television channel was attacked by militants with rocket-propelled grenades. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Police in Johannesburg fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to separate armed supporters of the ruling ANC from an opposition rally. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: The government is launching a program to register its migrants who live without documentation abroad. (AP)
  • Mexico: A journalist kidnapped in Veracruz state last week was found dead along with two other corpses in a clandestine grave. (AFP)
  • Panama: The Panama Canal’s administrator said it was holding ongoing talks with a building consortium aimed at jumpstarting a stalled project to expand the waterway. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The US Treasury Department said it placed Kingpin Act sanctions on a hawala operator and his monetary exchange service for their alleged roles in moving money for major narcotics traffickers. (WSJ)
  • China: A Taiwan official visiting the country said the two sides were “actively discussing” setting up liaison offices. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least 10 people were killed when unknown militants stormed the house of a local peace militia commander in Peshawar. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The Constitutional Court rejected petitions by the government and main opposition party accusing each other of attempting to overthrow the country’s system of government. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The government survived a no-confidence vote called for by the opposition that accuses it of failing to deal with a massive influx of refugees and a rise in crime. (Reuters)
  • Cyprus: The UNSC welcomed an agreement by leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities to resume reunification talks. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Economy Minister Ulyukayev said he would visit Iran in April amid reports of the two sides nearing an oil-for-goods agreement. (AFP)
  • Spain: Parliament approved a ruling party proposal that will severely curb the powers of the country’s courts to pursue cases of genocide and other atrocities committed abroad. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov will meet his Gulf Arab counterparts on 18FEB for talks expected to focus on the Syria conflict. (AFP)
  • Iran: Armed forces Chief of Staff Firouzabadi said the country is prepared for a “decisive battle” if attacked. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The UN reported that violence in Anbar province has displaced up to 300,000 people in six weeks. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The army arrested a commander of the Abdallah Azzam brigades, the group that in November claimed a twin suicide attack against the Iranian embassy in Beirut. (AFP)
  • Syria: The OPCW urged Damascus to speed up the destruction of chemical arms, amid Western concerns the regime is deliberately dragging its feet. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google joined Internet rights activists in a virtual protest aimed at getting US lawmakers to rein in online snooping. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Fobane)
    • Location: 596 NM SE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: SSW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 269km ESE of Hotan, China
    • Magnitue: 6.8
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 (13FEB)

  • Global: World Radio Day (UNESCO)

 

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