ONS: 12 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 12, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian court has ordered the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists being retried for allegedly aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
  • AMERICAS: A federal US DEA affidavit said a Mexican cartel is suspected of laundering USD2 million in drug proceeds through a Kansas bank to avoid tighter restrictions on US currency in Mexico.
  • ASIA: Chinese FM Wang Yi said China is ready to support the Afghan government in reconciling with the Taliban.
  • EUROPE: Portuguese media reported that the government strongly opposed the US decision to cut personnel at the Lajes military airbase in the Azores archipelago.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UNSC is set to adopt a resolution aimed at stopping millions of dollars in earnings from oil sales, antiquities trafficking and ransom payments to the Islamic State group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook, Yahoo, and other technology firms announced the creation of a “ThreatExchange” to share information to help thwart cyberattacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government, rebels agree on ceasefire.
    • Russian President Putin said he and the leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine had agreed on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Ukraine’s frontlines as well as a ceasefire to begin on 15FEB.
    • French President Hollande says he and German Chancellor Merkel are committed to helping verify the cease-fire process.
    • Separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko said the peace deal agreed on in Minsk gives “hope for a peaceful resolution” to the 10-month conflict.
    • Ukrainian President Poroshenko said talks in Minsk did not include any agreement on autonomy for the rebel-held areas in eastern Ukraine.
    • The IMF and Ukraine reached a preliminary deal on a new financial rescue plan worth USD17.5 billion.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, NYT, NYT-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A court has ordered the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists being retried for allegedly aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan denied he was consulted over the postponement of presidential and parliamentary elections. (BBC)
  • Somalia: President Mohamoud met with President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti on bilateral ties and regional stability. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: Rights groups reported that security forces arrested a leading journalist for trying to cover a protest amid warnings of a growing press crackdown. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The AP reported that a federal US DEA affidavit said a Mexican cartel is suspected of laundering USD2 million in drug proceeds through a Kansas bank to avoid tighter restrictions on US currency in Mexico. (AP)
  • Colombia: The International Committee of the Red Cross reported that ELN rebels freed a Dutch citizen kidnapped in January. (Reuters)
  • Honduras: Four members of a new police unit assigned to combat organized crime were caught trying to kidnap a businessman. (AFP)
  • United States: Thousands of people gathered in Chapel Hill to mourn three Muslim students killed by a reportedly anti-religion gunman. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese FM Wang Yi said China is ready to support the Afghan government in reconciling with the Taliban. (AFP)
  • Region: Japan called for international laws to be respected in territorial disputes amid an ongoing dispute with China over maritime territory. (AFP)
  • Australia: PM Abbott urged tighter screening of migrants after police thwarted an alleged terror attack. (AFP)
  • China: State media reported that the ruling Communist Party will launch a year-long probe into the incomes of military staff following revelations of widespread graft in its armed forces. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The country’s military leadership denied that there was any coup plot against President Aquino. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: An EU summit in Brussels was delayed by Ukraine peace talks involving the French, German and Ukrainian leaders. (AFP)
  • Greece: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang asked PM Tsipras to support China’s involvement in the country’s largest port amid speculation that the PM may visit Beijing. (AFP)
  • Portugal: Local media reported that the government strongly opposed the US decision to cut personnel at the Lajes military airbase in the Azores archipelago. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: FM Jafaari said the country had not requested foreign ground forces to battle the Islamic State after US President Obama called for military operations that stop short of a full-scale invasion. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UNSC is set to adopt a resolution aimed at stopping millions of dollars in earnings from oil sales, antiquities trafficking, and ransom payments to the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda militants overran an army camp in Baihan following clashes that killed at least seven people. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The Houthi Shiite militia that has taken control in the country said that closures of Western diplomatic missions were “unjustified” and promised to return US embassy vehicles it had seized. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Facebook, Yahoo and other technology firms announced the creation of a “ThreatExchange” to share information to help thwart cyberattacks. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 109km ESE of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 190.8 km
    • Map
  • 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 12FEB: 975 (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 12FEB: 358 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13FEB)

  • Global: World Radio Day
  • Guinea: The Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Helen Clark to visit Conakry
  • United States: The White House will host a Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University

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