ONS: 12 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 12, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, security officials said unidentified gunmen shot and killed Deputy Industry Minister Hassan al-Droui in the city of Sirte.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said he wants a “dignified” peace for his country and aims to demobilize the FARC rather than make it surrender.
  • ASIA: Pakistani officials said at least six policemen were killed in back-to-back bombings targeting an adviser to PM Sharif, who was unhurt.
  • EUROPE: In Greece, two lawmakers from far-right party Golden Dawn were ordered to be taken into custody as part of a recent government crackdown on the party.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israelis paid their last respects to former premier and founding father of the country, Ariel Sharon, who died after eight years in a coma.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Retailer Neiman Marcus teamed up with the US Secret Service to investigate a cyber-attack resulting in the theft of credit card and personal information.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN concern about the humanitarian situation in the country mounts.
    • The SANA news agency said at least 40 rebels were killed by regime forces in Aleppo.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government shelling killed more than 20 in the city of Homs.
    • US Secretary of State Kerry and envoys from 10 countries meeting in Paris are pushing the main opposition group to attend peace talks with the government.
    • Coverage: BBCXinhuaAPAP-1

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Security officials said unidentified gunmen shot and killed Deputy Industry Minister Hassan al-Droui in the city of Sirte. (AFP)
  • Mali: A spokesman for the UN mission said three peacekeepers were wounded while pursuing suspects in an attack near a military base in the north of the country. (AP)
  • Namibia: A controversial permit to hunt black rhinos in the country sold for USD350,000 in a US-based auction, with proceeds going to fight poaching. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: African and US mediators pushed for a ceasefire in meeting with rebel leader Machar while fighting continued. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said he wants a “dignified” peace for his country and aims to demobilize the FARC rather than make it surrender. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Media reported the decapitated bodies of four youths were found near the town of El Penol and an investigation was started. (DPA)
  • Venezuela: The country’s interior minister gave out his personal mobile number on live TV, asking police officers to report cases of corruption within the force to him. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Mamytov announced an agreement was reached with his Tajik counterpart to probe a recent border incident. (Itar-Tass)
  • Afghanistan: Nineteen Taliban militants surrendered to the authorities in Herat province. (Xinhua)
  • India: Reports announced at least four militants were killed in a clash with security forces in the state of Meghalaya. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Officials said at least six policemen were killed in back-to-back bombings targeting an adviser to PM Sharif, who was unhurt. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Two lawmakers from far-right party Golden Dawn were ordered to be taken into custody as part of a recent government crackdown on the party. (NYT)
  • Spain: At least 100,000 people marched in the city of Bilbao after a rally in support of jailed Basque militants of the separatist group ETA  was banned. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: Pro-Western protesters gathered for a demonstration in Kiev after the beating of former minister and current opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Diplomats said the UN atomic watchdog may increase its presence in the country to better ensure it is implementing a deal to curb its nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Officials reported a car bomb targeting army recruits killed at least eight and wounded 12 near a bus station in Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Israel: Israelis paid their last respects to former premier and founding father of the country, Ariel Sharon, who died after eight years in a coma. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: Retailer Neiman Marcus teamed up with the US Secret Service to investigate a cyber-attack resulting in the theft of credit card and personal information. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Colin)
    • Location: 857 miles SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SW at 8 mph
    • Wind: 132 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07P (Ian)
    • Location: 711 miles S of Pago Pago
    • Movement: SSE at 14 mph
    • Wind: 132 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 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 (13JAN)

  • France: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris to discuss Iran’s role in a forthcoming peace conference on Syria
  • Thailand: Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban called for a mass rally on this date
  • United States: President Barack Obama will host Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the White House
  • United States: Japanese Senior Vice Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi will visit the United States for five days

 

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