ONS: 13 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 13, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisia’s main political parties arrived at an agreement on the choice of a new independent PM.
  • AMERICAS: The US House of Representatives approved a two-year budget plan with lawmakers voting 332-94 in favor of the deal.
  • ASIA: Clashes broke out around Bangladesh as Islamist supporters reacted to the execution of Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes.
  • EUROPE: Italian police arrested 30 people linked to Matteo Messina Denaro, the head of Cosa Nostra, in raids in the region around Trapani in western Sicily.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian Chief nuclear negotiator Araqchi criticized a move by the US to expand its sanctions blacklist, saying it went against the spirit of the current nuclear deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter restored the ability to block unwanted followers from peering at posts, reversing a policy change that had triggered criticism.

 

TOP STORY

  • Central African Republic: French Defense Minister in country as clashes continue.
    • French Defense Minister Le Drian arrived in the country amid continued unrest and instability in Bangui.
    • Defense Minister Le Drian will meet with interim President Djotodia and the head of the French contingent in Bangui, GEN Soriano.
    • French troops backed by a helicopter traded fire with suspected former rebels in the Miskine neighborhood of Bangui.
    • Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) wrote an open letter to the UN accusing the world body of failing in its response to the humanitarian crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Guinea: The opposition said it would take its place in the new National Assembly despite contesting the results of the parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Mali: The government is urging citizens to vote in parliamentary elections on 15DEC, the fourth nationwide polls in less than six months. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The main political parties arrived at an agreement on the choice of a new independent PM. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Trade ministers at the Council of Ministers for Central American Economic Integration (Comieco) called for lifting regional trade barriers. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Two FARC rebels were killed and two others injured in clashes with soldiers in the Choco region. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: The National Assembly ratified an agreement on cooperation with Russia in the training of personnel for fighting drug trafficking. (Itar-Tass)
  • United States: The US House of Representatives approved a two-year budget plan with lawmakers voting 332-94 in favor of the deal. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai said he would not be rushed into signing a pact to allow US troops to stay on after next year, warning against attempts at “intimidation.” (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Clashes broke out around the country as Islamist supporters reacted to the execution of Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes. (AFP)
  • Japan: The country is expected to pledge USD20 billion in aid over five years to Southeast Asian countries at the ASEAN summit this weekend. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government executed the uncle of Kim Jong-Un after a surprise purge, branding the Jang Song-Thaek a “traitor for all ages”. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed two police officers assigned to protect a team of polio workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued a warning over virtual currency trading amid huge swings in the value of Bitcoin. (AFP)
  • Italy: Police arrested 30 people linked to Matteo Messina Denaro, the head of Cosa Nostra, in raids in the region around Trapani in western Sicily. (AFP)
  • Portugal: PM Coelho said the country would not have to seek a second economic bailout. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Chief nuclear negotiator Araqchi criticized a move by the US to expand its sanctions blacklist, saying it went against the spirit of the current nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Twenty-two suspects facing terrorism charges escaped from a jail in northern Baghdad after killing a security guard. (AP)
  • Israel: US Secretary Kerry is to meet with PM Netanyahu on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas rejected US proposals for Israel to keep troops in a future Palestinian state along its border with Jordan. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UN reported that chemical weapons were likely used in five out of seven attacks investigated by experts in the country. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter restored the ability to block unwanted followers from peering at posts, reversing a policy change that had triggered criticism. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14DEC)

  • Bosnia: Anniversary of Dayton Peace Agreement – 1995
  • Gabon: Local elections held
  • Israel: Anniversary of Israel annexing Golan Heights – 1981
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of Hamas’ establishment – 1987
  • United States: Anniversary of Sandy Hook Elementary massacre – 2012
  • Vietnam: US Secretary of State Kerry meets for talks on trade and security

 

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