ONS: 13 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan draws closer to destabilization as treaties are slow to take effect.

  • AMERICAS: A drought in Central America pushed 2.5 million Honduran, Guatemalan, and El Salvadoran people into food insecurity.

  • ASIA: Violence continues to escalate in Afghanistan following the recent US pullout.

  • EUROPE: No deaths have been reported since the ceasefire in Ukraine took effect.

  • MIDDLE EAST: IS militants inflict 54 deaths and a downed chopper in Iraq.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Google CEO Eric Schmidt rebuffed criticisms that Google ‘acts like the NSA, spying on people’s personal information and collecting their data.’

 

TOP STORY

  • Libya: IS training camps threaten to draw the war into Africa.

    • Despite lack of operational contact, US analysts concluded the IS ideological spread to the country was quite clear.

    • IS militant training camps in Libya caused recent concerns in Washington that the campaign to defeat the IS would spread to Africa from the Middle East and Syria.

    • Islamist-allied militants from the western city of Misrata, Libya clashed with an eastern militia that holds a major oil terminal in violence that killed at least two people.

    • Fighters for the Islamic State militant group have been training in remote areas of Libya, heightening the Obama administration’s concern about a country that US officials have largely ignored since its 2011 revolution.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP,  LAT, Stars and Stripes

 

AFRICA

  • Regional: UNICEF appealed for USD500M to expand its fight against Ebola over the next six months. (XIN)

  • Algeria: The mayor of Bordj El Emir Abdelkader found murdered in his Fercha home. (AFP)

  • Congo: M23 rebels seized a key town in Goma as the country’s peace deal endured slow implementation. (AFP)

  • Sudan: The ICC War Crimes investigation against President al-Bashir was reportedly held due to “lack of action” on behalf of the UN. (BBC)

  • Sudan, South: President Obama urged South Sudanese leaders to break the cycle of violence in the year-long civil war that destabilized the young nation. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Regional: A drought in Central America pushed 2.5 million Honduran, Guatemalan, and El Salvadoran people into food insecurity. (AFP)

  • Haiti: President Martelly accepted recommendations to call for the resignation of PM Lamothe to ease the intensifying political crisis. (NYT)

  • Mexico: Ongoing anti-government protests were fueled by revelations that the country’s finance minister bought a luxury mansion after securing a USD3.7B contract with China to build a high-speed rail. (GUA)

  • Venezuela: 1.4 tonnes of cocaine seized in September after passing easily through two Army checkpoints has since revealed a corruption scandal that threatens national security. (REU)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A NATO-led military convoy was targeted in a large explosion that “rocked” the Bagram district of the eastern Parwan province. (XIN)

  • Afghanistan: Separate insurgent attacks resulted in the deaths of two American troops and five mine clearers in a rash of increased Taliban violence. (AP)

  • Australia: 160 kilograms of suspected pseudoephedrine was recovered from the trunk of a crashed and abandoned Toyota Camry in Sydney. (Business Insider)

  • China: In the country’s first ceremony to commemorate the Nanjing massacre, President Xi urged survivors not to deny the past, or prolong hatred. (BBC)

  • Pakistan: Police arrested four terror suspects and foiled attack plots against religious processions of Shiite Muslims in the Muzaffargarh district of Islamabad. (XIN)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: Prosecutors charged 15 ethnic Serb suspects for allegedly killing 150 Muslims during the Bosnian War. (DW)

  • Czech Republic: A poisoned envelope containing the toxic substance sodium azide was delivered to the country’s embassy in Bratislava, for the second time in as many months. (AP)

  • Italy: A new anti-corruption measure was passed in the wake of a scandal in Rome raising the specter of Mafia infiltration into the winning of public contracts. (AP)

  • Russia: Security forces killed five suspected Islamist militants in the Republic of Dagestan. (EFE)

  • Ukraine: Despite six insurgent attacks in the past 24 hours, no deaths have been reported since the ceasefire was established. (XIN)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: More than 54 people were killed in country-wide bomb attacks and clashes with IS militants. (XIN)

  • Iraq: IS militants shot down a helicopter over Samarra, killing its two pilots. (AP)

  • Israel: Barriers were erected in Jerusalem to restore stability after a wave of violence. (WSJ)

  • Jordan: The country allowed hundreds of refugees to enter the country that had been stranded for months in border buffer zones. (NYT)

  • Saudi Arabia: Authorities arrested a man wanted for shooting at the car of German diplomats in the Awamiyah village in January. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tech and Society: Google CEO Eric Schmidt rebuffed criticisms that Google ‘acts like the NSA, spying on people’s personal information and collecting their data.’ (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Bakung)

    • Location: 1046 NM E of Diego Garcia

    • Movement: WSW at 9 mph

    • Winds: 46 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 02 DEC: 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 02 DEC: 338 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14DEC)

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement – 1995

  • Israel: US Secretary of State Kerry to meet Prime Minister Netanyahu in Rome

  • United States: Anniversary of Newtown Connecticut shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School – 2012

 

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