ONS: 13 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, a large car bomb exploded close to the gate of Mogadishu’s international airport causing an unknown number of casualties.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro vowed to tighten security after protests against his government turned deadly, killing three and injuring 26 others.
  • ASIA: US Secretary Kerry arrived in Seoul for discussions on North Korea’s nuclear program.
  • EUROPE: Italy’s ruling Democratic Party is to hold a crucial meeting to try to resolve a feud between PM Letta and party leader Matteo Renzi.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Simultaneous bomb blasts at a Baghdad market killed at least five people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US administration launched its Cybersecurity Framework, a plan aimed at protecting the nation against hackers that makes use of voluntary standards.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Government releases prisoners amid US protest.
    • The government freed 65 suspected Taliban prisoners from Bagram, ignoring repeated objections by the US government that the men pose a threat.
    • The US severely criticised the release of the alleged Taliban fighters from jail, saying it was “a deeply regrettable” decision.
    • Turkish President Gul hosted Afghan President Karzai and Pakistani PM Sharif  for a regional summit.
    • Afghan and Pakistani leaders are expected to discuss security in Afghanistan after the NATO troop pullout and efforts to negotiate with the Taliban.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, Reuters, WP, WSJ, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Two police officers were killed in a shooting at a Cairo church. (DPA)
  • Somalia: A large car bomb exploded close to the gate of Mogadishu’s international airport causing an unknown number of casualties. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A confidential UN monitors’ report warned that “systematic abuses” by the government have allowed the diversion of weapons it purchased to militants. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: The UN urged the government and rebels to reach an immediate ceasefire so aid can reach more than one million civilians. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: At least 15,000 landless peasants protested in Brasilia to demand land reform. (AP)
  • Panama: The government warned that delays on construction to widen the Panama Canal could set back the entire project for months. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro vowed to tighten security after protests against his government turned deadly, killing three and injuring 26 others. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • India: US AMB Powell entered talks with opposition leader Narendra Modi. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: US Secretary Kerry arrived in Seoul for discussions on North Korea’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea will hold a second round of high-level talks on Friday. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: An explosion targeting a bus of policemen killed 11 and injured 33 near Karachi. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Thai caretaker FM Surapong Tovichakchaikul appealed to foreign governments and international organizations to condemn anti-government protesters in the country. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov criticized the West for meddling in Ukraine, saying that Europe’s relations with Russia were facing the “moment of truth” over the crisis. (AFP)
  • Germany: The government’s new coordinator for trans-Atlantic relations says he doubts talks aimed at securing a “no-spy” agreement with the US will produce a legally binding deal. (AP)
  • Italy: The ruling Democratic Party is to hold a crucial meeting to try to resolve a feud between PM Letta and party leader Matteo Renzi. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A ruling party candidate in local elections next month was killed in an armed attack in Istanbul. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen seized part of Sulaiman Bek town and nearby villages. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Simultaneous bomb blasts at a Baghdad market killed at least five people. (AP)
  • Syria: The provincial governor said men arrested by the regime after being evacuated from Homs under a UN-brokered ceasefire will be released today. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russia said that its own draft UNSC resolution on bringing aid to civilians does not include the threat of sanctions on the Damascus regime. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Gunmen kidnapped a British English-language teacher in Sanaa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US administration launched its Cybersecurity Framework, a plan aimed at protecting the nation against hackers that makes use of voluntary standards. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Fobane)
    • Location: 702 NM SE of St. Denis, La Reunion
    • Movement: S at 6 mph
    • Winds: 46 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 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 (14FEB)

  • Global: Saint Valentine’s Day
  • Bahrain: Anniversary of Shiite uprising against Sunni leaders – 2011
  • Iran: Anniversary of rally in Tehran in defiance of government ban- 2011
  • United States and Jordan: President Barack Obama with host King Abdullah II of Jordan for talks in California

 

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