ONS: 13 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 13, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Boko Haram militants carried out their first attack inside Chad, killing five people in an early morning strike on a village and military camp.
  • AMERICAS: The US Senate voted to confirm Ashton Carter as President Obama’s next Secretary of Defense.
  • ASIA: Clashes between the Burmese military and ethnic Kokang rebels near the Chinese border left at least 47 government soldiers dead and 73 wounded.
  • EUROPE: In Ukraine, government and rebel officials said that three civilians and eight soldiers have been killed in fighting in the east of the country in the past 24 hours.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, monitoring groups reported that US-led air strikes killed at least 20 Islamic State fighters in the northeast of the country near the border with Iraq.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama is expected to announce an executive order directing the government and companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Taliban launch attack on Peshawar mosque.
    • Taliban militants stormed a Shiite mosque in Peshawar in an attack that left at least 18 people dead and 50 wounded.
    • Police chief Mian Saeed said the militants stormed the mosque wearing suicide vests but only one attacker managed to detonate his.
    • The military and Afghan forces had recently captured several of the Taliban militants who orchestrated the attack on a Peshawar school in December that killed 150 people.
    • In a phone conversation the previous day US President Obama spoke with PM Sharif and “welcomed the improved relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and noted appreciation for Pakistan’s efforts to combat terrorism.”
    • Indian PM Modi said that India is sending its top foreign ministry official to Pakistan to resume talks after a six-month hiatus.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, BBC, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Boko Haram militants carried out their first attack inside Chad, killing five people in an early morning strike on a village and military camp. (AFP)
  • Burundi: Authorities launched a probe into reports that security forces last month executed at least 47 rebels who had surrendered. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Two Al-Jazeera journalists were freed from prison pending retrial after spending more than a year in jail. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini is to visit the country to support the first post-transitional government. (EFE)

 

AMERICAS

  • Peru: An Argentine oil company said it will withdraw from an area of the Amazon where it has been prospecting for gas deposits after the death of a protestor. (BBC)
  • United States: The Senate voted to confirm Ashton Carter as President Obama’s next Secretary of Defense. (Reuters)
  • United States: A Republican-led Senate panel narrowly approved legislation that would bar most transfers of terror suspects from the prison at Guantanamo Bay. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said that a coup being plotted by military aviation officials had been dismantled and those involved detained. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US Deputy Secretary of State Blinken urged the executives of major Japanese companies to use their influence to push for the trans-Pacific Partnership. (AP)
  • Burma: Clashes between the military and ethnic Kokang rebels near the Chinese border left at least 47 government soldiers dead and 73 wounded. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Officials said that President Widodo has decided to drop his nominee for national police chief who is under investigation for corruption. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: The government said the country plans to hold a sizable military exhibition this year, stressing the need for “cutting-edge” hardware. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: Officials said that a prominent rights activist, who is wanted by authorities and risks imminent arrest, is hiding in the Swiss embassy in Baku. (AFP)
  • Greece: The government cautioned against premature celebration amid cautious optimism following its bailout talks with the EU. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A police checkpoint in the southeastern town of Suruc, near the Syrian border, was hit by an explosion that wounded several people. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Government and rebel officials said that three civilians and eight soldiers have been killed in fighting in the east of the country in the past 24 hours. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that US-led air strikes killed at least 20 Islamic State fighters in the northeast of the country near the border with Iraq. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said President Assad remains part of the equation for ending the conflict. (AP)
  • Yemen: Security officials said a suicide car bomber in Bayda struck a police headquarters recently captured by the Shiite rebels who have seized power in the country. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US President Obama is expected to announce an executive order directing the government and companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (14FEB)

  • Global: Valentine’s Day
  • Bahrain: Anniversary of Bahrain protests beginning – 2011

 

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