ONS: 13 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In South Sudan at least 250 people have drowned as they were travelling by boat to flee alleged attacks by forces of ex-VP Machar, a government official said.
  • AMERICAS: Armed vigilantes seized a drug cartel bastion in western Mexico, sparking a shootout between the two groups.
  • ASIA: Police said law enforcement officers killed two suspected militants in a gun battle in the India-controlled Kashmir region.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan signaled that his government would proceed with controversial reforms curbing judges’ powers amid a deepening corruption scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The jihadist group ISIL has taken most of the town of Al-Bab in Syria’s Aleppo province after fighting with rebels.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft announced its next version of OS, Windows 9, is expected to arrive by April 2015.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Demonstrators proceed with a shutdown of the country’s capital city.
    • Protesters began a “Bangkok shutdown” campaign to force out the government of PM Shinawatra.
    • Local media says the Bangkok shutdown has affected more than two million people in the capital.
    • The Department of Special Investigations issued summons for 55 leaders of the PDRC and other groups on charges stemming from ongoing anti-government protests.
    • PM Shinawatra assigned a deputy PM to hold meetings with all sides concerned about the proposal to postpone elections to 02FEB.
    • Sources: AFP, Xinhua, Xinhua-2, Xinhua-3

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The Parliament will elect a successor to former interim President Djotodia within ten days. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: A military aircraft fired four bombs at a state senator’s cavalcade as he drove to a scene of an attack by suspected Islamic extremists in the northeast. (AP)
  • Sudan, South: An army spokesman said government troops began advancing on the flashpoint town of Bor, the last state capital still in rebel hands. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: At least 250 people have drowned as they were travelling by boat to flee alleged attacks by forces of ex-VP Machar, a government official said. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: An engineer working for Tecnotecnia Coindustiral was kidnapped by an unidentified illegal armed group this weekend, the oil company said. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Armed vigilantes seized a drug cartel bastion in the western part of the country, sparking a shootout between the two groups. (AFP)
  • US: Alaskan investigators announced the pleas of those involved in a smuggling ring that trafficked narwhal tusks. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Around 300 Cambodian and Vietnamese senior officials and businessmen met to explore possibilities to broaden bilateral ties and cooperation in economics, trade and tourism. (Xinhua)
  • India: The country marked three years since its last case of polio was reported, the official time period to be considered free of disease by the WHO. (AP)
  • India: Police said law enforcement officers killed two suspected militants in a gun battle in the country’s controlled portion of the Kashmir region. (AP)
  • Korea, South: Opposition leader Kim Han Gill said his party will draw up a bill to improve the human rights situation and people’s livelihoods in North Korea. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Hungary: A bank branch in Budapest was rocked by an explosion which eyewitnesses said may have been a package bomb, media reported. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan signaled that his government would proceed with controversial reforms curbing judges’ powers amid a deepening corruption scandal. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Opposition has called on the US to impose personal sanctions against the country’s Interior Minister Zakharchenko, who they claim is responsible for the use of force against peaceful protesters. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: UNSG Ban Ki-moon arrived in Baghdad for talks with officials over regional issues such as the crises in the Anbar province and Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: FM Walid Muallem will visit Russia ahead of Geneva 2 peace talks due to begin in Switzerland later this month. (AFP)
  • Syria: The jihadist ISIL has taken most of the town of Al-Bab in the Aleppo province after fighting with rebels. (AFP)
  • UAE: PM Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the treatment of a US citizen who spent nine months in jail was unfair and suggested it was a mistake. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Microsoft announced its next version of OS, Windows 9, is expected to arrive by April 2015. (NDTV)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Colin)
    • Location: 938 miles S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SSW at 16 mph
    • Wind: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07P (Ian)
    • Location: 882 miles S of Pago Pago
    • Movement: SE at 16 mph
    • Wind: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Hatillo, Puerto Rico
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 28 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Citizens continue to flee as ash eruptions continue. (AFP)
  • 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 (14JAN)

  • Cambodia: National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha have been summoned to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning in connection with the recent unrest
  • Egypt: Referendum on a draft constitution that marks the first major step in the country’s military-backed transition to democracy, Muslim Brotherhood calls for boycott
  • Russia: Hungarian PM Orban visits with President Putin
  • Islam: Milad un-Nabi, birthday of the Prophet Muhammad

 

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