ONS: 14 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 14, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Mali, at least two UN troops were killed in a suicide attack in Kidal.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican Senate passed a political reform that would allow re-election of some public officials, create new electoral oversight, and make the Attorney General’s office independent from the executive.
  • ASIA: Afhgan President Karzai said he no longer “trusts” the US, accusing Americans of saying one thing and doing another in his country.
  • EUROPE: The US Congress is set to adopt a law forbidding Turkey from using US funds to acquire a USD4 billion missile system from a Chinese company blacklisted by Washington.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Local Iranian media reported that authorities arrested a man on charges of spying for the UK.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA is secretly using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Heightened tensions ahead of planned protests.
    • The US State Department called on authorities to steer clear of strong-arm tactics and allow a weekend opposition rally to proceed peacefully.
    • The opposition called for a new mass protest on Sunday, while supporters of President Yanukovych are gearing up for a counter rally.
    • US Republican Senator McCain will head to Kiev for the weekend ahead of the fresh protests for meetings with government officials and opposition leaders.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said that Western countries appear to have lost “their sense of reality” over the pro-EU protests in the country, which he called the work of provocateurs.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: At least one person was killed and three wounded by twin explosions in Wajir near the Somalia border. (AFP)
  • Mali: At least two UN troops were killed in a suicide attack in Kidal. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: The party of jailed opposition leader Victoire Ingabire says it will continue fighting for the “total liberation” of the country. (AP)
  • Sudan, South: Mortar shells hit the capital of South Kordofan state causing an unknown number of casualties. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Thousands of people gathered in Bogota’s Bolivar Square to show support for ousted Mayor Petro. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The Senate passed a political reform that would allow re-election of some public officials, create new electoral oversight, and make the Attorney General’s office independent from the executive. (AP)
  • United States: A review panel handed President Obama a report on surveillance by US spy agencies. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: US Secretary Kerry urged President Maduro to cooperate in improving ties with the US. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and Southeast Asian countries said they would work to ensure freedom of movement in the skies. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai said he no longer “trusts” the US, accusing Americans of saying one thing and doing another in his country. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb struck a police van in Ghazni province, killing three police and wounding two others. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Leaders of the protest movement met with the heads of the armed forces. (Reuters)
  • Vietnam: US Secretary Kerry arrived in the country for biltaral talks with senior officials. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The US asked Spain, France and Italy for the use of a Mediterranean port for unloading chemical products proceeding from the destruction of the Syrian arsenal. (EFE)
  • Russia: Authorities raided the homes of eight activists from the Caucasus in a move believed to be tied to their criticism of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The US Congress is set to adopt a law forbidding the country from using US funds to acquire a USD4 billion missile system from a Chinese company blacklisted by Washington. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that authorities arrested a man on charges of spying for the UK. (AP)
  • Iraq: Bombings and a shooting killed at least six people around Baghdad. (AP)
  • Yemen: Relatives of civilians killed in a drone strike demanded an apology and compensation, warning of tribal protests. (AFP)
  • Syria: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to sanction those responsible for chemical weapons attacks documented in a newly released report. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The NSA is secretly using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking. (WP)

 

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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15DEC)

  • Cambodia: CNRP will stage mass rallies in both capital Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • Cambodia: PM Hun Sen will pay an official working visit to Japan (to DEC17)
  • China: Presidential elections, second round
  • Colombia: FARC unilateral ceasefire to begin (to 15JAN)
  • Ireland: End of bailout programme, becoming first eurozone country to exit a financial bailout programme
  • Mali: Second round of parliamentary elections held
  • North Korea: Anniversary of Agreed Framework and construction of two LWRs in North Korea – 1999
  • South Korea: New ADIZ is scheduled to take effect
  • South Korea: Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun is scheduled to visit Washington, DC (to 18DEC)
  • Syria: Will begin sequenced destruction of chemical weapons facilities by this date
  • Turkmenistan: Parliamentary elections
  • Ukraine: By-elections held
  • UK and Ireland: Anniversary of Anglo-Irish peace pact – 1993

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