ONS: 14 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese President al-Bashir celebrated the suspension of his ICC trial.
  • AMERICAS: Haitian PM Lamothe resigned to ease political tensions.
  • ASIA: An American entered North Korea illegally and at a press conference denounced and scorned the US.
  • EUROPE: A Russian jet in Swedish airspace had a near-miss with a passenger jet.
  • MIDDLE EAST: American former diplomat and scholar Michele Dunne was denied entry to Egypt after being invited by the Egyptian Council on Foreign Affairs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Sony hack data dump occurred for a seventh round.

 

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Largest oil export port in the country shut down due to clashes.
    • The country’s recognized government appointed a second official to head state-run National Oil Corp (NOC), as it vies with a rival government for control of the vital oil sector.
    • Air strikes by forces loyal to the country’s recognized government hit targets near the eastern oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es-Sider to stop an advance by a rival force, killing at least four people.
    • Air Force jets, helicopters, and air raids halted the advance of oppositional forces attempting to seize Es Sider oil export port.
    • Es Sider oil export port, the country’s biggest, was shut down due to fighting nearby between forces representing the country’s competing governments.
  • Coverage: REU, REU-1, REU-2, Al Jazeera

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The Czech Republic donated a bridge to the country to replace one destroyed by fighting in the capital of Bangui. (XIN)
  • Sierra Leone: An Australian-run center opened to begin operations to combat the spread of Ebola in the country. (GUA)
  • Sudan: President al-Bashir celebrated the ICC suspension of his trial, which he said was designed to subjugate his country to humiliation. (GUA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The country took measures to enforce higher standards of physical fitness on its military forces. (BBC)
  • Colombia: Thousands of protesters marched in solidarity against FARC amnesty being included as part of the peace process. (BBC)
  • Haiti: PM Lamothe resigned to ease political discontent. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen unloaded a volley of violence across Afghanistan Saturday, killing two U.S. soldiers, assassinating a Supreme Court official, picking off 12 men working to clear landmines, and killing seven Afghan soldiers on a bus—continuing the pace of what has been a particularly bloody few months in the country. (ATL)
  • Australia: FM Bishop expressed “deep concern” at the ‘jihadi bride’ trend. (AAP)
  • India: PM Modi urged Kashmir voters to voters to break regional “dynastic rule” by voting for the Bharatiya Janta Party. (XIN)
  • Japan: PM Abe was reelected as the country renewed confidence in “Abe-nomics” following a snap election. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: 29 year-old American Arturo Pierre Martinez entered illegally into the country and gave a press conference denouncing the US on a broad range of issues. (CNN)

 

EUROPE

  • Spain: Human rights activists were angered after a national security law was proposed that introduces hefty fines for unauthorized protests and allows for the summary expulsion of migrants that try to enter the country illegally. (AFP)
  • Spain: the Venezuelan Embassy’s charge d’affaires to explain “unacceptable remarks” by that nation’s president, Nicolas Maduro. (EFE)
  • Sweden: A Russian jet with its transponders off to avoid detection had a near-miss with a passenger jet, nearly colliding in the country’s airspace. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police launched a sweeping operation to arrest dozens of supporters of President Erdogan’s rival, US-exiled imam Gulen, including a raid on the offices of the Zaman daily.  (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Following his visit to Kiev, IMF Deputy Lipton said that he was ‘impressed by the progress he observed.’ (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Six militants were killed and 11 more were arrested following two military operations that destroyed 27 terror cells, 10 houses, and five vehicles. (XIN)
  • Egypt: 439 were referred to military tribunals for participating in the wave of violence that swept the country this year. (AP)
  • Egypt: American former diplomat and scholar Michele Dunne was denied entry after being invited by the Egyptian Council on Foreign Affairs. (LAT)
  • Syria: Kurdish forces killed 16 IS militants on the NE border with Turkey. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: The hacking group behind the massive Sony Pictures Entertainment attack has posted a new message containing links to what it claims is the seventh archive of data stolen from the studio. (ReCode)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kilauea, Hawaii
    • Lava from the volcano made its way towards a Puna district highway. (BBC)
  • 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
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TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15DEC)

  • South China Sea: Deadline for China to reply to international arbitration over contested waters
  • Belgium: A Nationwide “strike against austerity” threatens to disrupt domestic and international transportation.
  • Great Britain and Ireland: Anniversary of Anglo-Irish peace pact – 1993
  • South Sudan: FM Barnaba Marial Benjamin to meet with Russian FM Lavrov in Moscow
  • Ukraine: EU Foreign Affairs Council to be held, expected to expand sanctions on Crimea
  • Ukraine: PM Yatsenyuk to meet with with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

 

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