ONS: 14 December 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 15, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the Islamic State group was spreading to Libya’s interior with the aim of getting access to oil wells.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands took to the streets in cities across Brazil demanding that embattled President Dilma Rousseff be removed from office.
  • ASIA: More than 700,000 people fled the Philippines central region amid threats of giant waves, floods and landslides as powerful Typhoon Melor approaches.
  • EUROPE: In France, a teacher in a Paris suburb was attacked by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors who cited the Islamic State jihadist group.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two senior army commanders from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were killed in Yemen as fighting flared before Tuesday’s expected peace talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter has warned some of its users that their accounts on the messaging platform may be the target of “state-sponsored hackers.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Investigators find ‘no evidence yet’ of terrorism in Russian plane crash

○     Egyptian investigators said they have found no evidence of terrorism so far in the Russian passenger jet crash that killed 224 people — contradicting Moscow’s earlier claims that a bomb was on the plane.

○     “The technical investigative committee has so far not found anything indicating any illegal intervention or terrorist action,” the Egyptian civil aviation ministry said.

○     Russia has said an explosive device had been placed onboard the Airbus 321-200 and the Sinai branch of the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

○     Islamic State said it took down the flight in retaliation for Russia’s air campaign in Syria, which began in late September.

○     US officials have given no indications that they doubt the Russian’s assessment, nor the claim by ISIS.

○     Coverage: AP, CBS, CNN, Reuters, VOA

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Two suspected Boko Haram members were killed in the country’s Far North Region before they attempted to launch suicide bomb attacks. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the Islamic State group was spreading to the interior of the country with the aim of getting access to oil wells. (AFP)
  • Mali: Attackers fired rockets in the northern city of Gao, which serves a base for UN peacekeepers and a French regional security force. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma announced the appointment of Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Gordhan as the new minister of finance. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Thousands took to the streets in cities across the country demanding that embattled President Dilma Rousseff be removed from office. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A judge has ordered the arrest of an active duty army colonel for his alleged role in the 2007 extrajudicial killings of 15 civilians. (AFP)
  • United States: Vandals spray-painted graffiti at two mosques in Hawthorne, California, and left a device that looked like a hand grenade, prompting police to investigate both incidents as a hate crime. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s military expect North Korea (DPRK) to attempt a nuclear test and submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) tests next year. (Xinhua)
  • Laos: An investigation into the disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone three years ago is “a farce” and has had a chilling effect on civil society, rights groups said. (AFP)
  • Philippines: More than 700,000 people fled the nation’s central region amid threats of giant waves, floods and landslides as powerful Typhoon Melor approaches. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A second man had been arrested for sharing an infographic on Facebook about a growing corruption scandal that has shaken the kingdom’s military rulers. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey said their patience with Russia “has a limit” after Moscow’s “exaggerated” reaction to a weekend naval incident between the two countries. (Reuters)
  • France: A teacher in a Paris suburb was attacked by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors who cited the Islamic State jihadist group. (AFP)
  • Russia: The country’s top prosecutor accused a major Western investor and the US secret services of backing an opposition film alleging serious corruption among his family. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a warming of relations and normalized ties with the country would benefit the entire region. (AP)
  • Iraq: Some of the several hundred Turkish troops who had been stationed in a camp outside the city of Mosul have pulled out. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: In the first election to allow female participation, 17 women were voted into public office. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 45 civilians were killed in heavy bombardment of a besieged Syrian rebel stronghold east of Damascus that also struck a school. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Two senior army commanders from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were killed in the country as fighting flared before Tuesday’s expected peace talks. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twitter has warned some of its users that their accounts on the messaging platform may be the target of “state-sponsored hackers.” (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 28W (Melor)

○     Location: 307 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines

○     Wind: 126 mph

○     Movement: W at 12 mph

○     Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

○     Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

■     Cases as of 14DEC: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)

■     Deaths as of 14DEC: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC

○     Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)

■     Suspected Cases as of 14DEC: 607,306 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)

■     Confirmed Cases: 34,507

■     Deaths as of 14DEC: 77 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

○     Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

■     Cases as of 14DEC: 1621 (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, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)

■     Deaths as of 14DEC: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15DEC)

  • Ireland and Great Britain: Anniversary of Anglo-Irish peace pact – 1993
  • Russia: US Secretary of State John Kerry to travel to Moscow for talks with President Putin and FM Lavrov on Syria, ISIS, and Ukraine

 

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