ONS: 14 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Libyan military commander called for the suspension of the interim parliament and the formation of a presidential committee to govern until new elections are held.
  • AMERICAS: Members the Venezuelan opposition said they were bracing for a crackdown after authorities tried to search the offices of a political party following protests.
  • ASIA: Taiwan’s former vice president Lien Chan is set to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing next week.
  • EUROPE: Italian PM Letta will formally step down on and leftist challenger Matteo Renzi is poised to win the nomination to replace him.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni security forces began hunting down 29 escaped inmates, including 19 suspected al-Qaeda members, who broke out of jail in the capital.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Silk Road 2 moderator Defcon reported in a forum post that hackers used a transaction malleability exploit to hack the marketplace, stealing over 4,474.26 bitcoins worth USD 2.7 million.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: Talks end in accord on reunions.
    • The two Koreas wrapped up a second round of high-level talks aimed at securing a planned reunion for divided families despite the North’s objection to overlapping South Korea-US military drills.
    • China’s Foreign Ministry pushed back against US pressure on North Korea as US Secretary Kerry arrived in Beijing for high-level meetings.
    • Recent satellite imagery suggests North Korea has stepped up excavation work at its main nuclear test site, but there are no signs of an imminent test.
    • Coverage: AFPAFP-2NYTReutersWP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: France is to hold a meeting of its top defense committee on the Central African Republic and later host Chad’s President Deby. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The government and Russia are nearing a USD 3 billion arms purchase agreement that will be financed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (AFP)
  • Libya: A military commander called for the suspension of the interim parliament and the formation of a presidential committee to govern until new elections are held. (Reuters)
  • Malawi: A corruption scandal has caused international donors to slash aid disbursements to the country. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The government hopes the opening of negotiations on a new political agreement with the EU could lead to similar talks with the US. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: The government admitted for the first time to the possibility of more blackouts. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The government and the FARC closed the 20th round of peace talks with some agreements on drug-trafficking. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Members the opposition said they were bracing for a crackdown after authorities tried to search the offices of a political party following protests. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Key Taliban commander Mullah Zahid was killed in Kunar province. (Xinhua)
  • China: Taiwan’s former vice president Lien Chan is set to meet President Xi Jinping in Beijing next week. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government may allow the US to bring nuclear weapons into the country in an emergency that threatens the safety of Japanese citizens. (Kyodo)
  • Philippines: Two people were killed and eight were wounded after Abu Sayyaf ambushed government troops in the south of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The government deployed thousands of riot police in Bangkok to try to reclaim the government headquarters and other areas long occupied by protesters. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: FM Steinmeier said that he wanted to improve ties with Russia despite differences over Ukraine. (DPA)
  • Italy: PM Letta will formally step down on and leftist challenger Matteo Renzi is poised to win the nomination to replace him. (AFP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov warned the West against interfering in Ukraine’s crisis. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The IEA reported that sales of Iranian crude oil rose by 100,000 barrels a day in January, to 1.32 million. (NYT)
  • Lebanon: PM-designate Salam was set to present a proposed cabinet line-up to the President as he looks to end a 10-month vacuum. (AFP)
  • Syria: The OPCW said it has chosen two US and Finnish companies to help destroy the country’s chemical arsenal. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russian FM Lavrov accused backers of the opposition of seeking “regime change”. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Security forces began hunting down 29 escaped inmates, including 19 suspected al-Qaeda members, who broke out of jail in the capital. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Silk Road 2 moderator Defcon reported in a forum post that hackers used a transaction malleability exploit to hack the marketplace stealing over 4,474.26 bitcoins worth USD 2.7 million. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Kelud, Indonesia
    • Two killed, flight cancelations, 100,000 displaced. (CNN)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 07FEB: 182 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 07FEB: 79 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15FEB)

  • Afghanistan: Liberation Day, anniversary of withdrawal of Soviet forces – 1989
  • Canada: National Flag of Canada Day
  • Kenya: Defense ministers from the East African region to meet in Nairobi to seek ways of enhancing peace and security cooperation
  • Serbia: Serbian National Day – 1804

 

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