ONS: 14 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A UN spokesman confirmed that 355,000 people in South Sudan have been uprooted since conflict between opposing forces erupted a month ago.
  • AMERICAS: Vigilantes in Mexico, who have fought a year-long battle against a powerful drug cartel, appeared divided over government demands to disarm.
  • ASIA: Officials said that Chinese border police and Taiwanese Coast Guards have seized more than two tonnes of drugs since signing an agreement on mutual judicial assistance in 2009.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police carried out raids in six cities and detained several people allegedly linked to al-Qaeda, including an employee of a prominent Islamic charity.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  US Secretary of State John Kerry told the Syrian opposition that support for the group could be reduced if it decides not to attend upcoming peace talks in Geneva.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google said it will buy startup company Nest Labs in a USD3.2 billion deal aimed at expanding its business.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Protests continue as demonstrators urge key officials to step down.
    • Protesters marched on government offices in a bid to persuade civil servants to stop work and join their “Bangkok shutdown” campaign.
    • Deputy PM Tovichakchaikul said the government is able to control the current situation.
    • PM Shinawatra said she was “protecting democracy” and reiterated that she would not resign.
    • Leader of the PDRC Suthep Thaugsban threatened to capture PM Shinawatra and key cabinet members and take them into custody if they do not resign.
    • Sources: DPA, Xinhua, NYT, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe announced new support for Africa including the doubling of low-interest loans for development through 2016. (Kyodo)
  • Central African Republic: A special session of Parliament convened to elect a new interim president. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Citizens began voting on a new constitution in a referendum seen as a test of support for a presidential bid by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: A UN spokesman confirmed that 355,000 people have been uprooted since conflict between opposing forces erupted a month ago. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Six police officers were injured during a march of 100 striking port workers in the northern city of Antofagasta. (EFE)
  • Chile: FM Alfredo Moreno called for stronger ties with Peru ahead of an ICJ ruling on their maritime dispute. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Officials and FARC rebels resumed peace talks in Havana with the leftist group urging voters to use upcoming elections to reject right-wing candidates. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Vigilantes, who have fought a year-long battle against a powerful drug cartel, appeared divided over government demands to disarm. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Officials said that Chinese border police and Taiwanese Coast Guards have seized more than two tonnes of drugs since signing an agreement on mutual judicial assistance in 2009. (Xinhua)
  • China: An official said the country will proceed with regulating fishing in the disputed South China Sea despite protests by neighboring countries. (AP)
  • Mauritius: The country boosted the deployment of police in the capital Port Louis after violence broke out between two groups. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: A women’s group says the military is still using rape as a weapon of war, with more than 100 women and girls raped by the military since 2010. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: Police in the southern region of Gjirokaster detained 35 illegal immigrants from Syria, Eritrea and Somalia and arrested three people on human trafficking charges. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: Citing Berlin delegation sources, state media reported that talks for a “no-spying” agreement in the wake of the NSA espionage scandal are doomed to fail. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police carried out raids in six cities and detained several people allegedly linked to al-Qaeda, including an employee of a prominent Islamic charity. (AP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said his government was ready to withdraw a contentious bill curbing the power of judges on certain conditions. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran’s FM Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad on an official visit to meet with leaders over bilateral relations and developments in the Middle East. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Up to 10,000 commandos will get antiterrorism training from the US to bolster Baghdad’s fight against al-Qaeda, diplomats said. (Voice of America)
  • Israel: The country’s defense minister lashed at US Secretary of State John Kerry saying a security plan he presented is “not worth the paper it’s written on.” (AFP)
  • Syria: US Secretary of State John Kerry told the country’s opposition that support for the group could be reduced if it decides not to attend upcoming peace talks in Geneva. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet Applications: Google said it will buy startup company Nest Labs in a USD3.2 billion deal aimed at expanding its business. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Colin)
    • Location: 1171 miles S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: S at 10 mph
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Sinabung, Indonesia.
    • Eruptions continue as evacuees reached over 25,000. (Wired)
  • 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 (15JAN)

  • Europe – Region: European Central Bank to resume early repayments of emergency funds
  • Central America – Region: Comieco (Council of Ministers for Central American Economic Integration) Summit
  • India: South Korean President Park to visit (18JAN)
  • Kenya: Trial of Westgate bombing suspects to begin
  • Russia: Anniversary of the hospital hostage crisis – 1995
  • Syria: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due to chair the second Pledging Conference for Syria, held in Kuwait City

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