ONS: 15 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 15, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Former Egyptian President Mubarak was brought back to a Cairo criminal court where the former chief of staff of the armed forces Sami Anan will testify.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian FARC rebels begin a 30-day unilateral ceasefire as peace talks continue with the government.
  • ASIA: Approximately 10,000 Cambodian opposition supporters protest in the capital to call for the government to hold an early reelection.
  • EUROPE: Officials in the Netherlands captured a member of Italy’s most powerful mafia family.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni assailants stabbed a Japanese diplomat in the capital Sanaa during a failed kidnapping attempt.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Chinese state media reported their unmanned spacecraft successfully landed on the moon.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Opposition protesters hold a mass rally in the capital city Kiev.
    • At least 200,000 demonstrators gathered in the streets to protests the government’s decision to reject an EU trade treaty.
    • EU says it suspended work with Ukraine on trade agreement.
    • Ukrainian officials reported that US Senator McCain met the daughter of imprisoned opposition leader Tymoshenko and backed sanctions against the government.
    • Source: AFP, Reuters, AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Former President Mubarak was brought back to a Cairo criminal court, as former chief of staff of the armed forces Sami Anan will testify. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: Officials said the death toll from a grenade attack in Nairobi on Saturday has risen to six. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Citizens began voting in the second round of parliamentary elections that are intended to cap the nation’s return to democracy. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: People began voting in a runoff election to choose a successor to President Pinera from between two women. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: FARC rebels being a 30-day unilateral ceasefire as peace talks continue with the government. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: An Air France flight departing to Paris was suspended after officials were notified of a possible bomb threat. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Business owners march to demand an end to violent strikes and rallies they say are crippling the economy. (DPA)
  • Cambodia:  Approximately 10,000 opposition supporters protest in the capital to call for the government to hold an early reelection. (XIN)
  • Philippines: Officials say the death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan continues to rise by eight to ten each day. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: After a visit by Turkish FM Davutoglu the government says there will be no resumption of reunification talks. (AP)
  • Ireland: The country becomes the first eurozone nation to formally exit a bailout programme. (AFP)
  • Netherlands: Officials captured a member of Italy’s most powerful mafia family. (UPI)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Experts warned that the global extremist network Al-Qaeda is now more dangerous than ever. (AFP)
  • Israel: The country began transferring fuel to the Gaza Strip’s sole power plant. (AFP)
  • Syria: Fifteen people were killed in air raids on a rebel area in the city of Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Assailants stabbed a Japanese diplomat in the capital Sanaa during a failed kidnapping attempt. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Space: Chinese state media reported their unmanned spacecraft successfully landed on the moon. (Reuters)

 

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 (16DEC)

  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of East Pakistan becoming Bangladesh – 1971
  • Colombia: Anniversary of FARC/ELA pact – 2009
  • Japan: Russia’s Pacific Fleet’s squadron to visit the Maizuru naval base on the Honshu Island coast (to 20DEC)
  • Kazakhstan: Independence Day – 1991
  • Libya: A blockade on oil terminals, enforced by armed protestors, is lifted
  • Russia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due in Brussels for talks with European Union officials

 

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