ONS: 15 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for a power sharing deal as rights groups reported that the war in Sudan is worsening with “extreme violence” and growing hunger.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, clashes in Guerrero between federal police and protesters organizing a concert in solidarity with 43 missing college students left at least 21 people injured.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said he would work to convince voters of the need to revise the pacifist constitution the day after scoring an election victory.
  • EUROPE: French police launched raids across the country to dismantle a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Monitoring groups reported that the al-Nursa Front seized the key army base of Wadi al-Deif in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib from government forces.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A group claiming responsibility for the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment offered to selectively hold back on releasing email correspondence of its employees.

 

TOP STORY

  • Australia: Gunman sympathetic to IS takes hostages in Sydney.
    • PM Abbott called for calm after a “deeply concerning incident” in which a gunman took as many as 12 hostages in Sydney’s city center.
    • The gunman demanded that a flag of the Islamic State group be delivered to him and warned that four bombs have been planted around the city.
    • Five people ran out of the Sydney cafe, with reports unclear on whether they were released or escaped.
    • More than 40 Australian Muslim groups jointly condemned the hostage taking.
    • Coverage: AFPAFP-2BBCGuardianReutersXinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The 46th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS will meet in Nigeria to discuss regional security. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for a power sharing deal as rights groups reported that the war in the country is worsening with “extreme violence” and growing hunger. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe left newly-installed VP Emmerson Mnangagwa in charge of the country as he began his annual holiday. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Hundreds of police officers and their relatives protested in Rio de Janeiro to demand tougher legislation for crimes against the police. (BBC)
  • Haiti: Opposition parties welcomed the resignation of PM Laurent Lamothe, who faced repeated calls to go over the failure to hold legislative elections in the past three years. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Clashes in Guerrero between federal police and protesters organizing a concert in solidarity with 43 missing college students left at least 21 people injured. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least seven people, including four civilians, were injured in a blast in northern Baghlan province. (Xinhua)
  • China: Hong Kong’s leader declared an end to more than 11 weeks of sit-in protests by pro-democracy demonstrators after police cleared the last remaining camp. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe said he would work to convince voters of the need to revise the pacifist constitution the day after scoring an election victory. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Workers from cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s party shut down major roads in Lahore in the latest round of protests against the government. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military announced a month-long unilateral truce with the leftist New People’s Army. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: PM Medvedev and Chinese State Council Premier Li Keqiang met in Astana ahead of a meeting of prime ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. (Xinhua)
  • Belgium: Trade unions launched a general strike that paralyzed air and rail traffic and idled companies throughout the country. (AP)
  • France: Police launched raids across the country to dismantle a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria. (AFP)
  • Russia: Think-tank SIPRI reported that the country’s arms makers’ sales increased 20 percent in 2013. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: PM Netanyahu rejected any Palestinian attempt to set an ultimatum for the country through a UNSCl resolution. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A gunman holding three laborers hostage in Riyadh shot dead a member of the security forces when police tried to free the captives. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that the al-Nursa Front seized the key army base of Wadi al-Deif in the country’s northwestern province of Idlib from government forces. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A group claiming responsibility for the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment offered to selectively hold back on releasing email correspondence of its employees. (Re/Code)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16DEC)

  • Japan: Parliamentary Elections
  • Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan’s Independence Day – 1991
  • South Africa: Reconciliation Day – 1994

 

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