ONS: 15 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN welcomed the resumption of negotiations between the Sudanese government and the rebel SPLM-N.
  • AMERICAS: At least five people were killed and 17 others injured in the collapse of an illegal goldmine in southwestern Colombia.
  • ASIA: Thai opposition protesters refused to end their rallies as riot police prepared to clear another demonstration site.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish parliament passed a contested bill tightening government control over the judiciary, after violent scuffles broke out in the assembly.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Overnight attacks and clashes in Iraq left 16 police and soldiers dead.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Securities and Exchange Commission said it plans to hold a roundtable on 26MAR to discuss cyber security after massive retailer breaches.

 

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: Anti-government protests continue as Maduro calls on supporters to rally.
    • Security forces, armed with water tanks and tear gas, dispersed anti-government demonstrators blocking Caracas’ main highway.
    • Twitter said the government blocked images on its service and offered a workaround for users that want to get tweets via text message.
    • President Maduro called on supporters to march for “peace and against fascism” this weekend following fierce student-led opposition protests.
    • Sources: AP, AP-2, AFP, AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Austria will send nine of its Armed Forces field officers to join the EU contingent. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Turkey condemned the deadly attack on a UN convoy in the capital of Mogadishu. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan, South: The UN welcomed the resumption of negotiations between the government and the rebel SPLM-N. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The country called for international aid to help thousands of flood victims whose communities have been destroyed by recent heavy rains. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The army’s Inspector General said in a report that peace talks between the government and the FARC were not spied on by military intelligence. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: At least five people were killed and 17 others injured in the collapse of an illegal goldmine in the southwest. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The first Southern Common Market Labor Congress opened in Caracas, calling on members to use the bloc to promote unity and social development. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: After a visit from US Secretary of State Kerry, China promised to push North Korea to return to talks on ending its nuclear weapons program. (DPA)
  • Afghanistan: Nine militants were killed when security forces launched a military operation in the eastern province of Kunar. (Xinhua)
  • Fiji: The Pacific Islands Forum said it is ready to reopen some doors to the country ahead of elections to restore democracy eight years after a military coup. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Opposition protesters refused to end their rallies as riot police prepared to clear another demonstration site. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia will work with NATO to plan a rare joint naval operation in the Mediterranean to protect the US ship that will destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. (Telegraph)
  • Italy: PM Letta and US President Obama reaffirmed the “enduring” bonds that link the two allies. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Lawmakers in Moscow approved a bill to introduce voting for individual candidates in the next parliamentary elections. (UPI)
  • Turkey: The parliament passed a contested bill tightening government control over the judiciary, after violent scuffles broke out in the assembly, a source said. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Jailed opposition icon Tymoshenko said President Yanukovych has become a Russian puppet. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A policeman died of wounds sustained in a bomb blast during protests marking the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring-inspired uprising. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Overnight attacks and clashes left 16 police and soldiers dead, officials said. (AFP)
  • Jordan: President Obama announced that he will ask Congress to approve a new round of financial aid for the country. (AP)
  • Lebanon: PM-designate Tammam Salam is to announce a compromise government, ending a 10-month vacuum. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: The Securities and Exchange Commission said it plans to hold a roundtable on 26MAR to discuss cyber security after massive retailer breaches. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Kelud, Indonesia
    • Three airports reopen following the death of three people and forced mass evacuations. (AFP)
  • 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 (16FEB)

  • Egypt: The trial of Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi and 35 others on charges of espionage in collaboration with Palestinian Hamas movement will start
  • United Arab Emirates: ASIS 5th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition in Dubai (to 18FEB)

 

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