ONS: 16 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the DR Congo, the former leader of rebel group M23 said that several members were wounded when Ugandan troops tried to forcibly return them home.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said that the army killed nine members of the FARC in clashes and bombing runs.
  • ASIA: The Indian government declared a ban on Islamic State, days after having detained an engineer for running a popular pro-IS Twitter account.
  • EUROPE: Seven people were arrested in Spain and Morocco in a probe into a network recruiting women to join the jihadist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Monitoring groups reported that nearly 200 combatants on both sides were killed in 24 hours when the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda took two regime bases in Idlib province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google followed through with a pledge to shut down Google News in Spain in reaction to a Spanish law requiring news publishers to receive payment for content even if they are willing to give it away

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Taliban gunmen attack army-run school, kill students.
    • At least 126 people, mostly children, were killed in a Taliban assault on an army-run school in Peshawar, officials say.
    • Officials reported explosions and that five or six militants wearing security uniforms entered the school.
    • The army said that most of the school’s 500 students were evacuated.
    • A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was in retaliation to the military’s offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region.
    • Indian PM Modi strongly condemned the attack by Taliban militants and called it “a senseless act of unspeakable brutality”
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The former leader of rebel group M23 said that several members were wounded when Ugandan troops tried to forcibly return them home. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The British Embassy in Cairo reopened after suspending public services nine days ago for security reasons. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Rebels from the al Shabab militant group attacked a military base in the Lower Shabelle region, killing at least 10 soldiers and burning two military vehicles. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: HRW criticized several laws claiming that they authorize child labor and encroach on human rights, and asked President Morales to institute changes. (EFE)
  • Colombia: President Santos said that the army killed nine members of the FARC in clashes and bombing runs. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro addressed protesters rallying against perceived US intervention in domestic affairs. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • China: A Macau pro-democracy leader said he is being “watched” by authorities before a visit by President Xi Jinping. (AFP)
  • India: The government declared a ban on Islamic State, days after having detained an engineer for running a popular pro-IS Twitter account. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: The government accused the US of trying to topple state by targeting it with allegations of human rights abuses, and threatened to hit back with the “toughest-ever counteraction”. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: Former president Kumaratunga warned that her successor may resort to “skullduggery” to secure an unprecedented third term, calling for outside observers to monitor the forthcoming election. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: The ruble set a new all-time record after bouncing back briefly despite an emergency move by the central bank to raise interest rates to 17 percent. (AFP)
  • Spain: Seven people were arrested in the country and Morocco in a probe into a network recruiting women to join the jihadist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: A bomb threat caused flight delays and the partial shut-down of the country’s main airport in Zurich. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry is to meet with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat in London, hoping to avert a diplomatic crisis over a UN bid to force Israel to withdraw from Palestinian land. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The government identified and stopped payment of tens of millions of dollars in salaries previously disbursed to nonexistent troops, known as “ghost soldiers”. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: One person was killed overnight during an Israeli military operation in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank. (AP)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that nearly 200 combatants on both sides were killed in 24 hours when al Nursa Front took two regime bases in Idlib province. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Amnesty International called on authorities to investigate the killing of a prominent southern activist after his group accused the police of targeting him during a peaceful protest. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google followed through with a pledge to shut down Google News in Spain in reaction to a Spanish law requiring news publishers to receive payment for content even if they are willing to give it away. (AP)

 

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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17DEC)

  • Iran: Talks between Iran and world powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tunisia: Anniversary of Tunisian revolt – 2010
  • Palestinian Territories: Conference to examine respect for international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Judaism: First day of Hanukkah

 

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