ONS: 16 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The third trial begins against former Egyptian president Morsi, who faces charges of espionage and carrying out “terror attacks” in the country.
  • AMERICAS: A North Korean ship caught in Panama while trying to move undeclared Cuban weapons through the Panama Canal left to return to Cuba.
  • ASIA: Five people were killed and more than 25 others were injured when an explosion hit a passenger train in Pakistan’s southern Kashmore district.
  • EUROPE: Protesters in Ukraine’s capital Kiev evacuated city hall after occupying the building for months as part of anti-government unrest.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Palestinian Popular Committee said all “foreign” rebels evacuated the Syrian Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees as part of an agreement to neutralize the camp from the ongoing conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The fundraising platform Kickstarter said hackers gained access to some of its customers’ data earlier this week.

 

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: Protests continue, turning violent and leaving three protesters dead.
    • Supporters and opponents of the country’s leftist government staged rallies in Caracas and other cities.
    • President Maduro said that a police manhunt was underway for Leopoldo Lopez, the opposition leader behind anti-government demonstrations.
    • US Secretary of State Kerry voiced alarm over the “senseless violence” that has broken out during protests, heavily criticizing the detention of demonstrators.
    • Sources: AFP, AP, AFP-2, AFP-3

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A top EU diplomat to Africa hailed Uganda for ensuring peace in South Sudan and Somalia. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The third trial begins against former president Morsi, who faces charges of espionage and carrying out “terror attacks” in the country. (AFP)
  • Libya: A local official says 92 prisoners have escaped from a prison in a western town due to weak security. (AP)
  • Tanzania: Police in the southern region of Mtwara said they seized 58 pieces of ivory and arrested three people in connection with the haul. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: A band of militants ambushed security forces, killing four and wounding another four in two attacks. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A North Korean ship caught in Panama while trying to move undeclared Cuban weapons through the Panama Canal left to return to Cuba. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The federal government ended a dispute between the Yaqui Indians and the government of the northern state of Sonora, ending nine-month road-blocking protests. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Twenty-eight Taliban militants were killed since 15FEB, the country’s Interior Ministry said. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The country plans to send a delegation of business and trade representatives to Iran to expand bilateral trade, the government said. (Yonhap)
  • Pakistan: Five people were killed and more than 25 others were injured when an explosion hit a passenger train in the southern Kashmore district. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: The UN human rights chief has recommended an international investigation into war crimes committed during the Tamil separatist conflict. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Police and prominent protest leaders failed to reach a deal to reopen state offices and roads in Bangkok. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EC President Barroso said it would be nearly impossible for the EU to agree on granting membership to newly formed states that break away from existing member countries. (Reuters)
  • Bulgaria: The Turkish minority condemned an attack by the country’s nationalists on a mosque in the city of Plovdiv. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: Protesters in Kiev evacuated city hall after occupying the building for months as part of anti-government unrest. (AFP)
  • Switzerland: The nationalist Swiss People’s Party called on the government to swiftly stop immigration from Eastern Europe to prevent a massive influx of foreigners. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The government accused Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of inciting anti-government protests in the kingdom. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr announced he is leaving the political life and closed his offices in order to stop the “evil acts” under the name of his family. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The main al-Qaida breakaway group in the country claimed responsibility for an attack on a military barracks that left 15 troops killed. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement ruled out the idea of international troops being stationed in a future Palestinian state under a peace deal with Israel. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Palestinian Popular Committee said all “foreign” rebels evacuated the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees as part of an agreement to neutralize the camp from the ongoing conflict. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: The fundraising platform Kickstarter said hackers gained access to some of its customers’ data earlier this week. (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 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 (17FEB)

  • Global: Trans-Pacific Partnership chief negotiator meetings
  • Kosovo: Anniversary of declaration of independence from Serbia – 2008
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Ms. Bhutto going into self-imposed exile – 1997
  • United States: President’s Day
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of China invading Vietnam – 1979
  • Zimbabwe: EU to suspend most of the remaining sanctions against the country (17FEB or 18FEB)

 

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