ONS: 16 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 16, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW reported that government and rebel forces in South Sudan are both recruiting children as young as 13 to fight in the country’s civil war.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, three ELN guerrillas, including a rebel involved in the 1999 hijacking of an Avianca plane, were killed in fighting with army troops.
  • ASIA: Indian PM Modi met with newly elected Sri Lankan President Sirisena amid efforts to strengthen strategic ties and resolve long-standing issues.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian FM Klimkin said government forces have come under fire from pro-Russian rebels over 100 times in the last 24 hours, despite a ceasefire coming into force at midnight on Saturday.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, forces loyal to former President Hadi seized government buildings in the southern city of Aden after a five-hour battle.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced that it will shut down its video tutorial service Helpouts on 20APR because it is not growing quickly enough.

 

TOP STORY

  • Egypt and Libya: Egyptian Armed Forces bomb ISIS targets in Libya amid call for stronger anti-ISIS efforts.
    • The spokesman for Egypt’s Armed Forces General Command said it had bombed ISIS targets in Libya in response to a video that appeared to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians.
    • The Foreign Ministry said that FM Shoukry “will head to Washington to take part in an anti-terrorism summit to affirm Egypt’s fixed stance on terrorism.”
    • French President Hollande, whose government is poised to sign a deal selling Egypt advanced Rafale fighter jets, spoke by telephone with President Sisi.
    • Jordanian Information Minister Momani said Bahrain had deployed fighter jets to Jordan to support the US-led air campaign against ISIS.
    • The US condemned the most recent ISIS video as “despicable.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, BBC, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza said he will run in June elections if selected by his party amid claims that such a move would violate the constitution and risk violence. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The government said it had rejected UN support for a joint offensive against Hutu rebels in the country’s east and warned against interference in its internal affairs. (AFP)
  • Mali: At least four UN peacekeepers were wounded in an explosion near the eastern town of Tabankort. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: HRW reported that government and rebel forces are both recruiting children as young as 13 to fight in the country’s civil war. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police Director Palomino proposed restarting the debate on the death penalty in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Three ELN guerrillas, including a rebel involved in the 1999 hijacking of an Avianca plane, were killed in fighting with army troops. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Journalist Luis Peralta Cuellar, who had received death threats and survived an attack in 2010, was killed in the southern province of Caqueta. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Burma: State media reported that clashes between the army and ethnic Kokang fighters killed dozens of rebels over the weekend. (AFP)
  • India: PM Modi met with newly elected Sri Lankan President Sirisena amid efforts to strengthen strategic ties and resolve long-standing issues. (AP)
  • Korea, South: Parliament approved Lee Wan-Koo as Prime Minister with 148 votes to 128 after a contentious nomination process. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Officials said they had killed the militant behind a suicide bombing at a mosque which killed 61 Shiite Muslims last month. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military insisted it remained loyal to President Aquino, responding to ongoing coup rumors. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU added 19 more individuals, including five Russians, to its sanctions list for their actions linked to the fighting in eastern Ukraine. (AP)
  • Denmark: Copenhagen police said they had detained two men suspected of aiding a gunman who killed two people in twin attacks over the weekend. (Reuters)
  • France: PM Valls said that the threat of militant attacks in the country remained ‘particularly high’ and that exceptional security measures would remain in place as long as necessary. (Reuters)
  • Greece: German Finance Minister Schaeuble said he is “very skeptical” that the country can reach a new debt deal with its Eurozone partners. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: FM Klimkin said government forces have come under fire from pro-Russian rebels over 100 times in the last 24 hours, despite a ceasefire coming into force at midnight on Saturday. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Foreign Ministry denied reports that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wrote to US President Obama in response to an October letter rejecting cooperation against ISIS. (AFP)
  • Syria: Human rights groups launched a new campaign to free activists held by the government or rebels. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Forces loyal to former president Hadi seized government buildings in the southern city of Aden after a five-hour battle. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google announced that it will shut down its video tutorial service Helpouts on 20APR because it is not growing quickly enough. (Forbes)

 

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: 22,894 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 9,177 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 06FEB: 1,172,787 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, 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.) Confirmed Cases: 25,255
      • Deaths as of 06FEB: 181 (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 13FEB: 978 (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, The Philippines and the US)
      • Deaths as of 13FEB: 359 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17FEB)

  • Hungary and Russia:  Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to meet Hungarian PM Viktor Orban
  • Kosovo: Anniversary of Kosovo’s parliament declareing independence, sparking a fierce reaction in Serbia which refused to recognize Pristina – 2008
  • Libya: Anniversary of uprising against former Libyan leader Gaddafi – 2011
  • Sierra Leone: The Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Helen Clark to visit Freetown
  • Turkey and Pakistan: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is expected to visit Pakistan (to 18FEB)
  • Hinduism: Maha Shivaratri

 

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