ONS: 17 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 17, 2013

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

17 December 2013

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In South Sudan, fresh clashes broke out in Juba a day after President Kiir announced he had defeated a coup attempt.
  • AMERICAS: US-funded anti-coca spraying in Colombia has been suspended indefinitely in the aftermath of the shooting down of two spray planes and the death of one of the American pilots.
  • ASIA: North Korean state news outlets erased tens of thousands of articles archived on their websites.
  • EUROPE: The 462 member German parliament elected Angela Merkel as chancellor for a third term with 150 voting against and nine abstentions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN said the opening of a Syria peace conference planned for 22JAN14 has been moved from Geneva to the Swiss city of Montreux.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US federal judge said the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records violates the US Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches, but put his decision on hold pending a government appeal.

 

TOP STORY

  • Japan: Government releases new security plan amid regional tensions.
    • Japan will budget 23.97 trillion yen (USD232.4 billion) over the coming five years for Defense spending.
    • The new security policies include a five-year military buildup plan and a 10-year Defense guideline.
    • The plan calls for stronger air and maritime surveillance capabilities, setting up a marine unit, buying unarmed surveillance drones and putting a unit of E-2C early-warning aircraft on Okinawa.
    • PM Shinzo Abe’s government said it would review the ban on weapons exports.
    • US Secretary Kerry warned China against imposing an air defence zone over the South China Sea.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The military arrested Silmi Mohammed Masbah, an Ansar Beit al-Maqdis member suspected of involvement in an ambush that killed 16 soldiers. (AFP)
  • Libya: The parliament passed a law to ban unlicensed possession of weapons and ammunition. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Militants shelled a camp near Kidal for French troops and the UN MINUSMA peacekeeping force. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Fresh clashes broke out in Juba a day after President Kiir announced he had defeated a coup attempt. (AFP)


AMERICAS

  • Colombia: US-funded anti-coca spraying in the country has been suspended indefinitely in the aftermath of the shooting down of two spray planes and the death of one of the American pilots. (LaT)
  • Ecuador: The country announced that it was freezing cooperation with USAID, after charging last year the US agency was meddling in its domestic affairs. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Nieto said he would work to quickly enact a sweeping overhaul of the energy sector. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson 78-16 to be the next head of the Department of Homeland Security. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least two people were killed and six injured by a bicycle bomb in Kandahar province (DPA)
  • India: Top politicians said they snubbed a visiting US Congressional delegation over the arrest of a senior diplomat in New York. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: State news outlets erased tens of thousands of articles archived on their websites. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A suspected sectarian bomb attack killed at least two Sunni tribesmen and wounded two others in Kurram tribal region. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The main opposition party re-elected Abhisit Vejjajiva as the next leader of the country’s oldest political party. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: Authorities arrested the head of independent election monitoring group EMDS after it criticized presidential polls. (AFP)
  • Germany: The 462 member parliament elected Angela Merkel as chancellor for a third term with 150 voting against and nine abstentions. (AP)
  • Russia: Narcotics squad officers broke up an international drug ring and liquidated a trafficking route for drugs from Tajikistan. (Itar-Tass)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych is to hold a meeting with Russian President Putin. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: A car bomb exploded at a stronghold of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group causing an unknown number of casualties. (AP)
  • Syria: The UN said the opening of a Syria peace conference planned for 22JAN14 has been moved from Geneva to the Swiss city of Montreux. (AP)
  • Syria: Regime air strikes killed at least 13 people in the rebel-held district of Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Syria: Global chemical weapons watchdog Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is meeting to approve and review a weapons disposal plan. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A US federal judge said the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records violates the US Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches, but put his decision on hold pending a government appeal. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Amara)
    • Location: 500 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: NW at 1 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • 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 02DEC: 163 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 02DEC: 70 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18DEC)

  • Global: International Migrant’s Day
  • Iraq: Anniversary of US troop withdrawal – 2011
  • Kenya: Initial hearings of four men charged in Westgate mall attack
  • Pakistan: A court will announce verdict of retrial of doctor accused of helping US find Osama bin Laden.

 

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