ONS: 18 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 18, 2013

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

18 December 2013

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Unknown militants in Somalia shot dead three Syrian doctors and their three local colleagues as they travelled to a hospital outside Mogadishu.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian local media reported that the country has no plans to grant asylum to Edward Snowden.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, Taliban fighters wearing army uniforms attacked US military vehicles in a parking lot near Torkham, killing at least one policeman and torching several trucks.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel said that EU members must be ready for treaty changes to strengthen the bloc.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US AMB to Syria Ford said the newly formed Islamist alliance, the Islamic Front refused, to meet with US officials.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama met with Google, Apple, Netflix, Yahoo and Twitter at the White House for talks on NSA security.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: Death toll rises as violence spreads from the capital.
    • Clashes between military factions spread from the capital to the rural state of Jonglei, with up to 20,000 people fleeing to UN bases.
    • The UN reported that between 400 and 500 bodies were taken to hospitals in Juba, and another 800 people were wounded in battles between troops.
    • Wanted opposition leader Machar denied government accusations he tried to stage a coup, saying President Kiir was using the claim as an excuse to purge political rivals.
    • The US ordered non-emergency government personnel to leave the country and suspended normal operations at its embassy.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: The government reported that at least 136,000 citizens were sent home from Saudi Arabia as part of its crackdown migrant workers. (AP)
  • Mali: Provisional results announced by the government indicated that the party of President Keita and its allies won the country’s parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Unknown militants shot dead three Syrian doctors and their three local colleagues as they travelled to a hospital outside Mogadishu. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Local media reported that the country has no plans to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. (Reuters)
  • Chile: President-elect Bachelet laid out future defense strategy, prioritizing building security, transparency and cooperation in the region. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: Local media reported that the government said it would implement a new plan to fight extreme poverty in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The National Human Rights Commission said that the government should not be allowing the formation of anti-cartel vigilante groups. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban fighters wearing army uniforms attacked US military vehicles in a parking lot near Torkham, killing at least one policeman and torching several trucks. (AFP)
  • Burma: The UNODC estimated that the country will produce 870 metric tons of opium in 2013, a 26 percent increase over 2012 production. (AP)
  • India: The parliament passed legislation to create a powerful anti-graft watchdog. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The US will provide USD25 million in additional humanitarian aid as the government begins its rebuilding plan. (AP)
  • Taiwan: The country grounded its new fleet of US-made Apache attack helicopters for checks after a notice from the US warning the model could malfunction. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel said that EU members must be ready for treaty changes to strengthen the bloc. (AFP)
  • Italy: The EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner Malmstroem denounced the “appalling conditions” in place in many of the country’s migrant centers. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych faced criticism from the opposition who accused him of selling out the country’s interests to Russia after a landmark bailout deal. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government said FM Zarif plans to visit Saudi Arabia at the earliest opportunity. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Three military personnel were killed in the south-east of the country by a roadside bomb. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Sectarian suicide and bombing attacks killed at least nine in the Baghdad area. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that regime warplanes bombed opposition-held parts of Aleppo for a fourth day. (AP)
  • Syria: US AMB to Syria Ford said the newly formed Islamist alliance the Islamic Front refused to meet with US officials. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US President Obama met with Google, Apple, Netflix, Yahoo and Twitter at the White House for talks on NSA security. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04S (Bruce)
    • Location: 108 NM NW of Cocos Island, Australia
    • Movement: SW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Amara)
    • Location: 543 Nm S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: W at 3 mph
    • Winds: 92 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 17DEC: 165 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 17DEC: 71 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19DEC)

  • Asia: Japan and India to hold naval exercise (to 22DEC)
  • China: Anniversary of Hong Kong returned to China from Britain – 1984
  • China: 24th Session of China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) begins in Beijing (to 20DEC)
  • Europe: EU Summit to begin in Brussels (to 20DEC)

 

END

Comments on this entry are closed.