ONS: 18 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 18, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rebel forces in South Sudan launched a major assault against the key town of Malakal in the government-controlled capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government condemned an “ambush” carried out by the FARC on police which killed five officers and injured three others.
  • ASIA: China dismissed a UN report’s warning that its officials could be complicit in alleged human rights violations by the DPRK.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian anti-government protesters stormed the party headquarters of President Yanukovych in Kiev while police clashed with demonstrators around Parliament.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Three car bombs in Baghdad and four to its south killed at least 13 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: New information indicating that Iran’s infiltration of a Navy computer network was far more extensive than previously thought is expected to raise concerns during the NSA confirmation hearing of nominee Michael Rogers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Clashes between protesters and police escalate.
    • At least 42 people were injured in clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Bangkok.
    • The government’s special security command center announced it would reclaim five protest sites around the city for public use, a move made possible under a state of emergency declared in January.
    • Thousands of police officers, including armed anti-riot squads, were deployed across the city in an operation the government called “Peace for Bangkok.”
    • The National Anti-Corruption Commission said it will press charges against PM Shinawatra for alleged negligence of duty in her management of the government’s multibillion-dollar rice subsidy program.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The leaders from Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad agreed to create a regional institutional coordination platform dubbed “Sahel G5”. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed the suicide bombing of a tour bus that killed three South Koreans and their local driver. (AFP)
  • Libya: Voters are to elect a panel to draft a new constitution. (AFP)
  • Sudan: At least 20 people were injured, eight of them by gunshots, when police allegedly opened fire on demonstrators in the Darfur region. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Rebel forces launched a major assault against the key town of Malakal in the government-controlled capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government condemned an “ambush” carried out by the FARC on police which killed five officers and injured three others. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: Bill Clinton arrived in the country to promote recovery efforts. (AP)
  • United States: Robocoin said that this month it will install the first ATMs in the country that let users buy and sell bitcoin. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Pro- and anti-government activists are to hold dueling demonstrations in the capital. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australian and Pakistani navy ships seized 1,951 kilograms of cannabis resin in a drug bust off Oman. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Obama administration decided to try to resume talks with the Taliban on an offer to trade Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay for a captured Army sergeant. (WP)
  • China: Beijing dismissed a UN report’s warning that its officials could be complicit in alleged human rights violations by the DPRK. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Militants in the northwest tribal area attacked an army check post and killed a soldier hours after the government cancelled a round of talks with the Taliban. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The Supreme Court ruled that a controversial cybercrime law penalizing online libel is constitutional. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: The government recalled its ambassador from India in protest over a new delay in the legal proceedings against two Italian marines. (AFP)
  • Russia: A Moscow court opened the trial of opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov on charges of using the funding of a Georgian politician to try to destabilize President Putin’s rule. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Gul indicated that he will sign contested bills tightening state control over the Internet and the judiciary despite widespread opposition. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Anti-government protesters stormed the party headquarters of President Yanukovych in Kiev while police clashed with demonstrators around Parliament. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country and six world powers began talks on transforming their interim nuclear deal into a permanent accord. (BBC)
  • Iran: An unnamed oil ministry employee set himself on fire after President Rouhani paid a visit to the ministry in Tehran. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Three car bombs in Baghdad and four to its south killed at least 13 people. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr slammed the government as corrupt and headed by a “tyrant” while calling on citizens to vote. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government forces seized a village inhabited by President Assad’s minority community from Islamist fighters. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: New information indicating that Iran’s infiltration of a Navy computer network was far more extensive than previously thought is expected to raise concerns during the NSA confirmation hearing of nominee Michael Rogers. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 181km NNE of Bathsheba, Barbados
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 17.5 km
    • Map
  • 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 (19FEB)

  • Egypt: Hosni Mubarak to stand trial on embezzlement charges
  • Nepal: National Democracy Day
  • Russia: Emancipation Manifesto – 1861
  • Turkmenistan: National Flag Day

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