ONS: 18 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 18, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Mansour is expected to announce that presidential elections will be held in March.
  • AMERICAS: The Argentine government rejected proposals from two prominent politicians to use the armed forces to deal with drug trafficking and an increase in drug-related violence.
  • ASIA: Thai anti-government protesters massed in Bangkok a day after a bomb attack on their rally that killed one and wounded dozens.
  • EUROPE: Pro-EU Ukrainian protesters were reinforcing barricades in Kiev ahead of a new mass rally.
  • MIDDLE EAST: IAEA inspectors arrived in Tehran to oversee implementation of the country’s nuclear deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Several Twitter accounts used by the military wing of Hamas were suspended by the social network.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: UN Staff, US citizens killed in Kabul restaurant attack.
    • A Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing at least 21 people, 13 of them foreigners.
    • The IMF’s top representative in country and four UN staff members were killed in the attack.
    • The US embassy said in a post on Twitter that at least two US private citizens were killed, while Britain and Canada also confirmed they had each lost two nationals.
    • The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it revenge for a US airstrike earlier this week.
    • The attack was condemned by the UNSC, NATO and the EU.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: At least three people were killed in fresh clashes in Sibut. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: The government began accepting required information from candidates for the new transitional leader. (AP)
  • Egypt: President Mansour is expected to announce that presidential elections will be held in March. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: Government troops clashed with rebel forces for control of the key oil town of Malakal. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government rejected proposals from two prominent politicians to use the armed forces to deal with drug trafficking and an increase in drug-related violence. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A helicopter operated by the country’s prosecutor crashed in Michoacan, wounding three of five passengers. (AFP)
  • United States: American Samoa is to begin granting amnesty to immigrants living in the territory illegally. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The US expressed willingness to seek better ties with the country. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia said there would be no further intrusions into Indonesian waters during its military-led crackdown on people-smuggling boats. (AFP)
  • India: Rebels in the northeast of the country shot and killed five bus passengers to press their demand for a separate state. (AP)
  • Korea, South: President Park Geun-Hye ordered the military to boost border security to protect the country against potential provocations by North Korea. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Anti-government protesters massed in Bangkok a day after a bomb attack on their rally that killed one and wounded dozens. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: The National Antiterrorism Committee reported that four gunmen were killed in a special operation in the village of Semender. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Authorities seized the assets of main opposition Republican People’s Party’s candidate for mayor of Istanbul. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Pro-EU protesters were reinforcing barricades in Kiev ahead of a new mass rally. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: IAEA inspectors arrived in Tehran to oversee implementation of the country’s nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Clashes and bombings around the country killed six people. (AP)
  • Syria: The opposition pushed back the opening of talks in Istanbul to Saturday amid ongoing internal divisions. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Army shelling killed a pregnant woman and her daughters in the same town where a bombardment killed 19 mourners last month. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Several Twitter accounts used by the military wing of Hamas were suspended by the social network. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10P (June)
    • Location: 184 NM NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: SE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 09S (Deliwe)
    • Location: 585 NM SW of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: WSW at 14 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 09JAN: 178 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 09JAN: 75 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19JAN)

  • Algeria: Anniversary of the end of gas site hostage crisis – 2013

 

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