ONS: 19 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 19, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunmen in the CAR ambushed a convoy of refugees fleeing sectarian violence in the country, killing 22 people.
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama said US intelligence services will continue to spy on foreign governments.
  • ASIA: At least 28 people in Thailand were injured in two bomb blasts at a key antigovernment protest site in Bangkok.
  • EUROPE: 100,000 Ukrainian protesters massed in central Kiev in defiance of controversial new curbs on rallies imposed by supporters of President Yanukovych.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iraqi army launched a major operation on the militant-occupied city of Ramadi.
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korean state regulators reported that the personal data of at least 20 million bank and credit card users in the country has been leaked in one of the country’s biggest ever breaches.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Taliban attack on military compound kills at least 20.
    • A bomb exploded inside a vehicle at a military compound in Bannu, killing at least 20 Frontier Corps personnel and wounding 30 others.
    • A convoy of more than 40 vehicles was leaving the garrison town of Bannu for North Waziristan when an IED exploded inside a rented truck.
    • A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban told reporters by telephone that his organization was behind the attack.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, LAT, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Gunmen ambushed a convoy of refugees fleeing sectarian violence in the country, killing 22 people. (AP)
  • Egypt: The army reported that it had killed the military commander of the al-Tawhid Wal Jihad group in Sinai. (DPA)
  • Libya: Government forces backed by airstrikes regained control of a southern military base from militants. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Protesters in Sao Paulo staged a rally against attempts to bar underprivileged youths from shopping malls in middle-class areas. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama said US intelligence services will continue to spy on foreign governments. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: A free app for certain smartphones that works as a “panic button” in emergencies launched in the country. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon said that the UN would maintain its work in the country despite a Taliban suicide attack that killed four of its staff. (AFP)
  • Burma: Local media reported that the country’s Central Bank will allow foreign banks to operate in the country this year. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The government said it is optimistic that the upcoming round of peace talks with the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front will be able to address the issues blocking a final peace agreement. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: At least 28 people were injured in two bomb blasts at a key antigovernment protest site in Bangkok. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: President Putin downplayed the planned no-show at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi of several key Western leaders. (AFP)
  • Serbia: Former President Boris Tadic failed in an effort to seize the leadership of his Democratic Party, derailing his efforts to return to politics. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Riot police fired tear gas and plastic bullets to break up a protest against the government of PM Erdogan. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: 100,000 protesters massed in central Kiev in defiance of controversial new curbs on rallies imposed by supporters of President Yanukovych. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif said he was hopeful the implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers would lead to a lasting agreement on Iran’s nuclear status. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The army launched a major operation on the militant-occupied city of Ramadi. (AFP)
  • Jordan: The government said it is ready to host a US training program for Iraqi troops to help counter a resurgence of al-Qaeda-linked militants. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinians were hurt, one critically, in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City that the military said had targeted a senior Islamic Jihad militant. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Assad said he had no plans to step down as president. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: South Korean state regulators reported that the personal data of at least 20 million bank and credit card users in the country has been leaked in one of the country’s biggest ever breaches. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 01W (Lingling)
    • Location: 365 NM E of Zamboanga, Philippines
    • Movement: SSW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 34 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 (20JAN)

  • Europe: EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels to discuss Ukraine and other issues.
  • Bangladesh: Prime Minister Zia to hold mass rally.
  • Central African Republic: European countries to make final decision on joint military operation in the country.
  • Central African Republic: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay to give account of human rights situation in the country.
  • India and Sri Lanka: Talks between Indian fishermen and their Sri Lankan counterparts in Chennai to resolve the dispute over fishing rights in each other’s territorial waters
  • Iran: Implementation of nuclear plan deal
  • Korea, South: DAS Burns to visit Seoul (to 23JAN)
  • Turkey: Georgian President Margvelashvili to visit
  • United States: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

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