ONS: 20 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 20, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Central African parliament began meeting to elect a new interim President tasked with restoring peace amid wide-spread violence.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, at least nine FARC guerrillas died in an air force bombardment of one of the insurgent group’s camps in the northeastern province of Arauca.
  • ASIA: A Vietnamese judge sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the country’s largest ever narcotics case, involving scores of defendants and two tons of heroin.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Armed Forces scrambled two fighter jets as a Syrian plane approached the country’s airspace, turning back only five miles before the bor.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian National Coalition backed out of Geneva II peace talks after Iran received an invitation from the UN.
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korea vowed to prevent any recurrence of the country’s worst-ever client data leakage from credit card issuers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Protests intensify as police and demonstrators clash in Kiev.
    • More than 200 people, roughly half of them protesters, have been injured in violent clashes with police during the last 24 hours.
    • Leader of the UDAR political party announced the opposition parties’ decision to call early presidential elections.
    • EU foreign ministers deplored violent protests, saying the government was at fault for passing a package of repressive laws.
    • Sources: DPA, Interfax, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Parliament began meeting to elect a new interim President tasked with restoring peace amid wide-spread violence. (AFP)
  • Gambia: Armed Forces seized over 900 kilograms of cannabis at the border with Senegal, a military source said. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: A South Korean trade official was kidnapped by unidentified men in the capital of Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: UNSC Ban Ki-moon condemned reported “threats made against UN personnel” in the country and urged all parties in the conflict to “respect the sanctity” of UN bases. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: At least nine FARC guerrillas died in an air force bombardment of one of the insurgent group’s camps in the northeastern province of Arauca. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: A shipment of 300 kilograms of cocaine bound for Mexico was seized and the truck driver was arrested on smuggling charges, national police said. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Federal forces detained three members of the Knight Templar drug cartel, including one described as the leader behind recent bloodshed in the state. (AP)
  • US: The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee objected to President Obama’s proposal for the government to give up control of the storage of telephone records. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Three Pakistanis were arrested on suspicion of being terrorists in Dhaka, police said. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Anti-government protesters besieged government offices in a dozen southern provinces as part of their campaign to force PM Yingluck from power. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: A judge sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the country’s largest ever narcotics case, involving scores of defendants and two tons of heroin. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Armenia: Two foreign citizens were detained after security forces discovered one ton of heroin allegedly being smuggled from Iran to Turkey. (AFP)
  • Azerbaijan: Azeri forces killed an ethnic Armenian soldier in an alleged cross-border raid into Nagorny Karabakh. (AFP)
  • Russia: The country’s drug control agency said it solved 230,000 narcotics-related criminal cases in 2013 but the drug trafficking situation “remains tense.” (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Armed Forces scrambled two fighter jets as a Syrian plane approached the country’s airspace, turning back only five miles before the border. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The UN atomic watchdog confirmed the country’s partial nuclear freeze began as planned. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Four people were killed overnight in sectarian clashes in the northern city of Tripoli. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The National Coalition backed out of Geneva II peace talks after Iran received an invitation from the UN. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: At least 22 people were killed two days of fighting between Shiite rebels and gunmen from the Hashid tribes in the northern area of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Security: South Korea vowed to prevent any recurrence of the country’s worst-ever client data leakage from credit card issuers. (Yonhap)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 01W (Lingling)
    • Location: 344 miles W of Koror
    • Movement: SSW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Palmerston North, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.2 km
    • Depth: 28 km
    • Map
  • 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 (21JAN)

  • Region: First inter-governmental conference on Serbia’s accession to EU held in Brussels.
  • France and Germany: Anniversary of Elysee Treaty which formalized post-war reconciliation – 1963
  • Iran: Anniversary of release of US hostages – 1981
  • Malaysia: Nationwide operation against illegal immigrants
  • Switzerland: US Secretary of State John Kerry to attend conference on Syria

 

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