ONS: 21 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 21, 2013

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A US military plane was shot at in South Sudan
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto signed a controversial law that will end state oil company Pemex’s monopoly on the country’s energy market
  • ASIA: China slammed Japan’s planned increase in military expenditures, accusing the country of escalating tensions
  • EUROPE: The sons of two Turkish government ministers were charged in a widening graft probe
  • MIDDLE EAST: Five senior Iraqi military officers were killed in clashes with insurgents in western Anbar province
  • TECHNOLOGY: US authorities charged three more people in connection to the operation of Silk Road

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Opposition Democrat Party announces boycott of 02FEB snap elections
    • Caretaker PM Shinawatra proposed the formation of a reform council following scheduled elections
    • Shinawatra continues to hold the support of the Red Shirts.
    • Anti-government protestors continued to call for Shinawatra’s resignation.
    • Coverage: AFP, Kyodo, NYT, WSJ, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Former President Morsi will be put on trial for escaping from prison during the 2011 uprising against Former President Mubarak. (AFP)
  • Madagascar: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the country’s peaceful presidential election. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: A US military plane was shot at in Bor, Jonglei state. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The country’s military said that it had recapured several parts of South Kordofan state. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The country’s Supreme Court voted unanimously to strike down laws governing Canada’s sex trade. (NYT)
  • Mexico: President Nieto signed a controversial law that will end state oil company Pemex’s monopoly on the country’s energy market. (BBC)
  • Peru: A UN Special Rapporteur said that oil extraction in the Amazon was “devasting” the country’s indigenous population. (Guardian)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China slammed Japan’s planned increase in military expenditures, accusing the country of escalating tensions. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: A US institute said the country will likely not conduct another nuclear test in the next few months. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Two gunmen killed a polio vaccinator in the Khyber tribal district. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Revelations that British agents may have spied on an EU Commissioner caused tension between London and Brussels. (Telegraph)
  • Turkey: Six pro-Kurdish MPs ended a hunger strike, originally initiated to demand the release of jailed lawmakers with links to Kurdish rebels. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The sons of two government ministers were charged in a widening graft probe that has targeted PM Erdogan. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s air force conducted a second day of drills in the Persian Gulf region. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Five senior Iraqi military officers were killed in clashes with insurgents in western Anbar province. (AFP)
  • Syria: Human Rights Watch accused regime forces of intentionally bombing civilians in Aleppo. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • USA: Authorities charged three more people in connection to the operation of Silk Road. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04S (Bruce)
    • Location: 860 NM ESE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: WSW at 13 kts
    • Winds: 135 kts
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Amara)
    • Location: 389 NM E of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: S at 5 kts
    • Winds: 30 kts
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Northern Alliance, handing over power to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai – 2001
  • Cambodia: Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party to begin staging daily protest of PM Hun Sen’s government.
  • Egypt: Anniversary of two-round referendum – 2012
  • Thailand: Anti-government rally, organized by protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, to be held.
  • Zimbabwe: Unity Day

 

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