ONS: 21 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 21, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian judicial sources reported that the trial of former President Morsi and 35 others on charges of espionage has been set for 16FEB.
  • AMERICAS: Armed Mexican vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan voiced support for the arrest of one of the Caballeros Templarios leaders, Jesus Vasquez, alias “El Toro”.
  • ASIA: Pakistani fighter jets bombed suspected Taliban bases near the Afghan border killing at least 15 people.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine’s controversial anti-protest laws that sparked riots officially entered into force.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hamas said it has deployed forces to “preserve the truce” after rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Arab bloggers at the launch of the Fourth Arab Bloggers Summit discussed ways to boost cyberactivism.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN retracts Iran Geneva II invite amid criticism.
    • Russia called the UN’s decision to withdraw its invitation for Iran to attend the Geneva II conference a “mistake” that cast a shadow on the global body’s reputation.
    • An Iranian minister said the chances of Syria peace talks succeeding without the participation of Iran are “not that great.”
    • The country’s main opposition group confirmed it would take part in the Geneva II peace talks after the UN withdrew its invitation for Iran.
    • The US State Department said it is hopeful that all parties can now focus on ending the Syria conflict.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: 3,000 policemen were mobilized to restore order in the southern province of Ghardaia after tribal clashes. (Xinhua)
  • Central African Republic: UNSG Ban Ki-moon welcomed the election of Catherine Samba-Panza as interim president of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The government reopened the Rafah crossing point to the Gaza Strip after closing it shut for 11 days. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Judicial sources reported that the trial of former President Morsi and 35 others on charges of espionage has been set for 16FEB. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Uganda reported that nine Ugandan soldiers were killed and 12 others wounded during a month of fighting in the country. (AFP

AMERICAS

  • Region: Peru deployed peacekeepers to Haiti as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Armed vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan voiced support for the arrest of one of the Caballeros Templarios leaders, Jesus Vasquez, alias “El Toro”. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Police found the bodies of five people killed in Michoacan in suspected cartel related violence. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Local media reported that China will base a 5,000-tonne civilian patrol ship on one of its islands in the disputed South China Sea and begin regular patrols. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Police arrested two suspected Islamist extremists allegedly planning to target police forces. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Fighter jets bombed suspected Taliban bases near the Afghan border killing at least 15 people. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Police arrested three men and seized 100 kilograms of explosives in a raid in Islamabad. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The government said it plans to reduce its armed forces by up to 20 percent from 215,000 over the next five years. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Georgia accused Russia of moving its border with Abkhazia deeper into the Georgian separatist region ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. (AFP)
  • Greece: The coast guard was searching for several migrants who fell into the sea off the eastern Aegean island of Farmakonisi after their vessel capsized. (DPA)
  • Serbia: The country officially kicked off membership talks with the EU. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: Controversial anti-protest laws that sparked riots officially entered into force. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: State TV reported that the navy sent warships on a mission to the Atlantic Ocean. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Four people were killed and 35 wounded in a suicide car bombing in an area of south Beirut considered a Hezbollah stronghold. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas said it has deployed forces to “preserve the truce” after rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israel. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: An Abu Dhabi court sent a group of 30 Emiratis and Egyptians to jail for forming a Muslim Brotherhood cell. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Unidentified gunmen killed a law professor who has been representing Shiite Huthi rebels at reconciliation talks. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Arab bloggers at the launch of the Fourth Arab Bloggers Summit discussed ways to boost cyberactivism. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 159km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Russia
  • 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 (22JAN)

  • Global: World Economic Forum (to 25JAN)
  • Bolivia: Anniversary of Evo Morales assuming presidency – 2006
  • El Salvador: Anniversary of peasant uprising – 1932
  • Nepal: Constituent Assembly
  • Syria: “Geneva II” peace conference for Syria will open in the Swiss town of Montreux

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