ONS: 22 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 22, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Protesters stormed the main headquarters of Libya’s telecoms companies, disrupting Internet service in the east and south.
  • AMERICAS: The CIA reportedly helped Colombian authorities target leadership of the FARC for assassination.
  • ASIA: Former Pakistan President Musharraf challenged a special court’s authority to try him for high treason.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities removed an additional 25 police chiefs from their posts as part of a widening corruption crackdown.
  • MIDDLE EAST: AQAP claimed responsibility for the 05DEC attack on a hospital attached to Yemen’s Defense Ministry.
  • TECHNOLOGY: India and the US will cooperate to protect cybersecurity and fight crime in IT-affiliated fields.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: President Obama warns against military coup
    • Sudan President al-Bashir expressed concern over instability in the region.
    • Rebels in the country now control the key oil-producing region of Unity State.
    • A third and final British evacuation plane is being prepared.
    • The UN Mission relocated all “non-critical” staff to Uganda.
    • Coverage: AFPAFP-2AFP-3APBBCNYT

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: A suicide bomb attack on a security checkpoint outside of Benghazi killed seven people. (AFP)
  • Libya: Protestors stormed the main headquarters of the country’s telecoms companies, disrupting Internet service in the east and south. (AP)
  • Madagascar: EU observers deemed the country’s presidential election as “free, credible and democratic”. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The CIA reportedly helped authorities target leadership of the FARC for assassination. (WP)
  • Cuba: President Castro called for “civilized relations” with the US. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Authorities broke up a human smuggling ring that trafficked Asians into the US. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Four Chinese coast guard vessels entered Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands. (Kyodo)
  • Cambodia: Approximately 20,000 protesters demonstrated against PM Hun Sen in Phnom Penh. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Former President Musharraf challenged a special court’s authority to try him for high treason. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Anti-government protestors beseiged the residence of Caretaker PM Shinawatra. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Turkey: Authorities removed an additional 25 police chiefs from their posts as part of a widening corruption crackdown. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Approximately 15,000 demonstrators rallied in Kiev against the government’s rejection of a pact with the EU. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Deputy Foreign Minister Aragchi said that little progress had been made in nuclear talks in Geneva. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A car bomb detonated near an elementary school in Homs kille five students and two teachers. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Monzer Kaddam, a senior member of opposition group NCBDC, as released after being detained in Tartus. (AFP)
  • Yemen: AQAP claimed responsibility for the 05DEC attack on a hospital attached to the country’s Defense Ministry. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: India and the US will cooperate to protect cybersecurity and fight crime in IT-affiliated fields. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04S (Bruce)
    • Location: 734 NM SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SW at 11 kts
    • Winds: 45 kts
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Amara)
    • Location: 545 NM ESE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: W at 6 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 (23DEC)

  • Japan: Emperor Akihito’s birthday – 1933
  • Nepal: Anniversary of agreement of Kingdom of Nepal to be abolished and the country to become a federal republic – 2007
  • Pakistan: Turkish PM Erdogan to visit (to 25DEC).
  • Thailand: Deadline for Democratic party to register for upcoming polls
  • Islam: Arbaeen, Shiite holiday marking the end of 40 days of mourning of the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson

 

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