ONS: 22 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 22, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Officials in the CAR reported that at least 20 people were killed in the latest clashes between anti-balaka militias and former Seleka rebels.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico’s ruling National Revolutionary Party, PRI said it will move toward creating a national anti-corruption system in 2015.
  • ASIA: A Pakistani government official said that the country plans to execute 500 militants in coming weeks.
  • EUROPE: French police boosted security as Interior Minister Cazeneuve prepared to visit the city where a driver targeted and ran down 11 pedestrians.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israel military arrested a Palestinian man after a foiled attack on a soldier in the West Bank.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US cyber-security researchers said that malicious software likely linked to China is being used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Government heightens rhetoric amid hacking claims.
    • North Korea said that US President Obama is “recklessly” spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyber-attack of Sony Pictures.
    • North Korea warned of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and “the whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorism.”
    • Officials said that North Korea will refuse to take part in a UNSC meeting where the country’s human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.
    • Chinese FM Wang Yi told US Secretary Kerry that his country is “against all forms of cyber-attacks and cyber terrorism.”
    • South Korea’s nuclear power plant operator launched a two-day drill, testing its ability to thwart a cyber-attack, after a series of online information leaks by a suspected hacker.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, AP-3, BBC, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Officials reported that at least 20 people were killed in the latest clashes between anti-balaka militias and former Seleka rebels. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: HRW reported that hundreds of Muslims are trapped in the west of the country after fleeing Christian militiamen, accusing UN peacekeepers of collaborating with the authorities in preventing them from leaving. (DPA)
  • South Sudan: China is to send 700 troops to the country as part of its first infantry battalion to participate in a UN peacekeeping mission. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe fired two cabinet ministers and five deputy ministers in an apparent purge targeting allies of his former deputy Joice Mujuru. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The ruling National Revolutionary Party, PRI said it will move toward creating a national anticorruption system in 2015. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Family members of 43 missing students said they would continue protests throughout the holidays. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: The construction of an inter-oceanic canal across the country is to begin preliminary construction. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The army launched a fresh offensive in the Dangam district of eastern Kunar province. (Xinhua)
  • India: Opposition lawmakers accused PM Modi of doing little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A government prosecutor said he had been forced to delay his appeal against a court order which grants bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A government official said that the country plans to execute 500 militants in coming weeks. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: Police boosted security as Interior Minister Cazeneuve prepared to visit the city where a driver targeted and ran down 11 pedestrians. (AP)
  • Italy: Authorities said they had cracked a neo-Fascist plot to attack immigrants and political targets, including magistrates. (AP)
  • Spain: The regional Basque government unveiled a plan to facilitate ETA’s disarmament process. (AFP)
  • Spain: A judge ordered the king’s sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: The Israel military arrested a Palestinian man after a foiled attack on a soldier in the West Bank. (AP)
  • Syria: At least 20 Islamist State group members were killed in the second failed bid in a month to take over an air base. (AFP)
  • Syria: The army claimed it shot down an Israeli reconnaissance drone flying near the occupied Golan Heights. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The government said that the first of four nuclear reactors being built by the country will come on line in 2017 and the rest will be fully operational by 2020. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-security: US cyber-security researchers said that malicious software likely linked to China is being used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 18.603 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 6,915 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 13NOV: 885,926 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haití, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Deaths as of 13NOV: 153 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 17DEC: 938 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey and the U.S)
      • Deaths as of 17DEC: 343 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23DEC)

  • Eurasia Region: Eurasia Economic Union summit
  • Japan: Emperor’s birthday – 1948

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