ONS: 22 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 22, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: East African nations approved a 5,500-strong military force for South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: The UN warned that cholera deaths in Haiti will surge and spread to other countries unless more funds are found to battle the epidemic.
  • ASIA: US Pacific Fleet commander ADM Harris said that North Korea remains Washington’s “number one security concern” in Asia.
  • EUROPE: Two people were killed in Ukraine in clashes between protesters and police in Kiev as violence continued to escalate.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordanian border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle large amounts of weapons, explosives and drugs into the country from Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike said it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Geneva II peace conference opens as positions harden.
    • US Secretary Kerry said there was “no way possible” President Assad could remain in power.
    • The head of the Syrian National Coalition said any discussion of President Assad’s continued hold on power would effectively end the talks
    • FM Walid al-Moallem accused the country’s opposition of being traitors and agents of Israel and says neighboring countries sent arms and fighters to the civil war.
    • French FM Fabius said the international peace conference is about finding a transition government for the country, not about making “unfounded accusations” about terrorism.
    • Iran’s President Rouhani cast doubts on the chances of success in Syrian peace talks.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The government set presidential elections for 17APR with the election campaign lasting from 23MAR to 13APR. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Ethiopian troops in the country formally joined the UN-backed AU force amid efforts to boost operations against Shebab rebels. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: East African nations approved a 5,500-strong military force for the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: The UN warned that cholera deaths in the country will surge and spread to other countries unless more funds are found to battle the epidemic. (AFP)
  • Panama: The Panama Canal Authority said that it has presented a “proposal that could be a long-term solution” to the canal expansion conflict. (EFE)
  • United States: A federal judge in Texas rejected a request for a stay of execution for a Mexican man convicted of murder, despite protests from the US and Mexican governments. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US Pacific Fleet commander ADM Harris said that North Korea remains Washington’s “number one security concern” in Asia. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Senior government officials reported that the Pentagon proposed to President Obama that 10,000 US troops remain in the country when the international combat mission there ends after this year, or none at all. (NYT)
  • Australia: HRW said that the country has damaged its human rights record by persistently undercutting refugee protections. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least seven people were killed in a bomb attack on a police van taking officers to guard polio vaccination teams near Peshawar. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A leader of a pro-government faction was shot and wounded outside his home. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: The country said it had repelled a cross-border raid by Armenian forces on the Nagorny Karabakh region. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The government reassigned 100 prosecutors and judges as parliament began a debate on controversial legislation to rein in the judiciary. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Two people were killed in clashes between protesters and police in Kiev as violence continued to escalate. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The country’s oil exports declined in 2013 compared with the previous year despite the efforts to dramatically boost sales and production. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle large amounts of weapons, explosives and drugs into the country from Syria. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Rival insurgent groups clashed in Tripoli, leaving two government soldiers injured. (DPA)
  • Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinians believed to be militants were killed in an Israeli strike on northern Gaza. (AFP)
  • Syria: The justice ministry dismissed a report alleging mass torture and killing by the country’s regime as “politicized”. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike said it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
  • 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 (23JAN)

  • Cambodia and Laos: Cambodia-Lao Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation
  • Taiwan: President Ma to visit Africa and Central America (to 28JAN)

 

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