ONS: 23 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 23, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Three prominent Egyptian demonstrators from the 2011 uprisings against Hosni Mubarak were sentenced to jail.
  • AMERICAS: The Uruguayan navy seized a boat carrying 1.4 tons of cocaine and arrested its six Colombian and three Nicaraguan crew members.
  • ASIA: Anti-government protestors in Thailand attempted to block political parties from registering for national elections on 02FEB.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Interior Minister Guler offered to resign over a massive corruption and bribery scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: National Security Advisor Rice said the US will seek triggers to re-impose sanctions on Iran should it try to make weapons.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple reached a deal to provide the iPhone to China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: Army ready to march on rebel-held town of Bor
    • American citizens were evacuated from Bor.
    • The UN plans to send peacekeeping reinforcements to towns in South Sudan.
    • Japan will supply ammunition to South Korean peacekeepers in the country via the UN.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, NYT, Kyodo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Three prominent demonstrators from the 2011 uprisings against Hosni Mubarak were sentenced to jail. (BBC)
  • Egypt: Ansar Jerusalem, an al Qaeda-like group in Sinai warned the country’s security forces to desert ranks or face death. (AP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan said he had ordered a probe into allegations of the creation of political hit squad leveled against him by former leader Olusegun Obasanjo. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Uruguayan navy seized a boat carrying 1.4 tons of cocaine and arrested its six Colombian and three Nicaraguan crew members. (EFE)
  • Jamaica: Three suspected gang members were shot by police in a security operation in a western parish. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he held a meeting with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: LT GEN Murad, head of the country’s ground forces, urged Kabul to sign a security agreement with the US. (UPI)
  • Bangladesh: The US expressed disappointment of an opposition boycott of parliamentary polls set for 05JAN. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A court in Karachi said it could not lift a travel ban on former President Musharraf. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Anti-government protestors attempted to block political parties from registering for national elections on 02FEB. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: A militant was killed in a shootout with the police in the Baksan district in Kabardino-Balkaria. (Interfax)
  • Turkey: Interior Minister Guler offered to resign over a massive corruption and bribery scandal. (AP)
  • Turkey: State-owned Halkbank denied any wrongdoing when conducting business with sanctions-hit Iran. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US National Security Advisor Rice said the US will seek triggers to re-impose sanctions on Tehran should it try to make weapons. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russia sent approximately 50 armored trucks and other vehicles to help transport the country’s chemical arms. (Reuters)
  • UA Emirates: Police seized approximately USD31 million in amphetamine-like Captagon pills, and arrested three persons in connection to the bust. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • China: Apple reached a deal to provide the iPhone to China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04S (Bruce)
    • Location: 921 NM SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: S at 15 kts
    • Winds: 45 kts
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03S (Amara)
    • Location: 631 NM ESE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: ESE at 3 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)
      • Global Number of Cases as of 22DEC: 166 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Global Number of Deaths as of 22DEC: 71 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE)
      • Sourcing: WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24DEC)

  • India and Russia: Anniversary of weapons deals – 2012
  • Libya: Independence Day – 1951
  • United States: Anniversary of Apollo’s Christmas Eve broadcast – 1968
  • Christianity: Christmas Eve

 

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