ONS: 23 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunmen in Egypt riding motorcycles killed five policemen in an attack on a checkpoint south of Cairo.
  • AMERICAS: A senior US trade official said the next round of ministerial talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact is “likely” to be held in February.
  • ASIA: The Chinese military released images of tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US.
  • EUROPE: Greece boosted security amid rising fears of possible terrorist attacks on a high-level target during an EU meeting in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri called for an end to clashes between al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from representatives from Target and federal agencies during a hearing on 04FEB on data security.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Tensions escalate as protest movement gives ultimatum.
    • The opposition warned President Yanukovych that he has one final chance to offer concessions before protesters will “go on the attack”.
    • Russian President Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia will not intervene in the anti-government protests in Ukraine.
    • Opposition leader and world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko urged protesters to observe an eight-hour truce ahead of talks with President Yanukovych.
    • Mikhail Gorbachev appealed to Russian President Putin and US President Obama to broker peace talks in the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2. AFP-3, AP, CNN

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: UN envoys urged African countries to reinforce the military mission to the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Gunmen riding motorcycles killed five policemen in an attack on a checkpoint south of Cairo. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: HRW condemned what it says is a “disturbing silence” in the country over the murder of an anti-corruption activist six months ago. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A senior US trade official said the next round of ministerial talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact is “likely” to be held in February. (WSJ)
  • Region: Chilean President Pinera said his country would abide by any verdict by the ICJ on a maritime dispute with Peru. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: President Nieto denied that his government allowed the expansion of self-defense groups in Michoacan. (AP)
  • Mexico: Legislators in 18 of 32 states approved constitutional changes that will loosen congressional term limits and create a mechanism for annuling election results. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesia moved warships closer to the border with Australia and put aircraft on stand-by to thwart possible incursions by Australian ships towing back asylum seekers. (DPA)
  • Afghanistan: Gun battles between Taliban militants and police left six insurgents dead and nine injured in Saripul and Faryab provinces. (Xinhua)
  • China: The military released images of tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea said it was scrutinizing North Korea’s military activities following a series of publicized army visits by DPRK leader Kim Jong-Un. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Thousands demonstrated in cities across the country against the killing of 24 Shiite Muslim pilgrims in a bomb attack. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: FM Fabius met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to discuss bilateral ties. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: The country boosted security amid rising fears of possible terrorist attacks on a high-level target during an EU meeting in the country. (DPA)
  • Russia: The Supreme Court ruled to grant immediate release to the jailed business partner of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US said that the country’s absence from Syria peace talks would have no impact on the nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Iraq: US President Obama discussed the need to integrate Sunni tribal leaders and troops into the Iraqi army with Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi. (AP)
  • Syria: Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri called for an end to clashes between al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria. (AFP)
  • Syria: Iranian President Rouhani said that free and fair elections would be the best way of ending the country’s civil war. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from representatives from Target and federal agencies during a hearing on 04FEB on data security. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • 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 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 (24JAN)

  • Vatican City: French President Hollande to visit Pope Francis

 

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