ONS: 24 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Islamist extremists kidnapped the wives and children of Nigerian soldiers following an attack on barracks in Bama.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuadorian President Correa said that the CIA’s role in action against the FARC represented a threat to regional peace.
  • ASIA: Pakistani officials delayed former President Musharraf’s trial after discovering explosives on the route to the proceedings.
  • EUROPE: Clashes erupted in Istanbul between anti-corruption protesters and security forces.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN backed Iran’s participation in the upcoming Syria peace conference in Switzerland.
  • TECHNOLOGY: NSA leaker Edward Snowden claimed success in forcing a reassment of US surveillance policies.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: Fighting spreads to half the country, according to UN.
    • Reports of “mass ethnic killings” have emerged.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon wants an additional 5,500 soldiers to reinforce present peacekeeping efforts.
    • South Korea said it is not considering sending additional peacekeepers, should the conflict escalate.
    • US Marines are set to enter South Sudan to assist with evacuations.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, CNN, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: An AU peacekeeper was killed in the remote town of Bossangoa. (AP)
  • DR Congo: The Army arrested Kakule Muhima, head of a militia accused of committing war crimes. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A car bomb outside of a police headquarters in Mansoura killed at least 14 people. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Islamist extremists kidnapped the wives and children of soldiers following an attack on barracks in Bama. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Ecuadorian President Correa said that the CIA’s role in action against the FARC represents a threat to regional peace. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Unidentified assailants set off explosives near a police helicopter as it landed in Antioquia department, injuring several people. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Gunmen killed a gender violence court official in Guatemala City. (EFE)
  • Haiti: Uruguay announced that it will keep peacekeepers in the country through 2014. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China and South Korea agreed to deepen “strategic cooperation” in response to instability in North Korea. (Yonhap)
  • Nepal: The country’s Maoists agreed to join the constituent assembly, ending a weeks-long impasse. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Officials delayed former President Musharraf’s trial after discovering explosives on the route to the proceedings. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: Half of the country’s lawmakers allegedly pay no taxes, a discovery which threatens billions in aid and loans from the IMF and other organizations. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia filed its first WTO complaint against the EU, citing violations of global free trade measures. (AFP)
  • Russia: Authorities in Tomsk detained a member of an international heroin smuggling ring. (Interfax)
  • Turkey: Clashes erupted in Istanbul between anti-corruption protesters and security forces. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych pardoned protesters that were arrested during recent pro-EU rallies in Kiev. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The commander of Lebanon’s army said that the military would respond in the event of an attack by Israel. (Xinhua)
  • Region: The UN backed Iran’s participation in the upcoming Syria peace conference in Switzerland. (AP)
  • Iraq: A roadside bomb hit the convoy of the country’s acting defense minister, wounding two guards. (AP)
  • Israel: Authorities released Palestinian hunger strike icon Samer Essawi after 17 months of detainment. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: NSA leaker Edward Snowden claimed success in forcing a reassment of surveillance policies in the US. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04S (Bruce)
    • Location: 1,333 NM SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SSE at 19 kts
    • Winds: 40 kts
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Canary Island of El Hierro
    • Seismic activity detected (AP)
  • 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 (25 DEC)

  • Pakistan: Birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah – 1876
  • Russia: Anniversary of former USSR leader Gorbachev resigning from office – 1991
  • Taiwan: Constitution Day
  • Christianity: Christmas Day

 

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