ONS: 24 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Moyamba village chief Amadu Kargbo became the first person to be jailed under laws in Sierra Leone aimed at preventing the spread of the Ebola virus.
  • AMERICAS:  Honduran forces seized 2,852 wooden sticks stuffed with cocaine paste.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Abe was re-elected for his third term due to popular support of “Abe-nomics.”
  • EUROPE: 300 soldiers were deployed throughout France to provide security during Christmas following acts of violence by Islamist extremists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: IS militants shot down a US-led coalition warplane and captured its Jordanian pilot over northern Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Some major North Korean websites remained blocked amid growing speculation over cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang.

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Peace talks with rebel forces to resume amid Russian anger as Kiev moves closer to joining NATO.
    • Dropping its non-aligned status, the parliament took a historic step toward NATO that stoked Russia’s anger ahead of talks on ending the separatist war.
    • Moscow said that Kiev’s decision to give up its neutral status is the result of pressure from the Atlantic bloc, which wanted to turn Ukraine into a “front line of confrontation.”
    • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Ukraine’s renunciation of its neutral military and political status a “counterproductive” step that would only boost tensions around the crisis in the east.
    • Despite Russia’s anger at Kiev’s decision, fragile peace talks aimed at ending the separatist war between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels are due to resume on Wednesday.
    • Ukrainian and rebel envoys prepared for intense talks aimed at ending a pro-Russian uprising that has left the ex-Soviet republic in ruins and upset East-West ties.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, Guardian, Reuters,

AFRICA

  • Central Africa: At least 18 people have been killed and dozens injured in a fresh wave of inter-ethnic conflict around the southwestern towns of Gamboula and Nola. (AFP)
  • Libya: Unidentified armed men killed Christian Egyptian doctor Magdi Sobhi Toufik and his wife in their house at the Jarf health center in Sirte. (AFP)
  • Libya: Rival factions in Libya have agreed “in principle” to hold a new round of peace talks aimed at ending the escalating political crisis early in the new year. (REU)
  • Sierra Leone: Moyamba village chief Amadu Kargbo became the first person to be jailed under laws aimed at preventing the spread of the Ebola virus. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Moncef Marzouki told thousands at his campaign headquarters that he will create a movement to secure the country’s future from authoritarianism. (NYT)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The army launched a search operation for a soldier kidnapped during an ambush by FARC rebels last week in which five of his colleagues were killed. (REU)
  • Honduras: Security forces seized 2,852 wooden sticks stuffed with cocaine paste in the Caribbean port of Puerto Cortes. (REU)
  • Mexico: The army and federal police announced plans to assume control of the western state of Michoacan, replacing recently legalized rural police forces. (AP)
  • Peru: Mashco-Piro Indians armed with bows and arrows arrived in Monte Salvador searching for food and metal objects. (BBC)
  • United States: An 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police at a gas station late on Tuesday near where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed in August. (REU)

ASIA

  • Regional: Indian and Pakistani forces fired on each other’s posts along the international border in the disputed Kashmir region. (XIN)
  • Burma: Peace negotiators and ethnic armed groups set Jan. 15-16, 2015 as the date for holding the 7th round of formal peace talks to finalize the nationwide draft ceasefire accord. (XIN)
  • China: The country’s environmental regulators nearly doubled the number of cases they referred to police involving suspected polluters. (NYT)
  • India: At least 56 people including children died in a series of attacks in Assam. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Abe was re-elected for his third term due to popular support of “Abe-nomics.” (WSJ)

EUROPE

  • France: 300 soldiers were deployed throughout the country to provide security during Christmas following acts of violence by Islamist extremists. (TEL)
  • Germany: President Gauck called on the nation to remain committed to an open society in the face of the global refugee crises. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The country’s crackdown on opposition media caused its EU bid a heavy setback. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Former Marine Amir Hekmati suspended his hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison after prison officials agreed to revisit his case. (NYT)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber killed at least 21 anti-IS Sunni fighters as they gathered to receive their salaries in the Madian area south of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Syria: IS militants shot down a US-led coalition warplane and captured its Jordanian pilot over northern Syria. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-warfare: Some major North Korean websites remained blocked amid growing speculation over cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang. (Yonhap)

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 (25DEC)

  • Christianity: Christmas Day
  • Iran: Military to conduct extensive military exercises in the country’s southern waters (to 30DEC)

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