ONS: 24 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, three bombs hours apart hit Cairo police headquarters and a police vehicle, killing at least five.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s highway patrol seized 1,234 kilos of cocaine in the northern province of Cordoba.
  • ASIA: Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled that a 02FEB election opposed by anti-government protesters can legally be delayed.
  • EUROPE: A small explosive device went off outside a French church in central Rome ahead of French President Hollande’s visit to Italy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UNHCR said more than 65,000 people have fled fighting in the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi during the past week.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A cyberattack attributed to the Syrian Electronic Army gained access to CNN’s twitter feed and website.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Protests expand as tenuous truce holds.
    • Protesters rejected the compromise reached between its leaders and President Yanukovich after five hours of talks.
    • Opposition leaders told the crowds that President Yanukovich had promised to ensure the release of dozens of protesters detained after clashes with police, and stop further detentions.
    • Protesters seized a government building in Kiev while also maintaining their siege of several governors’ offices in the country’s west.
    • President Yanukovych named reputed hardliner Andriy Klyuyev as his new chief of staff.
    • Police confirmed that two protesters who died in the latest clashes with security forces were killed by gunshot wounds but denied responsibility.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, LAT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Three bombs hours apart hit Cairo police headquarters and a police vehicle, killing at least five. (AFP)
  • Mali: A French counter-terrorism offensive in the Timbuktu region ended with 11 militants killed and a French soldier wounded. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: US President Obama called the country’s cease-fire deal a critical first step toward lasting peace. (AP)
  • Sudan, South: The UN World Food Program estimated that it may have lost more than 3,700 tonnes of food in looting in the country, enough to feed 220,000 people for a month. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Lawmakers will vote Saturday on adopting a new constitution. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A court suspended the contested ouster of Bogota Mayor Petro. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The country’s highway patrol seized 1,234 kilos of cocaine in the northern province of Cordoba. (EFE)
  • Panama: The Panama Canal Authority and a multinational construction consortium in charge of canal expansion agreed on a negotiation protocol. (Xinhua)
  • United States: President Obama disagreed with an independent watchdog group’s conclusion that the NSA’s phone records collection program is illegal. (WP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said the country would step up its “economic offensive”. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • China: The air force dispatched another patrol to monitor its controversial air defense zone in the East China Sea and issued warnings to foreign military jets in the zone. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s Defense Ministry responded to the DPRK’s “open letter” with skepticism and called for supporting evidence. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Police arrested four men and seized USD30 million worth of methamphetamine. (AP)
  • Philippines: The government said that it is on the lookout for assassins supposedly sent by the Mexican-based Sinaloa drug cartel to silence two Canadians who were arrested this month in a raid in Manila. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The Constitutional Court ruled that a 02FEB election opposed by anti-government protesters can legally be delayed. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Planned strikes by air traffic controllers in several European countries are expected to disrupt flights next week. (Xinhua)
  • France: The government summoned the Ukrainian ambassador to voice its “condemnation” of the government’s response to protests in Kiev. (AFP)
  • Italy: A small explosive device went off outside a French church in central Rome ahead of French President Hollande’s visit to the country. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The IAEA called on member states to help pay for an increased inspector workload in the country. (Reuters)
  • Iran: FM Zarif said a reduced sentence for two Americans jailed in the country may be possible. (CNN)
  • Iraq: The UNHCR said more than 65,000 people have fled fighting in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi during the past week. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Sources reported that rebel and regime representatives will not sit in the same room for the start of talks in Geneva. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A US drone struck a vehicle in the eastern province of Marib killing three al-Qaeda suspects. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A cyberattack attributed to the Syrian Electronic Army gained access to CNN’s twitter feed and website. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Ongoing eruptions, ash plumes (WSJ)
  • 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 (25JAN)

  • Austria: Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Egypt: National day noting the unseating of former President Mubarak – 2011

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