ONS: 25 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian police arrested Hisham Qandil, former Prime Minister under Mohamed Morsi.
  • AMERICAS: Uruguayan President Mujica signed a law to create a regulated, legal marijuana market.
  • ASIA: Kim Jong-un ordered North Korea’s military to boost combat readiness, saying that war could break out “without any prior notice”.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Economy Minister Caglayan resigned amid a widening corruption scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A car bomb explosion near a church in Baghdad killed at least 12 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Researchers discovered a Samsung Galaxy S4 security flaw that let malicious software track emails and record data communication.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: UN sends more peacekeepers amid worsening violence.
    • The UN now has approximately 12,500 troops in the country.
    • The UN denied reports of the discovery of a mass grave.
    • Artillery struck a UN camp staffed by South Korean soldiers.
    • The US deployed a small team of marines in Uganda to help with evacuations.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AFP, Reuters, Guardian, Yonhap

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Algeria is brokering a peace agreement, which will contain amnesty, between Mali and the Ansar Dine rebel movement. (Xinhua)
  • Central African Republic: Dozens of Muslims marched in Bangui to demand that France withdraw its troops. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Police arrested Hisham Qandil, former prime minister under Mohamed Morsi. (Al Jazeera)

 

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: The country’s Supreme Court rejected the center-left Libre party’s challenge of the 24NOV presidential election. (EFE)
  • United States: Authorities from Customs and Border Protection seized 128 pounds of cocaine at a port in Baltimore last week. (WP)
  • Uruguay: President Mujica signed a law to create a regulated, legal marijuana market. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two Taliban rockets were fired into the US Embassy compound in Kabul, though no one was injured. (AFP)
  • India: The government downgraded diplomatic immunity privileges for certain US consular officers and their families. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: Satellite photos show the production of fuel rods for the country’s recently restarted nuclear reactor. (UPI)
  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-un ordered the country’s military to boost combat readiness, saying that war could break out “without any prior notice.” (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian President Putin said that the Eurasian Economic Union, consisting of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and possibly Ukraine, is ready for a 2015 launch. (AFP)
  • Italy: Authorities began clearing a migrant center on Lampedusa, due to protests and concerns over sanitary conditions. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Economy Minister Caglayan resigned amid a widening corruption scandal. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A car bomb explosion near a church in Baghdad killed at least 12 people. (AFP)
  • Syria: A ten day air offensive by the Assad regime killed over 400 people near Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: UNSG Ban Ki-moon welcomed a political roadmap to form a new state in the country’s restive southern region. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Researchers discovered a Samsung Galaxy S4 security flaw that may let malicious software track emails and record data communication. (UPI)

 

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)
      • 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 (26DEC)

  • Global: Boxing Day
  • Indonesia: Anniversary of 9.1 undersea quake causing tsunami to hit Indonesia, killing 230,000 people – 2004
  • Russia: Anniversary of official dissolution of Soviet Union – 1991
  • Slovenia: Independence and Unity Day – 1991

 

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