ONS – 25 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kidnappers seized four Egyptian embassy staff in Libya one day after its diplomat was abducted, the Foreign Ministry said.
  • AMERICAS: Haitian opposition parties launched talks with President Martelly and parliament in an effort to find a solution to a months-long political crisis.
  • ASIA: In the Philippines, as part of a key agreement with Manila, Muslim rebels agreed to decommission their forces.
  • EUROPE: Approximately 6,000 people gathered in the Austrian capital of Vienna to protest against the annual ball hosted by the country’s right-wing party, police said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian warring sides met briefly together in the same room for the first time since peace talks started in Geneva.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google Inc’s e-mail server Gmail suffered a temporary outage across the globe.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Clashes continue to intensify in the capital Kiev.
    • The Interior Ministry accused protesters of capturing two of its officers as violent clashes resumed.
    • Opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the West needs to send mediators to the country or it risks allowing the political crisis to spread out of control.
    • The EU urged concrete steps to halt “a spiral of violence and intimidation” and restore peace in the country.
    • Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko said efforts to solve the crisis peacefully and without using force remain futile.
    • Sources: AP, DPA, AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: UN humanitarian agencies suspended their assistance for 34 camps of internally displaced persons due to inadequate donations. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: An al-Qaeda-inspired group claimed responsibility for four recent bombings that targeted police in Cairo. (AFP)
  • Libya: Kidnappers seized four Egyptian embassy staff one day after its diplomat was abducted, the Foreign Ministry said. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Shebab insurgents called for renewed attacks against foreign forces after Ethiopia joined the AU force battling the extremists. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: President-elect Bachelet appointed 23 ministers. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: The country reaffirmed that it will not return to the Organization of American States, from which it was expelled in 1962. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: Opposition parties launched talks with President Martelly and parliament in an effort to find a solution to a months-long political crisis. (AFP)
  • United States: The DOD will now require reporters and NGO observers to view proceedings of hearings only by video link from Washington. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • China: Six people were shot and six others died in explosions in Xinjian as police fought back against a group of terrorist suspects’ attacks while making arrests following two explosions in the Aksu region. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: As part of a key agreement with Manila, Muslim rebels agreed to decommission their forces. (DPA)
  • Sri Lanka: Security authorities said they are still searching for 30,000 army deserters nearly five years after ended a decades-long separatist war. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The country’s ruling party questioned the reasoning behind a court decision saying a general election set for 02FEB could be postponed. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Austria: Approximately 6,000 people gathered in the center of Vienna to protest against the annual ball hosted by the country’s right-wing party, police said. (AFP)
  • Russia: As many as 10 people drowned after a border patrol vessel capsized off the coast of Kunashir, a Russian-controlled island north of Japan. (DPA)
  • Serbia: Deputy Premier Aleksandar Vucic announced the country will hold early elections in a bid to accelerate reform. (DPA)
  • UK: A senior police chief said anyone returning from Syria will be stopped at the border and faces arrest. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: 14 people were killed in shellings west and north of Baghdad as militants bombed a key bridge linking the capital to the north. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Four rockets fired from Syrian territory hit the east Bekaa city of Hermel, state-run media said. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Warring sides met briefly together in the same room for the first time since peace talks started in Geneva. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google Inc’s e-mail server Gmail suffered a temporary outage across the globe. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Adipala, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 89.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes:  Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Daily eruptions continue to force evacuations. (UPI)
  • 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 (26JAN)

  • Australia: Australia Day
  • Egypt: Anniversary of internet shut down – 2011
  • India: Republic Day

 

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