ONS: 26 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, security officials said a bomb exploded in a bus in Cairo, wounding five.
  • AMERICAS: Officials reported 18 people thought to be Haitian migrants died when their sailboat capsized near the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, drawing sharp criticism from neighbors China and South Korea.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan replaced almost half of his cabinet in a spreading graft scandal; three of his top ministers have already resigned.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Israeli official announced plans for more construction in Jewish settlements when it frees two dozen Palestinian prisoners next week.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple was fined USD663,332 by the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission for interfering with iPhone prices.

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: President Kiir spoke against ethnically motivated killings in a Christmas address.
    • Kenyan President Kenyatta and Ethiopian PM Desalegn arrived in Juba for talks with President Kiir.
    • UNSG Ban Ban Ki-moon urged President Kiir and his rival, former VP Riek Machar, to negotiate a peace deal.
    • Crude oil prices went up in Asian trade markets as violence escalated in the oil-producing African country.
    • Coverage:NYT, AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: A civil society organization said at least 40 civilians were killed in an attack on the town of Kamango. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Security officials said a bomb exploded in a bus in Cairo, wounding five. (AP)
  • Libya: A police officer was shot and killed and another wounded in attacks in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Madagascar: The favorite of strongman Andry Rajoelina was ahead in run-off presidential polls, with two-thirds of ballots. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Officials reported 18 people thought to be Haitian migrants died when their sailboat capsized near the Turks and Caicos Islands. (AP)
  • Colombia: The ICRC said smaller members of the National Liberation Army freed a man held captive since 30OCT, outside the town of Arauquita.(EFE)
  • Mexico: The bodies of the police chief and deputy police chief of Tarimbaro, a city in the state of Michoacan, were found near a bar in the community of Uruetaro. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Police said Indian troops shot and killed a militant commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in Indian-controlled Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: The Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) on asked all its members to temporarily stop work in protest over safety conditions. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: PM Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, drawing sharp criticism from neighbors China and South Korea. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Medical staff said a police officer was shot dead in Bangkok amid clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The coastguard rescued over 90 migrants sailing off the south of the country as their boat was fighting bad weather. (AFP)
  • ‘Russia: Greenpeace said the government dropped all but one of the cases against 30 of its members involved in a protest against oil drilling. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan replaced almost half of his cabinet in a spreading graft scandal; three of his top ministers have already resigned. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Media reported that lawmakers presented a bill requiring enrichment of uranium to 60 percent if new sanctions are imposed on the country. (AFP)
  • Israel: An official announced plans for more construction in Jewish settlements when it frees two dozen Palestinian prisoners next week. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists said government forces and rebels near Damascus reached a truce agreement, allowing aid to reach trapped civilians. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Apple was fined USD663,332 by the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission for interfering with iPhone prices. (PCWorld)

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 (27DEC)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of Soviet Union invasion – 1979
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto’s death – 2007
  • Ukraine: Trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to begin

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