ONS: 27 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 27, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, one protester died when student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with others in Cairo.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian Defense Ministry said at least 10 guerrillas, including a senior FARC leader, were killed when a rebel camp in Meta province was bombed.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a car bomb next to a NATO military convoy in Kabul, killing three ISAF personnel.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian police arrested three suspects in connection with the severe beating of anti-government activist and journalist Tetyana Chornovol.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Lebanon, a car bomb exploded in Beirut, killing five, including an adviser to former PM Saad Hariri.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A report by Electronic Frontier Foundation and Citizen Lab says pro-Assad hackers in Syria are targeting military opponents with sophisticated malware and social engineering attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: The Ethiopian government said crisis talks were “constructive”.
    • The UN reported the first reinforcements to its peacekeeping mission in the country would arrive within 48 hours.
    • Aid organizations need a financing of USD166 million to save lives amid continuing violence, according to UN estimates.
    • Rebels said they took control of the key oil town of Malakal from government forces after three days of fighting.
    • Coverage: DPA, AP, Xinhua, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Media said three militants linked to al-Qaida were killed by army forces in the province of Constantine. (Xinhua)
  • CAR: A spokesman confirmed assailants attempted to attack the presidential palace but were thwarted. (AP)
  • DR Congo: The UN mission said it launched an attack on rebels in the province of North Kivu amid reports of 40 civilians killed this week. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: One protester died when student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with others in Cairo. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Defense Ministry announced at least 10 guerrillas, including a senior FARC leader, were killed when a rebel camp in Meta province was bombed. (EFE)
  • US: President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014, authorizing appropriations for Department of Defense programs. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Four members of the national militarized police were shot and killed in Caracas. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Army special operation forces killed eight Taliban militants in the province of Laghman. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban militant detonated a car bomb next to a NATO military convoy in Kabul, killing three ISAF personnel. (AP)
  • Japan: Media reported Okinawa’s governor approved the relocation of the US Futenma airbase. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The government rejected a call by the election commission to postpone elections scheduled for February, despite anti-government protests. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Montenegro: A bomb exploded outside the office of a newspaper critical of PM Djukanovic. (RFE/RL)
  • Turkey: The military said it would not be dragged into politics amid a deepening corruption scandal and a major reshuffling of cabinet by PM Erdogan. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Police arrested three suspects in connection with the severe beating of anti-government activist and journalist Tetyana Chornovol. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli airplanes bombed several parts of the Gaza Strip in retaliation for alleged rocket fire from Gaza on its territory. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: The country’s nuclear chief said a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment is already being built. (AP)
  • Lebanon: A car bomb exploded in Beirut, killing five, including an adviser to former PM Saad Hariri. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security: A report by Electronic Frontier Foundation and Citizen Lab says pro-Assad hackers in Syria are targeting military opponents with sophisticated malware and social engineering attacks. (Mashable)

 

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)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 27DEC: 163 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 27DEC: 70 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28DEC)

  • Algeria: Anniversary of popular protests against government – 2010
  • Tunisia: Anniversary of leader Ben Ali’s crackdown on protesters – 2010
  • Ukraine: Ukraine hopes to launch first communication satellite by this date

 

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