ONS: 27 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 27, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: State media journalist Robert Chamwami Shalubuto was assassinated in Goma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • AMERICAS: Three thousand people took to the streets of downtown Mexico City, three months after the disappearance and likely massacre of 43 students.
  • ASIA:  Japan proposed resuming talks with China in January aimed at setting up a “maritime liaison mechanism” hotline to avert unforeseen maritime incidents.
  • EUROPE: President Putin signed a new military doctrine naming NATO as Russia’s No. 1 threat, raising the possibility of a broader use of precision conventional weapons to deter foreign aggression.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Human rights advocates and nonprofit groups prepared to flee Egypt fearing a new authoritarian crackdown.
  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea accused the US of disrupting its internet infrastructure.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistani government and military cracked down on terrorism in response to the massacre that left 148 dead at a school; most of whom were students.
    • A judge issued an arrest warrant for a cleric at a radical mosque in Islamabad who has refused to condemn the massacre of children at an army-run school.
    • Security forces and a suspected US drone launched attacks on Waziristan insurgent compounds killing at least seven, including the mastermind of the school massacre.
    • Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of continuing operations in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border.
    • The army intensified its offensive after the massacre of 150 people in a school in Peshawar this month, which Pakistan described as its own “mini 9/11” and a game-changer in the fight against extremism.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-1, BBC, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: State media journalist Robert Chamwami Shalubuto was assassinated in Goma. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said in a press statement that Djiboutian Colonel Ali Aden Hamud is not their spokesman, dismissing his statements as “personal views.” (XIN)
  • Somalia: The UN Security Council strongly condemned an attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has caused numerous deaths including three AMISOM soldiers and a civilian contractor. (XIN)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC released soldier Carlos Becerra Ojeda to Red Cross representatives as a goodwill gesture to initiate stalled peace talks. (AP)
  • Mexico: Three thousand people took to the streets of downtown Mexico City, three months after the disappearance and likely massacre of 43 students.(AFP)
  • Mexico: A third priest, Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta was found slain with a gunshot wound to the head in the cartel-controlled southern Guerrero state. (WaPo)
  • Panama: The consortium expanding the Panama Canal is making fresh claims for cost overruns totaling $737 million. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan proposed resuming talks with China in January aimed at setting up a “maritime liaison mechanism” hotline to avert unforeseen maritime incidents. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A group of five security officers from the country’s Directorate of National Security were killed by a roadside bomb in Dand, Kandahar. (DPA)
  • Nepal: President Ram Baran Yadav has said that China’s pledge to undertake pragmatic cooperation in nine sectors with the country will greatly boost its economic development. (XIN)

EUROPE

  • Germany: FM Schaeuble warned a rising radical left in Greece that any new government must respect commitments made by its predecessor. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Putin signed a new military doctrine naming NATO as the nation’s No. 1 threat, raising the possibility of a broader use of precision conventional weapons to deter foreign aggression. (WaPo)
  • Ukraine: Ukraine: Prisoner exchanges continued between the country and pro-Russian rebels despite a halt in the Minsk peace talks. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Human rights advocates and nonprofit groups prepared to flee the country fearing a new authoritarian crackdown. (NYT)
  • Iran: The country unveiled ‘suicide droning’ tactics during its six-day combined military exercises in the Strait of Hormoz and the Gulf of Aden. (XIN)
  • Jordan: Relatives of the pilot captured by IS in Syria gathered to show support while others voiced waning resolve to continue the air campaign. (LAT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-warfare: North Korea accused the US of a cyber-attack after experiencing internet outages during a possible ongoing cyber war between the two countries. (REU)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04S (Kate)
    • Location: 237mi WSW of Cocos Island, Australia
    • Movement: WSW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 120 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 19,497 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 7,588 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 13NOV: 885,926 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haití, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Deaths as of 13NOV: 153 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 26DEC: 941 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey and the US)
      • Deaths as of 17DEC: 347 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28DEC)

  • Croatia: Presidential Elections

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