ONS: 28 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian government announced it is investigating ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure for “high treason.”
  • AMERICAS: Guatemalan officials reported a man suspected of links to Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel was arrested in Santa Luisa.
  • ASIA: China’s top legislative committee formally abolished “re-education through labor” camps and loosened the one-child policy.
  • EUROPE: Three Russian police officers died when a car bomb exploded near a police station in the city of Pyatigorsk, located in the North Caucasus region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi officials said troops arrested a Sunni lawmaker sought on terrorism charges, killing his brother and five guards in an altercation.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US judge ruled the NSA’s widespread collection of telephone data is lawful, in a case brought by the ACLU.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: Government calls for cease-fire at Nairobi summit of African leaders.
    • The army denied receiving orders to end fighting with rebels loyal to former VP Machar.
    • Sudan began evacuating its citizens from Unity State, the oil-rich border region that has seen heavy fighting.
    • A 74-person contingent arrived from the DRC as part of reinforcements to the UN peacekeeping mission in the country.
    • Coverage: ABC, Xinhua, AFP, AFP-1

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Three people died when security forces firing water cannon and tear gas clashed with pro-Morsi supporters. (AP)
  • Libya: Demonstrators in Tripoli protested against the General National Congress extending its mandate until the end of 2014. (AFP)
  • Libya: Four US military personnel were detained by the government and released shortly afterwards; circumstances were still unclear. (AFP)
  • Mali: The government announced it is investigating ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure for “high treason.” (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Officials said floods and mudslides killed 41 and forced 70,000 to leave their homes in two southeastern states. (WaPo)
  • Guatemala: Officials reported a man suspected of links to Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel was arrested in Santa Luisa. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: Opposition leader Sam Rainsy called for a negotiation with PM Hun’s ruling party over political disputes. (Xinhua)
  • China: The country’s top legislative committee formally abolished “re-education through labor” camps and loosened the one-child policy. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed a health officer supervising an anti-polio vaccination campaign in a hospital near Peshawar. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A gunman killed a demonstrator and injured others participating in an opposition rally against PM Yingluck. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: Three police officers died when a car bomb exploded near a police station in the city of Pyatigorsk, located in the North Caucasus region. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Riot police blasted protestors demonstrating against PM Erdogan in Istanbul with water cannons and plastic bullets. (BBC)
  • UK: Officials promised to fight against a European Commission effort to integrate the Charter of Fundamental Rights into the country’s justice system. (Telegraph)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Officials said troops arrested a Sunni lawmaker sought on terrorism charges, killing his brother and five guards in an altercation. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The country’s security council will meet to discuss the bombing in Beirut that killed a former minister and five others. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Government officials reported tribesmen blew up a major oil pipeline operated by foreign companies in the town of Shahr. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Surveillance: A US judge ruled the NSA’s widespread collection of telephone data is lawful, in a case brought by the ACLU. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
    • Spewed ash 8 km into the air
  • 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 (29DEC)

  • Botswana: Anniversary of independence – 1965
  • Guatemala: End of civil war – 1996
  • Ireland: Constitution Day
  • Mongolia: Independence Day – 2011

 

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