ONS: 29 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Zimbabwe, the government dismissed the concerns of its ambassador to Australia who asked Canberra for asylum, fearing for her safety upon returning home.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican officials said five decapitated bodies were discovered in Michoacan state, in another case of drug-related violence.
  • ASIA: In India, police seized illicit drugs worth USD16 million in several separate operations in Delhi.
  • EUROPE:  In Russia, at least 18 died and dozens were injured when a suicide bomber reportedly blew herself up in a train station in Volgograd.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Lebanon of tougher retaliation after the two countries exchanged rocket fire throughout the day.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Industry officials expressed resistance to a surveillance review panel’s proposal that phone companies be required to collect metadata instead of the NSA.

 

TOP STORY

  • South Sudan: Tribal militia of 20,000 men known as the “White Army” marching on Bor.
    • UNSG Ban reiterated a call for perpetrators of violence to be brought to justice.
    • The UN expressed concern about the ‘wildcard’ White Army, fearing it would prevent a cease-fire.
    • Hundreds of South Sudanese fled across the border into neighboring Sudan to escape the fighting.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, BBC, AFP-1

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Local media reported at least four soldiers were wounded when a car bomb went off near the military intelligence headquarters in the Sharqiya governorate. (Xinhua)
  • Niger: Tens of thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated against President Mahamadou Issoufou for failing to improve living standards. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: The government dismissed the concerns of its ambassador to Australia who asked Canberra for asylum, fearing for her safety upon returning home. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The government eased restrictions on loans to private borrowers in an attempt to strengthen the country’s troubled economy. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Officials said five decapitated bodies were discovered in Michoacan state, in another case of drug-related violence. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea cancelled a series of planned defense meetings and military exchange programs with Japan after PM Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni shrine. (Kyodo)
  • Bangladesh: Police killed one after firing water cannon and tear gas at protesters in a banned mass march against next month’s general election. (AFP)
  • India: Police seized illicit drugs worth USD16 million in several separate operations in Delhi. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf called treason charges against him a “vendetta” and said the country’s army would support him. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: At least 18 died and dozens were injured when a suicide bomber reportedly blew herself up in a train station in Volgograd. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The opposition planned a mass rally amid increasing anger over the brutal beating of a pro-European investigative reporter. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The government freed opposition Shiite leader Ali Salman after a day-long arrest, but banned him from traveling. (AFP)
  • Iran: Tehran said it would consider opening the European Union embassy if the EU submits a formal request. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Lebanon of tougher retaliation after the two countries exchanged rocket fire throughout the day. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported regime air strikes in Aleppo killed at least 517 people since 15DEC, of which 151 children. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Data collection: Industry officials expressed resistance to a surveillance review panel’s proposal that phone companies be required to collect metadata instead of the NSA. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone 05S (Christine)
      • 232 miles NNE of Port Hedland, Australia
      • Winds: 63 mph
      • Movement: SW at 7 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Cyclone 06S (Six)
      • 788 miles NNW of La Reunion
      • Winds: 40 mph
      • Movement: SE at 5 mph
      • Map
  • 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 (30DEC)

  • Iraq: Anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s hanging – 2006
  • Philippines: Rizal Day

 

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