ONS: 30 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 30, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In DR Congo, reporters from state television RTNC were taken hostage in Kinshasa by armed youths.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian Deputy Energy Minister Cabrales said that three oil wells will be drilled in 2014 to explore hydrocarbons.
  • ASIA: Chinese police in Xinjiang shot dead eight people during a “terrorist attack.”
  • EUROPE: European Council President Van Rompuy forecast an economic upswing for the region in 2014.
  • MIDDLE EAST: French President Hollande and King Abdullah held talks on escalating tensions in the region.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Der Spiegel reported that the NSA, in conjunction with the CIA and FBI, has begun intercepting laptops purchased online in order to install spyware and hardware on the machines.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Second bomb attack hits Volgograd.
    • At least 14 people were killed and 28 injured by a suspected suicide bomb attack on a crowded trolley bus.
    • The spokesman for Russia’s main investigative agency said the explosion involved a bomb similar to the one used in Sunday’s bombing.
    • No group has claimed responsibility for either of the attacks.
    • President Putin called urgent meetings with his chief of the Federal Security Service and the Minister for the Interior.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, CNN, LaT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Reporters from state television RTNC were taken hostage in Kinshasa by armed youths. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Officers of the National Security Service arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for Al-Jazeera on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming “domestic security.” (AFP)
  • Libya: Security officials reported that attacks in Benghazi killed a senior police officer and wounded his guard and another officer. (AP)
  • Madagascar: The candidate supported by strongman Andry Rajoelina held the lead in the presidential run-off with 53 percent of the vote after more than 96 percent of the voting stations had been tallied. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: UN peacekeepers said they were concerned over claims 25,000 armed youths from the Nuer tribe were readying to attack Bor. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Deputy Energy Minister Cabrales said that three oil wells will be drilled in 2014 to explore hydrocarbons. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: A councilman belonging to the leftist PDA party in Sucre was gunned down at his house. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: Six alleged Colombian guerrillas surrendered to police in a town bordering Colombia. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China said that its leaders will not meet Japanese PM Shinzo Abe after his visit to the Yasukuni shrine. (Reuters)
  • China: Police in Xinjiang shot dead eight people during a “terrorist attack.” (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: South Korea reported that the country is purging officials who had been close to Jang Song-Thaek. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Police found explosives on a road close to the home of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf two days before he will appear before a treason tribunal. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Russian Federation and Kazakhstan established a regional Common Air Defense System. (Itar-Tass)
  • Region: European Council President Van Rompuy forecast an economic upswing for the region in 2014. (AFP)
  • Greece: Gunshots were fired at the German ambassador’s residence in Athens. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country resumed technical talks with world powers in Geneva. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Clashes broke out in the Ramadi area and mosques called for “jihad” as security forces sought to dismantle the country’s main anti-government protest site. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: French President Hollande and King Abdullah held talks on escalating tensions in the region. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Five soldiers and three militants were killed during an attack on an army position in the south of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Der Spiegel reported that the NSA, in conjunction with the CIA and FBI, has begun intercepting laptops purchased online in order to install spyware and hardware on the machines. (Forbes)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Christine)
    • Location: 43 NM NNW of Port Hedland, Australia
    • Movement: SSW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Cyclone 06S (Bejisa)
    • Location: 620 NM NNW of La Reunion
    • Movement: S at 6 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Chaparrastique Volcano, San Salvador, El Salvador
    • Ash plumes, widespread evacuation. (AFP)
  • 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 (31DEC)

  • Global: New Year’s Eve
  • Israel and Syria: UNSC mandate in Golan Heights ends

 

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