ONS: 30 December 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 30, 2014

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US launched an airstrike targeting an unidentified senior leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group in Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: An American Airlines flight heading from Bogota, Colombia, to Miami was diverted to Kingston, Jamaica, following a possible mechanical problem.
  • ASIA: Recently freed Mumbai bombing suspect Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi was rearrested in connection with a separate case.
  • EUROPE: A Russian court handed a 3.5-year suspended sentence to top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in his controversial fraud trial.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a funeral tent north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad that killed 16 people and wounded 34 others
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI is seeking technology experts — including those with experience in “ethical hacking” — to become cyber special agents.

 

TOP STORY

  • A recovery effort was launched as bodies and wreckage were recovered from the suspected crash site of AirAsia Flight QZ8501
    • The recovery effort for missing AirAsia jet appeared closer to a breakthrough as Indonesian officials said bodies and airplane debris had been found in the Java Sea near the island of Borneo.
    • Djoko Murjatmodjo, a senior official with Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry, confirmed that the debris was from Flight 8501, which was carrying 162 people when it disappeared.
    • Indonesian officials said search planes and a dive team were sent to the area where “unusual” objects were spotted – about 100 nautical miles southwest of Pangkalan Bun on Borneo.
    • Search and rescue chief Bambang Sulistyo said at a press conference that the Indonesian Air Force identified a shadow underwater that appears to be in the shape of a plane. If so, the wreckage may be in shallow enough waters that it can be reached by divers.
    • Coverage: LAT, NYT, WaPo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Cameroon military began airstrikes against Nigerian Islamic extremists to dislodge about 1,000 fighters who seized the Achigachia military base. (AP)
  • Gambia: Gunfire erupted in the capital city of Banjul overnight as soldiers blocked the bridge that provides access to the center of the seaside city. (REU)
  • Libya: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the airstrikes on targets in Misrata and urged all parties cease the violence. (XIN)
  • Somalia: A US airstrike was launched targeting an unidentified senior leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group in the vicinity of Saakow. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: An American Airlines flight heading from Bogota, Colombia, to Miami was diverted to Kingston, Jamaica, following a possible mechanical problem. (AP)
  • Brazil: Inmates at Maringa prison took seven prison staff hostage during the latest in a series of mutinies at penitentiaries. (AFP)
  • Colombia: An award worth USD 21M was issued for National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas that fired at three police officers outside the city of Hato Corozal. (XIN)
  • Mexico: State police officers were engaged in an intelligence operation when five suspects were killed by the officers after spotting and attacking them. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: A war crimes tribunal sentenced Islamist party leader Azharul Islam to death for atrocities during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. (REU)
  • Myanmar: A UN resolution urged the country to provide full citizenship to its community of 1.3M Rohingya Muslims who currently have no rights. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Recently freed Mumbai bombing suspect Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi was rearrested in connection with a separate case. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: Pres. Aliev approved amnesty for 87 prisoners, including some opposition activists and journalists. (AP)
  • Azerbaijan: The US State Dept. lambasted the country over its crackdown on the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. (AFP)
  • Greece: The government has collapsed under the weight of the country’s austerity program, and anti-bailout parties are leading the polls ahead of new elections. (WaPo)
  • Russia: Four citizens were sanctioned by the US for alleged human rights abuses against a lawyer and the kidnapping and torture of a Chechen activist. (REU)
  • Russia: A court handed a 3.5-year suspended sentence to top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in his controversial fraud trial. (AFP)
  • Scotland: A healthcare worker who just returned from fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was confirmed as Scotland’s first case of the disease. (LAT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli Defense Force soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teen who was hurling rocks at them near Jewish settlements in the West Bank. (NYT)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a funeral tent north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad that killed 16 people and wounded 34 others. (AP)
  • Syria: An IS propaganda magazine published an interview with captive Jordanian F-16 pilot in which he said that he expects to be killed. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: The FBI is seeking technology experts — including those with experience in “ethical hacking” — to become “cyber special agents.” (Chicago Tribune)

 

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Depression 23W (Jangmi)
      • Location: 250mi SSE of Manila, Philippines
      • Movement: WWN at 10 mph
      • Winds: 50 mph
      • Map
      • Tropical Cyclone 04S (Kate)
        • Location: 515mi WSW of Cocos Island, Australia
        • Movement: SSW at 10 mph
        • Winds: 135 mph
        • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 19,498 (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 (31DEC)

  • Global: International Criminal Tribunal should end its work and transfer its responsibilities to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
  • Global: New Year’s Eve
  • Afghanistan: End of NATO combat mission
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of military coupe – 1983

 

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