ONS: 30 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 30, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: AU leaders are to meet to discuss the conflicts in the Central African Republic and in South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: Panama’s governing party selected President Martinelli’s wife as its Vice Presidential nominee for the 04 MAY elections.
  • ASIA: A Bangladeshi court sentenced the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party and 13 others to death over a 2004 arms smuggling racket.
  • EUROPE: The US informed its NATO allies this month that Russia had tested a new ground-launched cruise missile, raising concerns about compliance with an arms control accord.
  • MIDDLE EAST: HRW reported that the Syrian government used controlled explosives and bulldozers to raze thousands of residential buildings as collective punishment.
  • TECHNOLOGY: CNN announced a partnership with Twitter and social analytics company Dataminr in producing a new tool called Dataminr For News.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Protests continue amid government concessions.
    • Protesters demanding the President’s resignation reinforced their positions at protest sites across the country despite a third major concession.
    • At a late parliament session, parliament passed an amnesty bill that would free some activists.
    • US congressional aides said the Obama administration is preparing financial sanctions that could be imposed on Ukrainian officials and protest leaders if violence escalates.
    • President Yanukovych office reported that he had contracted a severe form of flu and taken sick leave.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, Xinhua

 

 

AFRICA

  • Region: AU leaders are to meet to discuss the conflicts in the Central African Republic and in South Sudan. (DPA)
  • Algeria: The government agreed to provide planes to facilitate transportation of equipment and troops of the International Support Mission for Central African Republic (MISCA). (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Seven militants were killed in an army raid in north Sinai province. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: President Mohamud said he wanted the UNSC to extend a partial lifting of an arms embargo beyond its March expiry. (Reuters)
  • Togo: Police found more than two tonnes of ivory loaded in a container in the port of Lome. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Honduras is sending a 37-member military contingent to Haiti to take part in peacekeeping efforts. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: President Castro met briefly with OAS SG Insulza. (Xinhua)
  • Panama: The governing party selected President Martinelli’s wife as its Vice Presidential nominee for the 04 MAY elections. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The NGO Venezuelan Prisons Monitor reported that 506 inmates were killed and more than 600 wounded in 2013. (AFP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two policemen and two militants were killed in two separate suicide bombings in Nangarhar. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: A court sentenced the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party and 13 others to death over a 2004 arms smuggling racket. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: PM Razak appealed for unity and an end to “the politics of hate” amid rising racial and religious tensions in the country. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A bombing in Naseerabad killed one and wounded 12 others. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military said it is extending operations against the rebel Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the south of the country until 01FEB. (Xinhua)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: President Zeman swore in a new coalition government formed by the center-left Social Democrats, the centrist ANO movement, and the center-right Christian Democrats. (Xinhua)
  • Denmark: The leftist government collapsed when coalition partner the Socialist People’s Party quit. (AFP)
  • Italy: The coast guard said it rescued 176 immigrants on a small boat and arrested 15 crew on a nearby mothership on human smuggling charges. (AFP)
  • Russia: The US informed its NATO allies this month that Russia had tested a new ground-launched cruise missile, raising concerns about compliance with an arms control accord. (NYT)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Media reported that the country intends to invite Palestinian President Abbas to visit the country. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Militants stormed an office of the human rights ministry in northeast Baghdad and took a number of civil servants hostage. (AFP)
  • Syria: HRW reported that the government used controlled explosives and bulldozers to raze thousands of residential buildings as collective punishment. (AP)
  • Syria: US DNI Clapper said the country’s civil war serves as a “huge magnet” for terror groups. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: CNN announced a partnership with Twitter and social analytics company Dataminr in producing a new tool called Dataminr For News. (TechCrunch)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 11P (Eleven)
    • Location: 160 Nm ESE of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 51 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 27JAN: 180 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 27JAN: 77 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31JAN)

  • Asia: Lunar New Year
  • Germany: Munich Security Conference (to 02FEB)
  • United Kingdom: French President Francois Hollande will visit for talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on foreign policy and shared energy and defense projects

 

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