ONS: 31 December 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 31, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A priest captured in Cameroon in a kidnapping claimed by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram was released, French President Hollande announced.
  • AMERICAS: In the US state of N. Dakota, a train carrying crude oil collided with another train, setting off a series of explosions and prompting hundreds of evacuations.
  • ASIA: A Burmese government spokesman announced there were “no more political prisoners” as the President fulfilled his amnesty pledge.
  • EUROPE: Another Turkish ruling party MP announced his resignation amid a high-level bribery and corruption probe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A suicide car bomber attacked the security headquarters in the Yemeni city of Aden, killing at least three soldiers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Pew Research Center found 73 percent of Americans over the age of 18 on the Internet use at least one social network.

 

TOP STORY:

  • Russia increases security in the wake of two deadly terrorist attacks.
    • Police detained dozens of people as the combined death toll rose to 34.
    • The country’s Foreign Ministry said Islamist “bandits” were behind the bombings.
    • Putin vowed to step up security measures across the country and pay special attention to fighting terrorism and drug trafficking.
    • The US called for closer security cooperation with the country ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
    • Sources: CNN, DPA, Itar-Tass, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A priest captured in Cameroon in a kidnapping claimed by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram was released, French President Hollande announced. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: Christian militiamen attacked an army base in the capital Bangui, as soldiers struggled to contain sectarian violence. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The death toll from clashes between the army and supporters of former Presidential candidate Mukungubila rose to 100. (WSJ)
  • Sudan, South: Rebels battled government troops for control of the town of Bor, dashing the hopes of a looming ceasefire deadline. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • El Salvador: Approximately 2,000 people were evacuated in the eastern part of the country following the eruption of the Chaparrastique volcano. (AFP)
  • US: In North Dakota a train carrying crude oil collided with another train, setting off a series of explosions and prompting hundreds of evacuations. (Reuters)
  • US: The FAA announced six states that will host sites for testing commercial use of drones. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Wikileaks Party said it had no knowledge of and did not approve of a delegation to Syria, which met President Assad and included party members. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: A state court ordered the arrest of owners and four others over the 2012 garment factory fire that killed 111 workers. (AFP)
  • Burma: A government spokesman announced there were “no more political prisoners” as the President fulfilled his amnesty pledge. (AFP)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra urged a “peaceful solution” to end the country’s political crisis. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Slovakia: The country received three additional Guantanamo detainees that were recently released by the US. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Another ruling party MP announced his resignation amid a high-level bribery and corruption probe. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A government official said the country’s political crisis has cost the economy USD100 billion. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Clashes between security forces and gunmen killed four more people in Ramadi following the closure of an anti-government protest site. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Jewish extremists set on fire three cars belonging to Arabs in the West Bank as part of a protest at the country’s release of 26 Palestinian prisoners. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A suicide car bomber attacked the security headquarters in the southern city of Aden, killing at least three soldiers. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Networking: The Pew Research Center found 73 percent of Americans over the age of 18 on the Internet use at least one social network.(AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06S (Bejisa)
    • Location: 446 NM N-NW OF St Denis, La Reunion
    • Movement: SW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 127 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Christine)
    • Location: 97 NM W-SW of Port Hedland, Australia
    • Movement: SW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 82 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • Shooting lava and gas causes 19,000 to flee their homes. (BBC)
    • Chaparrastique, El Salvador
    • Erupting, causing thousands to leave their homes. (BBC)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 27DEC: 170 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 27DEC: 72 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01JAN)

  • Global: New Year’s Day
  • Global: 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD)
  • Asia – Region: Myanmar to take the ASEAN chair for 2014
  • Europe – Region: Restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian working rights across the EU are lifted.
  • Europe – Region: Bulgaria will take over a six-month presidency of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.
  • Cameroon: Independence Day – 1960
  • Cuba: Anniversary of Cuban Revolution – 1959
  • Haiti: Independence Day – 1804
  • Iran: Tehran University of Medical Sciences and the organizing committee announced that the Congress will be held on behalf of the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) in Tehran.
  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: US Vice President John Kerry will travel to Jerusalem to meet with PM Netanyahu and to Ramallah to meet with President Abbas.
  • Nigeria: Centenary of the amalgamation of southern and northern Nigeria – 1914
  • Pakistan and India: Pakistan and India will exchange lists of prisoners lodged in each other’s jails.
  • Russia: Presidency of the G8 will begin.
  • Slovakia: Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic – 1993
  • Sudan: National Day – 1956
  • Switzerland: Switzerland takes over as head of OSCE.

 

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