ONS: 31 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 31, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the Central African Republic, residents of a town north of Bangui reported that Seleka fighters are preparing to launch a major offensive against the capital.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican government started registering vigilantes in Michoacan to classify them as official rural defense groups.
  • ASIA: Japan reported that China is considering declaring a new Air Defense Identification Zone over the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: British PM Cameron is to meet with French President Hollande for talks focused on increased cooperation on defense and differences over EU reforms.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Russian diplomat reported that nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will be held in New York on 18FEB.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Yahoo reported that an unspecified number of Yahoo Mail users had their usernames and passwords compromised via a third party database.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: US to meet with opposition leaders.
    • US Secretary Kerry will meet with opposition leaders on the sidelines of a top security conference in Munich.
    • The Army called on President Yanukovych to take “urgent steps” to ease the political crisis in the country.
    • Opposition activist Dmytro Bulatov, who went missing last week, says he was kidnapped and tortured.
    • The UN’s human rights office called on the government to launch an independent probe of deaths, kidnappings and torture amid the political unrest.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Residents of a town north of Bangui reported that Seleka fighters are preparing to launch a major offensive against the capital. (DPA)
  • Egypt: Al-Qaeda-inspired militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the assassination of a senior police officer in Cairo and a pipeline explosion. (AP)
  • Sudan, South: Diplomats warned that ceasefire monitors must deploy immediately or risk an escalation in clashes. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The Australian government will provide USD2.64 million in emergency assistance for communities affected by the unrest in the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: FM Figueiredo said his meeting with with US NSA Rice failed to resolve the issue of alleged US spying on the country. (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: PM Lamothe appealed for his country’s admission into the AU. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The government started registering vigilantes in Michoacan to classify them as official rural defense groups. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The opposition party governing Mexico City said it would propose raising the amount of marijuana residents of the capital can possess to seven times the current limit. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan reported that China is considering declaring a new Air Defense Identification Zone over the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Region: Japan and Russia held talks to discuss territorial issues and bilateral economic cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The presidential election campaign is set to begin on 02FEB, with 11 candidates set to compete. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The governor of the country’s central bank resigned on the eve of an IMF review into a USD6.7 billion bailout loan. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military reported that three child soldiers recruited by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) rebels were among 53 people killed in a week of clashes. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM Cameron is to meet with French President Hollande for talks focused on increased cooperation on defense and differences over EU reforms. (AFP)
  • Germany: UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged the country to make more international commitments during a meeting with Chancellor Merkel. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Economy Minister Ulyukayev said that the country had survived the worst of its sharp growth slowdown and was on the path toward cautious expansion. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A Russian diplomat reported that nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will be held in New York on 18FEB. (Reuters)
  • Israel: US envoy Indyk said three-quarters of Jewish settlers in the West Bank would be included in redrawn Israeli borders envisioned under US-backed peace negotiations. (WP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli fighter jets carried out three successive airstrikes on eastern, northern and western Gaza city in response to rockets fired on Israel. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Yahoo reported that an unspecified number of Yahoo Mail users had their usernames and passwords compromised via a third party database. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 02W (Kajiki)
    • Location: 535 NM SE of manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 18 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 11P (Dylan)
    • Location: 290 NM SSE of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: SSW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 46 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 (01FEB)

  • Iran: Tehran would receive a first payment of USD550 million of the money, previously frozen under international embargoes
  • Nigeria: Nigeria Oil & Gas 2014 in Abuja
  • Russia: Anniversary of battle of Stalingrad (Volgograd) between Soviet forces and those of the Third Reich – 1943
  • Panama: The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and a multinational construction consortium in charge of canal expansion enter negotiation protocol for a long-term solution to their financial dispute
  • Yemen: Presidential election

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