ONS: 01 February 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 2, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan`s opposition is threatening to resort to “guerrilla warfare” if peace talks in Ethiopia fail in the coming days. (AP)
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela has rejected a United Nations proposal to send its longstanding border dispute with neighboring Guyana to an international court. (AP)
  • ASIA: The U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar said that the military’s violent operations against Rohingya Muslims bear “the hallmarks of a genocide.” (AP)
  • EUROPE: A British minister is preparing to resign and publicly denounce Prime Minister Theresa May in a move that could trigger her downfall, The Sun newspaper reported. (REU)
  • MIDDLE EAST: The top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the country’s leadership had no intention of reining in its influence across the Middle East despite U.S. pressure to do so. (REU)
  • TECHNOLOGY: Authorities in several countries are investigating last week’s $530 million heist involving the NEM cryptocurrency. (REU)

TOP STORY

  • U.S. says military option not believed to be close for solving North Korea crisis.     
    • A U.S. special envoy said all options remain on the table for solving the nuclear standoff with North Korea but that he did not think the military option was close.
    • Joseph Yun, speaking to reporters in the Japanese capital, said the United States was seeking a peaceful resolution of the crisis and diplomacy was its preferred option.
    • “Our policy is very much for the peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis. We’ve said over and over again that what we want to see is dialogue,” Yun said.
    • Yun was speaking a day after U.S. President Donald Trump, branding North Korea’s leadership “depraved”, said that Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear missiles could “very soon threaten” the American homeland and vowed to prevent that.
    • Yun welcomed the North-South dialogue and said he hoped it was a trend of things to come, but he said any talks with Washington would have to “be about steps North Korea would take toward denuclearization”.
    • Coverage: AFP, REU,REU-2, WP

AFRICA

  • Gambia: New president Adama Barrow says stabilizing the economy will take time after the former leader left it in tatters. (AP)
  • Libya: HRW says armed groups, some linked to the self-styled Libyan National Army, have prevented thousands of internally displaced families from returning to their homes in Benghazi. (AP)
  • South Sudan: Opposition is threatening to resort to “guerrilla warfare” if peace talks in Ethiopia fail in the coming days. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela has rejected a United Nations proposal to send its longstanding border dispute with neighboring Guyana to an international court. (AP)
  • Colombia: Armed men on Wednesday hijacked a light aircraft carrying about 2 billion pesos (700,000 dollars). (DPA)
  • Cuba: Havana protested Trump administration’s creation of a Cuba Internet Task Force that it said was an attempt to violate its sovereignty and carry out subversive activities. (REU)

ASIA

  • Region: Afghanistan says it has proof militants who carried out a recent series of attacks were trained in Pakistan and that Taliban leaders there are allowed to roam freely. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan security forces killed 20 armed militants in Taliban former stronghold Kandahar province. (XIN)
  • Myanmar: The court refuses bail for two Reuters journalists in Myanmar charged with illegally handling government secrets. (REU)
  • Myanmar: The U.N. special envoy on human rights in the country said that the military’s violent operations against Rohingya Muslims bear “the hallmarks of a genocide.” (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: U.N. envoy has started talks with Macedonia’s leadership over ending a long-running dispute with neighboring Greece over the country’s name. (AP)
  • Region: British Prime Minister Theresa May warned that European citizens arriving in Britain after Brexit next year may lose some rights, setting up a clash with the EU. (REU)
  • Hungary: The country could quit talks on a UN pact on migration because its pro-migration tone threatened Hungary’s security interests, the foreign minister said. (REU)
  • Poland: Lawmakers approved draft legislation penalizing suggestions of any complicity by Poland in the Nazi Holocaust on its soil during World War Two. (REU)
  • UK: A British minister is preparing to resign and publicly denounce Prime Minister Theresa May in a move that could trigger her downfall, The Sun newspaper reported. (REU)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Turkish warplanes struck 19 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq, killing 49 militants, Turkey’s armed forces said. (REU)
  • Iran: The top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the country’s leadership had no intention of reining in its influence across the Middle East despite U.S. pressure to do so. (REU)
  • Yemen: Saudi and Emirati envoys shuttled between Yemeni government forces and besieging southern separatists in the city Aden in a bid to end a tense standoff after days of deadly infighting. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A U.S. federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit that sought to hold Twitter liable for the deaths of two U.S. contractors in Jordan in an attack for which the IS group claimed responsibility. (AP)
  • Technology: Authorities in several countries are investigating last week’s $530 million heist involving the NEM cryptocurrency, a member of the foundation behind the digital coin said. (REU)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Cebile
    • Location: 15.4 S 76.2 E
    • Wind: 130 mph
    • Movement: W at 4mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 61,613 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20JAN: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20JAN: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 20JAN: 2,123 (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, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
        • Deaths as of 20JAN: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02FEB)

  • Global: World Wetlands Day – 1971
  • Azerbaijan: Youth Day – 1997
  • Estonia: Anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty – 1920
  • Estonia: Candles Day – Unknown
  • Kazakhstan: Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev to chair a regular meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Almaty
  • Philippines: Constitution Day – 1987
  • Russia: Victory in the Battle of Stalingrad – 1943
  • United States: Groundhog Day – Unknown

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