ONS: 01 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 1, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian appeals court ordered a retrial for three Al-Jazeera journalists.
  • AMERICAS: More than 4000 Chikungunya virus infections confirmed in Puerto Rico.
  • ASIA: Afghan Security forces assumed full security responsibility from NATO troops.
  • EUROPE: Up to 100 people still feared missing from a ferry fire in the Adriatic Sea.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu was re-elected as leader of the Likud party.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Judiciary pressed the FBI on cell phone spying programs.

 

TOP STORY

  • In his New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for inter-Korean summit talks on national television.
    • In a nationally televised New Year’s speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that he was open to holding summit talks with the South Korean President Park Guen-hye.
    • A meeting with President Park would represent the first inter-Korean summit since his father Kim Jong-Il met former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun in Pyongyang in October 2007.
    • South Korea’s Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said that “North and South Korea should meet face-to-face to draw up a plan for a peaceful unification.”
    • Kim Jong-un urged Washington to take a “bold shift” in its policy towards Pyongyang and denounced the US for “leading an international campaign” over the North’s human rights record.
  • Coverage: AFP,  BBC, NYT,  WSJ,

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The appeals court ordered a retrial in the case of three imprisoned Al-Jazeera English journalists. (AP)
  • Gambia: The country’s Armed Forces launched a house-to-house search for the insurgents involved in the attack on the presidential palace earlier this week. (XIN)
  • Libya: French Defense Minister Le Drian called upon the international community to act to prevent the country from becoming a “sanctuary for terrorists.” (AFP)
  • Nigeria:  A female suicide bomber was killed as she tried to enter a military barracks in the northeastern part of the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Puerto Rico: The country’s Health Department confirmed more than 4000 Chikungunya virus infections in 2014. (EFE)
  • South America: Economists and environmental researchers warned that the loss of Amazon forest cover may be hastened, leading to clashes, as governments in the region try to maintain growth rates and spending levels. (WaPo)
  • United States: Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush resigned from all of his corporate and non-profit board member positions while exploring a run for the White House in 2016. (GUA)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: National Security Forces (ANSF) assumed full security responsibility from NATO-led troops as the security transition ended. (XIN)
  • China: At least 35 people were killed and another 46 were injured after a mass stampede during New Year celebrations in Shanghai. (TELE)
  • India: The government blocked 32 websites that it believed were carrying anti-India views and spreading Islamic state propaganda. (XIN)
  • Myanmar: President U Thein Sein reiterated the country’s pledge to hold free and fair elections, calling for cooperation and support from the administration, security forces, political parties, civil society and the general public as a whole. (XIN)

 

EUROPE        

  • Region: Up to 100 people still feared missing from a ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic as stormy weather prevented Italian authorities from towing the ship to the port of Brindisi for a thorough search. (TELE)
  • Region: Serbia took presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, raising hope that their mediation can resolve the Ukraine conflict. (DPA)
  • Lithuania: The country joined other European nations in using the Euro. (LAT)
  • Russia: In Pres. Putin’s New Year’s address, he thanked citizens for their solidarity and warned of hard times to come. (WaPo)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The US condemned the detention of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, worried that the action will “inflame tensions.” (AFP)
  • Iraq: Allied forces prepared to rapidly train thousands of security personnel in “bare minimum basics” needed to fight militants who swept Baghdad’s troops aside. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu won a primary vote to remain leader of the ruling right wing Likud party ahead of a snap election. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Senate Judiciary Committee pressed the Obama administration for more information about a program that collects Americans’ cellphone data using technology that mimics cellular towers. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 20,206 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 7,905 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 29DEC: 1,071,696 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, 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..) Confirmed Cases: 22,796
      • Deaths as of 29DEC: 169 (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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02JAN)

  • Britain and Argentina: Anniversary of British occupation of Falklands/Malvinas Islands – 1833

 

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