ONS: 02 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 2, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US denied it had any role in an apparent coup attempt in the Gambia, after the African nation’s leader Yahya Jammeh blamed the attack on foreign dissidents.
  • AMERICAS: US Vice President Joe Biden met with Brazilian head of state Dilma Rousseff after she was sworn-in for a second term, citing a “new beginning” in relations.
  • ASIA: North Korea must approach dialogue with South Korea with no strings attached if it genuinely wants to improve ties, a Seoul spokesman said Friday.
  • EUROPE: The Italian coast guard says a merchant ship with at least 400 migrants on board is heading for the Italian coast.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Violence in Iraq and Syria killed more than 90,000 people in 2014 as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took over large swaths of territory in both countries.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee are pressing the Obama administration for more information about a program that collects Americans’ cellphone data using technology that mimics cellular towers.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: President Jinping demands investigation into Shanghai stampede
    • China’s President Xi Jinping has demanded an investigation into Shanghai’s New Year’s Eve crush that killed 36 people and injured 47.
    • Chinese state media and the public criticized the government and police for failing to prevent the New Year’s Eve stampede, which began with mass panic according to witness accounts.
    • Chinese official media criticized “sluggish vigilance” by Shanghai authorities.
    • China on Friday mourned the 36 dead on Shanghai’s famed waterfront, as the city government revealed the victims were mainly young women.
    • Coverage: BBC, FT, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Medical experts seeking to stem the Ebola epidemic are sharply divided over whether most patients in West Africa should, or can, be given intravenous hydration – a standard therapy in developed countries. (NYT)
  • Egypt: Lawyers for jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste have applied to have him deported from the country. (AFP)
  • Gambia: The US denied it had any role in an apparent coup attempt in the country, after Pres. Jammeh blamed the attack on foreign dissidents. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan has vowed to defeat militant group Boko Haram, after a series of attacks blamed on the group in recent weeks. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US VP Biden met with Brazilian Pres. Rousseff after she was sworn-in for a second term, citing a “new beginning” in relations. (EFE)
  • Canada: Police reported seven people were shot at a New Year’s Eve house party in Calgary, and that one of the victims has died in hospital. (AP)
  • Cuba: Cuban dissidents say police have arrested a group of political activists who had been protesting outside a jail in the capital city of Havana. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and China plan to hold working-level security talks next week to discuss issues of mutual concern, including the North Korean situation and Seoul’s recent military pact with the United States and Japan. (Yonhap)
  • Region: North Korea must approach dialogue with South Korea with no strings attached if it genuinely wants to improve ties, a Seoul spokesman said Friday. (AFP)
  • Region: Intense exchanges of fire between Pakistani and Indian border forces continued for a third day. (SAPA)
  • Region: More ships have arrived with sensitive equipment to hunt for the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the more than 145 people still missing since it crashed into the sea five days ago. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Two policemen and a security guard working for a US-owned mine in the country’s Papua province have been found dead, a media report said Friday. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Finnish Pres. Niinisto’s New Year’s message focused on finding a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis and the security related to neighboring Russia as a top issue. (Xinhua)
  • Italy: The Italian coast guard says a merchant ship with at least 400 migrants on board is heading for the Italian coast. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Turkish police arrested an armed man after he tried to attack a palace complex near the Prime Minister’s office in Istanbul. (NYT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Violence in Iraq and Syria killed more than 90,000 in 2014 as the Islamic State (IS) militant group took over large swaths of territory in both countries. (Al-Awsat)
  • Bahrain: The US State Department expressed deep concern over the detention of opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, warning the arrest could lead to more tensions. (Guardian)
  • Iraq: Iraqi security forces recaptured some villages in northern and northern-central regions from the Islamic State (IS) militant group as well as repelled their attacks in western parts of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Gunmen killed three Sunni clerics near the mostly Shiite southern city of Basra. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The nation announced an official three-day period of mourning following the death of former PM Karami. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee are pressing 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 (03JAN)

  • Nothing to Report

 

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