ONS: 02 January 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 3, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint near Mogadishu’s international airport, killing at least three people.
  • AMERICAS: Authorities seized more than 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms) of cocaine from a boat off the coast of Guatemala.
  • ASIA: The government of Myanmar detained several police officers over a video apparently showing Rohingya civilians being beaten.
  • EUROPE: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve that left at least 39 people dead.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Police are expected to question Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption allegations.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cybersecurity experts say President-elect Trump could upend more than a decade of national cybersecurity policy and put both government and private data at risk.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: A suicide car bomb attack killed 32 people and left dozens wounded
    • The attack took place in a market area in Baghdad, hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the country.
    • The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted Shiites.
    • The attack is the third of its kind in three days.  On 31DEC, a suicide attack in a central Baghdad market killed at least 28 people, and on 01JAN a suicide bombing at a checkpoint south of Baghdad killed at least nine people.
    • Sources: AFP, AP, Reuters, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Gambia: Independent Gambian radio station Teranga FM was ordered to cease operations by national security agents for unspecified reasons. (AFP)
  • Morocco: At least 800 illegal African migrants tried to storm through the fence border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia:  A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint near Mogadishu’s international airport, killing at least three people. (AP)
  • Tanzania:  President John Magufuli fired the head of the state-run electricity company after the firm put up tariffs, a move expected to stymie plans to industrialize the country. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The country joined the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The Defense Ministry rescued eight child soldiers recruited by the National Liberation Army guerrilla group. (BBC)
  • Guatemala: Authorities seized more than 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms) of cocaine from a boat off the coast of the Central American nation. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: Police are seeking to arrest three men allegedly involved in posting to Facebook a photo-shopped image of King Norodom Sihamoni inserted into a gay pornographic scene. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: The government detained several police officers over a video apparently showing Rohingya civilians being beaten. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least six people were injured when a bomb went off near a vehicle of paramilitary troops in the country’s southwest Quetta city. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • France: The son of Equatorial Guinea’s president is going on trial and faces up to 10 years in prison for misappropriating public funds from his country. (AP)
  • Turkey: The Interior Ministry reported that 147 people were detained in the past week over suspected ties to the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Turkey: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve that left at least 39 people dead. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s coast guard detained 21 fishermen and their three boats from neighboring Arab nations for straying into its territorial waters and fishing rare species. (AP)
  • Iraq: French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad to meet the French forces helping the country in the fight against the Islamic State group and to hold talks with top officials. (AFP)
  • Israel: Police are expected to question Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption allegations. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Cybersecurity experts are alarmed by President-elect Donald Trump’s questioning of whether critical computer networks can ever be protected from intruders; they say his comments could upend more than a decade of national cybersecurity policy and put both government and private data at risk. (WP)

 

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 as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 30DEC: 347,647 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 30DEC: 150,380
      • Deaths as of 30DEC: 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 20DEC: 1,864 (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 20DEC: 659 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 29DEC:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 29DEC: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 29DEC: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JAN)

  • Ecuador: Campaigning to begin for 19FEB general elections

 

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