ONS: 02 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 3, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Internet was restored in the DR Congo after the government cut services for three days on the eve of protests against President Joseph Kabila.
  • AMERICAS: The Argentine navy is investigating “new contacts” in the search for its missing ARA San Juan submarine.
  • ASIA: Pakistan summoned US ambassador David Hale in response to US President Donald Trump’s threats to cut aid over “lies” about militancy.
  • EUROPE: Spanish economic minister Luis de Guindos claimed the Catalan independence crisis cost Spain “a billion” euros as fallout from the turmoil continues.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the country’s enemies of stirring days of protests that have claimed at least 22 lives.
  • TECHNOLOGY: WeChat, China’s most popular messenger app, denied storing users’ chat histories, after a top businessman said he believed the app was monitoring everyone’s account.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korea Peninsula: Seoul offers peace talks with Pyongyang on 09JAN.
    • South Korea offered high-level talks with North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South.
    • South Korean President Moon Jae-in also said the North’s nuclear programme would be the backdrop of any sporting discussions.
    • South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said that his country seeks to meet North Korean officials 09JAN at the Panmunjom truce village, an enclosed area within the demilitarized zone on the inter-Korean border.
    • South Korea is looking to move quickly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un proposed talks with Seoul in a New Year’s Day address.
    • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un struck an unusually conciliatory note in his annual New Year’s Day address, declaring his hope “for (a) peaceful resolution with our southern border.”
    • Coverage: BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Internet was restored in the country after the government cut services for three days on the eve of protests against President Joseph Kabila. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Egyptian prison authorities executed five inmates who had been sentenced to death, four of them over a bombing that killed military cadets. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least three people were confirmed killed in a blast in the northeastern town of Madagali. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: The US, Britain and Norway warned on parties in the country’s conflict stop violating the ceasefire signed last month. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Twelve people were killed in a plane crash in western Costa Rica, of which 10 were US citizens. (BBC)
  • Argentina: The Argentine navy is investigating “new contacts” in the search for its missing ARA San Juan submarine. (EFE)
  • Brazil: At least nine prisoners were killed in a riot at a jail in the central state of Goias. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan and India exchanged information on their nuclear installations and facilities, as per a 20-year-old agreement. (AP)
  • Region: A fugitive Vietnamese intelligence officer wanted in his homeland for allegedly disclosing state secrets was arrested in Singapore. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Up to 60 Islamic State militants were killed in the eastern Nangarhar province in Afghan government forces operations. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The country summoned US ambassador David Hale in response to US President Donald Trump’s threats to cut aid over “lies” about militancy. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain wants to include financial services in a trade deal with the EU which covers a full sweep of economic areas. (Reuters)
  • Germany: German police filed a complaint against Beatrix von Storch, a prominent member of the far-right AfD party over a tweet on New Year’s Eve which they say violated anti-incitement laws. (AFP)
  • Spain: Economic minister Luis de Guindos claimed the Catalan independence crisis cost the country “a billion” euros as fallout from the turmoil continues. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel raised the number of parliament votes required to approve any hand over of the city to “a foreign party” from 61 to 80. (Reuters)
  • Region: Israeli aircraft attacked Hamas bases in Gaza in response to a rocket from the Palestinian enclave targeting southern Israel hours before. (AFP)
  • Region: Iran re-opened two crossings with the Iraqi Kurdistan region it had closed after a referendum in favor of independence in the Kurdish area. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the country’s enemies of stirring days of protests that have claimed at least 22 lives. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: WeChat, China’s most popular messenger app, denied storing users’ chat histories, after a top businessman said he believed the app was monitoring everyone’s account. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression One
    • Location: 324 SSE of Manila, Philippines
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: W at 24 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22DEC: 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 22DEC: 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 22DEC: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 24DEC: 2,121 (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 24DEC: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JAN)

  • Burkina Faso: Anniversary of coup d’état – 1966
  • Estonia: Memorial Day of the Fallen in the Estonian Liberation War – 1920

 

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