ONS: 03 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 3, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Russian embassy in Sudan said that two pilots were kidnapped in Darfur on 29JAN.
  • AMERICAS: Local media in Canada reported that Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will step down and does not intend to seek reelection.
  • ASIA: Officials said that South Korea and China are to resume talks this week on efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
  • EUROPE: The International Court of Justice ruled that Serbia and Croatia did not commit acts of genocide against each other during the Balkan wars.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu said the UN commission investigating potential war crimes in Gaza should be scrapped now that its head has resigned amid accusations of bias.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US FCC Chairman Wheeler said he intends to seek a significant expansion of his agency’s authority to regulate mobile and fixed broadband providers, a move that would fully embrace the principle known as “net neutrality.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Clashes with separatists continue as Russia-NATO tensions increase.
    • Government and rebel officials said at least 16 civilians were killed in fighting across the east of the country over the past 24 hours.
    • NATO said that SG Stoltenberg will meet with Russian FM Lavrov for the first time this week.
    • A group of former US and NATO officials released a report in which they called on the Obama administration to provide further support to the Ukrainian government.
    • The government issued a decree increasing the barrier to entry for Russian citizens set to take effect on 01MAR.
    • Reuters reported that Russia and Ukraine are holding indirect talks to reopen a key international air corridor over the Black Sea to commercial flights.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, CNN, DPA, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Police defused two bombs overnight at Cairo International Airport, as an explosive in downtown Cairo detonated without wounding anyone. (AP)
  • Kenya: The country obtained nearly USD700 million worth of precautionary loan support from the IMF ahead of economic reforms. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The government vowed to lobby more African countries to sign a protocol on the establishment of an African Court of Justice and Human Rights. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The Russian embassy said that two Russian pilots were kidnapped in Darfur on 29JAN.  (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff defended her government’s planned spending cuts, claiming the measures will be implemented gradually to avoid sparking a recession. (Xinhua)
  • Canada: Local media reported that Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will step down and does not intend to seek reelection.  (AFP)
  • Cuba: State media released the first photographs of former President Fidel Castro to be published in nearly six months in a bid to quiet rumors that his health is failing. (AFP)
  • United States: Congressional sources reported that lawmakers are preparing a series of bills to ease restrictions on trade with Cuba, with plans to introduce them in the Senate in the next two months. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Officials said that South Korea and China are to resume talks this week on efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: US officials said that the US military will publicly release information about its aid for Afghan forces, after coming under criticism for declaring the data top secret. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Opposition activists trying to enforce a transport boycott threw petrol bombs at a bus setting off a fire that killed seven people. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: An Army sergeant was sentenced to death for killing five of his fellow conscripts and wounding seven others in a shooting in June. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: A roadside bomb in Kurram killed at least four troops. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The International Court of Justice ruled that Serbia and Croatia did not commit acts of genocide against each other during the Balkan wars. (BBC)
  • France: Interior Minister Cazeneuve reported that police arrested eight people suspected of involvement in an alleged network that sent people to Syria to assist militants. (AFP)
  • Greece: European Commission chief Juncker said that Brussels will not change all of its rules just to solve the country’s debt crisis ahead of a meeting with PM Tsipras. (AFP)
  • Italy: Sergio Mattarella, a Sicilian constitutional court judge closely associated with the fight against organized crime, was sworn in as the country’s new President. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry praised Qatar for its help in trying to resolve the crisis in Yemen. (AFP)
  • Iran: Senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said the country’s missile program was not included in the nuclear talks with world powers. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: The cabinet approved two draft laws, one creating a national guard and the other reforming government policies towards ex-members of the Baath party. (Reuters)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu said the UN commission investigating potential war crimes in Gaza should be scraped now that its head has resigned amid accusations of bias. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: US FCC Chairman Wheeler said he intends to seek a significant expansion of his agency’s authority to regulate mobile and fixed broadband providers, a move that would fully embrace the principle known as “net neutrality.” (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Ola)
    • Location: 415 NM SW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: SSW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 21,724 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 8,641 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 29DEC: 1,091,612 (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 23JAN: 955 (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 23JAN: 351 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04FEB)

  • Global: World Cancer Day
  • Angola: Anniversary of Angola War of Independence – 1961
  • Mexico: Constitution Day holiday
  • Sri Lanka: Independence Day – 1948

 

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