ONS: 03 January 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 4, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A US embassy official stated that the United States will be ending its forward operating base for drones in southern Ethiopia.
  • AMERICAS: Newly elected Mexican mayor Gisela Mota was assassinated at her home in the city of Temixco hours after taking her oath of office.
  • ASIA: Gunfire and blasts were heard at an Indian Air Force base that was attacked by militants a day earlier, and TV channels reported two gunmen were still at large in the sprawling facility near the border with Pakistan.
  • EUROPE:  An Iraqi national tipped off German police about a possible terrorist attack eight days before intelligence from the United States and France led authorities to evacuate two Munich train stations on New Year‘s Eve.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel indicted two Jewish extremists suspected in a July arson attack on a Palestinian home that killed a toddler and his parents — a case that has been unsolved for months and helped fuel the current wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
  • TECHNOLOGY: More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74% over the past five years, according to a Peninsula Press (a project of the Stanford University Journalism Program) 2015 analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

TOP STORY

  • Middle East: Protests erupt around the region and governments respond to the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr

○     UN Rights Chief, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, questioned whether due process had been observed during the trials of those executed.

○     Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, condemned the execution and called it, “unjust agression.”

○     Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also condemned the execution and warned Saudi Arabia of “divine revenge.”

○     This will further exaccerbate relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, who support opposing factions in Yemen and Syria.

○     Meanwhile, the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was ransacked and burned by protesters and the Iranian government called for calm.

○     The BBC stated that one of the 47 executed was Adel al-Dhubaiti, who had killed the news agency’s Simon Cumbers in Riyadh during 2004.

○     Coverage (Al Jazeera, AP-1, AP-2, AFP, BBC, Reuters, Telegraph)

 

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: A US embassy official stated that the United States will be ending its forward operating base for drones in the country’s south. (AP)
  • Mozambique: Foreign agricultural investment bolsters a country that has struggled with poverty and famine. (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: The United States hit out at President Paul Kagame’s intention to run for a third term, saying it was “deeply disappointed” and concerned by the move. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: The government says it has received a request from the United States for the extradition of former vice president and businessman Jaime Rosenthal, who is accused of money laundering. (AP)
  • Mexico: Newly elected mayor Gisela Mota was assassinated at her home in the city of Temixco hours after taking her oath of office. (BBC)
  • United States: A group of activists and militiamen protesting the federal prosecution of two ranchers occupied a remote federal building in the rural southeastern corner of Oregon. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Beijing has rejected a protest from Vietnam after a Chinese plane landed on a contested reef in the South China Sea, saying the operation took place within Chinese territory. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers will press the government for answers after a fifth employee of a publisher specializing in books critical of mainland China’s leadership went missing. (AP)
  • India: Gunfire and blasts were heard at an Indian Air Force base that was attacked by militants a day earlier, and TV channels reported two gunmen were still at large in the sprawling facility near the border with Pakistan. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Investigators discovered jihadist propaganda on the computer of a French Muslim who rammed his car into four soldiers – only hours after a prosecutor ruled out terrorism as a motive for the attack. (Telegraph)
  • Germany: An Iraqi national tipped off police about a possible terrorist attack eight days before intelligence from the United States and France led authorities to evacuate two Munich train stations on New Year‘s Eve. (DPA)
  • Greece: A drowned two-year-old boy became the first known migrant casualty of the year after the crowded dinghy he was travelling in slammed into rocks off Agathonisi island. (Telegraph)
  • Turkey: An Ankara court on Saturday remanded in custody pending trial two citizens suspected of belonging to ISIS and planning a double suicide bombing in the capital on New Year’s Eve. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Petroleum Minister Tarke El Molla said the country’s outstanding arrears to foreign oil companies rose to $3 billion at the end of December 2015 from $2.7 billion at the end of October.  (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Fighters from so-called Islamic State (IS) have continued to pursue counterattacks on the edges of Ramadi a week after the city was recaptured by government troops. (BBC)
  • Israel: The country indicted two Jewish extremists suspected in a July arson attack on a Palestinian home that killed a toddler and his parents — a case that has been unsolved for months and helped fuel the current wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey must accept that it needs Israel, as the two countries seek to thrash out a deal on normalizing ties. (Gulf News)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74% over the past five years, according to a Peninsula Press (a project of the Stanford University Journalism Program) 2015 analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Forbes)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06P

○     Location: 206 SE of Suva, Fiji

○     Wind: 86 mph

○     Movement: SW at 7 mph

○     Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

○     Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

■     Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

  • Cases as of 03JAN: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
  • Deaths as of 03JAN: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
  • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC

○     Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)

■     Suspected Cases as of 18DEC: 607,961 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)

■     Confirmed Cases: 35,019

■     Deaths as of 18DEC: 77 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)

■     Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

■     Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

  • Cases as of 03JAN: 1621 (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 03JAN: 584 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
  • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04JAN)

  • Cambodia: Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy, facing another defamation lawsuit, expected in court
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Martyrs of Independence Day
  • Myanmar: Independence Day
  • Sweden: Swedish authorities start to fine travel companies for every passenger traveling without a photo ID
  • Venezuela: The new Venezuelan parliament, with an opposition majority, will be formed

 

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