ONS: 04 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 4, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Chadian army said it inflicted heavy losses on Boko Haram, killing “over 200” Islamist militants in a Nigerian border town.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro said he has asked the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to mediate between the country and the US.
  • ASIA: China expressed concern about the possible deployment of an advanced US missile defense system in South Korea.
  • EUROPE: Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis said that his meeting with European Central Bank Chief Mario Draghi had been “fruitful” and gave him “a great deal of encouragement.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: The OSCE reported that the first of Syria’s 12 chemical weapons production facilities has been destroyed.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Chinese government announced new regulations that would require users of an array of Internet services to register with their real names and avoid spreading content that challenges national interest.

 

TOP STORY

  • Jordan: Government executes terrorists in response to ISIS killing of pilot.
    • The government executed two death-row Iraqi jihadists after promising to avenge the immolation of fighter pilot LT Kassasbeh by ISIS.
    • King Abdullah II cut short a visit to Washington after a video of the airman’s killing emerged and promised a renewed effort to counter ISIS.
    • Egypt-based Al-Azhar called for the “killing, crucifixion and chopping of the limbs of Islamic State terrorists” after the airman’s murder.
    • The NYT, quoting US officials, reported that the UAE had suspended its airstrikes in December after Kassasbeh’s capture due to fears for the safety of its pilots.
    • US President Obama led international condemnation of the murder, decrying the “cowardice and depravity” of ISIS.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Chadian army said it inflicted heavy losses on Boko Haram, killing “over 200” Islamist militants in a Nigerian border town. (AFP)
  • Region: A Ugandan military spokesman said his government signed an agreement with South Sudan extending the Ugandan military presence there for four more months. (AP)
  • Cameroon: Soldiers clashed with Boko Haram fighters in the border town of Fotokol. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The UN Mission for Stabilization of Congo said it will continue supporting the army in tracking down Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The state-run National Oil Group said that gunmen stormed the al-Mabrook oilfield and killed as many as four employees. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The US State Department said that political detentions in the country have declined. (NYT)
  • Mexico: President Nieto appointed Virgilio Andrade Martinez as the new minister of Public Administration charged with investigating cases of government corruption.(Xinhua)
  • United States: Ashton B. Carter is to appear before the Senate for his confirmation hearing for the secretary of defense position. (WP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he has asked the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to mediate between the country and the US. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China expressed concern about the possible deployment of an advanced US missile defense system in South Korea. (AFP)
  • Japan: Defence Minister GEN Nakatani said the security situation in the South China Sea could warrant a rethink of the country’s military patrol aircraft deployments. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: The National Defense Commission said the country had ruled out resuming dialogue with the “gangster-like” US and vowed to respond to any US aggression with nuclear strikes and cyber warfare. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: President Sirisena promised to work with the UN and called for national reconciliation in an address to the nation. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: A TransAsia flight carrying 58 people crashed into a shallow river shortly after taking off from Taipei, killing at least 19 people and leaving 24 missing. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Finance Minister Varoufakis said that his meeting with European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi had been “fruitful” and gave him “a great deal of encouragement”. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Banking authorities seized control of Bank Asya, an Islamic lender allied to a political opponent of President Erdogan, citing a lack of transparency. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The city administration in Donetsk reported that a shell hit a hospital, killing several people. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: EU foreign affairs head Mogherini called for an immediate truce in the east of the country to allow civilians to escape an upsurge in fighting. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that the Foreign Ministry rejected a US call for anti-terror cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: President Rouhani criticized the world’s nuclear powers, saying the weapons had not kept them safe and reiterating that his country was not seeking nuclear weapons capabilities. (AFP)
  • Syria: The OSCE reported that the first of the country’s 12 chemical weapons production facilities has been destroyed. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Chinese government announced new regulations that would require users of an array of Internet services to register with their real names and avoid spreading content that challenges national interest. (WSJ)

 

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: 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 03FEB: 965 (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 03FEB: 357 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05FEB)

  • Indonesia and Malaysia: Indonesian President Joko Widodo on official visit to Malaysia (to 06FEB)
  • Pakistan: Kashmir Solidarity Day
  • Ukraine: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit

 

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