ONS: 04 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 5, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan extended a unilateral ceasefire with rebels until the end of MAR2018, citing a presidential decree.
  • AMERICAS: The deportation of alleged gang members to El Salvador from the US surged close to 140 percent in 2017.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Moon Jae-in met women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels, a contentious issue with Japan.
  • EUROPE: Turkey said a US jury’s decision to find a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran evade sanctions amounted to interference in Ankara’s internal affairs.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel will further investigate the death of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian killed in clashes over US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security researchers have found serious vulnerabilities in chips made by Intel and other companies that if exploited could leave passwords and other sensitive data exposed.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Government accuses US of ‘interference’; protest status uncertain.
    • Iran accused the US of “grotesque” interference in its internal affairs in a letter to the UN.
    • Iranian ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo blamed US President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence directly for their “numerous absurd tweets”, that called on Iranians to “change their government.”
    • It wasn’t immediately clear if the drop in reports of new demonstrations meant the protests are subsiding or that the Iranian authorities’ blocking of social media apps has stopped protesters from offering new images of rallies.
    • Iranian authorities declared the end of deadly unrest and turned attention to addressing economic concerns that fueled protests.
    • However, social media accounts in Iran were full of videos and blogs detailing further protests.
    • Coverage: AFP, AJ, AP, BBC, DPA, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Somalia: PM Hassan Ali Khaire sacked his ministers for foreign affairs, the interior and commerce, replacing them with newcomers. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The country extended a unilateral ceasefire with rebels until the end of MAR2018, citing a presidential decree. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: A Zimbabwean court freed “for now” Martha O’Donovan, an American woman charged with subversion. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The deportation of alleged gang members to El Salvador from the US surged close to 140 percent in 2017. (Reuters)
  • El Salvador: Former president Mauricio Funes appealed his 2017 conviction for graft. (AFP)
  • Peru: Defense minister Diego Nieto resigned, becoming the second cabinet member to step down after President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski controversially pardoned former leader Alberto Fujimori. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Moon Jae-in met women who were forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels, a contentious issue with Japan. (Reuters)
  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said North Korea’s continued provocations were “absolutely unacceptable” and he would work with the international community to counter its nuclear and missiles development. (Reuters)
  • Region: China will send a special envoy to Seoul to discuss the situation on the Korean peninsula ahead of proposed talks between North and South Korea. (AFP)
  • Region: Singapore ordered the removal of fugitive Vietnamese businessman Phan Van Anh Vu from the country. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Pakistani military will react to any action by the US in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s tweet threatening the country. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Turkey: Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 70 people, including 58 serving soldiers, in an investigation into the JUL2016 attempted coup. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The country said a US jury’s decision to find a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran evade sanctions amounted to interference in Ankara’s internal affairs. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Former British PM Tony Blair said voters should be given a chance to re-think Brexit once plans for Britain’s departure from the EU are clear. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: UK farmers are to receive the same level of subsidies they get from the EU for five years after Brexit. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli jets bombarded Hamas bases in Gaza in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. (AFP)
  • Region: Israel will further investigate the death of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian killed in clashes over US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (Reuters)
  • Region: Saudi-led air strikes have killed dozens of rebels and civilians in the past 24 hours in Yemen’s flashpoint province of Hodeida. (AFP)
  • Syria: Suspected Russian jets killed at least 20 civilians and wounded dozens when they dropped bombs on two residential buildings in a rebel enclave east of Damascus. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Dozens of Syrian civil society groups warned that a planned Russian-sponsored conference is seeking to bypass the UN-led peace process and will entrench President Bashar al-Assad in power. (Guardian)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Security researchers have found serious vulnerabilities in chips made by Intel and other companies that if exploited could leave passwords and other sensitive data exposed. (NPR)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Bolaven
    • Location: 268 NM ENE of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Wind: 30 mph
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Ava
    • Location: 249 NM NW of St. Denis, Reunion
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: SSW at 8 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 (05JAN)

  • France: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit
  • Serbia and Montenegro: Tucindan – Unknown
  • Spain: Three Kings Parade – 1885
  • United States: US and South Korean delegates to meet for talks on possible amendments to their free trade agreement

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