ONS: 05 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 5, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Fleeing civilians said that Boko Haram extremists overpowered a multinational military force and seized their key base on the Nigerian border with Chad.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro began a trip to China and OPEC member countries in search of financial support amid falling oil prices.
  • ASIA: Indian local media reported that a fishing vessel that blew up off the coast last week was linked to Pakistani drug smugglers, while the defense minister maintained the crew were likely terrorists.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s state-run news agency said police launched a new wave of raids and detained at least 15 more police officers suspected of conducting illegal wiretaps.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Lebanese government officially implemented new visa restrictions focused on limiting the flow of Syrians entering the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Chipmaker Nvidia unveiled a new processor aimed at powering high-end graphics on car dashboards as well as sophisticated auto-pilot systems.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Government calls for reassessment of US withdrawal deadline amid attacks.
    • President Ashraf Ghani said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the US might want to “re-examine” the timetable for removing the remaining US-led coalition troops in the country by the end of 2016.
    • A Taliban suicide bomb hit an EU police vehicle in Kabul, killing at least one passer-by but not injuring any passengers.
    • A separate explosion struck near Kabul’s international airport earlier on Monday, leaving no casualties.
    • Two civilians were killed and nine people wounded after a suicide car bomber targeted a police convoy in Qalat city, the provincial capital of Zabul.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Gambia: Authorities ordered the closure of a popular radio station as part of a crackdown following a failed attack on the presidential palace. (AFP)
  • Libya: The Air Force of the country’s internationally recognized government said that it carried out a deadly air strike on an oil tanker in the Islamist-held eastern port of Derna. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Fleeing civilians said that Boko Haram extremists overpowered a multinational military force and seized their key base on the border with Chad. (AP)
  • Tunisia: The country’s largest political party chose an official of the old regime and a former interior minister as its candidate for prime minister. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Jamaica: Police charged a Swiss citizen and three British nationals with attempting to smuggle cocaine on flights in recent days. (AP)
  • Mexico: Pres. Nieto announced measures to support the economy and promised to increase efforts to combat corruption. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Pres. Maduro began a trip to China and OPEC member countries in search of financial support amid falling oil prices. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A new report suggests that Japan is proposing jointly building Australia’s new submarines, instead of exporting a new fleet. (AFP)
  • Region: Indian local media reported that a fishing vessel that blew up off the coast last week was linked to Pakistani drug smugglers, while the defense minister maintained the crew were likely terrorists. (DPA)
  • China: A North Korean believed to be a runaway soldier killed four people during a robbery after he crossed the border into the country in search of food. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Police said two supporters of the opposition BNP were killed in clashes with ruling party activists on the first anniversary of PM Hasina’s re-election. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif and US AMB Olson met to discuss the upcoming visit of US Secretary Kerry.  (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: French Pres. Hollande urged Greece to abide by its European commitments, amid the possibility of a Greek exit from the Eurozone. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The state-run news agency said police launched a new wave of raids and detained at least 15 more police officers suspected of conducting illegal wiretaps. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Police launched a terror probe into a blast in the government-controlled port of Odessa. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: The government officially implemented new visa restrictions focused on limiting the flow of Syrians entering the country. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A suicide bomber killed two guards on the border with Iraq following a firefight with the border patrol. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Western-backed National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces elected a new presidential committee and a president widely seen as not tied to any of the body’s international sponsors. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A bomb wounded six Shiite militiamen in Sanaa, the latest in spate of attacks on the Huthi fighters. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Chipmaker Nvidia unveiled a new processor aimed at powering high-end graphics on car dashboards as well as sophisticated auto-pilot systems. (Reuters)

 

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: 20,206 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 7,905 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 29DEC: 1,071,696 (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 26DEC: 941 (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 26DEC: 347 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06JAN)

  • Iraq: Army Day

 

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