ONS: 05 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 6, 2018

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan recalled its ambassador from Egypt without explanation.
  • AMERICAS: In Peru, former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori became a free man, reigniting anger over a pardon he secured from President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
  • ASIA: The number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea declined 21 percent in 2017, as North Korea has been strengthening border control.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the US conviction of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade sanctions, saying the US justice system poses a danger for the world.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile near the border with Yemen, hours after Yemeni Houthi rebels said they launched an attack.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Intel Corp said fixes for security issues in its microchips would not slow down computers, despite concerns to the contrary.

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: North and South agree to talks on 09JAN.
    • North Korea agreed to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years.
    • The agreement came hours after the US and South Korea delayed a military exercise.
    • The 09JAN meeting will focus on finding a way for North Korean athletes to attend the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in FEB2018.
    • South Korea, which champions dialogue as the best solution to resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis, hopes that the Winter Olympics will provide a lull in the nuclear standoff.
    • The US and Japan remain suspicious of Kim’s motives, noting that he vowed to spend this year mass producing nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan recalled its ambassador from Egypt without explanation. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: The government arrested 107 individuals relating to recent conflict along the border of Somali and Oromia regional states. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The US designated Abukar Ali Adan, the deputy leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, a “global terrorist.” (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Acting attorney general Alberto Elias Beltran vowed to improve investigations and cooperation with other countries to crack down on money launderers. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: State and federal police disarmed the local police force in the capital of Guerrero state after the discovery of the bodies of two men last seen in police custody. (AP)
  • Peru: Former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori became a free man, reigniting anger over a pardon he secured from President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: China promised to “deal seriously” with violators of UN sanctions on North Korea after reports of Chinese ships registered abroad delivered oil to the North. (AP)
  • Region: ASEAN Secretary-general Lim Jock Hoi said the organization’s disaster management efforts need to improve after the region was hammered by deadly storms. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea declined 21 percent in 2017, as North Korea has been strengthening border control. (Yonhap)
  • Philippines: A Filipino couple were beheaded by the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in a remote village on Basilan island. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu says it’s time for a “new beginning” in relations with Germany, in preparation for a 06JAN meeting. (AP)
  • Austria: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz rejected suggestions of an eastern European alliance. (AP)
  • Georgia: A Tbilisi court found former President Mikheil Saakashvili guilty of abuse of power and sentenced him in absentia to three years in prison. (RFE/RL)
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the US conviction of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade sanctions, saying the US justice system poses a danger for the world. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile near the border with Yemen, hours after Yemeni Houthi rebels said they launched an attack. (AFP)
  • Iran: Defense Minister Brigadier General Ali Hatami hailed growing defense cooperation with Pakistan in a telephone conversation with Pakistani counterpart Khurram Dastgir-Khan. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: A hard-line cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami blamed people taking advantage of social media to fuel the unrest that followed days of protests over the country’s flagging economy. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Intel Corp said fixes for security issues in its microchips would not slow down computers, despite concerns to the contrary. (Reuters)
  • Technology: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said his goal for 2018 was to put the business he co-founded on a more solid footing. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Ava
    • Location: 337 NM NW of St. Denis, Reunion
    • Wind: 85 mph
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Klyuchevskoy, Kamchatka, Russia
    • Ash eruption 5.5km into the atmosphere. (Tass)
  • 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 (06JAN)

  • Armenia: Christmas and Epiphany – 451 CE
  • Germany: Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
  • Iraq: Armed Forces Day – 1921
  • Jordan: Arab foreign ministers to discuss the crisis arising from the US recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
  • Laos: Pathet Lao Day – 1975

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