ONS: 06 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 6, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali PM Abdirashid announced a new 25-member cabinet after his most recently proposed cabinet drew opposition from lawmakers.
  • AMERICAS: Uruguay expelled a senior Iranian diplomat over last month’s planting of a dummy bomb near Israel’s embassy in Montevideo.
  • ASIA: Thailand’s junta chief Chan-O-Cha met Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan for talks aimed at deepening military ties.
  • EUROPE: Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem said finance ministers from the 19 countries that use the euro will hold an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the stand-off over Greece’s debt.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UAE said it wants the US-led coalition to arm Sunni tribes in Iraq to fight ISIS militants.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The White House accelerated its efforts to bolster data privacy laws and announced a bid to scrutinize discriminatory pricing on the Internet.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: US, EU in renewed push for peace plan.
    • Government officials and pro-Russian separatists said they had agreed to a brief humanitarian truce around Debaltseve so besieged civilians can leave.
    • World leaders, diplomats and defense officials are converging on Munich for a security conference amid a diplomatic push to end violence in Ukraine.
    • German Chancellor Merkel said that she and French President Hollande will “use all our power” on their visit to Moscow to try and stop the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine.
    • Ukrainian President Poroshenko said talks with Merkel and Hollande late Thursday raised “hope for a ceasefire”.
    • Former NATO SG Rasmussen said Russia is highly likely to intervene in the Baltic states to test NATO’s collective defense commitment.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, BBC, NYT, Telegraph

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Security sources reported that air strikes killed at least 27 Islamic militants in the Northern Sinai. (Reuters)
  • Libya: A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in Benghazi killing two people and wounding around 20. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: PM Abdirashid announced a new 25-member cabinet after his most recently proposed cabinet drew opposition from lawmakers. (AP)
  • South Sudan: UNSG for Human Rights Simonovic reported ongoing human rights violations in the country after visiting the “destroyed” towns of Bentiu and Malakal. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: US Secretary Kerry pressed the UN for a vote creating an arms embargo on the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • United States: Congressional aides said that President Obama will ask Congress for new authority to use force against Islamic State fighters next week. (Reuters)
  • Uruguay: The government expelled a senior Iranian diplomat over last month’s planting of a dummy bomb near Israel’s embassy in Montevideo. (AP)
  • Venezuela: A former judge faces sentencing in Miami federal court in a cocaine trafficking case linked to the government of former President Chavez. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Thailand’s junta chief Chan-O-Cha met Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan for talks aimed at deepening military ties. (AFP)
  • Region: Malaysian PM Razak and visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo held talks and agreed to set up a new mechanism for resolving territorial issues. (AFP)
  • Australia: Party critics of PM Abbott launched a bid to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: The US voiced concern at a spate of “unconscionable” fire bombings as two more opposition activists were killed in a new bout of political violence. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels said they were considering returning dozens of high-powered firearms that they seized from some of the 44 police commandos killed in a botched anti-terror operation. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem said finance ministers from the 19 countries that use the euro will hold an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the stand-off over Greece’s debt. (AFP)
  • France: The Paris prosecutor filed preliminary legal charges against the head of the city’s investigative police over an internal probe of leaks. (AP)
  • Switzerland: The government said it had halted a program offering grants to allow North Korean officers to undergo training in the country. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The UAE said it wants the US-led coalition to arm Sunni tribes in Iraq to fight ISIS militants. (AFP)
  • Region: Jordanian warplanes bombed Islamic State targets after King Abdullah II promised a “harsh” response to the militant group’s brutal killing of a captured Jordanian pilot. (NYT)
  • Syria: Activists reported that an Islamic State cleric who objected to the decision to burn to death a captive Jordanian pilot was removed from his post and will be put on trial. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The White House accelerated its efforts to bolster data privacy laws and announced a bid to scrutinize discriminatory pricing on the Internet. (NYT)

 

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 (07FEB)

  • Colombia: Civil Resistance Day – 2003
  • Cuba: Anniversary of US embargo against Cuba – 1962
  • Haiti: Anniversary Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier overthrown – 1986
  • India:  Indian capital New Delhi holds elections for the state assembly
  • Slovakia: Referendum poll to take place
  • Taiwan: Parliamentary by-elections

 

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