ONS: 06 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 7, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Dmitry Titov of Russia to lead a special investigation into recent attacks on peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Honduran election officials rejected the opposition’s appeal demanding the annulment of President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s re-election.
  • ASIA:  At least four policemen were killed and two others wounded after militants triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir.
  • EUROPE:  French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that political developments in Turkey were effectively blocking its EU accession bid, suggesting a “partnership” instead of full membership.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi police have arrested 11 princes for protesting at the ruling palace in Riyadh and refusing to leave,
  • TECHNOLOGY: According to new rules, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents need to have “reasonable suspicion” to carry out “advanced” searches on electronic devices, including smartphones and tablets.

 

TOP STORY: North Korea announced that it has accepted the South’s offer for high-level talks, and the IOC has said that it’s “likely” that the North will take part in the upcoming Olympics

  • The North-South talks are to be held on Tuesday, and will be the first of their kind in over two years.
  • Similarly, the North’s likely participation in the Olympics would mark a watershed moment in the history of the neighbors’ antagonistic relations
  • The announcement was made by North Korea’s IOC envoy in China, Chang Ung, en route to Switzerland where the IOC is based.
  • Yesterday, South Korea and the United States announced they were postponing scheduled joint military exercises, in keeping with the current de-escalation of tensions.
  • Sources: AFP, Reuters, CNN, AP, AFP(2)

 

AFRICA

  • Congo:  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Dmitry Titov of Russia to lead a special investigation into recent attacks on peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Xinhua)
  • Equatorial Guinea: The government has launched a dragnet for “mercenaries” behind an alleged bid to overthrow President Theodoro Obiang. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Amid increased doubt over the practicability of free education promised by President Jacob Zuma, the African National Congress Youth League warned against “intentionally planted confusion” over the move. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The government said it deployed thousands of troops in Kassala State to confront human trafficking operations, denying tension with Eritrea. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The U.S. State Department announced that it was determined to approve a new sale of military equipment to Mexico. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: Police have requested that President Michel Temer answer 50 questions as part of an investigation into alleged corruption involving a decree regulating the country’s ports. (Reuters)
  • Honduras: Election officials rejected the opposition’s appeal demanding the annulment of President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s re-election. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Maduro said that he was closing the nation’s maritime border with Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire for 72 hours, alleging illegal trafficking. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Up to 20 Islamic State militants were killed as government forces targeted the hardliner group’s hideouts in the eastern Laghman province. (Xinhua)
  • India: At least four policemen were killed and two others wounded after militants triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: The government has approved a new attempt to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean, (AP)
  • Pakistan: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he’s not worried about Islamabad retaliating against Washington over its suspension of as much as $2 billion in military aid this week. (RFE-RL)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that political developments in Turkey were effectively blocking its EU accession bid, suggesting a “partnership” instead of full membership. (AFP)
  • Region: Slightly fewer than half as many migrants reached Europe by sea in 2017 than 2016, the International Organization for Migration said. (Reuters)
  • Poland: Michal Dworczyk, an aide to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, said there were no signs that the European Union would implement disciplinary measures against Poland. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has urged the Russian and U.S. leaders to resolve a dispute over a nuclear arms control treaty he signed with Washington 30 years ago. (Kyodo)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: The official news agency says dozens of protesters have attacked a Cairo police station over reports that a detainee died in custody. (AP)
  • Palestine: The United States has frozen $125 million in funding for a U.N. agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees, Axios news site reported on Friday, but a State Department official said no decision had been made on the payment. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Police have arrested 11 princes for protesting at the ruling palace in Riyadh and refusing to leave, (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The United Nations has approved 50 million U.S. dollars to meet the humanitarian needs in Yemen, (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communication: According to new rules, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents need to have “reasonable suspicion” to carry out “advanced” searches on electronic devices, including smartphones and tablets. (NPR)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Ava
      • Location: 404NM W of St. Denis
      • Movement: SW at 9mph
      • Wind: 70mph
      • Source
    • Tropical Cyclone Irving
      • Location: 1173NM E-SE of Diego Garcia
      • Movement: WSW at 10mph
      • Wind:  40mph
      • Source
  • 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 (07JAN)

  • Armenia: Merelots – Remembrance Day of the Dead – Unknown
  • Cambodia: Victory over Genocide Day – 1979
  • France: Anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris – 2015
  • Germany: Social Democrats (SPD) and the Conservatives Union to hold talks to form a government
  • Liberia: Pioneer’s Day – 1820

 

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