ONS: 07 January 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 8, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least 40 people have been killed after a truck bomb targeted a police training center in Libya’s western city of Zliten.
  • AMERICAS: Haiti’s presidential runoff vote will take place on 24JAN, along with the second round of legislative elections, according to a presidential decree published.
  • ASIA: India will soon deploy more border guards at its border with Pakistan in the northern states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the recent terror attacks.
  • EUROPE: Asylum-seekers could be deported if they’re found to have participated in a string of New Year sexual assaults in Cologne, German justice minister Heiko Maas said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi jets “deliberately” struck Iran’s embassy in Yemen in an air raid that wounded staff, Tehran’s foreign ministry said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s Internet regulator vowed to make the views of the ruling Communist Party of China the “strongest voice in cyberspace.”

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea resumes cross-border broadcasts as retaliation.
    • In response to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, South Korea announced it would resume cross-border propaganda broadcasts that Pyongyang considers an act of war.
    • South Korea’s decision to restart the broadcasts is also due to a breach of an agreement reached to end an August 2015 clash, which began when two South Korean soldiers were maimed by land mines.
    • World powers are working to craft a response to North Korea’s announcement of a hydrogen bomb test amid efforts to verify the claim.
    • The US, South Korea, Japan and China are all testing for airborne or ground radiation in the region, but so far attempts to verify the magnitude of the test have turned up nothing.
    • South Korean and American military officials discussed the deployment of US “strategic assets” following the test, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, NBC, USA Today, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Economist Paul Kaba Thieba was named prime minister, the first new leader in almost three decades following his election in November. (Reuters)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Fourteen people were killed in the country overnight, in an attack blamed on rebels from neighboring Rwanda. (AFP)
  • Libya: At least 40 people have been killed after a truck bomb targeted a police training center in the western city of Zliten. (BBC)
  • Republic of Congo: President Denis Sassou Nguesso has urged the country’s international partners to respect its sovereignty, with regards to the forthcoming presidential elections. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: Security forces arrested 17 retired military personnel accused of massacres and other human rights abuses during the country’s 1960-1996 civil war. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The nation’s presidential runoff vote will take place on 24JAN, along with the second round of legislative elections, according to a presidential decree published. (AFP)
  • United States: A quasi-governmental US electric industry group last week advised members to review network defenses following a mass power outage in Ukraine following a cyber attack. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesia signed a USD 1.3B deal with South Korea to jointly develop Seoul’s next-generation fighter jets. (AFP)
  • Region: India will soon deploy more border guards at its border with Pakistan in the northern states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the recent terror attacks. (Xinhua)
  • Region: On a visit to the Philippines, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said any attempt to restrict air and sea travel in the disputed South China Sea would be viewed as a “red flag”. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: The country’s largest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, enforced a nationwide dawn-to-dusk strike in protest of a verdict that upheld the death penalty for its chief for 1971 war crimes. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM David Cameron said discussions on reforming the EU are going well and he is confident that issues including competitiveness and migration can be dealt with successfully. (Reuters)
  • Region: Despite encouraging results, the EU remains far from satisfied with Turkey’s efforts to help curb migrant arrivals in Europe, European Commission VP Frans Timmermans said. (Reuters)
  • France: The country will hold official ceremonies marking a year since a jihadist attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. (AFP)
  • Germany: Asylum-seekers could be deported if they’re found to have participated in a string of New Year sexual assaults in Cologne, justice minister Heiko Maas said. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: China has sent an envoy to Saudi Arabia and Iran amid an escalating feud, calling on all sides to exercise restraint. (Reuters)
  • Region: Saudi jets “deliberately” struck Iran’s embassy in Yemen in an air raid that wounded staff, Tehran’s foreign ministry said. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Yemeni government forces have recaptured a Red Sea port town in the northwestern province of Hajjeh after fierce fighting with Houthi rebels. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Saudi-backed Yemeni forces landed by sea at the Red Sea port of Maydee, opening up a new front in a nine-month-old civil war. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: China’s Internet regulator vowed to make the views of the ruling Communist Party of China the “strongest voice in cyberspace.” (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06P (Ula)
    • Location: 180 WSW of Suva, Fiji
    • Wind: 46 mph
    • Movement: NW at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
        • Cases as of 07JAN: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 07JAN: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 07JAN: 635,955 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 30,356
      • Deaths as of 07JAN: 82 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
      • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases as of 07JAN: 1625 (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 07JAN: 586 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08JAN)

  • North Korea: Birthday of Kim Jong Eun – 1983
  • Spain: The Catalan parliament has until this date to elect a leader and form a new government or it must call fresh elections
  • United States: Anniversary of shooting in Tucson, Arizona where Representative Gabrielle Giffords was among those injured – 2011

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