ONS: 07 January 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 8, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan military reports that a captured militant confirmed the killing of Wissam Ben Hamid, the leader of militia groups in the eastern city of Benghazi.
  • AMERICAS: Guy Philippe, the leader of the 2004 coup in Haiti, has been charged in the United States with engaging in drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracies.
  • ASIA: In Sri Lanka government supporters attacked protesting Buddhist monks and villagers with clubs as they marched against plans to take over private land for an industrial zone.
  • EUROPE: Turkish officials dismissed more than 6,000 more police, civil servants and academics under emergency rule.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A car bomb killed at least 14 people in the rebel-held town of Azaz, Syria, on the border with Turkey.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered the cyber campaign against the US with the intent of helping Donald Trump win the presidential election.

TOP STORY

  • Ivory Coast: Unrest continues as government officials attempt to negotiate with mutineers
    • Gunfire has been intermittent over the past two days in Bouake, Ivory Coast’s second-largest city.
    • Witnesses say the soldiers are spread out across the city and firing their weapons into the air.  No deaths have been reported at this time.
    • Similar unrest has been reported in Daloa in the west and Korhogo in the north.
    • Disgruntled soldiers mutinied in protest over pay and other conditions.
    • Officials state that they expect the situation to be resolved soon.
    • Sources: NYT, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Chad: Former president Hissene Habre will appeal the sentence of life that was imprisonment handed down by an African Union-sanctioned judicial body for charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Trucks carrying thousands of tonnes of cocoa have been blocked in the main port due to discrepancies in the local and international value of the commodity. (AFP)
  • Libya: The military reports that a captured militant confirmed the killing of Wissam Ben Hamid, the leader of militia groups in the eastern city of Benghazi. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Doctors Without Borders says it has given food to 26,000 families taking refuge from Boko Haram Islamic extremists in Maiduguri city. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The death toll in protests over gasoline price hikes has risen to six. (AP)
  • United States: A Chinese-American nuclear engineer pleaded guilty to conspiring to produce “special nuclear material” in China in violation of the US Atomic Energy Act. (Reuters)
  • United States: Guy Philippe, the leader of the 2004 coup in Haiti, has been charged with engaging in drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracies. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Pentagon will deploy approximately 300 US Marines to Helmand province beginning in the spring. (WSJ)
  • Bangladesh: The headquarters of the country’s largest opposition party have been cordoned off after it announced plans to hold a countrywide demonstration on Sunday. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: Government supporters attacked protesting Buddhist monks and villagers with clubs as they marched against plans to take over private land for an industrial zone. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Turkey: Officials dismissed more than 6,000 more police, civil servants and academics under emergency rule. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The country’s government has hired Haley Barbour, former Republican Party leader and Mississippi governor, to lobby US politicians. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The government military positions in Donbas were shelled 42 times in the past 24 hours, the press center for the military operation said. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Government forces made advances against the Islamic State group, closing in on the Tigris river in central Mosul. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: Authorities plan to prosecute 12 Jordanians on suspicion of hate speech aimed at victims of the New Year’s nightclub shooting attack in Turkey. (AP)
  • Syria: A car bomb killed at least 14 people in the rebel-held town of Azaz on the border with Turkey. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered the cyber campaign against the US with the intent of undermining the American democratic process and helping Donald Trump win the presidential election. (WP)

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 as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 06JAN: 347,876 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06JAN: 150,385
      • Deaths as of 06JAN: 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 20DEC: 1,864 (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 20DEC: 659 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 05JAN:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 05JAN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 05JAN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08JAN)

  • Cambodia: Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam to visit (to 11JAN)
  • North Korea: Kim Jong Un’s birthday – 1984
  • United States: Kim Kwan-jin, the chief of the National Security Office of South Korea, to visit (to 11JAN)
  • United States: Anniversary of the Tucson Shooting – 2011

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