ONS: 07 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 8, 2018

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Thirteen Senegalese youths were killed by “armed elements” in the Casamance region, an area ravaged by armed conflict for more than three decades.
  • AMERICAS: In Honduras, tens of thousands of people marched against the reelection of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, demanding that his rival be recognized as the real winner of the election.
  • ASIA: The North Korean regime announced its delegation for a rare high-level meeting with the South this week will be led by Ri Son-Gwon, head of the North’s agency handling inter-Korean affairs.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel embarked on talks with the center-left Social Democrats on forming a new government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian Revolutionary Guard says the nation and its security forces have ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted last month.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  The lobby group for some of the most powerful US tech firms said it would join the legal challenge to the planned rollback of “net neutrality” rules.

TOP STORY: Thirty-two sailors are missing after an oil tanker collided with a cargo ship off the coast of Shanghai, China, setting the tanker ablaze.

  • The tanker was carrying 136,000 tons of oil from Iran, and was en route to South Korea, while the cargo ship was carrying 64,000 tons of grain from the US to China.
  • All 32 missing are from the crew of the tanker, identified as 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.
  • The whole 21-man crew of the cargo ship, all Chinese nationals, have been rescued.
  • The collision occurred 160 nautical miles east of the Yangtze River Delta, though reports do not indicate what may have caused it.
  • China and South Korea have both sent out search and rescue assets to the scene.
  • The tanker is reported to still be floating, and burning. Reports do not indicate the status of the cargo ship.
  • Sources: AFP, Xinhua, Guardian, CNN, BBC, Xiamen

AFRICA

  • Region: Julius Ayuk Tabe, a leading member of a separatist movement in Cameroon, has been taken into custody in the capital of neighboring Nigeria with his aides. (Reuters)
  • Region: Nigeria is to speed up repatriating its citizens from Libya which has been accused of exploiting and ill-treating migrants, its foreign minister said. (AFP)
  • Senegal: Thirteen youths were killed by “armed elements” in the Casamance region, an area ravaged by armed conflict for more than three decades, a security source said. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The government of Rio Grande do Norte state, where police have been on strike for 19 days, declared a state of emergency via its public safety system. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: The National Assembly elected Maria Alejandra Vicuna to serve as the country’s vice president, after her predecessor Jorge Glas was sentenced to six years in prison for corruption. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: Tens of thousands of people marched against the reelection of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, demanding that his rival be recognized as the real winner of the election. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least 20 insurgents including their three local commanders were killed and eight others injured during airstrikes conducted by Afghan air forces in Farah province. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: Premier Hun Sen led a huge rally marking the anniversary of the fall of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, seizing the opportunity to burnish his image as savior of the nation. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Rohingya rebels claimed responsibility for an ambush against security forces that left several wounded in northern Rakhine state. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The regime announced its delegation for a rare high-level meeting with the South this week will be led by Ri Son-Gwon, head of the North’s agency handling inter-Korean affairs. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Britain: Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle is expected to see senior ministers axed, in light of a string of recent scandals and departures. (Reuters)
  • Cyprus: Turkish Cypriots voted in a snap parliamentary election overshadowed by last year’s failure to reach a peace deal for the divided island. (AFP)
  • France: Thousands of Kurds protest in Paris over the failure of the French authorities to convict anyone over the 2013 murders of three female Kurdish rebels. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel embarked on talks with the center-left Social Democrats on forming a new government. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Leaked tapes of a conversation including intelligence officers reveal officials’ tacit acceptance of the US announcement on the status of Jerusalem. (NYT)
  • Iran: The Revolutionary Guard says the nation and its security forces have ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted last month. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The kingdom’s attorney general confirmed 11 princes had been arrested after protesting austerity measures and would face trial after “disrupting public peace and order”. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The lobby group for some of the most powerful US tech firms said it would join the legal challenge to the planned rollback of “net neutrality” rules. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Ava
      • Location: 396NM W-SW of St. Denis
      • Movement: S-SE at 13mph
      • Wind: 40mph
      • Source
    • Tropical Cyclone Irving
      • Location: 890NM E-SE of Diego Garcia
      • Movement: SW at 18mph
      • Wind:  75mph
      • Source
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kadovar Volcano in Papua New Guinea
    • Ash cloud height: 2,133 meters
    • More than 500 residents evacuated (of 500-600 on the island)
    • Source, Source2
  • 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 (08JAN)

  • China: French President Emmanuel Macron to visit (to 10JAN)
  • Greece: Yinekokratia – Unknown
  • India-Pakistan: Pakistan to release and repatriate the remainder of 291 detained Indian fishermen
  • Japan: Coming of Age Day – Unknown
  • Northern Mariana Islands: Commonwealth Day – 1978
  • North Korea: Kim Jong-un’s Birthday – 1983
  • Puerto Rico: Birthday of Eugenio María de Hostos – 1839
  • Sint Maarten: General elections

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