ONS: 08 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 8, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria to postpone presidential elections for six more weeks.
  • AMERICAS:  At least 6,000 protesters marched through the Haitian capital demanding lower gas prices and the ouster of President Michel Martelly.
  • ASIA:  India PM Modi’s party staunchly denied that he was facing election defeat even though exit polls tipped an anti-corruption campaigner to win New Delhi’s state polls.
  • EUROPE: Secretary of State Kerry pledged “additional” US assistance to Ukraine as it battles Russian-backed separatists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN envoy returned to Sanaa, Yemen and resumed contacts with political players to find a way out of a deepening crisis caused by a Shiite rebel takeover.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Pakistan implemented a permanent ban on YouTube, due to the inability to “filter out blasphemous content.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Surprise US-Iranian nuclear talks in Munich revealed no new progress.
    • US Secretary of State Kerry met for surprise talks with his Iranian counterpart in new nuclear discussions the sidelines of a security conference in Munich.
    • Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif said extending nuclear talks with global powers beyond a looming deadline would not be “useful” or “conducive to an agreement”.
    • Iran’s top leader says no deal is better than a bad deal when it comes to negotiations with world powers over the country’s disputed nuclear program.
    • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he would go along with any nuclear deal with the six major powers if it did not go against the interests of his nation.
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu vowed to do everything possible to prevent world powers from reaching a “bad and dangerous deal” with Iran over its nuclear program.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-1, AP, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Al-Jazeera journalist Baher Mohamed faced languishing in jail for an indefinite period because he has only Egyptian nationality. (AFP)
  • Libya: Warring factions announced resumption in UN-sponsored talks to try to resolve a struggle between two governments and parliaments. (Reuters)
  • Niger: Boko Haram attacked a border town for the second time since Friday, engaging in overnight combat with the army in an assault that was ultimately repulsed. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Nigeria to postpone presidential elections for six more weeks. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The country’s official news agency said authorities arrested 32 extremists and thwarted an ambitious plot to attack country-wide civilian and military sites. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels invited the newly crowned Miss Universe to assist their peace negotiations with the government. (BBC)
  • Haiti: At least 6,000 protesters marched through the capital demanding lower gas prices and the ouster of President Michel Martelly. (AP)
  • Mexico: A federal judge ordered immediate release of money-laundering Sandra Avila Beltran, who allegedly liaisoned between Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro urged US President Obama to rectify his attitude against his administration and demanded respect for the country’s sovereignty. (XIN)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: 20 militants laid down arms and gave up fighting in the eastern Nangarhar province with Jalalabad as its capital, 120 km east of Kabul. (XIN)
  • India: PM Modi’s party staunchly denied that he was facing election defeat even though exit polls tipped an anti-corruption campaigner to win New Delhi’s state polls. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Abe’s ratings soared as a result of his handling of the IS hostage crisis following the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: The country test-fired five short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast, a day after its announced launch of a new rocket raised tensions. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: A Presidential spokesman announced the expectation of President Park to reshuffle her cabinet amid an all-time low approval rating of 29%. (Yonhap)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Pakistani exports to the EU increased by more than a billion dollars after a landmark trade deal last year which made its products more competitive. (AFP)
  • France: The far-right party National Front faced the Socialists in an election for a vacant parliament seat. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police launched a new wave of raids seeking to arrest suspects accused of wiretapping the communications of President Erdogan and other top officials. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Secretary of State Kerry pledged “additional” US assistance to the country as it battles Russian-backed separatists. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Jordanian official said the country has launched dozens of air strikes against the IS since a video showed the brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot. (AP)
  • Iraq: Baghdad’s decade-old nightly curfew ended after midnight, hours after IS militants detonated bombs killing at least 40 people. (AP)
  • Iraq: Shiite militiamen of the Badr Organization celebrated a win against the Islamic State in a crucial battle that drove them away from key territories. (NYT)
  • Yemen: The UN envoy to returned to Sanaa and resumed contacts with political players to find a way out of a deepening crisis caused by a Shiite rebel takeover. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet Censorship: Pakistan implemented a permanent ban on YouTube, due to the inability to “filter out blasphemous content.” (RFE/RL)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 02W (Higos)
    • Location: 737 NM E of Anderson AFB, Guam
    • Movement: NWN at 7 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Cyclone 11S (Fundi)
    • Location: 435 NM SSW of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: S at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes:  Fuego Volcano, Guatemala
    • Ash plumes filled the sky, blanketing Antigua and closing the airport. (BBC)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 22,495 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 8,981 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 06FEB: 1,172,787(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: 25,255
      • Deaths as of 06FEB: 181 (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 (09FEB)

  • Australia: Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold a meeting of his parliamentary colleagues to consider a challenge to his leadership
  • European Union: Foreign Affairs Council announces decision on extending Russian sanctions.
  • Turkey: G20 Financial Chiefs to meet in Istanbul to discuss and exchange views on how to prevent the funding of terrorism (to 11FEB)
  • United States: German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit with President Obama in Washington

 

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