ONS: 08 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 8, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Jonathan formally began his campaign for re-election.
  • AMERICAS: Activists reported that a pair of 18-year-old twin brothers are among the political prisoners released by Cuba as it moves towards normalizing ties with the US.
  • ASIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to increase cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean as he opened the China-CELAC forum in Beijing.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk called on Europe to maintain economic pressure on Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, car bombs exploded at three checkpoints on the western outskirts of Samarra, killing at least three people and wounding 41 others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: FBI Director Comey said the US is confident about North Korea’s involvement in threats against Sony Pictures because the people involved did not properly use tactics designed to obscure the source of the messages.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: Police hunt suspects amid new shooting in Paris.
    • Two brothers suspected of having gunned down 12 people in the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were spotted in the northern Aisne region.
    • PM Valls said that “several” people had been interrogated and detained overnight in connection with the terrorist attack.
    • A gunman shot dead a policewoman and wounded a city employee with an automatic rifle south of Paris.
    • France’s main Islamic groups urged imams to condemn terrorism in the wake of the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.
    • Police reported several attacks on mosques around the country that left no casualties.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, Bloomberg, NYT, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: The WHO reported that the global death toll from the Ebola outbreak centered in West Africa jumped to 8,235 out of 20,747 recorded cases. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan formally began his campaign for re-election. (AFP)
  • Uganda: The Defense Ministry said that army officers met a top commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army held in US custody. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Activists reported that a pair of 18-year-old twin brothers are among the political prisoners released by the country as it moves towards normalizing ties with the US. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: Armed Amazon tribesmen briefly seized an oilfield, halting production before clashing with soldiers who reclaimed the facility. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The President of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary and head of the Supreme Court, Anel Alexis Joseph, resigned on the recommendation of a commission appointed by President Martelly. (Miami Herald)
  • Mexico: Thirteen police officers were detained in the state of Veracruz in connection with a journalist’s kidnapping. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani political leaders are scheduled to meet Afghan President Ghani in Kabul to discuss cooperation in the war on terror. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Police shot and killed two people overnight during ongoing violent opposition protests against the anniversary of PM Hasina’s controversial reelection. (AFP)
  • Burma: Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside an airport in Rakhine state in protest against a planned human rights visit by a United Nations envoy. (AFP)
  • China: President Xi Jinping pledged to increase cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean as he opened the China-CELAC forum in Beijing. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: Voting in the country’s presidential election closed with monitors and officials saying turnout was high, despite some reports of intimidation. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: A newly published poll indicated that the majority of people in the country viewed Islam as a threat. (AFP)
  • Greece: The ECB said that the country’s access to funding beyond February will depend on Athens successfully completing a final bailout review. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The Foreign Ministry urged all of its remaining citizens to leave Libya following a threat made on a Facebook page to shoot down Turkish aircraft. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: PM Yatsenyuk called on Europe to maintain economic pressure on Russia. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Car bombs exploded at three checkpoints on the western outskirts of Samarra, killing at least three people and wounding 41 others. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: A senior US official said that the Palestinians are not eligible to join the International Criminal Court. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists reported that some members of the religious police force set up by Islamic State have been kidnapped in the eastern city of Mayadin. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: FBI Director Comey said the US is confident about North Korea’s involvement in threats against Sony Pictures because the people involved did not properly use tactics designed to obscure the source of the messages. (WSJ)

 

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: 20,206 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United States)
      • Deaths: 7,905 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 29DEC: 1,071,696 (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: 22,796
      • Deaths as of 29DEC: 169 (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 05JAN: 945 (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 05JAN: 348 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09JAN)

  • Ukraine: Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevic to visit Kiev (to 10JAN)

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