ONS: 08 January 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 9, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan President Salva Kiir named 50 lawmakers from the rebel movement and agreed to share ministerial posts with his rivals in line with a peace deal aimed at ending a two-year civil war.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s military pledged loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro, ramping up a standoff with the center-right opposition that has vowed to use its new legislative powers to oust him.
  • ASIA: China’s economy, as well as Asia’s, are unlikely to slow down sharply this year despite Chinese stock turmoil that has rocked global financial markets, the Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao said.
  • EUROPE: Belgian police have found three vests for possible use in suicide attacks, traces of explosives and a fingerprint of fugitive Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam at a flat in Brussels.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, Turkish troops repelled an attack by Islamic State militants on a northern military base where Turkish soldiers are training an Iraqi militia.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Senior Obama administration officials will hold high-level discussions with Silicon Valley CEOs, an escalation of their attempts to persuade the executives to do more to block terrorists from using the Internet to recruit and incite violence.

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: Propaganda broadcasts commence; China criticized.
    • As world leaders debate their responses to North Korea’s nuclear test—sanctions, dialogue, or even military force—South Korea has begun its own retaliation with powerful blasts of pop music.
    • The move has led North Korea to begin similar broadcasts of its own.
    • US Secretary of State John Kerry said he had made clear in a phone call with Chinese FM Wang Yi that China’s approach to North Korea had not succeeded.
    • The US is asking China to not only support more robust action at the UN, but to apply its own unilateral economic pressure, as North Korea’s largest benefactor.
    • Two administration officials said the US was now drafting a proposed resolution for UN Security Council approval that would impose sanctions on North Korean trade and finance.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: At least 140 people have been killed in the country over the past two months in a crackdown on anti-government protests, Human Rights Watch said. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: President Salva Kiir named 50 lawmakers from the rebel movement and agreed to share ministerial posts with his rivals in line with a peace deal aimed at ending a two-year civil war. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Authorities have arrested a journalist who criticized the government’s handling of a two-year civil war and whose paper has since been shut down. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: An inert US Hellfire missile was wrongly shipped to the country in 2014, sources, a loss of sensitive military technology that ranks among the worst-known incidents of its kind. (WSJ)
  • United States: Authorities said two people with ties to the ISIS have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in California and Texas, including a refugee from Syria. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The country’s military pledged loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro, ramping up a standoff with the center-right opposition that has vowed to use its new legislative powers to oust him. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Vietnam has accused China of “threatening peace” after more Chinese aircraft landed on a contested reef in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Region: China’s economy, as well as Asia’s, are unlikely to slow down sharply this year despite Chinese stock turmoil that has rocked global financial markets, the Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao said. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: At least four people have been killed in a week of fighting between government troops and an ethnic rebel group in the country’s Rakhine state. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Following high-level talks, the country welcomed Saudi Arabia’s 34-nation alliance to fight terrorism in the Islamic world, but remained noncommittal. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Belgium: Police have found three vests for possible use in suicide attacks, traces of explosives and a fingerprint of fugitive Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam at a flat in Brussels. (AFP)
  • France: Paris authorities are seeking to establish whether an unidentified man shot dead by police represented a significant threat or was acting alone and without support. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The government introduced visa restrictions for Syrians entering the country by air or sea in order to stem the flow of migrants from the war-torn country. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Police raided the offices of the main pro-Kurdish party in central Istanbul, making arrests and seizing documents. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Four Palestinians have been shot dead after trying to stab Israeli soldiers in two incidents in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s military says. (BBC)
  • Iraq: Special-forces raids on an Islamic State stronghold are under way before a planned offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq’s parliamentary speaker Salim al-Jabouri said. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Turkish troops repelled an attack by Islamic State militants on a northern military base where Turkish soldiers are training an Iraqi militia. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Senior Obama administration officials will hold high-level discussions with Silicon Valley CEOs, an escalation of their attempts to persuade the executives to do more to block terrorists from using the Internet to recruit and incite violence. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01C (Pali)
    • Location: 715 NM S of Johnston Island
    • Wind: 51 mph
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06P (Ula)
    • Location: 225 W of Suva, Fiji
    • Wind: 63 mph
    • Movement: NW at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 08JAN: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 08JAN: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 08JAN: 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 08JAN: 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 08JAN: 1626 (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 08JAN: 586 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09JAN)

  • Egypt: Thirteen policemen will go on trial in Egypt after the beating to death of a man in custody in the southern city of Luxor
  • Indonesia: Militant leader Santoso, the first Indonesian to publicly pledge loyalty to Islamic State, has until this date to surrender to Indonesian forces
  • Nigeria: Nigeria’s oil-rich Bayelsa state to have re-run elections due to violence and “electoral irregularities” on the December 5th elections
  • South Sudan: Peace Agreement Day

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