ONS: 08 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 9, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s navy rescued 272 migrants whose vessels were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea as they tried to reach southern Europe.
  • AMERICAS: US national security adviser HR McMaster says there are early signs of Russian interference in Mexico’s upcoming presidential election.
  • ASIA: South Korea will seek discussions on resuming reunions of separated families at this week’s inter-Korean talks with North Korea.
  • EUROPE: French President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe to take part in China’s Silk Road plan, as he began a visit to China.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif warned neighboring countries over fomenting insecurity in his country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Intel continues to face scrutiny and a PR crisis over the Spectre and Meltdown glitches, which could allow hackers to steal the entire memory contents of computers.

 

TOP STORY

  • East China Sea: International efforts to rescue tanker crew ongoing.
    • Chinese authorities warned a large Iranian oil tanker that collided with a cargo ship in the East China Sea on 06JAN was at risk of explosion and sinking.
    • The crew, 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, remain missing despite international rescue efforts.
    • Rescuers attempting to reach the site were being beaten back by toxic clouds.
    • Four Chinese government ships, two pollution control vessels, four commercial vessels, several fishing boats and a South Korean Coast Guard ship were aiding the search.
    • In addition, the US Navy dispatched aircraft to search an area of 3,600 square nautical miles without locating any crew members.
    • Coverage: BBC, FT, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Libya’s navy rescued 272 migrants whose vessels were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea as they tried to reach southern Europe. (AP)
  • South Africa: The new leader of the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa called for unity as the party becomes increasingly divided over the future of President Jacob Zuma. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: The number of deaths from the country’s year-long outbreak of listeriosis, caused by a food-borne bacteria, has jumped to 61. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US national security adviser HR McMaster says there are early signs of Russian interference in Mexico’s upcoming presidential election. (Hill)
  • Brazil: Police arrested Stephan de Souza Vieira, a drug lord accused of ordering a deadly prison riot on New Year’s Day. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Mexican marines exchanged gunfire with a group of gunmen in Los Cabos, in Baja California Sur state, leaving seven dead. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea will announce on 09JAN whether it will respect an agreement with Japan that was aimed at resolving a feud over “comfort women” forced to work in wartime brothels. (Reuters)
  • India: The country’s top court will re-examine its colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to 10 years in prison. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea will seek discussions on resuming reunions of separated families at this week’s inter-Korean talks with North Korea. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: Senior executives from state oil company PetroVietnam are standing trial as part of a crackdown on corruption in the country’s energy and banking sectors. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: French President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe to take part in China’s Silk Road plan, as he began a visit to China. (AFP)
  • Region: Armenian military authorities in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region say one of their soldiers was killed by an Azerbaijani sniper. (RFE/RL)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats agreed to provide income tax relief for high earners, signaling progress in their talks on forming a coalition government. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The Greek government suspended the granting of asylum to one of eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece after the 2016 failed coup in Turkey. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif warned neighboring countries over fomenting insecurity in his country. (AP)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani suggested the real targets of recent nationwide protests were powerful conservatives opposed to his plans to expand individual freedoms at home. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 21 civilians were killed by suspected Russian and Syrian airstrikes on the rebel-held province of Idlib. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The death toll from a 07JAN car bombing in Idlib rose to at least 25, with nearly 100 people wounded. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Intel continues to face scrutiny and a PR crisis over the Spectre and Meltdown glitches, which could allow hackers to steal the entire memory contents of computers. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Ava
    • Location: 430 NM SW of St. Denis, Reunion
    • Movement: S at 5 mph
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Irving
    • Location: 786 NM SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SW at 21 mph
    • Wind: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Kadovar Island, Papua New Guinea
    • Ash eruption over 2km in the atmosphere has caused hundreds to evacuate. (Xinhua)
  • 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 08JAN: 2,122 (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: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09JAN)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republic Day in the Republika Srpska – 1992
  • Colombia: Ceasefire to end between Colombian government and ELN rebels
  • Colombia: New round of peace talks between Colombian government and ELN rebels to take place in Quito
  • North Korea: North Korean companies in China to shut down, as sanctions take effect
  • Panama: Martyr’s Day – 1964
  • South Sudan: Comprehensive Peace Agreement Day – 2005

 

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