ONS: 09 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 10, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisia’s main opposition party will step up protests until the government drops the “unjust” 2018 budget.
  • AMERICAS: Canada will be prepared for a possible wave of Salvadoran asylum seekers after the US announced it would drop special protections affecting some 200,000 people.
  • ASIA: South Korea won’t renegotiate a 2015 agreement with Japan over World War II ‘comfort women’, but would use its own funds instead to address victims’ needs.
  • EUROPE: British PM Theresa May’s leadership team shake-up was branded a shambles after one minister quit and media reported another had refused to move jobs.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria accused Israel of attacking Syrian territory three times early with jets and ground-to-ground missiles.
  • TECHNOLOGY: French President Emmanuel Macron stressed the importance of cooperation between France and China in the field of artificial intelligence.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: North to attend Olympics as formal talks begin.
    • North Korea agreed to send athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, a symbolic breakthrough after months of escalating tensions between both countries.
    • Both sides suggested the talks could lead to a broader dialogue about improving inter-Korean relations.
    • The first formal talks between the North and South since 2015 took place in the truce village of Panmunjom, which straddles the demilitarized zone.
    • South Korea has been eager to see North Korean athletes participating in next month’s Olympics, partly to minimize the chances of Pyongyang doing something provocative to ruin Seoul’s party.
    • North Korea also restored a military hotline with the South, in the second reopening of a suspended inter-Korean communication channel in about a week.
    • Coverage: AP, Guardian, LAT, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • South Africa: A train crash on the outskirts of Johannesburg left more than 200 people injured. (AP)
  • Tunisia: PM Youssef Chahed sought to calm anti-austerity protesters with promises of an end to economic hardship. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The country’s main opposition party will step up protests until the government drops the “unjust” 2018 budget. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US would be “putting people intentionally in harm’s way” if it sent diplomats back to Cuba, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. (AP)
  • Region: Canada will be prepared for a possible wave of Salvadoran asylum seekers after the US announced it would drop special protections affecting some 200,000 people. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Chihuahua state governor, Javier Corral Regional, accused the federal government of retaliation for corruption charges against prominent members of the country’s ruling party. (Guardian)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea won’t renegotiate a 2015 agreement with Japan over World War II ‘comfort women’, but would use its own funds instead to address victims’ needs. (WSJ)
  • Region: Chinese rescue workers expanded their search radius to locate the crew of an Iranian oil tanker burning in the East China Sea. (WSJ)
  • Region: The Philippines will make a diplomatic protest to China, alleging Beijing reneged on a promise not to militarize artificial islands in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The government said former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the country last year to evade a prison sentence, is in Britain. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany halted the deportation of a Turkish man convicted of supporting terrorism over concerns he could be tortured if sent to Turkey. (AP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their prospective center-left allies pushed ahead with talks on a possible new government. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Tayyip Erdogan condemned a US sanctions-busting case against a Turkish bank executive as a “political coup attempt” and a joint effort by the CIA and FBI to undermine Ankara. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: PM Theresa May’s leadership team shake-up was branded a shambles after one minister quit and media reported another had refused to move jobs. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Syria accused Israel of attacking Syrian territory three times early with jets and ground-to-ground missiles. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey’s military will continue its operation in Syria’s Afrin and Manbij regions, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. (Reuters)
  • Iran: An Iranian reformist lawmaker said some 3,700 people were arrested in two weeks of nationwide protests, a far higher number than previously released. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia says the number of Russian troops left in the country is sufficient for fending off any attacks by militants. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: French President Emmanuel Macron stressed the importance of cooperation between France and China in the field of artificial intelligence. (EFE)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Ava
    • Location: 478 NM SE of Europa island
    • Movement: ESE at 4 mph
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Irving
    • Location: 795 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: WSW at 21 mph
    • Wind: 100 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (10JAN)

  • Bahamas: Majority Rule Day – 1967
  • Benin: Voodoo Day – Unknown

 

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