ONS: 10 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 10, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: East African foreign ministers met in Mogadishu to push peace efforts in Somalia, the first time the regional bloc has met in the country for almost three decades.
  • AMERICAS: The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will soon allow Mexican trucking firms to apply for authorization to make long-haul cross-border runs.
  • ASIA: A faction of Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an apparent suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, which killed seven people and wounded 15 others.
  • EUROPE: A banned radical Turkish Marxist group has retracted its claim for a suicide bombing in the heart of Istanbul’s tourist district, saying it did not carry out the attack that killed the bomber and one policeman.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi authorities say two separate bombings on commercial streets have killed eight people in and around Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Six members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization proposed an updated draft of International Code of Conduct for Information Security to the United Nations.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: Following twin hostage standoffs, terror threat and danger still not over
  • Forces continue search for the girlfriend of an Islamist gunman as the country mourned 17 dead in three blood-soaked days.
  • Key members of the government met to decide on new measures aimed at thwarting a repeat of the attacks in Paris that culminated in a massacre at a satirical newspaper and a supermarket bloodbath.
  • Many militant supporters organized under the Arabic hashtag #Parisattack and #Parisisburning, with some calling the newspaper assault a holy attack by the “lions of the Khalifa,”or caliphate.
  • French President Francois Hollande urged his nation to remain united and vigilant, and the city shut down a central Jewish neighborhood following fears of more violence.
  • “The threats facing France are not finished,” Hollande said. “We are a free people who don’t cave to pressure.”
  • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, CNN

 

AFRICA

  • Region: East African foreign ministers met in Mogadishu to push peace efforts in Somalia, the first time the regional bloc has met in the country for almost three decades. (AFP)
  • Region: Tanzania will back a UN military offensive against Rwandan rebels in lawless eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Pres. Kikwete has said, dismissing accusations he favoured the insurgents as “preposterous.” (AFP)
  • Libya: Rival factions have agreed to meet in Geneva next week in a bid to end the country’s political crisis, days after a similar meeting was cancelled. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will soon allow Mexican trucking firms to apply for authorization to make long-haul cross-border runs. (AP)
  • Canada: Police say two brothers have been arrested and charged with terrorism related offences. (AP)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors want to speak to mayor of Medellin de Bravo as part of an investigation into the kidnapping of a journalist by gunmen. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesian search and rescue teams raised the tail of Flight QZ8501 and will soon search it for the flight recorders. (Reuters)
  • Region: North Korea said it had offered to “temporarily” suspend any future nuclear test if the United States cancels its annual joint military drills with South Korea this year. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization jointly announced at least 212 villagers have been infected with HIV in a remote Roka commune in the Battambang province. (XIN)
  • Pakistan: A faction of the country’s Taliban claimed responsibility for an apparent suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, which killed seven people and wounded 15 others. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: Pres. Sirisena began assembling a cabinet on his first day in office as he looks to deliver on pledges to repair the war-torn nation’s diplomatic standing and implement democratic reforms. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A range of parameters which are the conditions for granting Russia’s $3 billion bonded loan to Ukraine are being violated, according to government officials. (TASS)
  • Portugal: Vandals tagged the main mosque in Lisbon with far-right graffiti the day after its imam condemned the Islamist terror attacks in Paris. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A banned radical Marxist group has retracted its claim for a suicide bombing in the heart of Istanbul’s tourist district, saying it did not carry out the attack that killed the bomber and one policeman. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has been working around the clock this week to help millions of refugees and internally displaced people endure a severe winter storm that has been sweeping across much of the Middle East. (XIN)
  • Iraq: Authorities say two separate bombings on commercial streets have killed eight people in and around Baghdad. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Raif Badawi, convicted of insulting Islam, was brought to a public square in the city of Jeddah and flogged 50 times before hundreds of spectators. (Guardian)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Six members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization proposed an updated draft of International Code of Conduct for Information Security to the United Nations. (XIN)

 

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: 21,056 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 8,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 29DEC: 1,091,612 (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: 960 (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: 354 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11JAN)

  • Croatia: Presidential runoff
  • Russia: Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevic to visit Moscow (to 12JAN)

 

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