ONS: 10 January 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  A security official and an engineer said artillery fire in Benghazi hit a key power station that provides electricity to much of Libya’s east.
  • AMERICAS: The recapture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman took a surprise Hollywood twist when a Mexican official said security forces located the whereabouts of the world’s most-wanted trafficker thanks to a secret interview with US actor Sean Penn.
  • ASIA: The US flew a nuclear-capable B-52 long-distance bomber over South Korea in a show of force after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test.
  • EUROPE: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that a Dutch advisory referendum in April on the bloc’s association agreement with Ukraine could lead to a “continental crisis” if voters reject the treaty.
  • MIDDLE EAST: According to an opposition official in Syria, Al-Qaeda’s local affiliate stormed a radio station and abducted two prominent media activists from a rebel-held northwestern town.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Protests took place across Poland against new laws which demonstrators say gives the newly-elected government power to restrict media freedoms.

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: The Saudi-backed government announced that the next round of negotiations between the warring sides would most probably be postponed to the end of January.
    • The UN’s special envoy for Yemen suggested Geneva as a location for holding peace talks that were due to restart 14JAN on ending conflict in the war-torn country.
    • But the country’s Saudi-backed government announced the next round of peace talks between the warring sides would most probably be postponed to the end of January.
    • Human Rights Watch accused Yemen’s Huthi rebels of arbitrarily detaining dozens of opponents in the capital Sanaa, where they have ruled for more than 15 months.
    • A missile hit a health center operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in northern Yemen, killing three people and wounding 10 others, the aid agency’s spokeswoman said.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, Reuters-1, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Libya:  A security official and an engineer said artillery fire in Benghazi hit a key power station that provides electricity to much of the country’s east. (AFP)
  • Libya: Der Spiegel magazine reported Germany is considering sending more than 100 troops to train the armed forces. (AFP)
  • Niger: The constitutional court approved 15 candidates for next month’s presidential election, including imprisoned opposition figure Hama Amadou. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: According to a US official, the government said it is open to reviewing its Parole program that encourages Cuban doctors on international missions to “defect” and move to the US. (EFE)
  • Argentina: The federal police chief said a manhunt was still on for two of the South American country’s most notorious criminals hours after the government celebrated their capture. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The recapture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman took a surprise, Hollywood twist when a Mexican official said security forces located the whereabouts of the world’s most-wanted trafficker thanks to a secret interview with US actor Sean Penn. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The US flew a nuclear-capable B-52 long-distance bomber over South Korea in a show of force after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test. (NYT)
  • Region: Pakistan will present a list of Taliban willing to negotiate with Kabul at a meeting in Islamabad with Afghan, Chinese, and US envoys in an aim to revive the Afghan peace process. (AP)
  • China: Thousands of protesters marched through central Hong Kong, demanding the release of five missing booksellers who are feared to have been detained by authorities in mainland China. (AFP)
  • North Korea:  Leader Kim Jong-Un took a tour of the military headquarters to celebrate the country’s widely disputed claim of a hydrogen bomb test. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that a Dutch advisory referendum in April on the bloc’s association agreement with Ukraine could lead to a “continental crisis” if voters reject the treaty. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Catalonia’s separatists are set to vote in a new regional president to push for independence from the country, itself without a government, after the region’s leader stepped aside. (WSJ)
  • Switzerland: The head of the populist rightwing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) Toni Brunner will resign in April, the country’s largest party, just months after securing record support in general elections. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: State television reported the country’s new long-awaited parliament convened its opening session after the last one dissolved over three years ago. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged to stamp out corruption this year amid criticism from the nation’s highest Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, that his government has done little to combat graft. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The country’s powerful Shiite militias freed 65 civilians who were abducted three months earlier, after a campaign in local media called for their fate to be made known. (DPA)
  • Syria: According to an opposition official, Al-Qaeda’s local affiliate stormed a radio station and abducted two prominent media activists from a rebel-held northwestern town. (AFP)
  • Syria: A senior US official said only a third of Russia’s air strikes are targeting Islamic State and its imprecise attacks are forcing the population to flee, fueling Europe’s refugee crisis. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Media Freedom: Protests took place across Poland against new laws which demonstrators say gives the newly-elected government power to restrict media freedoms. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01C (Pali)
    • Location: 612 NM SSW of Johnston Island
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: W at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06P (Ula)
    • Location: 358 ENE of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Wind: 132 mph
    • Movement: SW at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 10JAN: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 10JAN: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 10JAN: 653,249 (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: 31,543
      • Deaths as of 10JAN: 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 10JAN: 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 10JAN: 586 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11JAN)

  • Global: Global Counterterrorism Forum in the Netherlands
  • Afghanistan: Officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States, and China will hold talks in Islamabad on ending the war with the Taliban

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