ONS: 10 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 11, 2018

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Tunisia, more than 200 people were arrested and dozens hurt during clashes driven by anger over austerity measures.
  • AMERICAS: The Ecuadorian government said it was looking for a way for Julian Assange to leave the country’s embassy in London.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s president said he’s open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if certain conditions are met, as he vowed to push for more talks.
  • EUROPE: Catalonia’s main separatist parties said they have agreed to re-elect fugitive Carles Puigdemont as president of the region later this month.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Houthi militants in Yemen threatened to block the strategic Red Sea shipping lane if the Saudi-led coalition keeps pushing towards the port of Hodeidah.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft has temporarily stopped fixing a serious security flaw on personal computers powered by certain chips from Advanced Micro Devices because the repair is crippling the affected machines.

TOP STORY: Turkey called on Russia and Iran to pressure Syrian authorities to halt a military offensive in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib.

  • Over the past week, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad have conducted a major offensive into the northwestern province of Idlib, a longtime rebel stronghold.
  • Allegedly, drone strikes against the Russian Hemeimeem air base last Saturday originated from Idlib, which had been designated a “de-escalation zone”.
  • Russia has implied that the US may have been involved with the drone attack, alleging that a US spy plane was in the air at the time.
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has called on Russia and Iran to put pressure on their Syrian ally and halt the offensive, in line with current peace negotiations.
  • Sources: Reuters, Reuters2, AFP, WaPo, AP, RFE-RL

AFRICA

  • Libya: The navy says some 100 migrants are believed missing at sea and that at least 279 others have been rescued off the coast. (AP)
  • Libya: Military strongman Khalifa Haftar has warned that the country may not be ready for democracy even though the UN is planning to hold elections this year. (Guardian)
  • Mozambique: Police said they had arrested 24 suspected terrorists who were on their way to a district in the northern Cabo Delgado province. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: More than 200 people were arrested and dozens hurt during clashes throughout the country after a second night of unrest driven by anger over austerity measures. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Opposition party Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) said its leader Morgan Tsvangirai is not stepping down, contrary to recent media reports. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will order a special panel to investigate the U.S. response to mysterious illnesses that have stricken American diplomats and their relatives in Havana. (WSJ)
  • Colombia: The government and National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group negotiated the possibility of extending a cease fire agreement set to expire at midnight. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: The government said it was looking for a way for Julian Assange to leave the country’s embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has lived since 2012 when he was granted political asylum. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Region: The U.S. government has approved the sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan to defend itself against a growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korea’s president said he’s open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if certain conditions are met, as he vowed to push for more talks. (AFP)
  • Malaysia:  A U.S. exploration firm was mandated by the Malaysian government to resume search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 aircraft. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: One devotee died and more than 800 people were injured in the capital when millions joined a religious procession featuring a blackened image of Jesus. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: Prime Minister Andrej Babis, battling allegations that his business empire illegally tapped European Union subsidies a decade ago, looks certain to lose a parliamentary confidence vote. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Catalonia’s main separatist parties said they have agreed to re-elect fugitive Carles Puigdemont as president of the region later this month, although how to make that legally possible is still up in the air. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the recent conviction of a Turkish bank executive for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, calling it a “political coup attempt” against his government. (RFE-RL)
  • United Kingdom: The government will amend the European Union withdrawal bill in time for it to win backing from Scotland’s pro-independence devolved administration, the Scotland minister said. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Thousands on death row for drug crimes in the country will escape hanging as a new softened anti-narcotics law is enforced, local media reported. (AFP)
  • Israel: Security forces set up roadblocks and deployed around a major Palestinian city in the West Bank in a manhunt for attackers who shot dead an Israeli settler. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Houthi militants threatened to block the strategic Red Sea shipping lane if the Saudi-led coalition it is fighting keeps pushing towards the port of Hodeidah. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Microsoft has temporarily stopped fixing a serious security flaw on personal computers powered by certain chips from Advanced Micro Devices because the repair is crippling the affected machines. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Ava
      • Location: 531nm SE of Europa Island
      • Movement: S at 13mph
      • Wind: 40mph
      • Source
    • Tropical Cyclone Irving
      • Location: 753 nm SO of Port Louis, Mauritius
      • Movement: S-SW at 25mph
      • Wind: 50mph
      • Source
    • Tropical Cyclone Five:
      • Location:
      • Movement: M-NW at 11mph
      • Wind: 30mph
      • Source
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes:
    • Magnitude: 7.6
    • Location: 44km E of Great Swan Island, Honduras
    • Source
  • 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 (11JAN)

  • Albania: Republic Day – Unknown
  • Austria: OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to address Permanent Council in Vienna
  • China: The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to meet to discuss amending the constitution in order to fight graft (to 13JAN)
  • Iran: EU to host meeting of foreign ministers of Iran, France, Germany, and the UK to discuss state of 2015 nuclear agreement
  • Japan: Kagami Biraki – Unknown
  • Morocco: Independence Manifesto Day – 1944
  • United States: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day – 2011

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