ONS: 11 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 11, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir submitted his candidacy for reelection in an April 13 vote widely expected to hand him another five-year term.
  • AMERICAS: US security ministers met with their EU counterparts to work on a joint response to the threat of jihadist attacks.
  • ASIA: A rolling transport blockade organised by the Bangladeshi opposition is taking a huge toll on the economy, with the vital garment industry hit particularly hard.
  • EUROPE: A newspaper in the German city of Hamburg that reprinted Mohammed cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo was the target of an arson attack.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Human Rights Watch urged the Yemeni government to “credibly” investigate the killing of a prominent southern separatist while he was being arrested during a protest.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The hacker-activist group Anonymous launched a mission against Islamic extremists and recently temporarily took down a French jihadist website.

 

TOP STORY

  • Sri Lanka: Investigations in an alleged coup bid by ex-President
  • Sri Lanka’s new government began investigating an attempt by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stage a “coup” to stay in power after last week’s presidential election.
  • A spokesman on Sunday accused the toppled strongman Rajapaksa of having tried to stage a coup to cling to power after losing the presidential election.
  • Rajapaksa allegedly tried to persuade the army chief to deploy troops when it became clear he had lost Sri Lanka’s election.
  • The spokesman claimed that Rajapaksa stepped down only after the army chief and the police inspector general refused to go along with him.
  • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, XIN

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: Pres. Keita named seven new ministers with cabinet members replaced in key defence and economy posts in the strife-torn west African nation. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The military has called for support in tackling Boko Haram after a major attack on a northeast town is feared to be the worst in the six-year insurgency. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Nigerian People’s Democratic Party said presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s inability to submit his first School Leaving Certificate to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was enough to disqualify him. (Vanguard)
  • Sudan: Pres. al-Bashir submitted his candidacy for reelection in an April 13 vote widely expected to hand him another five-year term. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: Protesters burned tires and threw rocks and glass bottles at riot police during another anti-government demonstration in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. (AP)
  • United States: Security ministers met with their EU counterparts to work on a joint response to the threat of jihadist attacks. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Eight vehicles from the state-owned telephone company CANTV were destroyed by a bomb launched by unknown persons in a parking lot in the northeastern city of Puerto Ordaz. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: A rolling transport blockade organised by the opposition is taking a huge toll on the economy, with the vital garment industry hit particularly hard. (AFP)
  • China: Shanghai has canceled its famed Lunar New Year lantern festival in the wake of a stampede that left 36 people dead. (AP)
  • China: Police detained 25 angry plane passengers who opened emergency exit doors before take-off after their flight was delayed by snow. (AFP)
  • India: PM Modi promised “truly unlimited” reforms in his bid to transform the economy into a global powerhouse. (AFP)
  • Korea, S.: Four people have been confirmed injured in a chemical-carrying ship explosion incident in South Korea’s southeast coast. (XIN)
  • Sri Lanka: Newly-elected Pres. Sirisena has engineered enough defections from his predecessor’s party to secure a parliamentary majority essential for radical constitutional reforms. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji said that the H5N8 virus was found in tissue samples from geese raised for breeding in a farm in Chiayi County. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Croatia: A liberal incumbent faces a tough challenge from a conservative rival in the presidential runoff election that is held amid deep discontent over economic woes in the European Union’s newest member. (AP)
  • France: The Paris prosecutors’ spokeswoman says five people detained in connection with the three days of bloodshed have been released from custody. (AP)
  • France: A man resembling Amedy Coulibaly, who shot a policewoman and took hostages at a Jewish supermarket in the Paris attacks, claimed to be a member of the Islamic State group in a posthumous video released online. (AFP)
  • Germany: A newspaper in the city of Hamburg that reprinted Mohammed cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo was the target of an arson attack. (AFP)
  • Poland: The country’s foreign ministry said it would repatriate nearly 200 nationals from separatist regions of Ukraine in the grip of an armed conflict. (AFP)
  • Spain: Interior Minister Diaz said he will make the case in Paris for a modification to the Schengen treaty allowing border controls in order to limit the movements of Islamic fighters returning to Europe from the Middle East. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Forces have blamed the Donbas militia for launching 18 attacks on their positions last night using heavy artillery. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Venezuelan Pres. Maduro arrived in Saudi Arabia, following a visit to Iran to discuss the impact of plummeting crude prices. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The Army released the names of two suicide bombers who killed nine people in Tripoli in the latest violence linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Human Rights Watch urged the government to “credibly” investigate the killing of a prominent southern separatist while he was being arrested during a protest. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The hacker-activist group Anonymous launched a mission against Islamic extremists and recently temporarily took down a French jihadist website. (UPI)

 

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 (12JAN)

  • Haiti: 5th anniversary of 7.0 earthquake in Haiti – 2010
  • Pakistan: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit and meet Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to discuss bilateral economic cooperation

 

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