ONS: 12 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 12, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somalian PM Sharmarke named a cabinet of 60 people as he warned of the “huge task” ahead to bring peace to the country.
  • AMERICAS: Haitian President Martelly and national lawmakers struck a last-minute deal to hold new elections by late this year, defusing an escalating political crisis.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s ISI chief Akhtar met with Afghan President Ghani to discuss ways to boost coordination in fighting militant attacks in the region.
  • EUROPE: German FM Steinmeier is to host his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and France in an attempt to move forward efforts to calm the Ukrainian crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry said he hopes to accelerate the progress of nuclear negotiations when he meets Iranian FM Zarif later this week.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama is to call for federal legislation intended to force American companies to be more forthcoming when credit card data and other consumer information are lost in an online breach.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: Government steps up security across country.
    • Defense Minister Le Drian said 10,000 soldiers will be called up from Tuesday to protect “sensitive sites in the whole country” given the “scale of threats”.
    • PM Valls said security forces were hunting for a “probable” accomplice.
    • The troop deployment would come on top of 5,000 police and security forces already mobilized Monday to protect some 717 schools and Jewish sites.
    • Turkish FM Cavusoglu said the common-law wife of one of the perpetrators of attacks last week crossed into Syria from Turkey on 08JAN.
    • US Secretary Kerry said he will travel to Paris this week for talks on countering extremist violence.
    • Coverage: AFPAPAP-2NYTNYT-2ReutersWP

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The head of the country’s recognized government PM al-Thani pleaded for more help from the international community, warning that the country could become a haven for jihadists. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: UNSG Ban Ki-moon condemned recent attacks by Boko Haram that killed hundreds of people in the country. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The Archbishop of Jos called for the same international support to tackle Boko Haram as France has received since it was hit by Islamist attacks last week. (AFP)
  • Somalia: PM Sharmarke named a cabinet of 60 people as he warned of the “huge task” ahead to bring peace to the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Government representatives and members of the FARC are to begin their next round of peace negotiations on 26JAN. (EFE)
  • Haiti: President Martelly and national lawmakers struck a last-minute deal to hold new elections by late this year, defusing an escalating political crisis. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Analysts reported that traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the US border in a new sign that the marijuana decriminalization trend is upending the North American narcotics trade. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan’s ISI chief Akhtar met with Afghan President Ghani to discuss ways to boost coordination in fighting militant attacks in the region. (Reuters)
  • Region: Japan and China resumed talks about setting up a hotline to prevent sea clashes in the first working-level talks since 2012. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Navy divers retrieved one of the ‘black boxes’ from the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea late last month. (NYT)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Park Geun-hye urged North Korea discuss projects of reconciliation on the divided Korean Peninsula. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: The Army Public School in Peshawar reopened for the first time since the 16DEC14 attack that claimed the lives of 150 people. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German FM Steinmeier is to host his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and France in an attempt to move forward efforts to calm the Ukrainian crisis. (AP)
  • Region: Analysts reported that information gathered from migrants rescued at sea “confirms that social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are widely used to share information on how to enter the EU illegally.” (AP)
  • Russia: The central bank reported that in 2014 it sold USD76.1 billion and EUR5.4 billion in attempts to support the ruble, as the currency continued to fall. (AFP)
  • Spain: The trial of 35 members of Batasuna, the banned political wing of ETA, was suspended after three of their six lawyers were arrested. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US Secretary Kerry said he hopes to accelerate the progress of nuclear negotiations when he meets FM Zarif later this week. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: RW called on the government to drop charges against former lawmaker Saleh al-Mulla, facing trial for tweets deemed critical of the emir and the Egyptian president. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front threatened action against security forces members it holds as captives after police stormed a wing of the country’s largest prison where Islamist militants are detained. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US President Obama is to call for federal legislation intended to force American companies to be more forthcoming when credit card data and other consumer information are lost in an online breach. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Bansi)
    • Location: 191 NM NNW of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: E at 8 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (13JAN)

  • Sri Lanka: Pope Francis to visit (to 16JAN)
  • Togo: Togo Liberation Day – 1967

 

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