ONS: 12 January 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 13, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Gambian Information Ministry said outgoing President Yayah Jammeh will not step down when his mandate ends on 18JAN, despite his electoral defeat.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico said it would throw its relationship with the US wide open in talks with the incoming Trump administration, putting security, migration and trade on the table.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe offered support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial drug war as the pair met in Manila for talks that also focused on territorial disputes with China.
  • EUROPE: US Army vehicles and soldiers crossed into Poland from Germany and were heading for Zagan, where they will be continuously based.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu called this weekend’s Middle East peace conference in Paris “rigged,” with his government refusing to attend.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Social media network Facebook announced the creation of “The Facebook Journalism Project” to work with news publishers and support local news.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Investigation finds US military ‘self-defense’ in civilian deaths.
    • A US military investigation found US troops acted in self-defense when they opened fire on homes in Afghanistan in a battle that killed 33 civilians in Kunduz province.
    • The targets were Taliban leaders the US military said were responsible for deadly incursions in the area.
    • The unit came under heavy fire from Taliban fighters using civilian houses as firing positions and suffered several casualties before calling in air support.
    • Two US soldiers and three Afghan troops were also killed during the battle.
    • NATO also confirmed the investigation findings.
    • Coverage: AFP, NYT, Reuters, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A member of Nigeria’s parliament said Nigerian lawmakers will discuss whether Gambian President Yahya Jammeh should be given asylum. (AFP)
  • The Gambia: The Information Ministry said outgoing President Yayah Jammeh will not step down when his mandate ends on 18JAN, despite his electoral defeat. (DPA)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma said the ruling ANC party is ready for its first female leader, days after his former wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, was suggested to succeed him. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico said it would throw its relationship with the US wide open in talks with the incoming Trump administration, putting security, migration and trade on the table. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The Colombian armed forces seized a record 378.3 tons of cocaine in 2016, while murder was down by 4 percent. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Intelligence police arrested an opposition lawmaker Gilber Caro on charges of seeking to foment violence, prompting his political party to denounce a new wave of repression by the government. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe offered support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial drug war as the pair met in Manila for talks that also focused on territorial disputes with China. (AFP)
  • Region: Hong Kong’s number two official Carrie Lam resigned ahead of what is expected to be a bid by the tough pro-Beijing figure to lead the divided city. (AFP)
  • Region: China stressed mutual respect and cooperation with the US in response to the implications made by Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, to block Chinese access to its fortified man-made islands in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban released video of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan who were abducted in AUG16, the first public confirmation by the insurgents they are holding the two Westerners. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: The country charged two new suspects in connection with the NOV15 Paris attacks claimed by the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • France: The government backtracked on a policy allowing children to leave the country without their parents’ permission, after years of complaints from families of radicalized teens who left to join extremist groups. (AP)
  • Germany: The country’s economy accelerated slightly last year to grow by 1.9 percent, narrowly beating expectations thanks largely to household and government spending. (AP)
  • Poland: Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said opposition lawmakers blocking the podium in parliament could face fines and possibly even up to 10 years of prison. (AP)
  • Poland: US Army vehicles and soldiers crossed into the country from Germany and were heading for Zagan, where they will be continuously based. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu called this weekend’s Middle East peace conference in Paris “rigged,” with his government refusing to attend. (AFP)
  • Region: Israel’s military uncovered a scam by Hamas militants to spy on its soldiers by hacking their mobile phones after posing as women on social media. (BBC)
  • Syria: Turkish warplanes killed 22 Islamic State terrorists in the northern city of Al-Bab in the last 24 hours. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Social media network Facebook announced the creation of “The Facebook Journalism Project” to work with news publishers and support local news. (Re/Code)

 

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 as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 06JAN: 347,876 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 06JAN: 150,385
      • Deaths as of 06JAN: 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 09JAN: 1,879 (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 09JAN: 659 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 05JAN:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 05JAN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 05JAN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13JAN)

  • India: Bhogi
  • Italy: Palestinian President Abbas to visit Rome
  • Togo: Liberation Day – 1967

 

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