ONS: 13 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 13, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s top appeals court ordered the retrial of deposed President Mubarak and his two sons in a corruption case.

  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro said the country will receive “several billion dollars” in financing from Qatari banks to help withstand the fall in crude prices.

  • ASIA: China and Japan agreed to the early launch of a maritime and air crisis management mechanism aimed at avoiding unwanted clashes around the East China Sea islands.

  • EUROPE: Italian PM Renzi said President Napolitano will step down in hours, opening up a delicate political process to name a new head of state.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni President Hadi appointed top security officials known for their close ties to Huthi militia fighters who have overrun the capital.

  • TECHNOLOGY: USCENTCOM said no classified information was posted online after a group declaring sympathy for Islamic State jihadists hacked its social media accounts.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: US Secretary Kerry meets with government officials on regional security.

    • US Secretary Kerry praised the Pakistani military’s operation against militants in the country’s northwest, saying the results are “significant,” but cautioned that more work needs to be done.

    • US Secretary Kerry later met senior Pakistani military commanders at their headquarters in Rawalpindi to discuss joint military efforts and plans for greater intelligence-sharing.

    • US Secretary Kerry announced that USD250 million in previously appropriated money will be given to emergency relief efforts in the tribal areas.

    • US Secretary Kerry said the US was concerned about recent violence along their disputed border.

    • Pakistan early Tuesday hanged seven more people, whom the authorities say had been involved in terrorism-related cases.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, NYT, NYT-2, WP, WSJ, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country’s top appeals court ordered the retrial of deposed President Mubarak and his two sons in a corruption case. (AP)

  • Egypt: Troops found the body of a policeman who had been reported kidnapped in the Sinai Peninsula after a search operation during which 10 “terrorists” were killed. (AFP)

  • Madagascar: President Rajaonarimampianina said that the government had resigned, amid violent protests over the cabinet’s handling of recurring blackouts. (AFP)

  • South Sudan: Civil society groups warned the country needs peace to hold elections, and said the government should extend its mandate rather than vote with instability. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Family members protesting the abduction of 43 students on 26SEP in Guerrero attempted to enter the army garrison in Iguala. (EFE)

  • United States: The Justice Department said that NYT reporter James Risen will not be called to testify at a leak trial, ending a seven-year legal fight over whether he could be forced to identify his confidential sources. (NYT)

  • Venezuela: President Maduro said the country will receive “several billion dollars” in financing from Qatari banks to help withstand the fall in crude prices. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China and Japan agreed to the early launch of a maritime and air crisis management mechanism aimed at avoiding unwanted clashes around the East China Sea islands. (Kyodo)

  • Afghanistan: A policeman killed his commander and a district chief in Helmand province. (Reuters)

  • Indonesia: Divers recovered the second of two black boxes from AirAsia Flight 8501. (WSJ)

  • Sri Lanka: Former president Rajapakse denied government allegations that he attempted a coup to remain in office after it became clear that he had lost last week’s election. (AFP)

  • Sri Lanka: Pope Francis has called for respect for human rights, inclusivity, and the “pursuit of truth” as he arrived in Sri Lanka to begin a six-day Asian tour. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Prosecutors said that a Frenchman arrested in Bulgaria on 01JAN trying to cross into Turkey was in contact with one of the two brothers who carried out the attacks in Paris. (AFP)

  • France: The surviving staff of Charlie Hebdo plans a run of 3 million copies of the next issue Wednesday, with the Prophet Muhammad on the cover. (AP)

  • Italy: PM Renzi said that President Napolitano will step down in hours, opening up a delicate political process to name a new head of state. (Reuters)

  • Russia: The government demanded an official explanation from France over its failure to deliver a Mistral-class warship due to concerns about Moscow’s role in Ukraine. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: The government said that a planned peace summit would require more preparation and talks with pro-Russian rebels. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: State TV reported that police confiscated seven tons of opium from drug smugglers in the south of the country in a single raid. (AP)

  • Palestinian Territories: Spanish FM Garcia-Margallo is to visit the Gaza Strip in the first visit to Gaza made by a Spanish official in 10 years. (SHAFAQNA)

  • Yemen: President Hadi appointed top security officials known for their close ties to Huthi militia fighters who have overrun the capital. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: USCENTCOM said no classified information was posted online after a group declaring sympathy for Islamic State jihadists hacked its social media accounts. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Bansi)

    • Location: 169 NM N of Port Louis, Mauritiu

    • Movement: NE at 5 mph

    • Winds: 150 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai Volcano, Tonga

    • Ash plume of up to 4,500 meters, flight disruptions. (Reuters)

  • 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 (14JAN)

  • Honduras: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit capital Tegucigalpa

  • France: President Francois Hollande to give his annual new year’s speech to the armed forces onboard the warship Charles de Gaulle

  • Italy: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano expected to step down as president

  • Russia: Deputy European Commissioner for Energy Maros Sefcovic is expected to visit Moscow

  • Tunisia: Anniversary of the fall of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s regime – 2011

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