ONS: 13 January 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 14, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The World Health Organization is due to announce the end of the two-year Ebola outbreak, when Liberia is expected to get the all clear.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, a judge has blocked the fast-track extradition proceedings of the Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
  • ASIA: A suicide attack on a polio vaccination center in southwestern Pakistan killed 15 people, mainly police who had gathered to escort health workers.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police have arrested one person in connection with the suicide bombing in Istanbul that killed 10 foreigners, most of them German tourists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Pentagon is weighing a request from Turkish officials to help train and equip Sunni Arab fighters inside Syria as part of an effort to secure Turkey’s southern border.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The online personal accounts linked to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have been hacked, DNI spokesman Brian Hale confirmed.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: US Navy crew released; Malfunctioning GPS deemed responsible for mishap.
    • The country has released two US Navy patrol boats and 10 crew members who were described as “trespassing” in Iranian waters near a major naval base.
    • The sailors were taken to international waters and freed there.
    • Iranian officials said they had determined that malfunctioning navigation devices were responsible for what they called the “intrusion.”
    • There was no immediate confirmation from US authorities about the release of the sailors.
    • US Secretary of State John Kerry called Foreign Minister Javad Zarif shortly after the incident.
    • Coverage: BBC, LAT, NYT, USA Today, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: The World Health Organization is due to announce the end of the two-year Ebola outbreak, when Liberia is expected to get the all clear. (AFP)
  • Cameroon: A suicide bomber killed 12 people at a mosque in the country’s north in an area regularly targeted by Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists. (AFP)
  • Uganda: The government should immediately suspend volunteer police recruited in the run-up to next month’s elections, rights groups said, accusing them of brutal assaults and extortion. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US immigration policy towards Cuba complicates the bilateral health cooperation, Josefina Vidal, the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s head of US affairs said. (Xinhua)
  • Argentina: Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Buenos Aires against the new government’s reforms, including measures they say curb press freedom. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A judge has blocked the fast-track extradition proceedings of the drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines has filed a protest against China’s test flights from an artificial island in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: At least seven people, including four police personnel, were killed in an attack near the Pakistani consulate in the eastern town of Jalalabad. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea fired 20 machine gun warning shots after a North Korean drone briefly crossed the rivals’ border. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide attack on a polio vaccination center in the country’s southwest killed 15 people, mainly police who had gathered to escort health workers. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU held a formal hearing over a defiant Poland over changes to the state media and constitution, in a move which could expose Warsaw to punitive measures. (AFP)
  • Belgium: Police have found two apartments and a house used by suspects before the terror attacks in Paris, according to prosecutors. (AFP)
  • Germany: Parliament will debate legislative changes that will make it easier to deport asylum seekers who commit crimes. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The country has detained 68 suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist group in raids across the country. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police have arrested one person in connection with the suicide bombing in Istanbul that killed 10 foreigners, most of them German tourists. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Israeli air raid in the northern Gaza Strip targeting alleged militants killed one Palestinian and wounded three others. (AFP)
  • Region: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on a two-day tour of Israel and Palestine next week. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The Pentagon is weighing a request from Turkish officials to help train and equip Sunni Arab fighters inside the country as part of an effort to secure Turkey’s southern border. (WSJ)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The online personal accounts linked to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have been hacked, DNI spokesman Brian Hale confirmed. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Hurricane 01C (Pali)
    • Location: 666 NM S of Johnston Island
    • Wind: 97 mph
    • Movement: SSE at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06P (Ula)
    • Location: 443 NM N of Auckland, New Zealand
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: ESE at 13 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Chaparrastique, El Salvador
    • Eruption of plume of ash and hot gas (AP).
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 13JAN: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 13JAN: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 13JAN: 653,249 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 31,543
      • Deaths as of 13JAN: 82 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 13JAN: 1626 (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 13JAN: 586 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14JAN)

  • Russia: Anniversary of the hospital hostage crisis which took place when a group of Chechen terrorists took hostage between 1,500 and 1,800 people. 140 people were killed due in the battle between Russian security forces and the separatists (to 19JAN) – 1995
  • Tunisia: Tunisia marks the fall of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s regime – 2011
  • Yemen: Yemen peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland to resume
  • Christianity: Orthodox New Year

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