ONS: 13 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 14, 2018

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Gambian government has suspended permission for rallies and other public political events after clashes allegedly between supporters of President Adama Barrow and those of the former regime of Yahya Jammeh.
  • AMERICAS: Members of the Venezuelan government and opposition leaders resumed talks in the Dominican Republic, seeking to reach an agreement to ease the deep political and economic crisis in the country.
  • ASIA:  Insurgents posing as friendly militia members lured a U.S. and Afghan team to a meeting in eastern Afghanistan, triggering a shootout and a coalition airstrike on the compound.
  • EUROPE: Czech voters headed to the polls for the final day of first-round voting in a presidential election that has put current pro-Russian President Milos Zeman up against liberal pro-European challengers.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hamas said it would not participate in a meeting of Palestinian leaders to debate responses to the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
  • TECHNOLOGY: According to a new report, the same Russian group that hacked the Democratic National Committee actively targeted the U.S. Senate through the latter half of 2017.

TOP STORY

  • Iran rejects Trump’s threat to amend the nuclear deal or scrap it.
    • Trump’s threat comes directly after he signed an extension of the 2015 sanctions-relief, for what he said was the “final time.”
    • He demanded that European partners cooperate to fix what he sees as “disastrous flaws” with the deal.
    • European leaders have strongly come out in favor of keeping the nuclear deal in place, seeing it as a vital step towards regional security.
    • Russia has strongly criticized the threat.
    • Iran has stated that it categorically refuses to renegotiate any points of the deal, and would retaliate against any imposition of new sanctions
    • Reporting: AP, NYT, AFP, CNN, BBC, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Congo: Authorities have arrested general Norbert Dabira, who had been close to the president, on allegations of planning a coup. (AP)
  • Gambia: The government has suspended permission for rallies and other public political events after clashes allegedly between supporters of President Adama Barrow and those of the former regime of Yahya Jammeh. (AFP)
  • Zambia: At least 55 people were arrested in the capital after riots sparked by the decision by authorities to stop them from trading at undesignated area following a cholera outbreak, (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe:  President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that the welfare and safety of former President Robert Mugabe are guaranteed and that general elections due this year will be held on schedule. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, saying he no longer felt able to serve President Donald Trump. (Reuters)
  • Chile:  Fire bombs exploded at three churches in Santiago, an act of violence aimed at Pope Francis, who is to begin a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru. (NYT)
  • Honduras: Protests against the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez have turned violent with security forces firing tear gas and some marchers breaking windows and setting fires. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Members of the government and opposition leaders resumed talks in the Dominican Republic, seeking to reach an agreement to ease the deep political and economic crisis in the country. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Insurgents posing as friendly militia members lured a U.S. and Afghan team to a meeting in a village, triggering a shootout and a coalition airstrike on the compound. (AP)
  • India: The military will handle China’s growing assertiveness and has stepped up patrols on their disputed border to head off more standoffs, the country’s top army officer declared. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi said it was “positive” that the country’s military was taking responsibility for the actions of troops, after the army said soldiers were involved in killing 10 captured Rohingya Muslims. (Reuters)
  • Singapore: A court charged three men suspected of involvement in large-scale oil theft at Shell’s biggest refinery, days after bringing charges against 11 under an extensive probe by authorities. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the Western Balkans have a clear vision to join the EU, but the region is still not ready to join the bloc. (Xinhua)
  • Czech Republic: Citizens headed to the polls for the final day of first-round voting in a presidential election that has put current pro-Russian President Milos Zeman up against liberal pro-European challengers. (DPA)
  • Greece: More than 8,000 protesters joined a demonstration against a new austerity bill that will limit the right to strike and speed up property foreclosures in central Athens.  (AP)
  • Russia: The Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. State Department of cultivating “blind fear of Russia among Americans” after the department issued a travel warning this week urging U.S. citizens to reconsider visits to the country. (LAT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt:  Security forces will impose a curfew on parts of the North Sinai region after the country extended its state of emergency. (Reuters)
  • Palestine:  Hamas said it would not participate in a meeting of Palestinian leaders to debate responses to the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A United Nations panel in a new report has concluded that Iran violated a UN arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to Shi’ite rebels. (RFE-RL)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: According to a new report, the same Russian group that hacked the Democratic National Committee actively targeted the U.S. Senate through the latter half of 2017. (Techcrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Six
      • Location: 501 nm E-NE of Port Louis, Mauritius
      • Movement: W-SW at 14mph
      • Wind: 40mph
      • Source
    • Tropical Cyclone Joyce
      • Location: 68nm E of Port Hedland, Australia
      • Movement: SW at 10mph
      • Wind: 50mph
      • Source
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22DEC: 61,613 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 22DEC: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 22DEC: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 08JAN: 2,122 (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 08JAN: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14JAN)

  • Georgia: Day of the State Flag – 2004
  • Palestine: The Palestinian Central Council to hold a convention bringing together all political factions
  • Tunisia: Revolution and Youth Day – 2011
  • United States: Ratification Day – 1784
  • Uzbekistan: Day of Defenders of Motherland – 1992

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