ONS: 14 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 14, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian military clashed with suspected Boko Haram members who attempted to seize Biu Town in northeastern state of Borno.
  • AMERICAS: OAS head Insulza said improving relations between the US and Cuba will take time, and both sides should be given the space to negotiate without outside interference.
  • ASIA: Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying warned that concessions to pro-democracy demonstrators could invite anarchy, as he laid out measures to defuse public anger.
  • EUROPE:  A senior adviser at Europe’s highest appeals court broadly endorsed a plan by the ECB to buy unlimited quantities of a country’s bonds in the eurozone to stabilize its economy during a crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Zarif said that his meeting with US Secretary Kerry was important to see if progress could be made in narrowing differences on his country’s disputed nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Government sources reported that the “CyberCaliphate” hacking group that attacked a Twitter account belonging to the Pentagon was founded by a Briton who was once jailed for hacking the personal address book of Tony Blair.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: International community reacts to new issue of Charlie Hebdo.
    • The first issue of Charlie Hebdo since the attack was sold out across France within hours.
    • Al-Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo in a video posted online, saying it was “vengeance” for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
    • A leading Turkish daily printed excerpts from Charlie Hebdo amid police oversight.
    • Leading Islamic authority Al-Azhar urged Muslims to “ignore” the publication of the new Prophet Mohamed cartoon.
    • Iran condemned the publication of the new cartoon, saying it was “insulting” and “provocative”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: US Special Forces in Obo handed over Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen to Ugandan troops. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The military clashed with suspected Boko Haram members who attempted to seize Biu Town in northeastern state of Borno. (Xinhua)
  • Tanzania: The government banned witchdoctors in an attempt to stem a surge in murders of albinos. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: OAS head Insulza said improving relations between the US and Cuba will take time, and both sides should be given the space to negotiate without outside interference. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Officials filed an arrest warrant for the former mayor of a southern city for the kidnapping of 43 teachers’ college students. (AP)
  • United States: President Obama pledged to work with Republican and Democratic lawmakers on a formal authorization of the use of military force against Islamic State militants. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro is to meet with Russian President Putin on Thursday in Moscow on bilateral relations and energy. (TASS)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Anti-government activists trying to enforce a transport blockade in Mithapukur firebombed a bus, killing four people. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying warned that concessions to pro-democracy demonstrators could invite anarchy, as he laid out measures to defuse public anger. (NYT)
  • Japan: The government approved the country’s largest-ever defence budget for the next fiscal year. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The World Bank said the country can eliminate poverty within a generation as sustained economic growth in recent years has translated into more jobs and higher incomes. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: The Marxist opposition party filed a corruption complaint against former president Rajapakse and his family and asked the anti-graft body to prevent them leaving the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A senior adviser at Europe’s highest appeals court broadly endorsed a plan by the ECB to buy unlimited quantities of a country’s bonds in the eurozone to stabilize its economy during a crisis. (NYT)
  • Cyprus: UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said deadlocked talks to reunify the ethnically split country are “moving in the wrong direction” amid a dispute over rights to search for offshore gas. (AP)
  • Italy: President Napolitano resigned after almost a decade as president. (AFP)
  • Russia: Finance Minister Siluanov promised to maintain a tight lid on spending amid reported budget cuts. (AP)
  • Sweden: The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats will call a vote of no-confidence against PM Lofven after he called off snap elections due later this year (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif said that his meeting with US Secretary Kerry was important to see if progress could be made in narrowing differences on his country’s disputed nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Vandals slashed the tires of cars in a Palestinian neighborhood of east Jerusalem in an apparent nationalist attack. (AFP)
  • Syria: US Secretary Kerry voiced support for a Russian effort to bring the country’s warring factions together for talks. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Government sources reported that the “CyberCaliphate” hacking group that attacked a Twitter account belonging to the Pentagon was founded by a Briton who was once jailed for hacking the personal address book of Tony Blair. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 01W (One)
    • Location: 59 NM NNE of Yap
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Bansi)
    • Location: 181 NM NNE of Port Louis, Mauritiu
    • Movement: ENE at 3 mph
    • Winds: 103 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 (15JAN)

  • Africa Region: African heads of state will meet in Angola to decide how to disarm Rwandan Hutu rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Middle East Region: Arab League to meet to discuss failed Palestinian initiative to end Israeli occupation
  • El Salvador: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit capital San Salvador
  • Iran: Bilateral talks with the US (to 17JAN)
  • Japan and Europe: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will kick off a week-long visit to India, France, Belgium and Britain
  • Mozambique: Mozambique president to take office
  • Philippines: Pope Francis to visit (to 19JAN)
  • Ukraine: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Germany and France in Kazakhstan
  • United States: President Barack Obama will host British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House (to 16JAN)

 

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