ONS: 15 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 15, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW and Amnesty International released satellite images claiming to show massive destruction by Boko Haram of two Nigerian towns.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said his government is for the first time prepared to begin talks on a bilateral ceasefire with FARC rebels.
  • ASIA: New Sri Lankan President Sirisena replaced an ex-military with a civilian governor in the Tamil-controlled north in a sign of improving ties.
  • EUROPE: US Secretary Kerry held talks with Bulgarian leaders seeking to help the country break dependence on Russian energy supplies, battle rampant corruption, and improve security.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian government and the US held more than six hours of talks seeking to nail down a nuclear deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Republicans said that lawmakers plan to start drafting legislation this week aimed at keeping the Internet open without tighter “net neutrality” rules backed by the Obama administration.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: President Hollande speaks on extremism as Turkish government increases cartoon protest.
    • French President Hollande said “It is Muslims who are the main victims of fanaticism, fundamentalism and intolerance,” in a speech at the Arab World Institute in Paris.
    • Turkish PM Davutoglu condemned the publication of cartoons of the Muslim prophet as an “open provocation,” warning that it would not tolerate insults of Mohammed.
    • Turkish PM Davutoglu said Israeli PM Netanyahu had committed crimes against humanity comparable to those behind the Paris attacks that left 17 dead.
    • Two of Charlie Hebdo’s best-known cartoonists were to be buried, as the “reborn” satirical magazine once again sold out quickly.
    • US Secretary Kerry is to arrive in Paris Thursday to pay tribute to victims of last week’s jihadist attacks.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Canadian FM Baird is to meet with FM Shoukry to press for the release of a Canadian journalist imprisoned with two al-Jazeera colleagues for more than a year. (AFP)
  • Gambia: UNSG Ban Ki-moon’s special representative for West Africa Mohammed Ibn Chambas arrived for peace talks with President Jammeh. (Xinhua)
  • Mozambique: Filipe Nyusi was sworn in as president in Maputo. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: HRW and Amnesty International released satellite images claiming to show massive destruction by Boko Haram of two towns. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said his government is for the first time prepared to begin talks on a bilateral ceasefire with FARC rebels. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors said twenty state officials are being investigated over allegations that witnesses of the suspected execution of gang suspects by soldiers were tortured. (AFP)
  • United States: The Pentagon said that authorities transferred five men from the Guantanamo Bay prison. (AFP)
  • United States: Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said the organization is undergoing a sweeping reorganization that will see four of its leaders leave their posts. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A new report claims that shortly after the US spent USD500 million to build a training center for Afghan forces, the adobe-style brick buildings began to “melt” away. (WP)
  • India: Soldiers and police killed at least five suspected rebels in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, officials said. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Nuclear envoy Ri Yong Ho is expected to meet with former US special representative for North Korea policy Stephen Bosworth in Beijing. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: Lawmakers officially protested the publication of images of Mohammed in Hebdo. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: New President Sirisena replaced an ex-military with a civilian governor in the Tamil-controlled north in a sign of improving ties. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: US Secretary Kerry held talks with leaders seeking to help the country break dependence on Russian energy supplies, battle rampant corruption, and improve security. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel addressed parliament and pledged to heighten security measures against Islamist extremists. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Parliament voted to refresh its front-line forces and resume partial conscription after a top security official warned that Russian forces backing separatist rebels had sharply increased military activity in the east. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government and the US held more than six hours of talks seeking to nail down a nuclear deal. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Assad said a Russian initiative to bring together the country’s warring sides later this month does not aim to launch peace talks but rather to discuss the basis of future negotiations. (AP)
  • Yemen: Unidentified gunmen killed a military intelligence officer in Hadramout province. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: US Republicans said that lawmakers plan to start drafting legislation this week aimed at keeping the Internet open without tighter “net neutrality” rules backed by the Obama administration. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01W (Mekkhala)
    • Location: 276 NM NNW of Koror, Palau
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Bansi)
    • Location: 230 NM ENE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: ESE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 138 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 (16JAN)

  • Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to visit Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Palestine (to 21JAN)

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