ONS: 15 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 16, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Liberian Unity Party has expelled its outgoing president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for allegedly meddling in last year’s presidential elections in which its candidate suffered a bruising defeat.
  • AMERICAS: In Peru, the recently pardoned ex-President Alberto Fujimori has been taken from his home in the capital to a hospital for observation.
  • ASIA: The North Korean regime offered to hold vice ministerial-level talks with South Korea to discuss the DPRK’s participation in the Winter Olympics.
  • EUROPE:  Greek labor unions went on strike to protest further creditor-demanded measures due to be voted on in Parliament, disrupting public transport and services nationwide.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  The United Arab Emirates said that an exiled member of Qatar’s ruling family who had appeared in a video recording saying that he was being held against his will had left the UAE.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Palestinians in the West Bank will soon be getting high-speed mobile data services, after a years long Israeli ban of 3G networks.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Twin suicide bombings kill 38 in Baghdad, in first major attack since declaration of victory over ISIS.
    • The attacks occurred in the crowded Tayaran Square, where more than 90 people were injured.
    • The two bombs were detonated in quick succession, a tactic designed to maximize bystander casualties.
    • No group has yet claimed responsibility, but the attack bears strong resemblance to similar strikes by ISIS.
    • Prime Minister al-Abadi has ordered security forces bring “sleeper cells of terrorists to justice.”
    • This was the first major attack in Baghdad since Abadi’s declaration of victory over ISIS in December.
    • Coverage: Reuters, BBC, AP, AFP

AFRICA

  • Guinea-Bissau: Prime Minister Umaro Sissoco Embalo has submitted his resignation to the president, in a bid to end a two-year political crisis in the poor West African nation. (AFP)
  • Liberia: The ruling Unity Party has expelled it’s outgoing president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for allegedly meddling in last year’s presidential elections in which its candidate suffered a bruising defeat. (Reuters)
  • Senegal: Police have arrested at least 16 people suspected of involvement in a January 6 massacre of 14 young men in the troubled region of Casamance. (AFP)
  • Somalia: At least three soldiers were wounded in a roadside blast on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: Security forces responded with pepper spray when demonstrators tried to approach the Congress building, where President Jimmy Morales was presenting his second state of the union report. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes confirmed the deaths of 10 people in apparent clashes between criminal gangs, saying nine of the dead were dismembered. (AP)
  • Peru: The recently pardoned ex-President Alberto Fujimori has been taken from his home in the capital to a hospital for observation. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan’s military says Indian troops have fired across the border in the divided region of Kashmir, killing four Pakistani soldiers (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A United Nations Security Council delegation has wrapped up a three-day visit to the country. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: The regime offered to hold vice ministerial-level talks with South Korea on Wednesday to discuss the DPRK’s participation in the Winter Olympics. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: Authorities have destroyed more than 900 kilograms of cocaine that was part of the country’s largest single seizure of the illegal drug. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: The head of the elite paramilitary unit GSG-9 says it will be increased by a third and will open a second base due to increased terror threats. (AP)
  • Greece: Labor unions went on strike to protest further creditor-demanded measures due to be voted on in Parliament, disrupting public transport and services nationwide. (AP)
  • Norway: The Conservative-led government has agreed to include the small centrist Liberal Party in the cabinet, expanding it to three parties. (Reuters)
  • Poland: Public support for the ruling conservatives has risen as a recent government reshuffle helped ease voters’ dissatisfaction with Warsaw’s clashes with the EU. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The United Arab Emirates said that an exiled member of Qatar’s ruling family who had appeared in a video recording saying that he was being held against his will had left the UAE. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was “disappointed” by India’s refusal to back recognition of Jerusalem as his country’s capital. (AFP)
  • Palestine: President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority said that Israel had killed the Oslo Accords, by asserting Jerusalem as its capital. (NYT)
  • Syria: The U.S.-led coalition is working with its local militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel in the northern Kurdish region. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communication: Palestinians in the West Bank will soon be getting high-speed mobile data services, after a years long Israeli ban of 3G networks. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Berguitta
      • Location: 362 nm E-NE of Port Louis, Mauritius
      • Movement: N-NE at 2mph
      • Wind: 75mph
      • Source
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes:
    • Mayon Volcano
      • Location: Luzon Island, Philippines
      • Height: 2,472 meters
      • Cloud: 2,500 meters
      • 12,200 evacuated from 7km
      • Source
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16JAN)

  • Canada: International meeting on North Korea to convene in Vancouver
  • Czech Republic: Lower house to hold confidence vote on a minority government led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Heroes’ Day – 1961 (to 17JAN)
  • El Salvador: Anniversary of the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords, ending the Salvadoran Civil War – 1992
  • South Korea: Mongolian PM Ukhnaa Khurelsukh to meet with Lee Nak-yon to discuss bilateral cooperation
  • United States: Religious Freedom Day – 1996
  • United States: President Donald Trump to meet with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev at the White House

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