ONS: 16 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Jonathan appointed Air Marshal Badeh as the new chief of Defense Staff and Services.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican security forces controlled three cities in Michoacan after busting a drug cartel bastion and clashing with vigilantes.
  • ASIA: US Deputy Secretary of State Burns will visit Japan, South Korea and China next week to discuss North Korea-related issues and regional tensions.
  • EUROPE: US lawmakers warned they may impose sanctions on Ukraine amid a crackdown on pro-Western demonstrators.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordan’s King Abdullah II held talks with Israeli PM Netanyahu on the Middle East peace process in Amman.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone is set to produce a smartphone focused on increased security and user privacy.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community, UN consider Syria strategy.
    • Iranian FM Zarif arrived in Moscow with Syrian FM Muallem for trilateral talks with Russian FM Lavrov.
    • Russian FM Lavrov spoke with US Secretary Kerry ahead of upcoming Geneva II talks.
    • Iranian FM Zarif said Iran wants to take part in the Geneva II conference on Syria but will not accept preconditions for its participation.
    • The head of the OPCW is set to outline plans for the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal.
    • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay said recent reported mass executions by rebel groups “may amount to war crimes.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Rwandan troops flew to the country on US military aircraft as part of an AU mission. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The government reported that voters approved a new constitution, citing early results. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan appointed Air Marshal Badeh as the new chief of Defense Staff and Services. (AP)
  • Sudan, South: Ugandan President Museveni said Ugandan troops have been killed fighting alongside South Sudan’s army. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The US said it was investigating the deaths of two of its citizens in the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Foreign Minister Holguin said the government may apply transit visas to citizens of some countries to prevent abuse by human trafficking organizations. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: The mayor of Santa Ana was shot and wounded in an ambush. (EFE)
  • Jamaica: Police confirmed that more than 2,800 pounds of marijuana was seized in a two-day drug bust earlier this week. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Security forces controlled three cities in Michoacan after busting a drug cartel bastion and clashing with vigilantes. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US Deputy Secretary of State Burns will visit Japan, South Korea and China next week to discuss North Korea-related issues and regional tensions. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: German Chancellor Merkel spoke with President Karzai to discuss the status of international forces in his country. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: At least two policemen were killed and four others injured in two separate attacks on check posts in the south and northwest of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The government dismissed North Korea’s call for the cancellation of joint military exercises with the US. (Kyodo)
  • Thailand: The government pleaded with police to arrest opposition protest leaders who have threatened to take the PM captive. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: The government said it will continue talks with the US on reaching a “non-spying” agreement. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: The National Intelligence Organization denied involvement in the killings of three Kurdish rebels in Paris a year ago, but launched an internal probe. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: US lawmakers warned they may impose sanctions on the country amid a crackdown on pro-Western demonstrators. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Jordan’s King Abdullah II held talks with Israeli PM Netanyahu on the Middle East peace process in Amman. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: A car bomb killed at least three people and wounded 20 in Hermel, a stronghold of Hezbollah near the border with Syria. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli air strikes against training camps used by Hamas in the Gaza Strip wounded four children and a woman. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda militants killed 10 soldiers in three simultaneous attacks on army positions in Bayda province. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone is set to produce a smartphone focused on increased security and user privacy. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 09JAN: 178 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 09JAN: 75 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17JAN)

  • Algeria: Anniversary of freeing of 600 Algerian hostages in gas site – 2013
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egyptian self-immolation during Arab Spring – 2011
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Desert Storm – 1991
  • Japan: Anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake – 1995
  • Somalia: Anniversary of the United States recognizing Somalia’s government – 2013
  • Syria: The opposition Syrian National Coalition to decide on whether it will participate in US-led peace talks with Assad.
  • United States: President Obama to unveil reforms to the NSA

 

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