ONS: 16 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 16, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Cameroon said that Chad will send a large contingent of troops to help it fight incursions from Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian PM Jara denied that the government engages in illegal surveillance of political opponents, as reported by Correo Semanal.
  • ASIA: Pakastani protesters clashed with police outside the French consulate in Karachi after a demonstration against Charlie Hebdo turned violent.
  • EUROPE: Fighting in eastern Ukraine killed at least four civilians overnight as government forces and pro-Russia rebels battled for control of a key airport.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry and Iranian FM Zarif are set to meet for talks in Paris on Iran’s nuclear policy.
  • TECHNOLOGY: British PM Cameron said the US and the UK will increase cooperation on cyber security, setting up “cyber cells” to share intelligence and conduct simulated attacks to test the defenses of organizations such as banks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Europe: Police launch counter-terrorism operations in France, Germany, and Belgium.
    • Belgian police arrested 13 people during a dozen raids carried out overnight in order to counter a cell that was on the verge of carrying out a plot to kill police.
    • Around 250 police officers carried out the raids on 11 sites in Berlin, arresting the two men of Turkish origin suspected of “leading an Islamist extremist group made up of Turkish and Russian nationals from (the Caucasus regions’ of) Chechnya and Dagestan.”
    • French police detained 12 people overnight in the suburbs of Paris in connection with last week’s attacks.
    • US Secretary Kerry began a day of high-level meetings and wreath-layings.
    • Europol chief Rob Wainwright said that Europe needs to cooperate more closely to prevent attacks like those last week in Paris.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Cameroon said that Chad will send a large contingent of troops to help it fight incursions from Boko Haram. (BBC)
  • Burundi: Police arrested a key opposition leader in connection with a five-day battle earlier this month between the army and gunmen in which 100 insurgents were killed. (AFP)
  • Libya: The UN reported that the country’s warring factions have agreed on an “agenda” to form a unity government after two days of UN-brokered talks in Geneva. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A local source reported that Boko Haram fighters detained hundreds of women and children at a school in Baga after a massive attack earlier this month. (AFP)
  • Senegal: The son of former president Abdoulaye Wade went on hunger strike after being “beaten and injured” in court where he is on trial for corruption. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government said that charges filed against President Fernandez for concealing the involvement of Iran in a 1994 terrorist attack are based on a “tall tale” spun by disgruntled spies. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The FARC said it was ready to negotiate a definitive bilateral ceasefire agreement with the government a day after President Santos directed the government to explore the option. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: PM Jara denied that the government engages in illegal surveillance of political opponents, as reported by Correo Semanal. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: Immigration Minister Dutton said he was worried about a “volatile situation” at a Papua New Guinea asylum-seeker camp. (AFP)
  • Burma: A top American diplomat criticized growing religious intolerance in the country and warned the use of faith for political ends was “playing with fire”. (AFP)
  • China: Student leaders were charged by police as Hong Kong authorities target prominent figures who spearheaded mass rallies. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo faced mounting pressure to replace his pick for national police chief after the anti-graft agency declared the nominee a corruption suspect. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Protesters clashed with police outside the French consulate in Karachi after a demonstration against Charlie Hebdo turned violent. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A board member said that the European Central Bank is to decide on the scale of a planned sovereign debt purchase at next week’s meeting. (AFP)
  • Russia: Anti-corruption campaigner and leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny said he was taken in for questioning. (AP)
  • Turkey: The Foreign Ministry confirmed that 10 citizens are under arrest in China on charges of trying to smuggle people out of the country, but it did not confirm they had been helping terrorism suspects. (NYT)
  • Ukraine: Fighting in the east killed at least four civilians overnight as government forces and pro-Russia rebels battled for control of a key airport. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The Supreme Court threw out a suit by a Lebanese former militia leader seeking damages for his alleged torture while in custody. (AFP)
  • Iran: US Secretary Kerry and FM Zarif are set to meet for talks in Paris on the country’s nuclear policy. (Reuters)
  • Qatar: The Foreign Ministry warned that publishing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed would “fuel hatred and anger”. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Pentagon said that the US military is planning to deploy more than 400 troops to help train rebels to fight the Islamic State. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: British PM Cameron said the US and the UK will increase cooperation on cyber security, setting up “cyber cells” to share intelligence and conduct simulated attacks to test the defenses of organizations such as banks. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01W (Mekkhala)
    • Location: 371 NM NW of Koror, Palau
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06S (Chedza)
    • Location: 735 NM W of St Denis
    • Movement: ESE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Bansi)
    • Location: 451 NM E of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: SE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 150 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 (17JAN)

  • Hong Kong: Lee Cheuk-yan of the Hong Kong Labour Party will meet with police during investigation of the 2014 September Hong Kong protests
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm – 1991
  • Japan: Defense Minister Gen Nakatani to visit Djibouti, South Sudan, and Britain (to 22JAN)

 

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