ONS: 16 January 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 17, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Two bombs exploded at the Nigerian University of Maiduguri, killing at least five people and wounding more than a dozen.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed a new “economic emergency” decree.
  • ASIA:  A court in Bangladesh sentenced 26 people to death for taking part in one political party’s plot to have their rivals assassinated.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police arrested a Moroccan man suspected of running an Islamic State recruitment cell in the northern city of San Sebastian.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Syrian rebel groups announced they will attend the peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The head of the Russian Security Council says the country recently has seen a marked increase in attempted cyberattacks from overseas.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kyrgyzstan: Turkish cargo jet crash kills dozens
    • The jet crashed while trying to land at Manas airport in poor visibility.
    • It flew a few hundred meters into a village near the airport, destroying at least fifteen houses and killing 37 people.
    • At least fifteen more people, including six children, were injured in the accident and have been hospitalized.
    • Although it was foggy at the time of the accident, Kyrgyz authorities note that weather conditions were not critical, making the cause of the accident unclear at this time.
    • The plane belonged to ACT airlines, a Turkish cargo company.  The crew was making a stop in Manas, en route to Istanbul from Hong Kong.
    • Sources: NYT, BBC, AFP, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Egypt’s top administrative court has upheld a ruling voiding a government agreement to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Two bombs exploded at the University of Maiduguri, killing at least five people and wounding more than a dozen. (AP)
  • Somalia: A joint military operation of the Somali National Army and African Union forces has killed at least four militants from Al-Shabaab in the country’s southwest region. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: There are reports of two shootings at nightclubs in the resort of Playa del Carmen, with as many as five casualties. (BBC)
  • United States : Outgoing CIA director John Brennan charged that Donald Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the president-elect that further highlighted the bitter state of Trump’s relations with American intelligence agencies. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro signed a new “economic emergency” decree; this is the sixth extension of the document he first signed a year ago. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after reports that Beijing has installed antiaircraft and antimissile weapons on its man-made islands in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: A court sentenced 26 people to death after hearing how a politician from the ruling Awami League hired members of the country’s security forces to assassinate political rivals. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Presidential officials reassured the public that President Rodrigo Duterte has no plan of declaring martial law in the country despite his earlier warning. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini insisted the bloc will stand by the Iran nuclear accord, because it serves Europe’s security needs. (AFP)
  • Spain: Police arrested a Moroccan man suspected of running an Islamic State recruitment cell in the northern city of San Sebastian. (EFE)
  • Ukraine: On an official state visit to the country, US Vice President Joe Biden called on the international community to stand up against Russian aggression and support the Ukraine. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar has pledged to “swiftly” pay $12 million to the Palestinian Authority to solve crippling electricity shortages in Gaza. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: A city hall was set ablaze during a night of clashes between police and protesters following the execution of three men convicted of killing police. (AP)
  • Oman: The country announced it has taken in 10 prisoners released by the United States from the Guantanamo Bay military prison. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Rebel groups announced they have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for implementation of a widely violated ceasefire. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Four soldiers were killed and three wounded in a suspected Al-Qaeda attack on a checkpoint in the south of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The head of the Russian Security Council says the country recently has seen a marked increase in attempted cyberattacks from overseas. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 13JAN: 349,936 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
      • Confirmed Cases as of 13JAN: 152,250
      • Deaths as of 13JAN: 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 09JAN: 1,879 (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 09JAN: 659 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 05JAN:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 05JAN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 05JAN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17JAN)

  • Europe Region: Members of the European Parliament to elect a President
  • Europe Region: Britain’s High Court to hear Russia’s $3bn court case against Ukraine (to 20JAN)
  • Iraq and Kuwait: Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm begins – 1991
  • Switzerland: World Economic Forum to be held in Davos (to 20JAN)

 

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