ONS: 16 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 17, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that citizens working or living in the diaspora will not be able to vote in his country’s elections scheduled for some time this year.
  • AMERICAS: Foreign ministers and senior officials from 20 nations are holding a full-day meeting in Vancouver, hosted by the United States and Canada, looking to increase diplomatic and financial pressure on North Korea.
  • ASIA:  Japan is examining how to evacuate its roughly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis that closes airports.
  • EUROPE:  European Union President Donald Tusk said that the bloc’s “hearts are still open” to Britain if it changes its mind about leaving.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military says it has reopened a key border crossing with the Gaza Strip after destroying a tunnel built under it by the Hamas militant group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: France plans to expand a law protecting its “strategic” industries from foreign takeovers by adding technologies such as artificial intelligence to the list, economy minister Bruno Le Maire said.

TOP STORY

  • Kosovo: A prominent Serb politician was assassinated by an unidentified gunman.
    • Oliver Ivanovic was shot five times outside his Citizens Initiative Party’s office in Mitrovica.
    • The killing occurred just as talks were supposed to begin about normalizing relations between Serbia and Kosovo.
    • The Serbian delegation walked out in Brussels, and the talks were suspended.
    • Ivanovic had been accused of war crimes by a Kosovo count, and though acquitted, was awaiting retrial.
    • He was seen as a moderate and an effective communicator between the Serb population and the NATO and Kosovo authorities.
    • Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has strongly condemned the assassination.
    • The unidentified assailants fled in a car, which was later found burnt out. Authorities including NATO forces are searching the area.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, AP2, Guardian, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The Defense Ministry said counterterrorism troops seized a supply of munitions in the town of Bordj Badji Mokhtar on the border with Mali. (Xinhua)
  • Mozambique: A local NGO reported that militants in Cabo Delgado province had killed 7 civilians in an attack on Palma that resulted in burning several homes. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari said authorities will punish all those behind an outbreak of deadly ethnic clashes between cattle herders and farmers in Benue state. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that citizens working or living in the diaspora will not be able to vote in his country’s elections scheduled for some time this year. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Foreign ministers and senior officials from 20 nations are holding a full-day meeting in Vancouver, hosted by the United States and Canada, looking to increase diplomatic and financial pressure on North Korea. (Reuters)
  • Chile: Pope Francis admitted he was frightened by the prospect of an accidental nuclear war as he conducts a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said security forces have captured 22 members of the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group since a bilateral ceasefire expired at midnight last Tuesday. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region:  Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Donald Trump that all concerned parties should create conditions for the resumption of talks with North Korea. (DPA)
  • Region: Japan is examining how to evacuate its roughly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis that closes airports. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Prison authorities say Sufi Mohammad, a radical, anti-U.S. cleric imprisoned since 2009 has left jail after a court ordered him released this month on health grounds. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: European Union President Donald Tusk said that the bloc’s “hearts are still open” to Britain if it changes its mind about leaving. (AFP)
  • Britain: The new U.S. Embassy in London, denigrated last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and poorly located, opened its doors to the public. (AP)
  • France: Seven prison officers were hurt when an Islamist convict attacked them as he resisted a search, coinciding with strikes by officers in response to safety issues. (AFP)
  • Germany: At least 48 people were injured, 10 of them seriously, when a school bus crashed into a wall in Eberbach. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Saudi Foreign Ministry condemned Qatar’s interception of two United Arab Emirates civilian planes with fighter jets. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The military says it has reopened a key border crossing with the Gaza Strip after destroying a tunnel built under it by the Hamas militant group. (AP)
  • Yemen: More than three-quarters of the population are now in need of humanitarian aid as the war between rebels and the Saudi-backed government nears its fourth year, the United Nations said. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: France plans to expand a law protecting its “strategic” industries from foreign takeovers by adding technologies such as artificial intelligence to the list, economy minister Bruno Le Maire said. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Berguitta
      • Location: 285 nm E-NE of Port Louis, Mauritius
      • Movement: W at 8mph
      • Wind: 115mph
      • 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: 2,123 (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 (17JAN)

  • Kuwait: Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Desert Storm – 1991
  • Macedonia and Greece: UN-mediated talks to be held in NY to discuss name dispute
  • Spain: New Catalan parliament to be formed
  • United States: Next round of Macedonia-Greece name talks scheduled to begin

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