ONS: 17 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 17, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A suicide bomber killed at least five people and wounded 11 in a packed market neighborhood of Kasuwar Arawa, close to the public university in Gombe, Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: Cuba and the United States will hold talks in Havana next week on normalizing their relations, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Ghani condemned the French magazine Charlie Hebdo for showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover..
  • EUROPE: French President Hollande defended freedom of expression following attacks against the Charlie Hebdo magazine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Palestinian Authority (PA) pledged full cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) Israeli war crimes probe.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama and UK PM Cameron announced plans for their countries’ intelligence agencies to conduct cyber war games later this year to test the security of financial institutions.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Civil unrest agitated by Charlie Hebdo incident grew as the government cracked down on extremists following the Peshawar school massacre.  
    • The country hanged its 19th sectarian militant since lifting its moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following the Peshawar school massacre.
    • A new social movement to “Reclaim Pakistan” from violent extremism resulted in mass demonstrations a month after the Peshawar massacre that left 150 dead.
    • Protests were staged across Pakistan by Islamist groups after prayers against the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed by French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
    • AFP photographer Asif Hassan was recovering in a hospital after being shot while covering an anti-Charlie Hebdo protest outside the French consulate in Karachi.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4

AFRICA

  • Gabon: The country released 101 opposition supporters detained at Libreville’s main prison since 23DEC14 for participating in an opposition meeting. (XIN)
  • Madagascar: Former President Rajoelina filed legal challenge to his successor’s choice of PM, creating insecurity as the country struggles to rebuild its economy. (REU)
  • Niger: Police fired tear gas at a fresh demonstration against French weekly Charlie Hebdo’s publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A suicide bomber killed at least five people and wounded 11 in a packed market neighborhood of Kasuwar Arawa, close to the public university in Gombe. (AFP)
  • Somalia: PM Sharmarke dismissed his newly nominated cabinet “due to strong opposition from [the] parliament.” (XIN)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba and the United States will hold talks in Havana next week on normalizing their relations, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said. (XIN)
  • Brazil:  Indonesia’s decision to execute a Brazilian national despite the country’s request for mercy will strain relations, an official said. (XIN)
  • Haiti: President Martelly swore in Evans Paul as the country’s new prime minister, a political opponent who was chosen after last month’s resignation of PM Lamothe. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The army and border police, backed by army helicopter gunships, pounded several hideouts in eastern Kunar province killing at least 30 militants. (XIN)
  • Afghanistan: President Ghani condemned the French magazine Charlie Hebdo for showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover. (AFP)
  • Japan: The country vowed to play a more active role in establishing international peace and stability, ensuring an order based on democratic values and the rule of law. (Kyodo)
  • Tajikistan: Interior Minister Rahimzoda said 200 Tajik nationals are fighting in Iraq and Syria and that criminal proceedings were initiated against 50 who fought in the conflicts. (XIN)

EUROPE

  • Region: A Russian effort to host peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition forces unraveled due to Syrian opposition leaders’ distrust of Moscow. (AP)
  • Belgium: The country deployed hundreds of troops to patrol the streets after a suspected Islamist “terrorist” cell planning to kill police officers was busted. (AFP)
  • France: President Hollande stressed “principles, values, notably freedom of expression” after violent international protests against the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: The head of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA), Bashkim Smakaj, resigned after a series of reported scandals. (XIN)
  • Turkey: Officials threatened to shut down Twitter in the country unless the social-media company blocked the account of a left-wing newspaper. (NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Japanese PM Abe pledged USD $2.5B in non-military aid to states in the region affected by IS expansion and the resultant refugee crisis. (AFP)
  • Region: The Islamic State released a propaganda video that highlighted its efforts to indoctrinate another generation with its brutal ideology. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian Authority (PA) pledged full cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) Israeli war crimes probe. (DPA)
  • Palestinian Territories: Department of State spokesman Jeff Rathke called the ICC decision to open an Israeli war crimes probe against Palestine “a tragic irony.” (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security officials say gunmen abducted the head of Yemen’s Office of the Presidency in the center of the capital, Sanaa. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyberwarfare: US President Obama and UK PM Cameron announced plans for their countries’ intelligence agencies to conduct cyber war games later this year to test the security of financial institutions. (CNET)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01W (Mekkhala)
    • Location: 395 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06S (Chedza)
    • Location: 125 NM SSW of Antananarivo
    • Movement: SE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Bansi)
    • Location: 568 NM ESE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: SSE at 16 mph
    • Winds: 140 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 21,296 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 8,429 (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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18JAN)

  • Asian Region: N. Korean nuclear envoys to meet with ex-U.S. negotiators in Singapore
  • Colombia: Technical preparatory meetings begin for government/FARC peace negotiations
  • Global: World Day of Migrants and Refugees
  • Iran: The next round of talks on Iran’s nuclear program

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