ONS: 17 January 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 18, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Kenya’s military said its troops have intensified ground and air operations against Al-Shabaab fighters who overran their base in Elade in southern Somalia on Friday, killing unknown number of soldiers.
  • AMERICAS: At least 17 people were kidnapped in the Colombian municipality of Morales by the rebel National Liberation Army (ELN), according to a military source.
  • ASIA: At least 13 people were killed and 14 others wounded when a suicide bomber struck the home of a prominent politician in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on, authorities said.
  • EUROPE: A new opinion poll showed the number of Britons wanting to leave the European Union rising in the wake of the Paris terror attacks and Cologne assaults.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State group abducted at least 400 civilians including women and children after seizing territory in a deadly assault on Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  ISIS terrorists are communicating over a new secure Android app Called “Alrawi” after getting kicked off WhatsApp, Telegram, and other messengers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Western officials met with Iranian officials to finalize the Iranian Nuclear deal.
    • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry came together in Vienna to fix the final details for the implementation of comprehensive nuclear deal.
    • “Implementation Day” for the accord came after the International Atomic Energy Agency said its “inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures” agreed under the agreement.
    • Iran freed four Iranian-Americans under a prisoner swap deal with the United States.
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran is still seeking to achieve nuclear military capabilities.
    • AFP, AFP-1 DPA, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: The Nigerian government has designated isolation wards for the management of suspected Lassa fever cases in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs, an official said Saturday. (Xinhua)
  • Sierra Leone: The government on Saturday urged the public not to panic as it announced that more than 100 people had been quarantined following a new death from Ebola just as the country seemed to have overcome the epidemic. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Kenya’s military said  its troops have intensified ground and air operations against Al-Shabaab fighters who overran their base in Elade in southern Somalia on Friday, killing unknown number of soldiers. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: At least 17 people were kidnapped in the municipality of Morales by the rebel National Liberation Army (ELN), according to a military source. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Saturday asked his followers to unite and stop the opposition from gaining power in the 2017 general elections. (Xinhua)
  • United States: A US man was arrested for attempting to fly to Syria to join the Islamic State jihadist group, while an accomplice was arrested for supporting his plan, the Department of Justice said Saturday. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region:  The head of the newly opened Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank says the China-led group is aiming to approve its first loans before the end of the year, part of Beijing’s efforts to weave together regional trade partners. (AP)
  • Afghanistan:  At least 13 people were killed and 14 others wounded when a suicide bomber struck the home of a prominent politician in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on, authorities said. (AFP)
  • China: Student leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement said Sunday they would seek closer ties with Taiwan after the island elected a new president who pledged to stand up to China. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Poland: Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), played down a European Union investigation into recent legislation, saying Poland has to go its own way and not yield to any pressures. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The speaker of the rubber-stamp legislature of Russia’s North Caucasus region of Chechnya has issued a harsh statement accusing opposition figures and media of being “traitors” under the control of Western security agencies. (RFE/RL)
  • United Kingdom: A new opinion poll showed the number of Britons wanting to leave the European Union rising in the wake of the Paris terror attacks and Cologne assaults. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestine:  Officials say they have arrested a staffer in the office of the chief negotiator on suspicion of leaking documents to Israel. (AP)
  • Syria: The Islamic State group abducted at least 400 civilians including women and children after seizing territory in a deadly assault on Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government airstrikes against militant positions in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo killed at least 20 rebels on Saturday, pan-Arab al-Mayadeen reported. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Encryption:  ISIS terrorists are communicating over a new secure Android app Called “Alrawi” after getting kicked off WhatsApp, Telegram, and other messengers. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Victor
    • 315 Miles ESE of Pago Pago
    • Winds: 81 mph
    • Movement: S at 8 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 17JAN: 28,637 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 17JAN: 11,315 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 17JAN: 653,249 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 31,543
      • Deaths as of 17JAN: 82 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 17JAN: 1626 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18JAN)

  • Europe Region: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Frank A. Rose will visit Kyiv (to 20JAN)
  • Poland and Brussels: Polish President Andrzej Duda will visit Brussels
  • United States: Martin Luther King Day

 

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