ONS: 19 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 19, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Boko Haram attacked a village in northern Cameroon killing three people and staging its largest kidnapping in the country to date.

  • AMERICAS:  US congressional delegates anticipated meeting Cuban President Castro, in the highest-level meeting since last months detante declaration.

  • ASIA: Indonesian FM spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said the withdrawal of the Dutch and Brazil ambassadors will not disturb its diplomatic ties with those countries.

  • EUROPE:  The EU announced that 28 foreign ministers will discuss concerns surrounding the return of radicalized Europeans whom have fought in Iraq and Syria.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Uncertainty and tensions continued to rise following decision by ICC prosecutors to launch an inquiry into Israeli war crimes against the Palestine.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Japanese PM Abe and his Israeli counterpart PM Netanyahu said the two countries will strengthen cooperation in countering cyberattacks and promote exchanges between defense officials.


TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Fears of potential coup, military clashes with Houthi rebels

    • Heavy clashes between Yemeni security forces and Houthi rebels spread across downtown Sanaa, with the country’s information minister telling Al Jazeera there could be a “new Yemen” by the end of the day.

    • Rebel Shiite Houthis battled soldiers near Yemen’s presidential palace and elsewhere across the capital, seizing control of the country’s state-run media in a move an official called “a step toward a coup.”

    • Shiite militia clashed with Yemen’s army and fired on a convoy carrying the prime minister as pressure mounted on the embattled government of President Hadi.

    • Tensions between the government and the Houthis escalated when rebels abducted the president’s chief of staff on Saturday.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Al Jazeera


AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Boko Haram attacked a village in the northern region of the country, killing three people and staging its largest kidnapping in the country to date. (AP)

  • Kenya: Faced with a decrease in funding, the world’s largest refugee camp at Dabaab piloted a program offering voluntary repatriation to Somalis. (GUA)

  • Kenya: A Kenyan human rights activist says police tear-gassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school’s playground. (AP)

  • Mali: The country has been declared Ebola-free, confirmed Ibrahima Soce Fall, head of the Malian office of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). (AFP)


AMERICAS

  • Region: US congressional delegates anticipated meeting President Castro, in the highest-level meeting since last months detante declaration. (NYT)

  • Argentina:  The prosecutor who had accused President Fernandez of trying to whitewash the country’s worst ever bombing was found dead in his flat. (REU)

  • Haiti: President Martelly announced the formation of a new government in a bid to rescue the impoverished Caribbean nation from political crisis. (NYT)


ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Hundreds burned the French flag as they chanted “Death to France” during a rally against Charlie Hebdo’s latest publication. (AP)

  • Cambodia: Prince Ranariddh was elected as President of the royalist FUNCINPEC party, nine years after he was toppled as its leader. (Kyodo)

  • Indonesia: FM spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said the withdrawal of the Dutch and Brazil ambassadors will not disturb its diplomatic ties with those countries. (AP)

  • Korea, South: The country confirmed joint military exercises with the US will take place as scheduled despite North Korea’s call for their suspension. (XIN)

  • Myanmar: A fresh surge of unrest in northern Kachin state threatened nationwide ceasefire plans, trapping civilians in the fighting. (AFP)


EUROPE

  • Region: The EU announced that 28 foreign ministers will discuss concerns surrounding the return of radicalized Europeans whom have fought in Iraq and Syria. (BBC)

  • France: French President  Hollande`s ratings, scraping historic lows just weeks ago, soared in the aftermath of deadly Islamist attacks in Paris. (AFP)

  • Russia, Chechnya: Tens of thousands of people rallied against Charlie Hebdo publications at a state-sponsored protest in the country’s Muslim North Caucasus region. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: Russian President Putin urged the country and rebel opposition to take urgent measures to stop fighting and immediately withdraw heavy weaponry. (XIN)

  • Ukraine: Fighting eased in the Donetsk region after the military launched a major offensive and claimed to clear pro-Russian rebels from most of the airport. (AFP)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An EU spokesperson announced that a December court decision ordering the removal of Hamas from its terror blacklist will be appealed. (AFP)

  • Iran: FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said he could hold fresh talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. (AFP)

  • Israel: Six Hezbollah fighters were killed by an Israeli helicopter strike near the border town of Quneitra in the Golan Heights. (WSJ)

  • Lebanon: A Human Rights Watch report said the country’s religion-based personal status laws discriminate against women across the religious spectrum. (AFP)

  • Palestine: Uncertainty and tensions continued to rise following decision by ICC prosecutors to launch an inquiry into Israeli war crimes against the non-state. (WP)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: Japanese PM Abe and his Israeli counterpart PM Netanyahu said the two countries will strengthen cooperation in countering cyberattacks and promote exchanges between defense officials. (Kyodo)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01W (Mekkhala)

    • Location: 142 NM ESE of Baguio, Philippines

    • Movement: N at 9 mph

    • Winds: 35 mph

    • Map

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Bansi)

    • Location: 1224 NM SW of Cocoa Island, Australia

    • Movement: SE at 40 mph

    • Winds: 50 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 (20JAN)

  • Africa Region: Khalid al-Fawwaz will now stand trial on January 20 over the attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania

  • Europe Region: Chief of Staff and Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Viktor Muzhenko will visit the NATO headquarters in Brussels (to 22JAN)

  • Mali: Mali Armed Forces Day

  • Ukraine: Ukraine will begin to mobilize 50,000 conscripts and reservists

  • Zambia: Zambian presidential election


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