ONS: 19 January 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 20, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Uganda said hundreds of members of a Congolese rebel group fled a military camp where they had been awaiting amnesty since the signing of a peace deal with Congo’s government in 2014.

  • AMERICAS: A son and a brother of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales were arrested on corruption charges over suspected fraud in a state food contract.

  • ASIA: North Korea may be preparing to test-launch a new, upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile possibly to coincide with Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.

  • EUROPE: France has no intention of “punishing” Britain over Brexit, the French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Global oil output dropped for the first time in months, as Saudi Arabia and other oil-producing countries follow through on pledged cuts aimed at lifting oil prices.

  • TECHNOLOGY: A DEC2016 power blackout in Ukraine was caused by a cyber attack and investigators are trying to trace the source of the breach, utility Ukrenergo.

 

TOP STORY

  • The Gambia: Crisis continues as President-elect Barrow to be sworn in.

    • Despite his expired term, President Yahya Jammeh has refused to step down.

    • Senegalese troops backed by other African forces are poised to enter the Gambia after last-ditch diplomatic efforts to persuade long-time President Jammeh to stand down appear to have failed.

    • Both ECOWAS and the African Union have said they will now recognize election-winner Adama Barrow as president.

    • The country’s army chief of staff and police inspector general are no longer loyal to Jammeh, a top intelligence official said.

    • President-elect Barrow will be sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal.

    • Coverage: AP, DPA, Guardian, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Uganda said hundreds of members of a Congolese rebel group fled a military camp where they had been awaiting amnesty since the signing of a peace deal with Congo’s government in 2014. (AP)

  • Burundi: Young men of the country’s ruling party are growing increasingly powerful, often collaborating with national intelligence agents, Human Rights Watch said. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari plans to take ten days leave, a government source said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Haiti’s president-elect is pledging to provide national ID cards to migrants in the Dominican Republic so they can apply for a legal residency program. (AP)

  • Colombia: An explosion in Bogota, claimed by the Popular Revolutionary Movement, hurt nine people. (Xinhua)

  • Guatemala: A son and a brother of President Jimmy Morales were arrested on corruption charges over suspected fraud in a state food contract. (AFP)

  • Mexico: Mexican indigenous leader Isidro Baldenegro was shot dead. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The country suffered its deadliest year on record for journalists in 2016, according to a Afghan Journalists’ Safety Committee report. (AFP)

  • North Korea: The country may be preparing to test-launch a new, upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile possibly to coincide with Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. (Reuters)

  • Philippines: Philippine negotiators and communist guerrillas are set to resume peace talks in Rome. (AP)

  • Vietnam: Vietnamese police scuffled with activists marking the 1974 Chinese invasion of the Paracel islands in the South China Sea. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: France has no intention of “punishing” Britain over Brexit, the French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. (AFP)

  • Region: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance is coming under an increasing number of state-sponsored cyber attacks. (AFP)

  • Bulgaria: New President Rumen Radev swore an oath of office in the country‘s parliament on before formally assuming the post in three days‘ time. (DPA)

  • Russia: The Kremlin disputed a statement by outgoing US President Barack Obama, saying that Russia has always been ready to consider cuts to its nuclear arsenal. (Reuters)

  • Turkey: The Turkish parliament approved more constitutional reforms extending President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Global oil output dropped for the first time in months, as Saudi Arabia and other oil-producing countries follow through on pledged cuts aimed at lifting oil prices. (AP)

  • Iran: An iconic high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people. (AP)

  • Iraq: Iraqi forces battled extremist holdouts in the last pockets of east Mosul still held by fighters from ISIS. (AFP)

  • Syria: Islamic State militants put at least 12 people to death in execution-style killings in the ancient city of Palmyra. (Reuters)

  • United Arab Emirates: An Emirati and a Palestinian man were sentenced to prison for planning an attack on a beach bar. (AP)

  • Yemen: Twin rockets fired from the rebel-held outskirts of the city of Taez killed nine civilians. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A DEC2016 power blackout in Ukraine was caused by a cyber attack and investigators are trying to trace the source of the breach, utility Ukrenergo. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report

  • Volcanoes: Bogoslof, Alaska

    • An eruption sent an ash plume 9.4 kilometers into the air. (AP)

  • Volcanoes: Colima, Mexico

    • An eruption sent an ash plume two kilometers into the air. (BBC)

  • 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 (20JAN)

  • United States: Donald Trump to be inaugurated as President

  • United States: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to resign

  • Venezuela: 100-bolivar note to be withdrawn from circulation

 

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