ONS: 19 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 20, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: President Emmerson Mnangagwa wants international observers including UN officials to watch over Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government alleged the “terrorist cell” led by former police officer Oscar Perez planned to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.
  • ASIA: China will enshrine President Xi Jinping’s political thought into the country’s constitution, further solidifying his power.
  • EUROPE: Belarus mocked Kazakhstan’s suggestion that it could serve as a new venue for Ukraine peace talks previously hosted by Minsk.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey’s operation in Syria’s Kurdish Afrin region has started “de facto” with cross-border shelling, while still with no troops, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Senate gave final congressional approval to a bill extending broad authority to national security agencies to intercept private electronic communications.

 

TOP STORY

  • Bangladesh: Rohingya refugees protest upcoming repatriation.
    • Rohingya refugees continue to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh, even after the two countries said they will begin repatriating members of the minority ethnic group next week.
    • Hundreds of Rohingya refugees staged protests in Bangladesh, demanding citizenship and guarantees of security before they return to their home state of Rakhine.
    • Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before the repatriation of hundreds of thousands expected to begin next week.
    • One demand wants the Myanmar military held accountable for alleged killings, looting and rape, and the release from jails of “innocent Rohingya” picked up in counter-insurgency operations.
    • Bangladesh has reached an agreement with Myanmar to send back the around 750,000 refugees who have arrived since October 2016 over the next two years.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Sudan: The Committee to Protect Journalists urged Sudanese authorities “to cease harassing and arresting” journalists and confiscating newspapers covering anti-inflation protests. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Emmerson Mnangagwa wants international observers including UN officials to watch over the country’s upcoming elections. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: The country is mourning opposition leader Roy Bennett, who died in a helicopter crash, and was called the “sharpest thorn” in Robert Mugabe’s side.” (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Haitians showed their anger over recent words and actions by US President Donald Trump with a protest outside the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince. (AP)
  • Region: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urged the US to immediately adopt measures to respond to the human rights problems in Puerto Rico. (EFE)
  • Brazil: A car ploughed into crowds near Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, killing a baby and injuring at least 15 people – but terrorism was ruled out. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: The government alleged the “terrorist cell” led by former police officer Oscar Perez planned to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The families of Japanese abducted by North Korea will urge the International Criminal Court to prosecute the North’s leader. (Reuters)
  • China: The ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping’s political thought into the country’s constitution, further solidifying his power. (Reuters)
  • China: Beijing authorities rights lawyer Yu Wensheng into custody, days after Yu said he was stripped of his legal license for criticizing President Xi Jinping. (Reuters)
  • Japan: The country criticized the US military for breaking a pledge to avoid flying helicopters over a school next to its base in Okinawa. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Belarus mocked Kazakhstan’s suggestion that it could serve as a new venue for Ukraine peace talks previously hosted by Minsk. (AP)
  • Region: Turkey would reject any offer of partnership with the EU that falls short of membership, Ankara’s minister for EU affairs Omer Celik said. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont said he can govern the region from Belgium as he eyes a comeback after scoring big in elections. (AFP)
  • Russia: The country’s Constitutional Court refused to review a complaint from opposition leader Alexei Navalny over a ban on him running in the MAR2018 presidential election. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkey’s operation in Syria’s Kurdish Afrin region has started “de facto” with cross-border shelling, while still with no troops, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said. (Reuters)
  • Syria: German rapper turned Islamic State fighter Denis Cuspert was killed in an airstrike in the town of Gharanij. (AFP)
  • Syria: Mortar fire on Turkish-backed rebel-held Afrin wounded at least 14 people in a psychiatric hospital. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Senate gave final congressional approval to a bill extending broad authority to national security agencies to intercept private electronic communications. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Berguitta
    • Location: 151 NM SSW of St. Denis
    • Movement: SW at 11 mph
    • Wind: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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)
    • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20JAN)

  • Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau: Heroes’ Day – 1973
  • Iran: Anniversary of the release of American hostages – 1981
  • Latvia: Commemoration Day of the Defenders of the Barricades – 1991
  • Mali: Armed Forces Day – Unknown
  • Spain: Tamborrada Festival to be held in San Sebastián

 

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