ONS: 20 January 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 22, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Defeated Gambian President Yahya Jammeh must cede power by noon 20JAN or he will be dislodged by ECOWAS regional forces that have moved into the country.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman arrived in New York after he was extradited to the US.
  • ASIA: South Korea, the US and Japan will hold joint maritime drills to enhance their capability to detect and trail North Korean ballistic missiles.
  • EUROPE: US counterintelligence officials are investigating possible ties between the Russian government and associates of President-elect Donald Trump.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Militants from the Islamic State group destroyed part of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Alleged Russian hacker Stanislav Lisov wanted for fraud has been detained in Spain and jailed pending extradition to the US.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Protests greet Donald Trump’s inauguration.
    • Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
    • At 70 years of age, he is the oldest man ever to begin work in the Oval Office.
    • Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill Washington for the inauguration, with some there to celebrate, while protesters say their plan is to do their best to disrupt the day.
    • Trump takes office as the least-popular new president in 40 years, according to recent polling.
    • Anti-Trump protesters jeered and screamed at supporters of the president-elect outside the “DeploraBall” at the National Press Club in Washington.
    • People gathered at US embassies around the world to protest Trump’s inauguration, including the Philippines and the United Kingdom.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Reuters, WP, WP-2

 

AFRICA

  • The Gambia: Defeated President Yahya Jammeh must cede power by noon 20JAN or he will be dislodged by ECOWAS regional forces that have moved into the country. (AP)
  • The Gambia: The UN said more than 45,000 people fled the ongoing political crisis in the country this month. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Witnesses said Boko Haram extremists attacked the Rann refugee camp just days after Nigeria’s air force bombed it. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Aid Group Doctors Without Borders fears up to 170 were killed in the Nigerian Air Force’s botched bombing on the Rann refugee camp. (DPA)
  • Zambia: The country and the EU signed a USD 69M financing agreement aimed at improving electricity connectivity in the country’s capital, Lusaka. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman arrived in New York after he was extradited to the US. (CNN)
  • Brazil: Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki was killed in a plane crash weeks before ruling on a corruption investigation that has implicated dozens of the country’s most influential politicians and business leaders. (CNN)
  • Haiti: President-elect Jovenel Moise says money laundering accusations against him are a smear campaign by political enemies. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea, the US and Japan will hold joint maritime drills to enhance their capability to detect and trail North Korean ballistic missiles. (IANS)
  • Region: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan aspires to create a “new era” of peace with China as military action cannot resolve problems. (Reuters)
  • Region: French weapons sales hit a record high of more than USD 21B in 2016 after submarine contracts in Australia and fighter jet sales to India. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korea voiced deep regrets after Japan reasserted its territorial claim over the South Korea-controlled Dokdo islets in the Sea of Japan. (Kyodo)
  • Region: China warned Japan against interfering in Taiwan’s affairs following a report about Tokyo’s upcoming armed forces tabletop exercise. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble insists the US stick to international trade accords, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of German car makers. (Reuters)
  • Russia: US counterintelligence officials are investigating possible ties between the Russian government and associates of President-elect Donald Trump. (WP)
  • Russia: The country proclaimed it has information about the possible involvement of some foreign intelligence agencies in cyber-attacks on Russian government servers. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said Scotland will vote to become independent within two years due to Britain’s hardline Brexit position. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen’s Red Sea coast killed at least 29 rebels over the past 24 hours. (AFP)
  • Syria: Deliveries of lifesaving aid to Syrian civilians trapped in besieged areas are at their lowest level in almost a year, despite a ceasefire. (NYT)
  • Syria: Militants from the Islamic State group destroyed part of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra. (BBC)
  • Syria: At least 100 militants with the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and allied rebels were killed by US-led airstrikes in Aleppo. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Alleged Russian hacker Stanislav Lisov wanted for fraud has been detained in Spain and jailed pending extradition to the US. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 67km W of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 29.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 33 (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)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20JAN: 0
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20JAN: 0
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 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 (21JAN)

  • 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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