ONS: 22 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 22, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW reported that the Ethiopian government is stepping up oppression of independent journalists ahead of national elections due in May.
  • AMERICAS: US and Cuban officials claimed a good first day in talks in Havana despite disagreements over migration policies ahead of negotiations to restore diplomatic ties.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, thousands of people marched through Karachi in the largest protest yet against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
  • EUROPE: Foreign ministers from the international coalition against the Islamic State group gathered for talks in London.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, Shiite militiamen maintained a tight grip on Sanaa with fighters deployed around the presidential palace despite a deal to end what authorities described as an attempt to overthrow the government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft unveiled a new wearable computer called HoloLens that projects interactive 3-D images.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Shelling kills civilians, army retreats from airport.
    • Shelling hit a trolley in Donetsk and killed at least 13 people, hours after peace talks in Berlin called for a ceasefire.
    • PM Yatsenyuk said that Russia bore responsibility for the shelling because it supplied the fighters with heavy weapons and backed them with troops.
    • The military said it had withdrawn its forces from the main part of a disputed airport in rebel-held Donetsk after months of fighting.
    • Officials said that at least 34 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians were killed in the past 24 hours.
    • The OSCE reported that more than 5,000 have been killed and a million forced out of their homes by the nine-month conflict.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The International Federation for Human Rights reported that 42 people have been killed in protests against legislation that would extend President Kabila’s rule. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: HRW reported that the government is stepping up oppression of independent journalists ahead of national elections due in May. (AFP)
  • Somalia: At least 23 people were killed in in clan-related clashes caused by a land dispute close to the border with Ethiopia. (AFP)
  • Zambia: Ruling party presidential candidate Edgar Lungu took a narrow lead over Hakainde Hichilema after votes from more than half of constituencies were counted. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US and Cuban officials claimed a good first day in talks in Havana despite disagreements over migration policies ahead of negotiations to restore diplomatic ties. (AFP)
  • Argentina: Intercepted conversations between representatives of the government and Iran point to secret negotiations to reach a deal to shield Iranian officials from terrorism charges in exchange for oil. (NYT)
  • Colombia: The UN said that implementing some of the agreements reached during peace talks between the government and the FARC could destroy a great part of the country’s environment. (EFE)
  • United States: Administration officials said that a ban on transferring Guantanamo detainees to Yemen has been effectively pushed back into place because of security concerns in the volatile country. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said that the country’s economy shrunk 2.8 percent in 2014 while inflation topped 64 percent in his annual address to parliament, blaming political foes and an “economic war”. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines’ FM Rosario said that China’s reclamation of land in the disputed South China Sea waters is a “threat” to all nations in Southeast Asia. (AFP)
  • Burma: The government accused Kachin rebels of trying to scuttle a nationwide peace deal as sporadic clashes between the army and insurgents left more than 1,800 civilians trapped in a village. (AP)
  • Nepal: Opposition lawmakers brought parliament to a standstill, just hours before a midnight deadline to agree on a constitution. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Thousands of people marched through Karachi in the largest protest yet against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Ousted PM Yingluck Shinawatra attacked impeachment proceedings against her ahead of a vote that could see her banned from politics for five years. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Foreign ministers from the international coalition against the Islamic State group gathered for talks in London. (AFP)
  • Region: Eurogroup chief Dijsselbloem urged the European Central Bank to keep up a loose monetary policy to stimulate the struggling eurozone economy. (AFP)
  • Malta: A patrol boat rescued 80 migrants off the island as the status of an additional 20 remained unsure. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide attack in the Taji area north of Baghdad killed at least seven people and wounded 17. (AFP)
  • Iraq: British FM Hammond said that the country’s forces are months away from being able to launch proper combat operations against the Islamic State. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Thirteen people were killed in government raids using barrel bombs dropped by a helicopter on a rebel-held area of central Homs province. (AFP)
  • Syria: The opposition interim government said it had received USD6 million from the US in the first direct US financial support for the rebel body. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Shiite militiamen maintained a tight grip on Sanaa with fighters deployed around the presidential palace despite a deal to end what authorities described as an attempt to overthrow the government. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Microsoft unveiled a new wearable computer called HoloLens that projects interactive 3-D images. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07P (Niko)
    • Location: 120 NM ESE of Papeete, Tahiti
    • Movement: SE at 14 mph
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Colima Volcano, Mexico
    • Ash plume. (AP)
  • 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 20JAN: 955 (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 20JAN: 351 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23JAN)

  • Haiti: UN Security Council ambassadors will travel to Haiti (to 25JAN)

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