ONS: 22 January 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 23, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh departed the country to cede power to President Adama Barrow and end a political crisis.
  • AMERICAS: Authorities declared a state of catastrophe in central Chile as crews fought vast forest fires described as the worst in decades.
  • ASIA: A train derailed in India, killing 32 passengers.
  • EUROPE: Rumen Radev assumed office as Bulgaria’s new president.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Members of the Syrian opposition delegation arrived in the Kazakh capital Astana for face-to-face peace talks with the Syrian government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Department of Interior’s Twitter account was temporarily disabled for posting photos showing small crowds at President Trump’s inauguration.

 

TOP STORY

  • Global: Millions march in protest of Trump presidency
    • Women activists spearheaded more than 600 marches across the US and in metropoles around the world, including Berlin, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, and Cape Town.
    • Organizers said they drew nearly 5 million protesters in all, far surpassing crowd expectations.
    • The demonstrations highlighted strong discontent over President Trump’s comments and policy positions toward a wide range of groups, including Mexican immigrants, Muslims, the disabled, and environmentalists.
    • The protests were peaceful, with an upbeat, even festive, mood.
    • In Washington, DC the Women’s March appeared to draw larger crowds than those that had turned out a day earlier to witness the inauguration.  An estimated 500,000 people participated–more than double the number that had been expected by organizers.
    • Hundreds of thousands more women thronged New York, Chicago, Denver and Boston.  An estimated 750,000 demonstrators swarmed the streets of Los Angeles alone.
    • Sources: WP, NYT, LAT, BBC, CNN, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Gambia: Former leader Yahya Jammeh departed the country to cede power to President Adama Barrow and end a political crisis. (AFP)
  • Libya: A vehicle full of explosives blew up near the Italian and Egyptian embassies in Tripoli. (AP)
  • Mali: A pro-government militia lost 14 fighters in an attack blamed on former rebels.  (AFP)
  • Mauritius: The 86-year-old prime minister of Mauritius announced he will resign on 23JAN and cede power to his son, who is the current finance minister. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales announced the creation of a Ministry of Energy to promote both conventional and alternative fuels. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: Police used shipping containers as barriers to try to separate rival gangs in a prison where clashes have left at least 26 people dead. (AFP)
  • Chile:  Authorities declared a state of catastrophe in central Chile as crews fought vast forest fires described as the worst in decades. (AFP)
  • Peru: Police detained a former government official accused of taking bribes from Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht in exchange for a contract to build the Lima metro. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • India: A train derailed in the remote district of Vizianagram in Andhra Pradesh state, killing 32 passengers. (AFP)
  • India: Suspected militants ambushed an army vehicle and killed two paramilitary troopers in the northeastern state of Assam. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte’s office vowed there will be no cover-up or whitewash in the investigation into the murder of a South Korean national by police. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Rumen Radev assumed office as the country’s new president. (AP)
  • Turkey: Prosecutors issued arrest warrants for more than 400 people, including soldiers and security officers, on suspicion of using an encrypted smartphone messaging app to communicate with Fethullah Gulen. (Reuters)
  • UK:  A test firing of an unarmed British nuclear Trident missile from a submarine off the coast of Florida malfunctioned last JUN16. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The Jerusalem municipality approved building permits for more than 560 housing units in three East Jerusalem settlements. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Soldiers arrested a would-be suicide bomber inside a crowded cafe in the capital Beirut. (AFP)
  • Syria: Members of the opposition delegation arrived in the Kazakh capital Astana for face-to-face peace talks with the nation’s government. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Four suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed in drone strikes likely carried out by US forces. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Department of Interior’s Twitter account was temporarily disabled for posting photos showing that President Trump’s inauguration had attracted fewer attendees than President Obama’s had in 2009.  (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 41km WNW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 7.9
    • Depth: 136 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 17JAN: 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 17JAN: 666 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 20JAN:  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 20JAN: 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 20JAN: 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 (23JAN)

  • Austria: First Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum to be held in Vienna (to 24JAN)
  • Japan: Government panel to release interim report on emperor abdication
  • Syria: Peace talks to kick off in Astana, Kazakhstan

 

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