ONS: 24 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 24, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN experts warned that Sudan’s remote western territories could become a breeding ground for radical Islamists as violence raged at an alarming level.
  • AMERICAS: Brazil’s environment Minister Teixeira said the country’s most populous region is experiencing its worst drought since 1930.
  • ASIA: Indian police said cameraman Ishwar Chandra Behera passed on information about the country’s missile activities to Pakistan’s intelligence community
  • EUROPE: Pro-Russian rebels rejected a previously signed peace deal and launched a new multi-pronged offensive against Ukrainian government troops.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral Kirby said IS militants in Iraq have lost one-percent of their territory after five months of airstrikes.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Global business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos voiced concerns of the global economic impact the potential breakup of the internet would have.

TOP STORY

  • Saudi Arabia: Continuity of relations expected as King Salman succeeds to the throne.
    • Analysts in Tehran argued that the change in Saudi leadership will not result in a change in hostilities or tensions between the two regional power rivals.
    • Western analysts said that the US will navigate the leadership succession very carefully while continuing its attempts to improve ties with Iran.
    • King Salman acted quickly to clarify the top tier of the Saudi hierarchy, seeking to project stability and resolve while the country faces challenges on multiple fronts.
    • King Salman’s first public remarks were designed to send a reassuring message of stability. “We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment,” he said in a speech on state TV.
    • World leaders including President Obama, British PM Cameron, French President Hollande, and US Vice-President Joe Biden planned to converge on Riyadh to pay respects to King Abdullah and attend ceremonies welcoming King Salman.
    • Coverage: BBC, GUA, LAT, NYT, WP

AFRICA

  • Congo: Human Rights Watch accused security forces of using excessive force and said 40 have died in protests against President Kabila. (AFP)
  • Mauritania: Extremists set fire to part of the prison they occupy, and threatened to kill two guards being held hostage if authorities opt to use force. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: FM Wali said that President Goodluck Jonathan remains committed to the conduct of violence-free, fair and credible general elections. (XIN)
  • Sudan: UN experts warned that the country’s remote western territories could become a breeding ground for radical Islamists as violence raged at an alarming level. (REU)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Environment Minister Teixeira said the country’s most populous region is experiencing its worst drought since 1930. (BBC)
  • Brazil: Sao Paulo riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of people demonstrating against a rise in public transport fares. (AFP)
  • Haiti: UNSC members arrived for a three-day visit aimed at pressing the government to hold elections in order to stem a mounting political crisis. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Tens of thousands celebrated the 57th anniversary of the triumph of democracy over dictatorship, in a rally called “the march of the unconquered.” (EFE)

ASIA

  • India: Police said cameraman Ishwar Chandra Behera passed on information about the country’s missile activities to Pakistan’s intelligence community. (REU)
  • Japan: After a ransom deadline passed, Deputy FM Nakayama vowed to never give up the search for two journalists being held hostage by IS. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-un observed flight combat drills, an expression of frustration over the scattering of anti-North leaflets by activists in the South. (Yonhap)
  • Myanmar: More than 400 child soldiers were freed from the army in 2014, according to the UN resident coordinator, Renata Lok-Dessallien. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Union called on Moscow to “assume its responsibility” in ending the separatist war in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Spain: Police raided two homes, arresting four suspected Islamist extremists, and investigated whether they were planning attacks in the country. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Pro-Russian rebels rejected a previously signed peace deal and launched a new multi pronged offensive against government troops. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral Kirby said IS militants in the country have lost one-percent of their territory after five months of airstrikes. (AFP)
  • Israel: The UN accused the country of illegally demolishing the homes of 77 Palestinians, mostly children, and ordered adherence to international law. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: At least five soldiers and nine militants were killed during clashes in Arsal, in continued IS incursions near the Syrian border. (BBC)
  • Yemen: The US halted some counter-terrorism operations against al Qaeda militants following a takeover of the country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels. (REU)
  • Yemen: Thousands took to the streets of Sanaa in the largest demonstration against Huthis since the Shiite militiamen overran the capital in September. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet Economy: Global business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos voiced concerns of the global economic impact the potential breakup of the internet would have. (REU)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07P (Niko)
    • Location: 495 NM SSE of Papeete, Tahiti
    • Movement: S at 13 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano – Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 21,724 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 8,641 (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 (25JAN)

  • Christianity: Conversion of Saint Paul
  • Egypt: National Day commemorating Egypt’s protests to unseat Hosni Mubarak – 2011
  • India: US President Barack Obama to arrive in India (to 27JAN)
  • Greece: General elections

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