ONS: 24 January 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 25, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s President, speaking ahead of next week’s anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, vowed to unleash a firm response to any unrest and to press ahead with the fight against the country’s Islamic militants.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian authorities have announced plans to prevent the spread of the Zika virus during the Olympic Games later this year.
  • ASIA: Malaysian police said that seven suspected members of the Islamic State were arrested in recent days, after authorities raised the security level following the terrorists attack in Jakarta.
  • EUROPE: Portuguese voters go to the polls to choose their president, in an election being closely watched in Brussels as the country recovers from a 78-billion-euro ($85-billion) bailout.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Palestinian leadership is coordinating with France to convene an international peace conference with Israel, with the support of Arab states.
  • TECHNOLOGY: ICANN, which administrates domain names and internet protocol addresses (IPs) globally, is set to become independent from the US Department of Commerce on September 30, after nearly 20 years of fighting for decentralization.

TOP STORY

  • Middle East: US VP Biden said the US and Turkey are developing a military solution to ISIS.
    • Biden met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, capping a two-day visit to Istanbul focused on boosting the fight against ISIS militants and trying to resolve the Syrian crisis.
    • Should the Syrian government and rebel-opposition forces fail to reach a peace agreement during its upcoming meeting in Geneva, Biden says that the US and Turkey are developing a military strategy to combat ISIS.
    • The administration is seeking a deal under which both sides agree to coordinate on an emerging US military plan to take back the key Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State.
    • A senior administration official described as in “hard-core planning” stages, though not imminent.
    • Furthermore, Biden acknowledged that the PKK are an imminent threat to Turkish sovereignty.
    • Coverage: Reuters, WSJ, WP, VoA

AFRICA

  • Chad: The country will hold presidential elections on April 10, the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission announced. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The country’s President, speaking ahead of next week’s anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, vowed to unleash a firm response to any unrest and to press ahead with the fight against the country’s Islamic militants. (AP)
  • Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta said his government will acquire armored vehicles for the police to help boost the fight against terrorism across the East African nation. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: More than 100 inmates escaped from a jail on the west side of Recife, capital of the state of Pernambuco, of whom two were killed, the local press reported. (EFE)
  • Brazil: The Rio de Janeiro authorities have announced plans to prevent the spread of the Zika virus during the Olympic Games later this year. (BBC)
  • United States: A travel ban was imposed on New York and its suburbs with authorities effectively shutting down America’s most populous city as a massive snow storm pummeling the eastern United States gathered pace. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Malaysia: Police said that seven suspected members of the Islamic State were arrested in recent days, after authorities raised the security level following the terrorists attack in Jakarta. (Xinhua)
  • Nepal: The parliament has voted to amend the country’s new constitution after its promulgation four months ago. (IANS)
  • Thailand: A piece of curved metal measuring two meters by three meters and covered in barnacles that washed ashore in the Gulf of Thailand has promoted speculation that it might belong to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, although several experts swiftly threw doubt over the claims. (Guardian)

EUROPE

  • France: President Francois Hollande said that the conclusion of a deal for New Delhi to buy 36 French fighter jets would “take time” ahead of his arrival in India for a three-day visit. (AFP)
  • Poland: Thousands have taken part in marches in Warsaw and other cities to protest about plans of the conservative government, which they say will curtail privacy and freedom. (BBC)
  • Portugal: Voters go to the polls to choose their president, in an election being closely watched in Brussels as the country recovers from a 78-billion-euro ($85-billion) bailout. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: Border guards shot dead 12 people who tried to cross into the country from Syria, the military says. (BBC)
  • Iraq: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi privately asked Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter this week for additional help training police forces used to secure cities that have been retaken from the Islamic State. (NYT)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Mahmoud Abbas announced that the Palestinian leadership is coordinating with France to convene an international peace conference with Israel, with the support of Arab states. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: ICANN, which administrates domain names and internet protocol addresses (IPs) globally, is set to become independent from the US Department of Commerce on September 30, after nearly 20 years of fighting for decentralization. (Independent)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Corentin)
    • Location: 976 NM East-Southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Movement: SE at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 17JAN: 28,638 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 17JAN: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 15JAN: 660,494 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 31,871
      • Deaths as of 15JAN: 71 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 24JAN: 1626 (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 24JAN: 586 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25JAN)

  • Egypt: National Day commemorating Egypt’s protests to unseat Hosni Mubarak – 2011
  • Syria: Syrian peace talks to reconvene in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Judaism: Tu Bishvat

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