ONS: 24 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 25, 2018

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least 33 people were killed in a double car bombing in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, the pro-government constitutional assembly ordered presidential elections by 30APR.
  • ASIA: EU Ambassador to China Hans Dietmar Schweisgut expects Chinese authorities to immediately release Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, echoing demands from Stockholm.
  • EUROPE: The UK will not seek to harmonize its regulations with the EU after leaving the bloc, but will aim instead for “outcome equivalence”, Brexit minister David Davis said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian government said claims by France and the US that it was still using chemical weapons were “lies.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: The UK government will establish a new unit to counter “fake news.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Islamic State claims attack on Save the Children charity.
    • Attackers detonated explosives before storming the offices of the Save the Children charity in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.
    • At least one person was killed and 14 wounded.
    • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • The Taliban, Afghanistan’s largest insurgency, immediately denied responsibility for the assault.
    • Nearly three hours after the attack began, gunfire was still being heard as police special forces tried to end the siege.
    • It is not known if any Save the Children staff were inside or close to the building at the time of the attack.
    • Some foreign charities already reduced their activities over the past year because of rising violence as Afghan forces, aided by the US and NATO, battle a resurgent Taliban and affiliates of the Islamic State.
    • Coverage: AJ, BBC, CNN, Guardian, NYT, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: At least 33 people were killed in a double car bombing in the eastern city of Benghazi. (AJ)
  • Mali: The UN urged the country to do everything possible to hold presidential elections on schedule in mid-JUL2018. (AP)
  • Somalia: A Western-backed push by Somali officials to encourage al Shabaab defections has lured commanders to undermine the al Qaeda-linked insurgency from within. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A US federal judge upheld the extradition of former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli to face political espionage and embezzlement charges in his home country. (AP)
  • Region: A Mexican judge ruled former governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores should face trial in Mexico, instead of the US, on charges of use of illicit funds. (AP)
  • Brazil: Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva proclaimed to tens of thousands of supporters that he would stay in Brazilian politics to the end of his life. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The pro-government constitutional assembly ordered presidential elections by 30APR. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pacific Rim countries trade pact reached an accord that clears the way for signing a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal by early MAR2018. (AP)
  • Region: The US pressed China to deliver on commitments to expel North Korean agents helping finance Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. (WSJ)
  • China: EU Ambassador to China Hans Dietmar Schweisgut expects Chinese authorities to immediately release Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, echoing demands from Stockholm. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Two missiles fired from a US drone struck a home the Kurram tribal region near the Afghan border, killing two militants from the Haqqani network. (AP)
  • Philippines: On Basilan Island, troops arrested a Spanish man carrying grenades and bomb-making equipment and suspected of supporting the Abu-Sayyaf militant group. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The UK is opposing strong new recycling targets across the EU despite previous contradictory statements, confidential documents revealed. (Guardian)
  • Region: The UK will not seek to harmonize its regulations with the EU after leaving the bloc, but will aim instead for “outcome equivalence”, Brexit minister David Davis said. (Reuters)
  • Belgium: Interior Minister Jan Jambon says a man with a knife shot by police in a Ghent train station was an Afghan refugee with mental problems and was not a known extremist. (AP)
  • Spain: Police in the Catalonia region engaged in an anti-narcotics operation against an international drug trafficking network, raiding around 15 properties in Barcelona. (EFE)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: The Syrian government said claims by France and the US that it was still using chemical weapons were “lies.” (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russia accused the US of promoting unverified reports about chemical weapons attacks in the country in order to cloud Russia’s peace initiatives. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Democratic Forces said the Turkish army falsely claimed that Islamic State group is present in the Afrin region. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The UK government will establish a new unit to counter “fake news.” (BBC)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 92 km ESE of Mutsu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 39.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Mayon, Philippines
    • Mount Mayon ejected lava that produced an ash plume 5 km high, forcing more than 61,000 people displaced by the eruption. (Reuters)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 61,613 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20JAN: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20JAN: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 20JAN: 2,123 (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 20JAN: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25JAN)

  • Aruba: Betica Croes Day – Unknown
  • Austria: United Nations to host a new round of peace talks on Syria (to 26JAN)
  • Egypt: Anniversary of the start of the popular uprising that led to the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak – 2011
  • Russia: Tatiana Day – Unknown

 

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