ONS: 25 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 25, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Boko Haram released nearly 200 hostages, most of them women who were kidnapped from a village in Yobe, Nigeria nearly one month ago.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands protested Venezuelan President Maduro and marched in the capital to denounce the socialist government for a deepening economic crisis.
  • ASIA:  Nepal’s ruling coalition began drafting a new constitution, angering the opposition and pushing the Himalayan country further into political turmoil.
  • EUROPE: Voting began in a crucial election that could bring the Greek anti-austerity Syriza party to power and lead to a re-negotiation of the country’s intn’l bailout.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  International leaders strongly condemned the execution of a Japanese hostage by IS militants, calling it the unforgivable “murderous barbarity” of a “death cult.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: A security startup launching early next week uses trends in power consumption activity, rather than standard malware detection, to spot cyberattacks against power and manufacturing plants.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Govt. tries to prevent power vacuum with fate of country in the balance.
    • Provinces across a nation barely held together by a complex web of tribal and religious alliances said they would no longer take military commands from Sanaa after the Iranian-allied Shi’ite Houthi group besieged Hadi’s home.
    • Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa to protest against the Houthi group’s control of the capital, two days after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s resignation left the country in political limbo.
    • Shiite militia fired warning shots to disperse a protest against their takeover of the Yemeni capital that has plunged the country into turmoil.
    • Yemen’s parliament postponed an extraordinary session to discuss President Hadi’s resignation, prolonging the power vacuum gripping the country.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AFP, AFP-1, REU

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Lawmakers scrapped a contested part of an electoral bill that triggered days of deadly protests due to fears it would enhance President Kabila grip on power. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: US Secretary of State Kerry was expected to arrive in the country amid mounting violence to support stability and democratic elections. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram released nearly 200 hostages, most of them women who were kidnapped from a village in Yobe nearly one month ago. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Over 700 kg’s of ivory – worth almost USD $1.5M on the black market – and over two tonnes of pangolin skins were discovered in the main airport. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The remnant crew of Liberian-registered bulk carrier Adamastos was rescued after more than five months being stranded. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: President Correa unveiled a website meant to confront the “smearing” of his government on social media. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Thousands protested President Maduro and marched in the capital to denounce the socialist government for a deepening economic crisis. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • India: Indian Prime Minister Narendra and US President Barack Obama announced they had reached an agreement to break the deadlock that has been stalling a civilian nuclear power agreement. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The country referred to President Obama as a “loser” in the geopolitical standoff, adding that sanctions and military force won’t affect their stability. (Yonhap)
  • Indonesia: The admiral in charge of operations to recover AirAsia flight QZ8501 told the BBC the fuselage may be too fragile to be lifted. (BBC)
  • Nepal: The ruling coalition began drafting  a new constitution, angering the opposition and pushing the Himalayan country further into political turmoil. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino flew to the port of Zamboanga and comforted dozens injured in a deadly bombing, vowing to bring those responsible to justice. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia blocked a UNSC statement that would have condemned the shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine that killed about 30 civilians and injured more than 90. (AP)
  • Greece: Voting began in a crucial general election that could bring the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and lead to a re-negotiation of the country’s intn’l bailout. (AFP)
  • Russia: World leaders pressured the country to immediately end its support for Ukrainian separatists, close its international border with Ukraine, and withdraw all weapons, fighters and financial backing. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: 30 civilians were killed and 102 wounded in missile attacks on Mariupol, a southeastern industrial center and seaport. (LAT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: International leaders strongly condemned the execution of a Japanese hostage by IS militants, calling it the unforgivable “murderous barbarity” of a “death cult.” (AFP)
  • Egypt: Authorities tightened security in Cairo and other cities in anticipation of possible protests marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak. (AP)
  • Iraq: Two bombings in Baghdad killed at least eight civilians. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: A security startup launching early next week uses trends in power consumption activity, rather than standard malware detection, to spot cyberattacks against power and manufacturing plants. (Dark Reading)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes:Nothing to report.
  • 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 (26JAN)

  • Australia: Australia Day (National) – 1788
  • Colombia: Colombian government representatives and members of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, guerrilla rebels are to begin their next round of peace negotiations
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egyptian shutting down the internet – 2011
  • India: India’s Republic Day parade, US President Obama to attend
  • Latin America Region: Caribbean Energy Security Summit
  • Syria: U.N. Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura will be represented at talks about Syria in Moscow

 

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