ONS: 25 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 26, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Businessmen loyal to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi are handing out cash and food to poor voters to gather thousands of signatures to support his re-election.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro will seek a second term in an early election already widely rejected by the international community.
  • ASIA: China, Panama, Iran and Hong Kong signed an agreement to jointly investigate a collision in the East China Sea that caused the worst oil ship disaster in decades.
  • EUROPE: A new report suggests the Eiffel Tower may have been among the targets of the Islamic State cell that attacked Barcelona.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura said peace talks due to resume today in Vienna are taking place at a crucial moment.
  • TECHNOLOGY: AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said his company supports network neutrality and a consumers “internet bill of rights.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: White House account of call with Erdogan ‘inaccurate.’
    • Turkey questioned Washington’s account of a telephone call between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump on Syria, saying it did not “accurately reflect” the conversation.
    • According to a White House statement, Trump urged Turkey “to de-escalate, limit its military actions” and “exercise caution” in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.
    • However, Turkish officials said Trump did not share any concerns regarding “escalating violence.”
    • The Turkish account also said Trump assured Turkey that the US would no longer supply Syrian Kurdish militia with weapons, whom Turkey considers “terrorists.”
    • Erdogan said he would extend the Afrin operation to Manbij, a separate Kurdish-held enclave, possibly putting US forces at risk and threatening US plans to stabilize a swath of Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AJ, AP, CNN, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat called on member states to strengthen efforts towards the pan African block’s financial independence. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Businessmen loyal to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi are handing out cash and food to poor voters to gather thousands of signatures to support his re-election. (AP)
  • Ghana: Two ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees transferred to the country were granted refugee status and now cannot be deported, according to the government. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba condemned the establishment of a US “Internet Task Force” to spread anti-government propaganda “aimed at subverting Cuba’s internal order.” (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The FARC political party, made up of former members of the rebel group, will field 74 candidates in MAR2018 legislative elections. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro will seek a second term in an early election already widely rejected by the international community. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China, Panama, Iran and Hong Kong signed an agreement to jointly investigate a collision in the East China Sea that caused the worst oil ship disaster in decades. (Reuters)
  • Region: The UN said attacks on Rohingya Muslims appear to be continuing in Myanmar and it is not yet safe for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh to return home. (AP)
  • Region: Satellite imagery shows North Korea preparing for a possible military parade on the eve of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, even as Pyongyang seeks a thaw in ties with Seoul. (WSJ)
  • Region: Japan opened a small museum displaying maps and documents to defend its territorial claims against neighbors South Korea and China. (AP)
  • Region: In Vietnam, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is hoping to strengthen an Asian partnership in the face of China’s more aggressive military stance. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Brexit minister David Davis will set out Britain’s approach to a post-EU membership transition period on 26JAN. (Reuters)
  • Region: A new report suggests the Eiffel Tower may have been among the targets of the Islamic State cell that attacked Barcelona. (AP)
  • Bulgaria: The country’s ruling coalition survived a no-confidence vote called by the opposition, which accused the government of failing to deal with corruption. (AP)
  • Russia: Russian fans will be allowed to fly their flag at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but organized protests could bring further sanctions. (AP)
  • Russia: Russian police will act “toughly” to prevent any violations of the law at protests ahead of the 18MAR presidential election. (RFE/RL)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: International humanitarian groups urged the US to reconsider its decision to withhold USD 65M from Palestinian refugees, warning of “dire consequences.” (AP)
  • Region: Iran confiscated large amounts of weapons and ammunition including bombs and grenades and are blaming Saudi Arabia for bringing them into the country. (AP)
  • Qatar: The nation is in talks with Russia to buy Russian S-400 missile air defense systems. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura said peace talks due to resume today in Vienna are taking place at a crucial moment. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said his company supports network neutrality and a consumers “internet bill of rights.” (Fast Company)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 38 km NE of Nikol’skoye, Russia
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 8.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Mayon, Philippines
    • Mount Mayon still appears to be swelling with magma under the surface, scientists said, as its two week-old eruption continues. (AP)
  • 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 (26JAN)

  • Global: International Customs Day – 1983
  • Australia: Australia Day – 1935
  • Dominican Republic: Duarte Day – Unknown
  • India: Republic Day – 1950
  • Japan: Japan and France to hold ministerial security talks in Tokyo
  • Latvia: Day of the International Recognition of Latvia – 1921
  • Poland: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit
  • Uganda: NRM Liberation Day – 1986

 

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