ONS: 26 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 26, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nearly 50 people were killed in Egypt in weekend clashes that erupted during rival rallies marking the country’s 2011 uprising.
  • AMERICAS: Cuban pro-democracy activists say leading dissident Jose Ferrer was arrested after meeting European diplomats in Havana.
  • ASIA: A Thai anti-government protest leader was shot dead as he gave a speech in Bangkok.
  • EUROPE: Polish President Komorowski hosted a meeting with EC President Van Rompuy to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian government and opposition will discuss prisoner releases in Geneva during a second day of face-to-face talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI warned that cyber attacks on retailers may escalate further in the future.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Opposition rejects President Yanukovych’s offers as violent protests continue
    • The Ukrainian Armed Forces will not interfere in a conflict situation, Defense Minister Lebedev said.
    • Protesters attacked a government exposition and conference hall where police were stationed inside.
    • President Yanukovych offered opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk the post of PM and to change the constitution in a bid to resolve the crisis.
    • Sources: Itar-TassAPAP-2,

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Nearly 50 people were killed in Egypt in weekend clashes that erupted during rival rallies marking the country’s 2011 uprising. (AFP)
  • Kenya: According to reports, security forces ignored warnings of impending attacks days before gunmen stormed Westgate mall. (AFP)
  • Libya: The Egyptian ambassador and more than 50 staff and diplomats left the country, following the kidnapping of five of their colleagues. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The government and rebels traded accusations that each had broken a ceasefire deal. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A notorious drug kingpin pleaded guilty to distributing more than 178,000 pounds of cocaine, US federal prosecutors said. (UPI)
  • Cuba: Pro-democracy activists say leading dissident Jose Ferrer was arrested after meeting European diplomats in Havana. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: The country stressed it wanted the number of US military staff on its territory reduced and warned that it would not allow US “espionage equipment.” (AFP)
  • United States: Three people were killed in a shooting at a shopping mall in a Maryland suburb. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Nepal: The country’s largest party, the Nepali Congress, selected its president Sushil Koirala as the party’s PM candidate. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Under a newly signed pact the government will grant amnesty to Muslim rebels facing rebellion-related charges.(AP)
  • Thailand: An anti-government protest leader was shot dead as he gave a speech in Bangkok. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Defense Minister von der Leyan is may increase the engagement of national defense forces in Africa. (Xinhua)
  • Poland: President Komorowski hosted a meeting with EC President Van Rompuy to discuss the situation in Ukraine. (Xinhua)
  • Serbia: Following a proposal from Deputy PM Vucic, the SPS confirmed the country would hold early elections in mid-March. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: A senior Palestinian official and a pro-peace member of the Knesset met in Ramallah to precipitate Mideast peace talks. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: The al-Nusra Front and the Marwan al-Hadidi Brigades, both linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for rocket attacks in Hermel. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The country’s government and opposition will discuss prisoner releases in Geneva during a second day of face-to-face talks. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The FBI warned that cyber attacks on retailers may escalate further in the future.  (Tech Times)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 09JAN: 178 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 09JAN: 75 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27JAN)

  • Global: International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Americas: International Court of Justice issues ruling on Chilean-Peruvian maritime dispute
  • Honduras: Inauguration ceremony for Honduras President-elect Juan Orlando Hernandez
  • Myanmar: Second Development Cooperation Forum held in Nay Pyi Taw, bringing together development partners, NGOs and UN agencies
  • United States: Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue ministerial meeting held in Washington.
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of end of Vietnam War – 1973
  • Yemen: Anniversary of Yemen protests – 2011

 

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