ONS: 26 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 26, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Nigerian state governor lifted a curfew imposed in the northeastern city of Maiduguri after a weekend Boko Haram attack and urged residents to stay and fight.
  • AMERICAS: The Haitian government urged the UNSC against cutting its troop presence ahead of crucial elections.
  • ASIA: US President Obama attended India’s Republic Day parade as a special guest of PM Modi.
  • EUROPE: NATO said the alliance will hold an “extraordinary” meeting of its NATO-Ukraine Commission.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, Shiite rebels armed with knives and batons attacked and detained demonstrators trying to protest against them in Sanaa.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Malaysia Airlines website was commandeered by hackers who referenced the Islamic State jihadists and claimed to be from the “Lizard Squad”, a group known for previous denial-of-service attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Greece: Syriza to form government amid EU concern at economic future.
    • The presidency reported that Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras will be sworn in as prime minister at 1400 GMT on Monday.
    • Syriza leader Tsipras promised that the five years of austerity imposed under bailout programmes worth 240 billion euros from the EU and the IMF were over.
    • With nearly all votes tallied, Syriza has 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament, and the new government will have a majority of 162 seats with the support of the Independent Greeks.
    • A spokesman said that German Chancellor Merkel expects the new Greek government to uphold its commitments to international creditors.
    • A spokesman for the White House’s NSC said “We congratulate Greece on successfully completing its parliamentary elections and we look forward to working closely with its next government.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP, WP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Security officials said two sons of ousted President Mubarak have been released from prison. (AP)
  • Libya: A new round of peace talks between the country’s warring factions resumed in Geneva. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Authorities have arrested an Algerian national thought to be a member of Jund al-Khilafa, a jihadist group responsible for the September beheading of a French tourist. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The state governor lifted a curfew imposed in the northeastern city of Maiduguri after a weekend Boko Haram attack and urged residents to stay and fight. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Eleven people, including four journalists working for state-run media, were killed in an ambush in the remote west of the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: A reporter who broke the story that a prosecutor was found dead shortly before he was about to make allegations about President Kirchner fled the country after threats. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The government urged the UNSC against cutting its troop presence ahead of crucial elections. (AFP)
  • Honduras: President Hernandez said the country has sharply reduced its homicide rate, one of the world’s worst, from 86 to 66 per 100,000 people. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Top Pakistani and Afghan commanders opened talks on security issues, focusing on border management amid growing anti-terror cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • India: US President Obama attended the country’s Republic Day parade as a special guest of PM Modi. (WP)
  • Indonesia: A top anti-corruption official, Bambang Widjojanto, tendered his resignation after being arrested and warned of a campaign to “destroy” the country’s graft-fighting agency. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea rejected North Korean calls to pave the way for talks by lifting sanctions. (AFP)
  • Philippines: More than 40 police commandos were killed in an 11-hour firefight with rebels. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov said that Moscow is working to promote contacts between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the next few days. (AFP)
  • Region: NATO said the alliance will hold an “extraordinary” meeting of its NATO-Ukraine Commission. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: Defense Minister Fokaides  said the country is setting up a satellite earth station that will anchor a search-and-rescue control center covering Europe’s southeastern edge. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country opened its biggest refugee camp to house 35,000 people fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and militants in Syria’s Kobane. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A state-run news agency said a court ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that “insult” the Prophet Muhammad. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia: US Deputy NSA Rhodes said US President Obama is likely to discuss the fight against Islamist militants and Yemen’s political crisis with new king Salman during his visit to Riyadh this week. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Opposition figures began four days of talks with members of President Assad’s regime. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Shiite rebels armed with knives and batons attacked and detained demonstrators trying to protest against them in Sanaa. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Malaysia Airlines website was commandeered by hackers who referenced the Islamic State jihadists and claimed to be from the “Lizard Squad”, a group known for previous denial-of-service attacks. (AFP)

 

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 23JAN: 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 23JAN: 351 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27JAN)

  • Global: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
  • Asia Region: ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (to 28JAN)
  • Armenia and Azerbaijan: Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to meet in Krakow to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
  • Malaysia: Nuclear Power Asia 2015 in Kuala Lumpur (to 28JAN)
  • Ukraine: The Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) is expected to convene for an emergency session
  • Yemen: Anniversary of protests erupting in Yemen – 2011

 

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