ONS: 27 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 27, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary Kerry said the US is weighing “targeted” sanctions against those fueling violence in the Central African Republic.
  • AMERICAS:  Activists reported that dozens of dissidents in Cuba have been detained in a “wave of political repression” ahead of a major international summit.
  • ASIA: The US military said the Afghan government released 37 “dangerous” prisoners who pose threats to the country and the region.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian Justice Minister Lukash warned she could call for a state of emergency after radical protesters seized the Justice Ministry in the center of Kiev.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US officials said the US has restarted deliveries of nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition a month after al Qaeda-linked militants seized warehouses.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers attacked Israeli computers including one used by the defense ministry department dealing with civilians in the occupied West Bank.

 

TOP STORY

  • Somalia: US drone strike hits al Qaeda linked militant.
    • The US military carried out a missile strike targeting a suspected militant leader with ties to al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab.
    • Sahal Iskudhuq, a militant commander believed to be close to al Shabab’s top leader, was killed when his car was hit by a missile in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region.
    • The government confirmed the strike and President Mohamoud called the strike “another blow” to the Islamic rebels who continue to stage lethal attacks across the country.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, LAT, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: US Secretary Kerry said the US is weighing “targeted” sanctions against those fueling violence in the country. (AFP)
  • Madagascar: The AU lifted its four-year suspension of the country following democratic elections last month. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta rebels claimed responsibility for an attack on a security patrol boat in Bayelsa state. (AP)
  • Sudan, South: UN aid chief Valerie Amos arrived in the country as warnings of a growing humanitarian crisis increased. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The country adopted a new constitution with 200 votes out of 216. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The military said three FARC guerrillas were killed in two separate operations. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Activists reported that dozens of dissidents have been detained in a “wave of political repression” ahead of a major international summit. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro addressed thousands of protesters marching against the high rate of crime in the country. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Japanese-controlled islands amid heightened tensions. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The US military said the government released 37 “dangerous” prisoners who pose threats to the country and the region. (AP)
  • Cambodia: Riot police used smoke grenades and electric batons to disperse demonstrators in the capital demanding a government license for an independent television station. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military and BIFF rebels engaged in sporadic fighting in the south of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The ruling party called for controversial elections to go ahead, despite widespread disruption to advance voting by opposition protesters. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Turkey: French President Hollande arrived in the country for bilateral talks. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A spokesman for the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) was killed and seven others were wounded in an attack on one of the far-right movement’s campaign offices in Istanbul. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Justice Minister Lukash warned she could call for a state of emergency after radical protesters seized the Justice Ministry in the center of Kiev. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Hundreds of Iranian journalists signed a petition urging President Rouhani to speed up the reopening of their press association. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Late night attacks north of Baghdad pushed the overall death toll from violence in the country a day earlier to 26. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu’s office said the Palestinians’ “extreme and reckless” rejection of an Israeli suggestion that some Jewish settlers remain in a future Palestinian state proves that they don’t want peace. (AP)
  • Syria: US officials said the US has restarted deliveries of nonlethal aid to the opposition a month after al-Qaeda-linked militants seized warehouses. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hackers attacked Israeli computers including one used by the defense ministry department dealing with civilians in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Lixourion, Greece
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 12.4 km
    • Map
  • 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 (28JAN)

  • Americas: The second summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will be held in Havana (to 29JAN)
  • Europe: Russia-EU summit to discuss strategic partnership
  • Europe: Russian FM Lavrov meets with NATO Secretary General Rasmussen in Brussels
  • Central African Republic: UN Security Council to adopt resolution on sanctions against those fomenting violence in the country
  • Cuba: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto next week will make a state visit to Cuba
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egyptian government shutting down internet access – 2011
  • Ethiopia: African Union summit in Addis Ababa
  • Hungary: Kazakh FM Idrisov meets with EU and Hungarian leaders to strengthen partnerships
  • Russia: Group of Eight (G8) meeting (to 29JAN)
  • Ukraine: EU delegation to visit Kiev (to 30JAN)
  • Ukraine: Emergency session of Verkhovna Rada scheduled.
  • United States: Anniversary of Space Shuttle Challenger disaster – 2011
  • United States: President Obama to deliver Sate of the Union address

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