ONS: 27 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 27, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, security official reported that gunmen stormed a luxury hotel popular with foreigners and took hostages after killing at least three guards.
  • AMERICAS: Argentinian President Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve the country’s intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor.
  • ASIA: US President Obama urged India to promote religious tolerance and do more to combat global warming.
  • EUROPE: French President Hollande promised to combat “unbearable” rising anti-Semitism in the country, after figures showed anti-Jewish acts doubled over the past year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military reported that “several” rockets launched from Syrian territory struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and that it responded with artillery fire.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Access to Facebook and its Instagram photo-sharing site were blocked around the world for up to an hour, which the company said later was due to an internal fault and not an outside attack.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia and Ukraine: EU, US consider increasing economic pressure over Ukraine policy.
    • The EU’s 28 heads of government asked the bloc’s foreign ministers, who meet in Brussels on Thursday, “to assess the situation and to consider any appropriate action, in particular on further restrictive measures”.
    • The UN said that a rocket attack that killed 30 people in eastern Ukraine deliberately targeted civilians.
    • Kiev military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said nine servicemen were killed and 29 wounded fighting in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours.
    • A day after a top ratings agency cut Russia’s rating to junk level, the government announced a plan that will see the economy return to a budget surplus in 2017.
    • The US charged three Russian citizens in connection with a Cold War-style spy ring directed by Russian authorities “to gather intelligence on, among other subjects, potential United States sanctions against Russian banks”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: One person was killed and two wounded when a bomb they were carrying in a car exploded in Alexandria. (AFP)
  • Kenya: At least one protester was killed in clashes with police during a protest over the alleged theft of tourism fees to the Maasai Mara wildlife reserve. (AFP)
  • Liberia: President Sirleaf announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility at the epicentre of the virus’s worst outbreak. (AFP)
  • Libya: A security official reported that gunmen stormed a luxury hotel popular with foreigners and took hostages after killing at least three guards. (AP)
  • South Sudan: The UN reported that rebels released 280 child soldiers, the first batch of some 3,000 to be freed. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Caribbean leaders met in closed-door talks with top US officials seeking ways to diversify energy supplies amid plunging oil prices and political instability in Venezuela. (AFP)
  • Argentina: President Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve the country’s intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor. (AP)
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro released a statement indicating wariness of the country’s reengagement with the US but stopping short of outright rejection. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Soldiers are to start guarding elementary and other schools in Acapulco that have been closed since November because of gangs threatening teachers. (AFP)
  • United States: Current and former officials reported that the Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the country. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and China warned Japan not to backtrack on its apology issued 20 years ago over its wartime past when PM Shinzo Abe makes a statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. (Reuters)
  • China: Local media reported that the military will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 with one key goal described as being to “frighten Japan”. (AFP)
  • India: US President Obama urged the country to promote religious tolerance and do more to combat global warming. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: The military called off efforts to recover the wreckage of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month after failing for several days to lift the fuselage. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Officials have removed the commander of a police special action force from his post after at least 44 anti-terror commandos were killed in a clash with rebels. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: Police detained three men in the western town of Kortrijk with links to “radicalized groups” and found weapons while searching their homes. (Reuters)
  • France:  At least five people were arrested during an anti-jihadist operation in the south of the country. (AFP)
  • France: President Hollande promised to combat “unbearable” rising anti-Semitism in the country, after figures showed anti-Jewish acts doubled over the past year. (AFP)
  • Greece: The head of the eurozone’s finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, will visit Athens on Friday for talks with new anti-austerity PM Tsipras. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities detained at least 26 police in the latest nationwide swoop over the alleged wiretapping of top officials including President Erdogan. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A bullet hit the fuselage of a FlyDubai airliner on its descent into Baghdad, prompting several carriers to suspend their flights to the city. (AFP)
  • Israel: The military reported that “several” rockets launched from Syrian territory struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and that it responded with artillery fire. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year’s war with Israel because donors have failed to pay. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: President Obama departed for the country with a bipartisan delegation of prominent current and former officials to offer condolences for the death of King Abdullah and pay respects to his successor. (NYT)
  • Syria: Turkish President Erdogan said his country opposes the idea of a Kurdish-controlled autonomous government in the north of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Access to Facebook and its Instagram photo-sharing site were blocked around the world for up to an hour, which the company said later was due to an internal fault and not an outside attack. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Eight)
    • Location: 732 NM SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SSE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (28JAN)

  • Asia Region: Japan, South Korea and the United States to hold a meeting in Tokyo regarding the North Korea nuclear weapons program
  • Latin America Region: Community of Latin American and Caribbean States meeting in Costa Rica (to 29JAN)
  • Latvia: EU interior ministers to meet in Riga, Latvia to discuss counterterrorism
  • Lebanese: Lebanese parliament to convene for the 18th time to elect a new president
  • St. Lucia: Caribbean states to meet for 2-day high-level meeting on climate change (to 29JAN)
  • United States: Anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster – 1986

 

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