ONS: 28 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 28, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunmen in Cairo killed police general Mohamed Saeed, who was also an aide to the interior minister.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican “Self-defense” groups in Michoacan agreed to join government law enforcement forces under the Rural Defense Corps.
  • ASIA: The Thai government announced it will go ahead with parliamentary elections on 02FEB despite street protests and an opposition boycott.
  • EUROPE: Russian FM Lavrov is to meet with NATO SG Rasmussen at NATO headquarters.
  • MIDDLE EAST: IAEA inspectors arrived in Iran to visit the Gachin uranium mine for the first time in several years.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration said it will allow Internet companies to give customers a better idea of how often the government demands their information, but will not allow companies to disclose what is being collected or how much.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: PM offers to resign as parliament revokes anti-protest law.
    • Ukraine lawmakers scrapped harsh anti-protest laws with 361 deputies voting in favor and two against.
    • PM Azarov offered his resignation in a bid to ease the deadly two-month crisis.
    • Germany said PM Azarov’s resignation sends a signal to the opposition that could pave the way for talks out of the political crisis.
    • US VP Biden called President Yanukovich on Monday to urge the government not to declare a state of emergency.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Gunmen in Cairo killed police general Mohamed Saeed, who was also an aide to the interior minister. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Former President Morsi arrived at a court in Cairo to go on trial over his escape from prison in 2011. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: The State Security Service freed the deputy head of the main opposition coalition on bail a day after he was detained over comments warning of violence in next year’s presidential polls. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: A grenade attack in the north of the country wounded at least six people. (AP)
  • South Africa: The main opposition party the Democratic Alliance will unite with the smaller Agang party to challenge the ruling ANC in upcoming general elections. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: President Castro and Brazilian President Rousseff inaugurated the first phase of the country’s Special Development Zone in the port of Mariel. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: “Self-defense” groups in Michoacan agreed to join government law enforcement forces under the Rural Defense Corps. (AP)
  • Mexico: Soldiers and federal police captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel in Michoacan state. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea lodged a formal protest with the Japanese ambassador over the Japanese education ministry instructing teachers to use amended manuals stating that disputed islands belong unequivocally to Japan. (AFP)
  • Region: Officials reported that Japan and Australia are moving closer to signing a free trade agreement. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Local officials reported that President Karzai suggested that US forces may have aided or conducted insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government. (WP)
  • Korea, North: US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies urged the country to pardon imprisoned American Kenneth Bae. (AP)
  • Thailand: The government announced it will go ahead with parliamentary elections on 02FEB despite street protests and an opposition boycott. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov is to meet with NATO SG Rasmussen at NATO headquarters. (Itar-Tass)
  • Kosovo: Serb political leader Oliver Ivanovic was arrested on suspicion of war crimes allegedly committed during the 1990s. (AFP)
  • Lithuania: President of the Eurogroup Dijsselbloem said the country is seeking to join the euro area from 2015. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan is to visit Iran to discuss bilateral relations. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: IAEA inspectors arrived in Tehran to visit the Gachin uranium mine for the first time in several years. (AFP)
  • Iran: Former UNSG Kofi Annan led a meeting with a group of former world leaders and President Rouhani. (AP)
  • Syria: Peace talks are due to resume in Geneva amid a deadlock over the issue of transferring power from President Assad’s regime. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi tasked a committee with exploring options to turn the republic into a federation. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Obama administration said it will allow Internet companies to give customers a better idea of how often the government demands their information, but will not allow companies to disclose what is being collected or how much. (NYT)

 

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 27JAN: 180 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 27JAN: 77 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29JAN)

  • Bangladesh: Bangladesh Nationalist Party to stage nationwide protests
  • Latvia: Kazakh FM Idrisov visits with President Berzins

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