ONS: 28 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 28, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN envoy for the Sahel region said Nigeria must accept it cannot defeat Boko Haram fighters alone and work with regional armies in a new multinational force.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities said with “legal certainty” that 43 students who went missing in September were murdered by hit men working for a drug gang.
  • ASIA: In the Philippines, President Aquino is to address the nation to try to shore up a peace with rebels deal threatened by an anti-terror raid that killed 44 police commandos.
  • EUROPE: The Russian government proposed cutting planned spending by 10 percent this year and 5 percent in all categories except military and social expenditures to combat the economic downturn.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An anti-tank missile hit an Israeli military vehicle near the Lebanese border, with the military later firing 25 artillery shells into Lebanon.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FTC called for better privacy and security to be built into the developing “Internet of Things” in a new set of guidelines.

 

TOP STORY

  • Jordan: Government agrees to release terrorist in exchange for pilot held by ISIS.
    • The government agreed to release a convicted terrorist in exchange for an air force pilot captured by ISIS militants in Syria a month ago.
    • The government statement made no mention of the fate of the Japanese journalist also held by ISIS militants.
    • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe had earlier slammed as “utterly despicable” the militant threat to kill both the Japanese hostage and the Jordanian pilot unless Amman released the jihadi bomber.
    • The father of the Air Force pilot had earlier appealed for King Abdullah to free the female suicide bomber in exchange for the release of his son.
    • Analysts said ISIS demands were an attempt to divide close allies of the US-led fight against extremism in the Middle East.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, CNN, Kyodo, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: The UN envoy for the Sahel region said the country must accept it cannot defeat Boko Haram fighters alone and work with regional armies in a new multinational force. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: US AFRICOM head GEN Rodriguez said turning the tide against Boko Haram will require a “huge” international effort. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The World Food Program (WFP) reported that six Bulgarians working on contract for the UN are being held by rebels in the south of the country after their helicopter was forced to land. (AFP)
  • Uganda: The WFP announced that it was forced to reduce food rations to 150,000 refugees living in the country because of insufficient funding. (NYT)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities said with “legal certainty” that 43 students who went missing in September were murdered by hit men working for a drug gang. (AFP)
  • Venezuela:  A government official confirmed that the former bodyguard of the head of congress deserted from the socialist country’s armed forces amid reports the man is in the US to testify against his former boss. (AP)
  • United States: The Obama administration will seek a base defense budget of USD534 billion when it sends its 2016 spending request to Congress next week, a figure that exceeds federal caps by USD35 billion and could trigger mandatory cuts. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: ASEAN foreign ministers expressed concern at Chinese land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Australia: The country’s High Court found the detention of 157 asylum-seekers at sea for weeks in June was legal in a 4-3 decision. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: President Aquino is to address the nation to try to shore up a peace with rebels deal threatened by an anti-terror raid that killed 44 police commandos. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: President Jayasuriya restored the country’s former chief justice after she was controversially impeached by the previous administration. (AP)
  • Thailand: Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha said he was “upset” by comments from a senior US diplomat during a recent visit criticizing the military regime. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: PM Tsipras told his ministers that voters had given them a mandate for radical change but pledged to negotiate responsibly with international creditors. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Police held 163 people across the country in a move against the ‘Ndrangheta mafia. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government proposed cutting planned spending by 10 percent this year and 5 percent in all categories except military and social expenditures to combat the economic downturn. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko said he had written a letter to Russian President Putin demanding that Moscow rein in Eastern separatist fighters. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Israeli human rights group said the country’s attacks on residential buildings in Gaza during the 50-day war against Hamas appeared to violate the provisions of international law. (NYT)
  • Iran: The country’s official news agency quoted a senior judiciary official as saying detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian “will be tried soon.” (AP)
  • Israel: An anti-tank missile hit a military vehicle near the Lebanese border, with the military later firing 25 artillery shells into Lebanon. (AP)
  • Syria: Opposition figures and representatives of President Assad began talks in Moscow aimed at restarting long-stalled peace negotiation. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The FTC called for better privacy and security to be built into the developing “Internet of Things” in a new set of guidelines. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Diamondra)
    • Location: 827 NM SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SE at  10 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 09S (Eunice)
    • Location: 626 NM SW of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SE at 9 mph
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 46km SE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 483.6 km
    • Map
  • 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 (29JAN)

  • 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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