ONS: 28 January 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 29, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Senegalese police arrested General Bora Colley, who ran Gambia’s prisons where perceived opponents were tortured and in some cases died.
  • AMERICAS: President Trump announced plans to lavish spending on the nation’s military, but congressional Republicans debate the costs.
  • ASIA: Satellite images show North Korea has resumed operation of a reactor used to produce plutonium for its nuclear weapons program.
  • EUROPE: British PM Theresa May to meet Turkish leaders in Ankara to try to establish a new trading relationship before Britain leaves the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two suicide car bomb attacks struck security forces in the city of Fallujah leaving many security members killed and wounded.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The UN launched a mobile messaging service for young Afghan refugees in Pakistan enabling them show their health and welfare needs.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Trump imposes broad immigration restrictions
    • US President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning all people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan from entering the US for 90 days.
    • The order halted the US refugee resettlement program for four months and temporarily blocks refugees from entering the country.
    • The order imposes an extreme vetting plan to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists,” as well as a religious test for refugees from Muslim nations.
    • Trump has requested that Christians and other non-Muslims be granted priority to enter the country over Muslims.
    • In response, the UN refugee agency, and International Organization for Migration (IOM), called on the Trump administration to continue offering asylum to people fleeing war and persecution.
    • Coverage: CNN, WSJ, Huffington Post, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Senegalese police arrested General Bora Colley, who ran Gambia’s prisons where perceived opponents were tortured and in some cases died. (Reuters)
  • Ghana: The President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn in 12 ministers-designate approved by parliament, charging them to deliver on the commitments the governing New Patriotic Party made to the electorates ahead of last year’s elections. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Michael Keating, UN special representative for Somalia, says that it is a priority that the Somali presidential elections take place on time. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Brazilian authorities have launched a major operation to stem the prison violence that has hit the country, seizing weapons and drugs at a facility where nearly three dozen inmates died in a riot this month. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The country has announced a plan to eradicate vast crops of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine. (BBC)
  • United States: President Trump announced plans to lavish spending on the nation’s military, but congressional Republicans debate the costs. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Three militants of the Islamic State (IS) were killed in clashes with security forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar, a military spokesman said.(Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: Satellite images show the country has resumed operation of a reactor used to produce plutonium for its nuclear weapons program. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Isnilon Hapilon, a top leader of an Islamic militant group, has been wounded in military airstrikes, according to the defence minister. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM Theresa May will meet Turkish leaders in Ankara to try to establish a new trading relationship before Britain leaves the EU. (AFP)
  • Region: Seven southern European leaders are holding a summit to emphasize their commitment to the European Union, in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the bloc. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) recorded a spike in civilian deaths in the Lugansk region. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region:  The White House is drafting a presidential directive that calls on Defense Secretary Mattis to devise plans to more aggressively strike the Islamic State, which could include American artillery on the ground in Syria and Army attack helicopters to support an assault on the group’s capital, Raqqa.  (NYT)
  • Iraq: Two suicide car bomb attacks struck security forces in the city of Fallujah leaving many security members killed and wounded. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The presidential media office denied rumors that President Bashar al-Assad is in a critical condition after suffering a stroke. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Government forces have advanced into the Red Sea town of Mokha but Shiite rebels are still putting up fierce resistance, a military official said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The EU hopes US President Trump will uphold a hard-won personal data protection accord with Europe. (AFP)
  • Technology: The UN launched a mobile messaging service for young Afghan refugees in Pakistan enabling them show their health and welfare needs. (DPA)

 

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 as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 27JAN: 394 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 27JAN: 64
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 27JAN: 0
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 27JAN: 1,888 (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, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 27JAN: 670 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 20JAN:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 20JAN: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 20JAN: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29JAN)

  • France: Second Social Party primary

 

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