ONS: 29 January 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 29, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan’s government said it will put key leaders of an alleged coup on trial.
  • AMERICAS: Honduran Security Minister Corrales and head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Ivanov signed an agreement aimed at improving cooperative anti-drug efforts.
  • ASIA: Pakistani PM Sharif offered peace talks to Taliban militants and constituted a four-member committee for the talks.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine’s opposition pressed for more concessions from President Yanukovych, including an amnesty for jailed activists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebel officials and diplomats reported that Western nations are nearly doubling arms supplies to rebels.
  • TECHNOLOGY: IBM is exploring selling off some of its networking assets and may be seeking as much as a USD1 billion shortly after selling its server business unit to Lenovo.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: President Obama delivers State of the Union.
    • President Obama said that he will bypass Congress if it continues to obsruct efforts at reducing income inequality.
    • President Obama is seeking congressional authority to negotiate streamlined trade treaties, asking Congress to pass so-called fast-track legislation.
    • President Obama said a small US military force may remain in Afghanistan next year past the official conclusion of the war at the end of 2014.
    • The President called for the use of limited targeted strikes and improved international cooperation in countering terrorist organizaitions, rather than conventional airstrikes or largescale engagements.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, NYT, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called on African nations to give full financial support to peacekeeping forces in the country. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Police said they had shot dead two protesters in a northern village after their station was besieged by a mob. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The government said it will put key leaders of an alleged coup on trial. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The parliament approved a technocratic caretaker government tasked with leading to fresh elections. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuban President Castro railed against US spying as he opened a summit of Latin American and Caribbean leaders. (AFP)
  • El Salvador: Ex-president Francisco Flores, who is under investigation over USD10 million donated by Taiwan, tried to flee the country on a bus. (AFP)
  • Honduras: Security Minister Corrales and head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Ivanov signed an agreement aimed at improving cooperative anti-drug efforts. (Itar-Tass)

 

ASIA

  • Japan: US VP Biden tried to persuade PM Shinzo Abe not to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine two weeks before the visit. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif offered peace talks to Taliban militants and constituted a four-member committee for the talks. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Three bomb blasts, including a suicide attack targeting security forces, killed at least four people. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino promised to crush militants opposed to an imminent deal aimed at ending a decades-long separatist insurgency. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The government will deploy 10,000 police in the capital for the 02FEB election. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO SG Rasmussen criticized Russia for pressuring Ukraine not to sign a free trade pact with the EU. (Reuters)
  • Azerbaijan: Soldiers killed an Armenian soldier from the defence forces of the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The opposition pressed for more concessions from President Yanukovych, including an amnesty for jailed activists. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Acting PM Arbuzov said he hoped “very soon” for disbursement of the second tranche of USD2 billion from a Russian $15 billion aid package. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A court shuttered a Shiite clerics’ council, after authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom accused it of politicization and illegal operations. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli soldiers shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian north of Ramallah. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebel officials and diplomats reported that Western nations are nearly doubling arms supplies to rebels. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Five soldiers were wounded in a military helicopter crash in the southeastern province of Shabwa. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: IBM is exploring selling off some of its networking assets and may be seeking as much as a USD1 billion shortly after selling its server business unit to Lenovo. (Re/Code)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 11P (Eleven)
    • Location: 69 NM ENE of Willis Island, Australia
    • Movement: SW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • 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 (30JAN)

  • Africa: Heads of State from around the continent meet for the 22nd AU Summit
  • India: Anniversary of the assassination of Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – 1948
  • Poland: European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso will meet Polish premier Donald Tusk
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of launch of Tet Offensive by Viet Cong forces – 1968

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