ONS: 29 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 30, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is planning to have himself sworn in as an alternative president on 30JAN, as a final push to challenge Uhuru Kenyatta’s election.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, the Urban Warfare Front of the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Barranquilla police station that killed five police officers and wounded 41.
  • ASIA: More than 100,000 Rohingya refugees in squalid camps in Bangladesh will be in grave danger from landslides when the mid-year monsoon season begins, a UN report said.
  • EUROPE: Russia was banned from the upcoming Pyeongchang Paralympics because of its doping past.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of wanting “to turn Lebanon into one giant missile site” and warned of the consequences.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An interactive map posted on the Internet shows the locations and activities of those who use fitness devices, such as Fitbits, includes soldiers at US military bases, in what appears to be a major security oversight.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Violence continues with attack on Kabul military academy.
    • Militants attacked an army base near a military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 11 soldiers and wounding 16.
    • A suicide bomber first struck the military unit responsible for providing security for the academy, followed by a gunbattle with the troops.
    • The Islamic State’s local affiliate claimed responsibility.
    • While militants claiming allegiance to Islamic State operate in mountains in the province of Nangarhar, little is known about the group.
    • The attack was the latest in a wave of relentless violence in Kabul this month unleashed by the Taliban and the rival Islamic State group that has killed scores and left hundreds wounded.
    • Coverage: BBC, CBS, NBC, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Opposition leader Raila Odinga is planning to have himself sworn in as an alternative president on 30JAN, as a final push to challenge Uhuru Kenyatta’s election. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Rebel group SPLA-IO released 15 army soldiers to the International Committee of the Red Cross, in line with a ceasefire agreement. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: Former-FM Chishimba Kambwili and critic of President Edgar Lungu will face trial after pleading not guilty to fraud charges following his arrest last week. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: NAFTA talks involving the US, Canada and Mexico are expected to beyond a 31MAR deadline and could extend into 2019. (WP)
  • Colombia: The Urban Warfare Front of the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Barranquilla police station that killed five police officers and wounded 41. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The government will send a new wave of troops to crack down on criminal groups in regions where a surge in violence led to more than 25,000 murders last year. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: More than 100,000 Rohingya refugees in squalid camps in Bangladesh will be in grave danger from landslides when the mid-year monsoon season begins, a UN report said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Hong Kong pro-democracy candidate Edward Yiu was given clearance to stand for election after public anger at government meddling in vote nominations. (AFP)
  • Region: The US and Australia will join the search for survivors from a ferry that sank near the Pacific nation of Kiribati after seven people were rescued from a lifeboat. (AP)
  • China: Prominent legal activist Yu Wensheng was charged with inciting subversion of state power after writing a letter calling for democratic reforms. (AP)
  • Maldives: An opposition alliance petitioned the Supreme Court to temporarily remove President Yameen Abdul Gayoom for alleged corruption and misrule. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Austria: Udo Landbauer of the country’s Freedom Party rejected President Alexander Van der Bellen’s call to resign, despite revelations of Nazi propaganda distribution. (Reuters)
  • Czech Republic: PM Andrej Babis will continue talks with the three parties that may support his new government. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The country’s team was banned from the upcoming Pyeongchang Paralympics because of its doping past. (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish authorities detained 311 people suspected of disseminating “terror propaganda” over Ankara’s offensive against a Kurdish militia in Syria. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of wanting “to turn Lebanon into one giant missile site” and warned of the consequences. (AFP)
  • Region: The situation in the Gaza Strip is on the edge of collapse due to 12 years of a tight Israeli blockade, said the Gaza-based National Corporation. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: UN mediator Staffan de Mistura will head a new constitutional commission that will be set up at Syrian peace talks in Russia this week. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Air strikes in the rebel-held province of Idlib have killed at least 33 people since 28JAN. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Twelve people were killed and over 130 wounded in clashes between separatists and pro-government forces in the southern port city of Aden. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: An interactive map posted on the Internet shows the locations and activities of those who use fitness devices, such as Fitbits, includes soldiers at US military bases, in what appears to be a major security oversight. (WP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Cebile
    • Location: 730 nm SE of Diego Garcia
    • Wind: 125 mph
    • Movement: SW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Fehi
    • Location: 260 nm NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Wind: 60 mph
    • Movement: SSE at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Mayon, Philippines
    • Philippine authorities enforced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people as ash and lava continued spewing from Mount Mayon, warning mudslides now threaten surrounding areas. (WSJ)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 61,613 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20JAN: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20JAN: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • 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 20JAN: 2,123 (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 20JAN: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30JAN)

  • India: Martyr’s Day/ Anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi – 1948
  • Spain: Catalan parliament to vote to choose a new regional leader
  • United States: President Trump to make the State of the Union address to joint session of Congress

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